Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
Real Name/Full Name Elizabeth Ann Theresa ‘Betty’Lynn
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Betty Lynn
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 29 August 1926
Age/How Old: 97 years old
Height/How Tall: 162 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Grey
Parents Name: Father– not available
Mother – Elizabeth Ann Lynn
Siblings: None
School: Not available
College: Not available
Religion: Catholic
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Marital Status: Unmarried
Spouse Name: None
Kids/Children Name: None
Profession: Actress
Net Worth: $4 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Betty Lynn is most famous for her character Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show where she played the role of Barney Fife’s (played by Don Knotts) girlfriend. She is a retired American actress. Lynn was active from the year 1948 until her retirement in the year 2006.

Well, how well do you know about Betty lynn? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Betty lynn’s net worth in 2024, her age, height, weight, boyfriend, husband, kids, biography and complete details about her life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Betty lynn to date.

Biography and Early Life

Betty Lynn was born as Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn on 29th August 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her mother was a singer, by the name of Elizabeth Ann Lynn. She induced Betty into singing and thus kickstarted her career as a singer.

Betty, at the tender age of five, began attending the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Betty lynn in 2024 and what is her height and weight? Well, Betty lynn’s age is 97 years old as of today’s date 17th June 2024 having been born on 29 August 1926. Though, she is 5′ 4″ in feet and inches and 162 cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 154 lbs in Pound and 70kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Brown and hair color is Grey.


Not much is known about the educational background of Betty Lynn. This is probably because Lynn started working at a very young age. She loved through the Great Depression and the Second World War, which could have been a potential deterrent. She began her career as a singer when she was just five years when she started attending the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Very little is known of Betty Lynn’s father except for the story where he threatened to kill Elizabeth Ann Lynn when she was pregnant with Betty. Lynn’s father wanted to shoot Lynn’s mother in the abdomen personally. This forced Elizabeth Ann Lynn to hide herself in the closet with the baby to protect the two of them from her husband’s threats.

Betty’s parents had been separated since she was a mere ten months old toddler. Her parents thankfully divorced each other when she was five. It was her grandfather, one George Andrew Lynn who took up the role of Betty’s father. There was always a fear of Lynn’s father talking. He tried to re-enter their lives by writing letters to Lynn’s mother.

Betty Lynn became the financial support of her family and bought a house for her grandparents and her mother in the year 1950. Even though Lynn never got hitched herself, she did get engaged. According to an interview, Lynn was engaged three times. She had a dating history with Hollywood men but never cared about any but one of them. They, however, never got together because he had another woman in his life. This caused them to get engaged three times, but they never made it to the altar, sadly.

Is Betty Lynn Gay?

No Betty Lynn is not gay. She is a straight white woman.

Professional Career

Betty Lynn’s career as an actress gained momentum in the 1950s – 1960s. She started her acting career in several television shows before stealing everyone’s hearts as Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show. Till date, Thelma Lou is Lynn’s most famous role, and it is what she is still known for today.

Betty Lynn’s early career days began as an actor on the radio and earned as low as seven dollars for every show. Her mother’s career as a singer did help Lynn out with her singing, and soon she began a tryst with the United Service Organizations (USO). Before USO happened, Lynn used to sing in hotels, bars, among other places to earn a living. USO made her sing in various hospitals post the world war, where she sang to several patients and prisoners of war alike.

Lynn did some Broadway shows and made her debut with the film Sitting Pretty in the year 1948.

This allowed Lynn to receive more offers, and she started working in more films. She appeared in Payment on Demand, Cheaper By The Dozen, Mother is a Freshman and June Bride. Patricia Kirkland was replaced with Betty Lynn for the Betty Blake character in The Egg and I.

The year 1961 was a big jump for Lynn’s acting career. She found herself in the role of Thelma Lou, in the Andy Griffith Show. She soon became a regular on the series and worked from 1961 to 1965. In the sixth season of the show, she made her final appearance as a guest. Fans loved the show so much that a reunion movie was created where Lynn reprised her role as Thelma Lou in the year 1986.


In 2004, Betty Lynn was the winner of the Legend Award.

One year after her retirement, Betty Lynn was honoured in 2007. Her name was inducted into the Missouri Walk of Fame. The Missouri Walk of Fame can be found in Marshfield, in Missouri state, USA.

Former Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, bestowed another honor upon Betty Lynn. She was presented with the highest civilian award in North Carolina: the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in the year 2016. The honor was presented by the Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, Dan Forest.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Betty Lynn in January 2021

Betty Lynn Net Worth
Betty Lynn Net Worth

As of 2024, Betty Lynn is rumored to have a net worth of a whopping $4 million. Her primary source of income was her acting career.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

Betty Lynn did a tour of Asia during the Second World War with the USO.

Lynn had a dispute with Andy Griffith due to her role of Matlock.

She was given the nickname ‘Boo’ by her ‘June Bride’ (1948) co-star Bette Davis.

Betty Lynn earned five hundred dollars per episode on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Betty Lynn has today retired as an actress in the real Mayberry.

Betty Lynn has had a remarkable acting career. Not much information about her is available easily as the 94-year-old actress chooses to lead a private life of retirement. She did have a successful career and a colourful one at that, for how many can boast of having toured Vietnam and India during the war to sing to patients and prisoners?

Betty lives in Mount Airy, North Carolina. According to sources, she has been living in a facility with assistance available for the elderly. Even today, she personally goes out and meets her enthusiastic fans. Lynn has a scheduled visit once a month to The Andy Griffith Show Museum where her fans can meet her and get her autograph.


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