Francis Bavier "Aunt Bee"
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member showbizkid
N 35° 43.991 W 079° 28.315
17S E 638190 N 3955431
Quick Description: Francis Bavier was an actress best known for her portrayal of Aunt Bee on the popular 1960's TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show".
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 6/2/2006 10:56:40 AM
Waymark Code: WME39
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 320

Long Description:

A graduate of Columbia University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Bavier began acting in 1925 as a member of various stage productions, and later toured overseas with the USO. In 1951, she began a 365-performance run on Broadway in Point of No Return, starring Henry Fonda. Not long after, she made the jump to the silver screen in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Several features followed, as well as regular roles on television's The Great Life (1954) and The Eve Arden Show (1957), and appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason and Wagon Train.

Fussy, matronly, lovable Aunt Bee became Bavier's signature role. She has the unique distinction of being the only player to endure the entire run of The Andy Griffith Show, beginning with the pilot and remaining through part of Mayberry, R.F.D. Bavier retired to Siler City, North Carolina after leaving Mayberry, though she did subsequently appear in several commercials and the children's movie Benji in 1974. She died on December 6, 1989 at the age of 87.

Francis Bavier is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Siler City. Her tombstone carries the fitting inscription:

"To Live in the Hearts of Those Left Behind is Not to Die".

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Actress of Stage, Screen and Television, her signature role was Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show".

Date of birth: 12/14/1902

Date of death: 12/09/1989

Area of notoriety: Entertainment

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daytime hours

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