Frances Bavier's Life before and after Playing Aunt Bee on 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Frances Bavier was an American stage and TV actress. She was most popular for her role as Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show."

Bavier was born in December 1902 in New York City, according to IMDb. In April 1925, she starred in "The Poor Nut," which was her first Broadway appearance.

During World War II, Bavier traveled in the Pacific along with the USO to entertain the U.S. troops. The 1951 play "Point of No Return" was her last appearance on Broadway.

Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor in Season 1 opening of "The Andy Griffith Show." Image dated July 26, 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor in Season 1 opening of "The Andy Griffith Show." Image dated July 26, 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

RISING TO STARDOM

Bavier's first film appearance came when she was picked to star in the 1951 sci-fi classic, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

During the 50s, she starred in several movies and appeared on television shows, including "It's a Great Life" (1954) and "The Eve Arden Show" (1957).

Bavier then appeared as Aunt Bee in the hit 1960 situation comedy television series "The Andy Griffith Show," which turned out to be her most prominent role.

Andy Griffith (as Andy Taylor), Ron Howard (as Opie Taylor), and Frances Bavier (as Aunt Bee Taylor) on "The Andy Griffith Show." Image dated August 27, 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

Andy Griffith (as Andy Taylor), Ron Howard (as Opie Taylor), and Frances Bavier (as Aunt Bee Taylor) on "The Andy Griffith Show." Image dated August 27, 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

AUNT BEE'S EFFECT

Bavier's character as Aunt Bee unquestionably charmed herself to the television audience, as reported by Closer Weekly. There was no difference between Bavier and Bee as far as the viewers were concerned.

That was the way individuals thought of Bavier for the rest of her life. It was very serious that she even decided to see a psychiatrist about it.

Bavier then retired to Siler City, North Carolina but made a cameo appearance in the 1974 movie ″Benji.″

Don Knotts and Frances Bavier at the Emmy Awards on June 4, 1967. | Photo: Getty Images

Don Knotts and Frances Bavier at the Emmy Awards on June 4, 1967. | Photo: Getty Images

"MUCH NICER"

"You can't be an actress for 40 years, living in a world of make-believe, and not be affected," Bavier once said in an interview in 1966.

"Sooner or later, your mind begins to click and in my case you are wise to seek professional help to help stop being Aunt Bee after work," she added. "It's terribly difficult, because Aunt Bee is so much nicer than the real me."

In 1968, "The Andy Griffith Show" ended its run because Andy Griffith was hoping to accomplish something other than what's expected.

Frances Bavier and Ron Howard pose cheek to cheek in a portrait, circa 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

Frances Bavier and Ron Howard pose cheek to cheek in a portrait, circa 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

However, CBS was still interested in Mayberry. The network decided to create a spin-off title in the form of "Mayberry RFD." The series still includes Aunt Bee.

Bavier stayed with "Mayberry RFD" for two of its three seasons. In the show's last year, Alice Ghostly replaced her.

Bavier then retired to Siler City, North Carolina but made a cameo appearance in the 1974 movie ″Benji.″ In a local TV interview, the actress said that the people in Siler City likely considered her to be "a 70-year-old woman that probably wants to be alone."

Bavier shared that living there has been a difficult adjustment for her. It's totally different and new way of life, she added.

In December 1989, Bavier passed away at her home. She was 86, as reported by AP News. Before she died, she was being treated in the coronary care unit at Chatham Hospital.

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