Frances Elizabeth Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) was an American stage and television actress. Originally from New York theatre, Bavier worked in film and television from the 1950s. She played the role of Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. from 1960 to 1970. Aunt Bee logged more Mayberry years (ten) than any other character. Bavier won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Comedy Actress for the role in 1967. She never married or had children.
Frances Bavier....Her headstone includes the name of her most famous role, "Aunt Bee" and reads, "To live in the hearts of those left behind is not to die."
Frances Bavier....On November 22, 1989, Bavier was admitted to Chatham Hospital. She suffered from both heart disease and cancer and was kept in the coronary care unit for two weeks. She was discharged on December 4, 1989, and died at her home two days later of a heart attack.
Cast of 'The Andy Griffith Show' (1960) The Andy Griffith Show cast (Frances Bavier, Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Aneta Corsaut, Don Knotts) gathers for a Christmas portrait on the set.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68)--Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor, and Ron Howard as Opie Taylor