Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
Celebrated Name: Betty Lynn
Real Name/Full Name: Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn
Gender: Female
Age: 97 years old
Birth Date: August 29, 1926
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality: American
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Weight: 65 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Husband/Spouse (Name): N/A
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): No
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): N/A
Is Betty Lynn Lesbian?: No
Profession: Actress
Salary: NA
Net Worth in 2024: $3 million
Last Updated: April 2024

Elizabeth Ann Theresa “Betty,” also commercially called Betty Lynn, is a former US actress. She is known for her fantastic performance on The Andy Griffith Show, where she played the role of Deputy Barney Fife’s girlfriend, “Thelma Lou.” Between the 1940s and 1950s, Betty was starred in various movies that include “Sitting Pretty” (in 1948), “June Bride” (in 1948), “the original Cheaper by the Dozen” (in 1950) and “Meet Me in Las Vegas” (in 1956).

Maybe you know about Betty Lynn very well, but do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Betty Lynn’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Betty Lynn was born and brought up in Kansas City, Missouri.  Her family belongs to the film and music industry. Her mother, named Elizabeth Ann Lynn, has been “an acclaimed mezzo-soprano” who taught her to sing when she was a child. Betty attended the Kansas City Conservatory of Music and got training in music.

Unfortunately, she spent her childhood in the absence of her father. This was because of ill terms between her parents. Her father has once threatened Betty’s mother to shoot her in the abdomen during her pregnancy. After when Lynn was born, her mother spent her days in a locked room with the baby as they were in constant threat of getting killed. Her mother and father ended up divorced when she was only five years old. Betty has a grandfather named George Andrew Lynn, who has worked as a railroad engineer and supported her family like a father.

Personal Life

Looking at her personal life, Betty has never married and chose to stay single throughout her life. There is news that she got engaged once, but due to some reasons, the relationship could not culminate in marriage. She has also never been in any relationship after that time. In 1950, Betty purchased a house in LA, with her grandparents, and mother to move in. She is the one who is responsible for taking care of her family. She performs the role of breadwinner as well as a caretaker.

Betty is a kind-hearted person who takes time to meet her followers and fulfill their expectations to the best possible extent. For this, she visits the Andy Griffith Museum located in Mount Airy, North Carolina, once in a month to meet her fans and sign autographs.

Presently, Betty Lynn stays in an assisted-living accommodation in Mount Airy.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on August 29, 1926, Betty Lynn is 97 years old as of today’s date 23rd April 2024. Her height is 5 ft 5 inches tall, and her weight is 65 kg.


Betty Lynn started her career in acting by being a member of the drama series that was aired on one of the radio stations in Kansas City.

After a few years of her hard work, she started getting relevant acting roles that boosted her career. She was starred in Walk with Music (released in 1940), Oklahoma! (released in 1943), and Park Avenue (released in 1946).

Impressed by her performance, Betty was signed for a 20th Century Fox by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was a significant break in her career and contributed a lot to make a successful career. As mentioned in the contract, the production house will keep dropping her at a regular interval of six months. So, Betty got recurring acting opportunities under the production. As it was a reputed production, she did hard work to keep getting roles and remained associated with them for a longer time.

Besides the small screen, Betty also got an opportunity to work in films. She got her first break in the 1948 movie named “Sitting Pretty.” For this movie, she had won a “Photoplay Gold Medal.”

In the same year, she also starred in June Bride next to Bette Davis and got a dozen of more roles as “Mother Is a Freshman (released in 1949)”, Cheaper by the Dozen (released in 1950), and Payment on Demand (released in 1951).

For her fantastic performance, she was chosen for the show CBS comedy show named The Egg and I (1951-1952) in place of Patricia Kirkland, who had been performing the role earlier. Later she worked in a comedy movie “Love That Jill” (in 1958).

In 1986, she repeated her character of “Thelma Lou” in the reunion film “Return to Mayberry.” In 2006, Betty retired from acting.

Awards & Achievements

At an early age of seventeen, Betty got auditioned to become a part of USO (United Service Organizations) entertainment. After a year, she started touring (under the USO banner) to theatres in countries like Burma, India, and China.  During her touring activity, she visited patients in hospitals and also sang for them on their requests from her collection of 725 songs.

While on her tour, she got an opportunity to meet recently released war prisoners from Rangoon. The doctor told her that soon she would be out of their senses. Music was one of the best therapies that could heal them. Betty was doing noble work to take care of their mental health.

In 2007, Betty got inaugurated into the “Missouri Walk of Fame,” Marshfield, Missouri.

On August 30, 2016, she was honored with the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” It is known to be the highest civilian honor in North Carolina”. This honor was presented by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.

Net Worth & Salary of Betty Lynn in 2024

Betty Lynn Net Worth
Betty Lynn Net Worth

Betty has made a highly successful career in acting. So far, she has worked in numerous television shows and films that have given her a lot of honor and money. Her major source of earning comes from acting.

Betty has also made guest appearances in several TV series that includes The Gale Storm Show, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Markham, and Sugarfoot. She also got the opportunity to act on the show “The Andy Griffith Show” as Thelma Lou and has appeared in 26 episodes of the show.

She was cast in dozens of shows as “Mother Is a Freshman,” Cheaper by the Dozen, Payment on Demand, “Love That Jill,” The Egg and I,” “Walk with Music,” “Oklahoma!”, and “Park Avenue.” She had made a lot of money from doing these roles. Her overall net worth is calculated to be $3 million as of April 2024.

Betty Lynn is an accomplished actress that has worked in several movies and television shows. Despite facing a tough childhood, she never let her dreams shatter. She kept progressing, and eventually realized them with her hard work and determination.


  1. Thank you for putting this together. I have always loved the character of Thelma Lou and now I love Betty Lynn as much or even more. Betty Lynn’s life started out pretty rough and it’s a wonder and miracle that she got where she did. Her mom needs a lot of credit for this. I can only imagine how tough that must have been. If I lived close to Mt. Airey, I’d be there to visit, maybe too much. The whole Andy Griffith Show was a lesson in humanity and Thelma Lou was my shining star.

  2. Thelma Lou always a lady loved by all her fans, friends and family. Thanks pretty lady for a life well lived that made North Carolina proud to have you as one of us!

  3. I had a major crush on her during her Andy Griffith days. I LOVED her eyes! Such lovely eyes! Why she never got married, ill never understant.


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