Ron Howard Posts Heartfelt Tribute After ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Star Betty Lynn Dies at 95

by Madison Miller
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Popular actor and director Ron Howard just posted a heartfelt and heartbreaking tribute to Betty Lynn on his social media.

For reference, Betty Lynn played Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show.” She was the girlfriend of the beloved character Don Knotts played, Barney Fife.

Ron Howard Posts Tribute

Lynn died at the age of 95 yesterday. She died from an illness in North Carolina. She lived in a retirement home there.

Ron Howard was also on “The Andy Griffith Show” as young Opie Taylor. He wrote a message to his old co-star that just passed away. The post reads, “RIP Betty Lynn. She played Thelma Lou on #TAGS & brightened every scene she was in & every shooting day she was on set. I saw her last a few years ago where she still lit up the room with her positivity. It was great to have known and worked with her. She truly was 95yrs young.”

He wrote it alongside a post of Thelma Lou giving Barney Fife a kiss on the cheek with the caption, “A sad day in Mayberry.”

During “The Andy Griffith Show” Thelma Lou first met Barney Fife at Wilton Blair’s funeral. Despite a number of fights and altercations, the two always made it work. She was often considered Barney’s one true love. He would famously say, “Thelma Lou, you’re the only girl I love!”

Her very last appearance, however, was when Barney returned to Mayberry to see that she was married to a different man. Eventually in the “Return to Mayberry” film from 1986, it is discovered that she went through a divorce and Barney and Thelma get to know each other again. The two eventually get married after all.

Other Roles Betty Lynn Had

Betty Lynn seemed to love her role as Thelma Lou. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she would regularly sign autographs and meet fans at the Andy Griffith Museum.

She also appeared in other projects like “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “June Bride,” “The Wonderful World of Disney,” and “Texas John Slaughter.” She also had recurring roles on “Family Affair,” “My Three Sons,” and “Little House on the Prairie,” amongst many others.

In addition to Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and many others, Betty Lynn was an iconic character in the world of Mayberry. She was one of the last surviving members of “The Andy Griffith Show.”

According to WYMT, the burial for Betty Lynn is going to take place in Culver City, California and a memorial service will happen at a later date. Instead of flowers, donations can be sent to the Betty Lynn Scholarship Endowment. This is a scholarship program that helps young people trying to pursue a career in acting or dance.

Donations can also go to the Emmett Forrest Endowment Fund.

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