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Date Of BirthDecember 14, 1902
DiedDecember 6, 1989, Siler City, North Carolina, United States
FactShe performed in the live action reference footage for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).

Frances Bavier was born on December 14, 1902, in New York City, New York. Her parents were Charles and Emma Bavier. She had two brothers and one sister. Bavier attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City and graduated in 1920. She then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she graduated in 1922.

Bavier’s first professional role was in the play “The Rivals” in 1922. She then appeared in a number of Broadway productions. In 1950, she made her film debut in “The Magnificent Yankee.” She also appeared in the films “The Bad Seed” (1956), “A Face in the Crowd” (1957), and “No Down Payment” (1957).

From 1960 to 1972, Bavier appeared in the television series “The Andy Griffith Show” as Aunt Bee. She won an Emmy Award for her performance in 1967. After the show ended, she appeared in a few made-for-television movies.

Bavier retired from acting in 1986. She died on December 6, 1989, at the age of 86.

Frances Bavier was a successful stage and screen actress. She is best known for her role as Aunt Bee on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Bavier won an Emmy Award for her performance on the show.

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Date Of BirthDecember 14, 1902
DiedDecember 6, 1989, Siler City, North Carolina, United States
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts, Columbia University


ParentsMary Birmingham Bavier, Charles S. Bavier


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
MoviesThe Day the Earth Stood Still, Bend of the River, The Stooge, Man in the Attic, Benji, The Lady Says No, Horizons West, It Started with a Kiss, My Wife's Best Friend, Sally and Saint Anne, A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed
TV ShowsMayberry R.F.D., The Andy Griffith Show, The Eve Arden Show, It's a Great Life

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1[speaking in the 1970s] I had played Aunt Bee for ten years and it's very, very difficult for an actress or actor to create a role and be so identified that you as a person no longer exist and all the recognition you get is for a part that's created on screen.


1In an interview, when director Ron Howard was pressed as to the stories of discord with her on the set of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) all he would say was "I just don't think she enjoyed being around children that much.".
2After moving to North Carolina upon her retirement Frances was initially named honorary chairman of the Christmas Seal drive for the Mid-State Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association and was appointed chairman of the 1973 Easter Seal Campaign for the North Central Chapter of the state Easter Seal society. As time passed, however, Bavier found herself overwhelmed by demands of her services and retreated forever.
3Sad, when Bavier retired in 1972, she quickly became a recluse in her two-story Siler City, North Carolina home. She rarely left the house. She left most of her $700,000 estate to a hospital foundation. The home in which she lived in for 17 years was poorly upheld upon her death, nearly irreparable from the damage caused by her 14 house cats.
4She bought her Siler City home sight unseen after falling in love with the beauty of North Carolina. "I, like a child, came here looking for a fairyland" she once said.
5Despite her good-hearted image on screen, cast members of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) often remember her as difficult, temperamental and somewhat cold. Griffith himself said "There was just something about me she did not like.".
6She performed in the live action reference footage for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
7"Nobody will move me, I am not a dining room table, I am not a sofa, I am not a rug, how dare you!" [her reaction to Howard Morris trying to rearrange the set].
8A life-long exponent of Studebaker automobiles. The last car she bought was a 1966 model, the last model year for the make, made in the Canadian plant in Hamilton, Ontario. Some accounts say that the car was a 1964, the last year of production in the US plant in South Bend, Indiana. During the production of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) she drove herself to and from the studio in it. Reportedly, it can be seen in the latter series. Miss Bavier took it to her home in North Carolina after she retired there and is believed to have last driven it in 1983. After her death in 1989, it was found sitting on four flat tires and its interior had been ruined by cats. Even so, two Andy Griffith fans bought it for $20,000 at auction.




Benji1974Lady with the Cat
Mayberry R.F.D.1968-1970TV SeriesAunt Bee Taylor
The Andy Griffith Show1960-1968TV SeriesAunt Bee Taylor Aunt Bee
Gomer Pyle: USMC1967-1968TV SeriesAunt Bee Aunt Bee Taylor
Rawhide1960TV SeriesEllen Ferguson
Make Room for Daddy1960TV SeriesHenrietta Perkins
Sugarfoot1959TV SeriesNancy Thomas
It Started with a Kiss1959Mrs. Tappe
77 Sunset Strip1959TV SeriesGrandma
Wagon Train1959TV SeriesSister Joseph
General Electric Theater1957-1959TV SeriesMiss Trimingham
The Thin Man1959TV SeriesSara Doone
The Ann Sothern Show1959TV SeriesMrs. Wallace
A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed1958Mrs. Solitaire
Colgate Theatre1958TV Series
Target1958TV Series
The Eve Arden Show1957-1958TV SeriesNora / Nora the Housekeeper
Perry Mason1957TV SeriesLouise Marlow
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1957TV Series
Schlitz Playhouse1952-1957TV Series
Climax!1956TV Series
Cavalcade of America1953-1956TV SeriesMrs. Hayes
Ethel Barrymore Theater1956TV Series
The Bad Seed1956Woman in dinner party scene (uncredited)
Lux Video Theatre1954-1956TV SeriesMartha
It's a Great Life1954-1956TV SeriesMrs. Amy Morgan / Amy Morgan
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1955TV SeriesMrs. Fergusen
Dragnet1953-1955TV SeriesHazel Howard
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesAbigail
Soldiers of Fortune1955TV SeriesAmelia Lilly
The Lone Ranger1955TV SeriesAunt Maggie Sawtelle
Waterfront1954-1955TV SeriesAmy Jackson / Martha Chapman
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954TV SeriesThelma / Helen Collins
The Loretta Young Show1953-1954TV SeriesAunt Meg / Aunt Marty / Mrs. Logan
City Detective1953-1954TV SeriesLouella / Olive / Mrs. Blake
Man in the Attic1953Helen Harley
The Revlon Mirror Theater1953TV Series
McCoy of Abilene1953TV MovieLou Bloor
Chevron Theatre1953TV SeriesSarah Cummings
The Ford Television Theatre1953TV Series
Horizons West1952Martha Hammond
My Wife's Best Friend1952Mrs. Chamberlain
Racket Squad1952TV SeriesMartha Carver
Sally and Saint Anne1952Mrs. Kitty 'Mom' O'Moyne
Bend of the River1952Mrs. Prentiss
The Lady Says No1951Aunt Alice Hatch
The Stooge1951Mrs. Rogers
The Day the Earth Stood Still1951Mrs. Barley
O, My Darling Clementine1943Mrs. Asbury - talent show tryout
Girls About Town1931Joy - Party Girl (uncredited)


The Andy Griffith Show1963TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Sleeping Beauty1959live action model: Fairy - uncredited


The Carolina Camera1973TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryAunt Bee Taylor - Andy Griffith Show
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Aunt Bee
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry2003TV Special documentaryAunt Bee Taylor
Inside TV Land: The Andy Griffith Show2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Andy Griffith Show Reunion1993TV SpecialHerself
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesAbner's Mother-In-Law


Won Awards

1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a ComedyThe Andy Griffith Show (1960)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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