Frances Bavier - biography

Actor from United States of America

Frances Bavier Frances Elizabeth Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) was an American stage and television actress. Originally from the New York theatre, Bavier worked in film and television from the 1950s. She played the continuing role of Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. from 1960 to 1970. Aunt Bee logged more Mayberry years (ten) than any other character. Bavier won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Comedy Actress for the role in 1967. Born in New York City, Bavier attended Columbia University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before embarking on a career in acting. She first appeared in vaudeville, later moving to the Broadway stage. Bavier had roles in more than a dozen films, as well as having played a range of supporting roles on television. Career highlights include the play Point of No Return, alongside Henry Fonda, and her turn as Mrs. Barley in the classic 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still. In 1957 she played Nora Martin, mother to Eve Arden in the series The Eve Arden Show. Bavier had a love-hate relationship with her most famous role, Aunt Bee, during The Andy Griffith Show. As a New York actress, she felt her dramatic talents were  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Frances Elizabeth Bavier
Date of birth
Place of birth
New York City
United States of America


Institution From To
Columbia University
American Academy of Dramatic Arts


Year Performance Character
1974 Benji
1953 Man in the Attic
1952 The Lady Says No
1952 The Stooge
1952 Horizons West
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still Mrs. Barley


Date of death
Cause of death
Cancer,Myocardial infarction
Place of death
Siler City

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