Betty Lynn, “Thelma Lou” on The Andy Griffith Show, Dies at 95

Obit Betty Lynn

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2007 file photo, actor Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” pauses at a statue of Andy and Opie Taylor in Mount Airy, N.C. Lynn died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, after a brief illness, The Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy announced in a statement. She was 95. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Betty Lynn, who was best known as Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at the age of 95.

The Andy Griffith Museum said in a statement that she died Saturday after a brief illness.

Lynn appeared on the show from 1961 until 1966. Later, she was a mainstay at the annual Mayberry Days festival in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where she resided in her latter years.

Lynn provided entertainment as a part of the USO during World War II. She moved to New York in the late 1940s and began an acting career in film and television. She is survived by several cousins.

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