Frances Bavier

American stage and television actress (1902-1989)

Frances Elizabeth Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) was an American actress. She played Aunt Bee in the sitcom television series The Andy Griffith Show. She played the same character in the sequel series Mayberry, R. F. D.. Bavier won two Emmy Awards. She retired from acting and moved to Siler City, North Carolina. She is buried there.

Frances Bavier
Frances Bavier in 1964.
Frances Elizabeth Bavier

(1902-12-14)December 14, 1902
DiedDecember 6, 1989(1989-12-06) (aged 86)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery
Other namesHazel Howard
Alma materColumbia University
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1930–1974

Early life and career


Born in New York City, Bavier originally planned to become a teacher after attending Columbia University. She first appeared in vaudeville, later moving to the Broadway stage.[1]She also appeared in an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock TV show entitled “Revenge”


  1. "Frances Bavier Dead; TV Performer Was 86". The New York Times. 1989-12-08. Retrieved 2009-05-14.