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Betty Lynn, film and television actress best known for playing Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou in “The Andy Griffith Show”, has died. She was 95 years old.

Star passed away peacefully on Saturday after a brief illness, the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina announced in a statement.


Lynn appeared as Thelma Lu in the hit series from 1961 to 1966. He reprized his role in the made-for-television film “Return to Mayberry”, where he and Murali (Don Knotts) got married.

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Born on August 29, 1926, in Kansas City, Missouri, Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn began studying dance and acting at an early age. In 1944, he began performing as a part of the USO Camp Show.

Lin took his talent overseas while performing at the USO for soldiers during World War II. According to the museum, she was considered “the only American woman to travel the dangerous Burma Road during the war.”

She moved to New York in the late 1940s and began acting in film and later television. While she has led a successful decades-long career as an actress, fans remember her best for her role in “The Andy Griffith Show.”

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Director and actor Ron Howard, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor’s son, Opie, paid tribute to Lynn in a tweet on Sunday, saying he “lit up every scene she was in and every shooting day she was on set.” But it was.”

In his later years, Lin participated in reunions with fellow cast members and at various Mayberry-themed festivals. Knotts died in 2006 at the age of 81.

Lynn moved from Hollywood to Mount Airy in 2007 after several break-ins at her home. He expressed his love for the city to the Associated Press in 2015.

Actress Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lu on 'The Andy Griffith Show', pays her respects at the Andy Griffith statue on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  The actor died that year at the age of 86.

“I feel like God has blessed me,” Lynn said at the time. “He brought me to a lovely town, wonderful people, and just said, ‘Now, this is for you, Betty.'”

The museum shared that Lynn was working on an autobiography before her death. The book is now expected to be released posthumously.

Lynn is survived by several cousins. A memorial service will take place in Culver City, Calif. Details to be released at a later date.