Before becoming Andy Taylor's main squeeze, Helen Crump, Aneta Corsaut acted primarily in television westerns. She guest-starred on Black Saddle, Zane Grey Theater and Johnny Ringo she also appeared on Gunsmoke. She appeared with George "Goober" Lindsey in the classic horror film, The Blob, before becoming Opie's schoolteacher in 1963. After marrying Andy on the pilot episode of Mayberry, R.F.D., Corsaut appeared on Columbo and in the cult TV movie, Bad Ronald among other productions. Her next regular role was on the TV series House Calls in 1979, which was followed by several guest spots on Matlock. Sadly, Aneta Corsaut died of cancer in 1995.
Helen Crump is a schoolteacher in Mayberry. Opie develops a crush on her but it is his father Andy that wins her heart. Though the two often have disagreements, they develop a serious relationship and eventually marry.