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Frances Bavier? (Read 15321 times)
Jul 18th, 2009 at 2:16pm
flyfisher  

 
I've read from time to time how difficult Aunt Bee could be on the set and how she really didn't like Andy etc.

How much of that do ya'll think is true?

I've read she was sort of an "odd duck" during her retirement in Siler City but was just curious if anyone had any thoughts on her during the years on the show.

TIA
 
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Reply #1 - Jul 18th, 2009 at 3:46pm

Tex Foley   Offline
What did Calvin Coolidge
say?
Atlanta, GA

 
I don't know how much of this is true and how much is rumors but it is somewhat interesting nonetheless.
http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/b/Frances%20Bavier/frances_bavier.htm
 
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Reply #2 - Jul 18th, 2009 at 5:04pm

Puddingtame   Offline
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I heard Andy speak on this a bit in one of the reunion shows. She didn't cotton to Andy well all the time. But he said when she took ill and was nearing the end of her life, he called her (or she called him, don't remember now) and they apologized for past problems. She told Andy that she knew she had been difficult to work with and was sorry for the way she had been. So it sounds like what ever problems they may have endured, they came to peace with one another before she died.
 

Puddingtame! Ask me again I'll tell you the same!
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Reply #3 - Jul 18th, 2009 at 5:36pm

SWFLguy   Offline
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=1457&PIpi=78979
One would like to think that Andy and "Aunt Bee" reconciled.
 
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Reply #4 - Jul 18th, 2009 at 11:07pm

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
Carolina

 
it is a shame that so many 'difficult' people live their lives with total disregard to other peoples feelings and think if they only say "oops , sorry" with their last dying breath then that makes everythink alright. i understand that once the show was a hit , they were committed to keeping her and the character , but who made the call to hire her in the first place ? was she the only overweight grandmotherly type lady in hollywood ?
 
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Reply #5 - Jul 18th, 2009 at 11:17pm

Moonshine Moo   Offline
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widow bradshaw wrote on Jul 18th, 2009 at 11:07pm:
was she the only overweight grandmotherly type lady in hollywood ? 


How about Reta Shaw?...  Cheesy
 

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Reply #6 - Jul 19th, 2009 at 3:55am

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widow bradshaw wrote on Jul 18th, 2009 at 11:07pm:
who made the call to hire her in the first place 


She couldn't do anything....couldn't play baseball, couldn't go fishing, what was she good for?  Huh
 

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Reply #7 - Jul 19th, 2009 at 8:50am

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
Carolina

 
but she needed Opie ! Grin
 
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Reply #8 - Jul 19th, 2009 at 9:31pm

Ronald Bailey   Offline
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How about Reta Shaw?... Cheesy
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As my grandpa would have said, "that old gal could act!" (he called nearly every female an old gal).  Whether it was Eleanor Poltice or Ralph Henderson( Grin) she could flat play the part! I also liked the lady that played Mrs. Pendleton. I thought she played that type of part very well in the episode where Emmitt buys the fur coat. She also was equally fun as Barney (Dr. Haywood's) mother in the shakiest gun in the west.

I actually really like Francis Bavier's portrayal of Aunt Bee. She could do the touching scenes, comedy bits, and even the mad-as-fire scenes as only a professional could. I even read where Denver Pyle talked about how good of an actor she was. In fact he even went as far as to compare her to Doris Day in her ability to make the person playing against her to act better.

I too saw the TV Land (I think) interview where Andy talks about her calling him just before she died. Whatever her bedside manner, I can't imagine any one else doing that part justice.
 

"Just tell him the boy busted a winder and wants to stand on his own two legs."
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Reply #9 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 9:27am

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
Carolina

 
Cast as a whining widow lady in the 1960 pilot for The Andy Griffith Show, Bavier made so indelible an impression that the part of Aunt Bee was created for her virtually on the spot. She remained with The Andy Griffith Show even after Griffith left the series in 1968 and the program's title was changed to Mayberry RFD. Upon her retirement in 1970, Bavier dropped totally out of sight, and it was assumed by her friends and fans that she had passed away. When it was ascertained that Bavier was indeed alive, Andy Griffith tried to entreat her to appear in a 1986 Griffith Show reunion. Frances Bavier flatly refused, making it clear that she wanted no further contact with her former TV costars; she was alone and completely cut off from show business and liked it that way.
 
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Reply #10 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 1:33pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
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I think Francis, being a 'serious' actress, didn't understand the lack of seriousness taken to the craft by these young upstart television actors.  She was trained to get it right the first time.  The young kids coming up could always get it right on the next take as they weren't live.  I think this is what bothered Francis the most.
 
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Reply #11 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 1:37pm

Mister Bass   Offline
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Where did you get that info Widow?  I heard Frances Bavier was too sick to appear in "Return to Mayberry" and that she did indeed reconcile with Andy Griffith just before she died.  I've also read that the role of Aunt Bee so appealed to her that she moved to Siler City, NC because of her association with TAGS and her character.
 

I'm a little mean, but I make up for it by bein' real healthy.
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Reply #12 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 3:32pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
I've heard two stories.  One that she refused to play the part and two, that she was too ill to travel, let alone act.
 
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Reply #13 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 4:18pm

Briscoe Darling   Offline
"You arguin' with me?"
Ruffton, NC

 
Mister Bass wrote on Jul 20th, 2009 at 1:37pm:
Where did you get that info Widow? I heard Frances Bavier was too sick to appear in "Return to Mayberry" and that she did indeed reconcile with Andy Griffith just before she died. I've also read that the role of Aunt Bee so appealed to her that she moved to Siler City, NC because of her association with TAGS and her character.



Frances Bavier refused to be part of "Return to Mayberry" which was filmed in 1986.  Bavier passed 3 years later from congestive heart failure brought on by coronary artery disease coupled with a couple of heart attacks.  She had breast cancer, but that was not an underlying cause of death.

She retired to Siler City in 1972 because she had visited there many times during different celebrations and fell in love with the town.  Had nothing to do with TAGS.  Her last acting role was in 1974 in the movie  "Benji"
 

"Thought about killin' him, kinda hated to go that far"
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Reply #14 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 4:18pm

Andy Paul Lawson   Offline
Everythings okay in Mayberry.
Little Rock AR

 
  I have that also Pierre. I guess since she shunned the spotlight, we'll never know for sure. Andy would know though.
 
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