Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Highest Rated: 100% Bend of the River (1952)

Lowest Rated: 86% Benji (1974)

Birthday: Dec 14, 1902

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Actress Frances Bavier performed on Broadway for 25 years before moving to Hollywood and transitioning to film and television, most memorably in a decade-long run as the caring Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show" and its successor, "Mayberry R.F.D." Born in New York City, she attended Columbia University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before taking to the stage, making her Broadway debut in 1925 in "The Poor Nut." She enjoyed continued success before moving West in 1951, landing her first significant film role in the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Other supporting parts in films followed, including the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy "The Stooge," before TV came calling with guest spots on various shows as well as a recurring role on the renowned crime drama "Dragnet." Bavier landed her first regular role as the doting keeper of a boarding house on "It's a Great Life," the comedy series about the adventures of two soldiers in peacetime,. After that show ran its course, she had a repeating part on "The Eve Arden Show" before beginning her residency on "The Andy Griffith Show." There she played Aunt Bee, taking up housekeeping and cooking duties and acting as mother figure to both Griffith's character his son Opie, played by Ron Howard. Bavier won an Emmy in 1967 for her work on the series, and maintained the role even after Griffith departed and the show changed to "Mayberry R.F.D." Shortly after that show ended, she retreated from Hollywood, retiring to North Carolina.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
86% 55% Benji Lady with the Cat (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 25% It Started With a Kiss Mrs. Tappe (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Mrs. Solitaire (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 77% The Stooge Mrs. Rogers (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 30% Man in the Attic Helen Harley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 40% Horizons West Martha Hammond (Character) - 1952
100% 78% Bend of the River Mrs. Prentiss (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sally and Saint Anne Mrs. Kitty "Mom" O'Moyne (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Wife's Best Friend Mrs. Chamberlain (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 33% The Lady Says No Aunt Alice Hatch (Character) - 1951
95% 87% The Day the Earth Stood Still Mrs. Barley (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls About Town Unknown (Character) - 1931

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mayberry R.F.D. Aunt Bee (Character) 1968-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Aunt Bee Taylor (Character) 1960-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Aunt Bee Taylor (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Grandma (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Louise Marlow (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Great Life Mrs. Amy Morgan (Character) 1954-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Loretta Unknown (Character) 1954

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