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Frances Bavier

Actor
Died December 6, 1989 (86 years)
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Frances Elizabeth Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) was an American stage and television actress. Originally from New York theatre, Bavier worked in film and television from the 1950s. She is best known for her role of Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. from 1960–70. Aunt Bee logged more Mayberry years (ten) than any other character. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Comedy Actress for the role in 1967.

Bavier had roles in more than a dozen films, as well as playing a range of supporting roles on television. Career highlights include her turn as Mrs. Barley in the classic 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still. In 1955, she played the rough and tough "Aunt Maggie" Sawtelle, a frontier Ma Barker-type character, in the Lone Ranger episode "Sawtelle's Saga End". In the episode, she fights with Tonto while the Lone Ranger battles with her nephew. At the conclusion, Tonto says that he would like to trade opponents next time. In 1957, she played Nora Martin, mother to Eve Arden's character on The Eve Arden Show, despite the fact that Arden was only 6 or 7 years younger than Bavier. That same year, Bavier guest-starred in the eighth episode of Perry Mason as Louise Marlow in "The Case of the Crimson Kiss".

She was in an episode of Make Room for Daddy, which featured Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor and Ron Howard as Opie Taylor. She played a character named Henrietta Perkins. The episode led to The Andy Griffith Show, and Bavier was cast in the new role of Aunt Bee. Bavier had a love-hate relationship with her famous role during the run of the show. As a New York City actress, she felt her dramatic talents were being overlooked, yet after playing Bee for eight seasons, she was the only original cast member to remain with the series in the spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D., for two additional seasons.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Dragnet (1951)
  • Man in the Attic
  • Make Room for Daddy
Known For
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Benji
  • Man in the Attic
  • The Stooge
  • Mayberry R.F.D.
  • Horizons West
  • It Started with a Kiss
  • The Lady Says No
  • The Eve Arden Show
  • A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed

Filmography

2003
1974
Benji · as Lady With The Cat
1968
Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series) · as Aunt Bee Taylor
1964
1960
The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) · as Aunt Bee Taylor
1959
It Started with a Kiss · as Mrs. Tappe
1959
Rawhide (TV Series) · as Ellen Ferguson
1958
1958
77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
1958
The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series) · as Mrs. Wallace
1957
Perry Mason (TV Series) · as Louise Marlow
1957
The Thin Man (TV Series)
1957
Wagon Train (TV Series) · as Sister Joseph
1957
The Eve Arden Show (TV Series)
1957
Sugarfoot (TV Series) · as Nancy Thomas
1956
The Bad Seed · as Woman At Dinner Party (uncredited)
1955
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) · as Mrs. Fergusen
1955
The Jane Wyman Show (TV Series) · as Cast
1955
Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series) · as Amelia Lilly
1954
Climax! (TV Series) · as Cast
1954
It's a Great Life (TV Series) · as Mrs. Amy Morgan
1954
Duffy's Tavern (TV Series) · as Mrs. Fletcher
1954
Waterfront (TV Series) · as Amy Jackson
1953
Man in the Attic · as Helen Harley
1953
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series) · as Helen Collins
1953
Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) · as Henrietta Perkins
1953
The Loretta Young Show (TV Series) · as Aunt Meg
1953
The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series) · as Cast
1953
General Electric Theater (TV Series) · as Miss Trimingham
1952
My Wife's Best Friend · as Mrs. Chamberlain
1952
Horizons West · as Martha Hammond
1952
1952
Cavalcade of America (TV Series) · as Mrs. Hayes
1952
Sally and Saint Anne · as Mrs. Kitty 'mom' O'moyne
1952
Bend of the River · as Mrs. Prentiss
1951
The Stooge · as Mrs. Rogers
1951
The Lady Says No · as Alice Hatch
1951
Hallmark Hall Of Fame (TV Series) · as Lou Bloor
1951
1951
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (TV Series) · as Cast
1951
The Day the Earth Stood Still · as Mrs. Barley, Boarder
1950
Racket Squad (TV Series) · as Martha Carver
1950
The Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) · as Martha
1949
The Lone Ranger (TV Series) · as Aunt Maggie Sawtelle
1931
Girls About Town · as Joy - Party Girl (uncredited)

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