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The Andy Griffith Show

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee

Francis Bavier began acting in 1925 as a member of various stage productions, and later toured overseas with the USO. In 1951, she began a 365-performance run on Broadway in "Point of No Return", starring Henry Fonda. Soon after that she made the jump to the silver screen in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Several features followed, as well as regular roles on television's The Great Life and The Eve Arden Show. Additionally, she appeared on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason and Wagon Train. Aunt Bee became Bavier's signature role. She has the unique distinction of being the only player to endure the entire run of The Andy Griffith Show, and remaining through part of Mayberry, R.F.D. Bavier retired to Siler City, North Carolina after leaving Mayberry, though she did subsequently appear in several commercials and the children's movie Benji in 1974. She died on December 6, 1989 at the age of 87.

Character Bio

Andy's Aunt Bee has been caring for Andy and Opie since their previous housekeeper got married. Bee excels in the skills necessary to run a household. Bee may find herself in a pickle, but she always comes out smiling. Although she's usually found at home, she will, occasionally, go out of town. When she does, Andy and Opie try to make do without her while making sure she feels needed upon her return.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

November 24
Barney's Bloodhound
To Andy's dismay, Barney enlists the aid of an old bloodhound named Blue to track an escaped criminal.
Man in the Middle
It's mayhem in Mayberry when Andy tries to console Barney after an argument with Thelma Lou.
November 25
Barney's Uniform
Barney is scared to death of a local bully who has threatened to beat him up if he ever catches him in his civvies. Guest Star: Alan Melvin
Opie's Fortune
Opie finds a change purse containing $50. Andy promises that it will be his if the rightful owner doesn't claim it in one week.
November 26
Goodbye Sheriff Taylor
Barney discovers that the role of Mayberry sheriff is not so easy when Andy travels to Raleigh to interview for a detective job.
The Pageant
The Mayberry Centennial Pageant is featuring a play about the founding of Mayberry.