‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Actress Who Appeared Countless Times Was Never Fully Identified

by Joe Rutland

Just when you think you know everything about “The Andy Griffith Show,” another interesting factoid comes to the forefront.

So, Outsiders, do you remember “Nice Dress Nellie”? Well, let’s take a look thanks to this MeTV article.

She appeared in the series often. From her first time on the show in “The Manhunt” in 1960, “Nice Dress Nellie” appeared time and again. Her last appearance was when she leaned against a door of a meeting in 1968 at “Mayberry, R.F.D.”

Now we do get a quick view of her in a classic Season One episode called “Andy Saves Barney’s Morale.” Remember when Barney arrested everyone in Mayberry? He marched them all into the Mayberry jail.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star Inadvertently Provides Actress With Nickname

So, Andy returns from being out of town and opens the cell doors. When “Nice Dress Nellie” passes Andy, he says, “Hey Nellie, that’s a nice dress.”

That’s where she picked up the moniker.

More information about this lady came from Bruce Bilson. He was an assistant director during some early seasons on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Bilson went on “Two Chairs, No Waiting,” a fan podcast, and an interview that was done in 2015 made the airwaves.

Who was this actress? “Her name was Marvel,” Bilson said. “She stood in for Don Knotts if you would believe that.” 

Well, there you go, Outsiders. We have a first name and that’s about it. A stand-in for Knotts? You’ll have to be on the lookout for her to pop up when watching reruns.

Griffith One Time Compared Barney’s Singing Voice To That Of Legendary Crooner

When we all think about our favorite shows from this incredible series, one of them might be the time Andy said Barney “sounded” like a legendary crooner.

You will not believe this, Outsiders.

Griffith and Knotts sat down for a chat with former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer. After giving kudos to Knotts, he started talking about an episode called “Barney in the Choir.”

Mayberry forms a choir ahead of a big performance.

Barney sings off-key and he’s awful. But Andy gets an idea: he tells Barney to lip-synch. Turns out, Ol’ Barney ends up “sounding” like legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. Andy hired a professional singer to be behind a curtain and belt it out for Barney’s solo.

Think about all of those moments the two actors provided fans when episodes first ran on CBS.

Griffith just loved playing his role but Knotts found himself as an odd man out. He’d planned to be on there for five seasons because Andy said he was just doing it for five seasons. Andy changed his mind, forcing Knotts to find work. He ended up signing a movie deal with Universal Studios.