And Aunt Bee gets more fleshing out in the previously
covered "Aunt Bee, the Warden" in which she shows herself as a
no-nonsense tamer of men, as well as "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee"
(April 2, 1962), and "The Bed Jacket" (December 10, 1962). In
"Wedding Bells," Aunt Bee allows her friend Clara to persuade her
that Andy will never remarry as long as she is living with him out of deference
to her, so she agrees to be courted by uncouth and somewhat disgusting dry
cleaner Fred Goss. Andy finally recognizes that Bee is not happy at the
prospect of marrying Goss and assures her that she is not standing in his way,
even offering to smoothly break off the engagement by pretending that Bee is
planning to wear a dress to their next dance that has all the features that
Goss, as a dry cleaner, hates. In "The Bed Jacket" we again see Bee
timidly putting herself second when she can't bring herself to tell Andy what
she really wants for her upcoming birthday, a frilly and perhaps frivolous bed jacket
she saw in the window of the local fashion shop. Trying to maintain a front of
practicality and not wanting any bother on her expense, Bee's subtle hints
about the bed jacket fail to connect with Andy, who instead gets her a more
practical gift of glass jars for preserves, while Mayor Stoner misreads her
attempt to get him to mention the bed jacket to Andy and instead buys it for
his own wife. Andy only realizes his mistake when Clara comes over to see Bee's
new bed jacket on her birthday, and he is able to postpone her visit while he
rushes over to Stoner's house to make a deal for what Bee really wants. Her
portrait as a self-effacing servant of others is yet another realistically
drawn character that makes The Andy
Griffith Show one of television's truly exceptional comedies.
For the biographies of Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, Howard McNear, Hal Smith, Betty Lynn, and Hope Summers, see the 1961 post on The Andy Griffith Show. For the biography of Parley Baer, see the 1961 post on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but Moore had the contract dissolved
because she objected to Hitchcock's demands for changing her appearance. Beginning
in 1959 she began to find more work in television with guest appearances on The Real McCoys, The Rifleman, Bat Masterson,
and Riverboat. Around 1960 she went
completely deaf due to otosclerosis but continued acting by learning to
lip-read. She finally had surgery in 1962 to restore hearing in one ear. That
year she also had two of her more memorable roles as prostitute Miss Precious in
Walk on the Wild Side and playing a
southern belle opposite Elvis Presley in Follow
That Dream. She also suffered a serious gash on her leg while filming an
episode of Route 66 that left a
permanent scar. However, her memorable roles earlier in the year led her to be
cast as nurse Peggy McMillan, Sheriff Andy Taylor's newest love interest, in
the fall of 1962 beginning Season 3 of The
Andy Griffith Show.
Perry Mason, and Hawaiian Eye, all in 1963. That year she also married for the third time to actor Ryan O'Neal, with whom she had daughter Tatum and son Griffin. Her marriage to O'Neal has been described as tempestuous, and the couple split in 1966 with the divorce becoming final the following year. Moore continued working regularly both during the marriage and thereafter, but the divorce had a lasting negative impact on her, driving her into a deep depression that led her to abuse alcohol and amphetamines. In Tatum O'Neal's autobiography many years later, she observed about her mother, "some women survive divorce, some don't. She turned to pills and alcohol to soothe the pain." Eventually her substance abuse problems began to affect her work and in 1970 she checked herself into the Camarillo State Hospital to deal with her amphetamine addiction. But even after being released, alcohol continued to be a problem--she was arrested multiple times for DUI and later lost three fingers on one hand during an auto accident. By 1971 she lost custody of her children, and after Tatum became an Oscar-winning actor herself at age 10, she helped support her mother when Moore's acting roles dried up in the mid-1970s. In 1975 Moore married roofing contractor Garry Reeves, but like her other marriages, it didn't last long with a divorce following in 1976, the year she made her last TV series appearances in episodes of The Blue Knight and Petrocelli. In 1977 Tatum bought her mother a condominium in Palm Springs. In 1980 Moore appeared in the TV movie Scout's Honor, and her last feature film appearance came 4 years later in an Australian movie Run Chrissie Run! In 1996, Moore, a lifelong cigarette smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Tatum bought her a house in Indian Wells, California, where she died November 22, 1997 at age 63.
Notable Guest Stars
Season 2, Episode 14, "The Keeper
of the Flame": Everett Sloane (see the biography section for the 1961 post
on The Dick Tracy Show) plays moonshining
farmer Jubal Foster. Flip Mark (Flip Rogers on Lassie, Brook Hooten on Guestward
Ho!, and Larry Walker on Fair
Exchange) plays the leader of Opie's secret club.
Season 2, Episode 18, "Jailbreak":
Ken Lynch (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Checkmate) plays Chief Inspector of State Police Horton. Allan
Melvin (Cpl. Steve Henshaw on The Phil
Silvers Show, Sgt. Snorkle on Beetle
Bailey, Sgt. Charley Hacker on Gomer
Pyle: U.S.M.C., Sam Franklin on The
Brady Bunch, and Barney Hefner on All
in the Family and Archie Bunker's
Place and was the voice of Magilla Gorilla on Magilla Gorilla, Drooper on The
Banana Splits Adventure Hour, and Thun and King Vultan on Flash Gordon) plays bank robber Clarence
"Doc" Malloy. Frank Warren (see "The Manicurist" above) returns
as grocer Art Crowley. Fred Sherman (Tommy the tailor on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and Burt Purdy on Cimarron City) plays dry cleaner Fred
Season 2, Episode 21, "Guest
of Honor": Jay Novello (Juan Greco on Zorro
and Mayor Mario Lugatto on McHale's Navy)
plays conman Sheldon Davis.
Season 2, Episode 23, "Aunt
Bee the Warden": Orville Sherman (Mr. Feeney on Buckskin, Wib Smith on Gunsmoke,
and Tupper on Daniel Boone) plays
convict Bill Gordon. Mary Lansing (see "The Merchant of Mayberry"
above) plays cake decorator Mary.
Season 2, Episode 25, "Andy and Barney in the Big City": Les Tremayne (starred in The War of the Worlds (1953), The Story of Ruth, The Slime People, and The Fortune Cookie and played Inspector Richard Queen in The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen) plays jewel thief C.J. Hasler. Allan Melvin (see "Jailbreak" above) plays hotel Detective Bardoli. Robert Carson (Mr. Maddis on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show) plays Police Commissioner Hedges. Arte Johnson (a regular performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and played Bascomb Bleacher, Jr. on Sally, Cpl. Lefkowitz on Don't Call Me Charlie, and Clive Richlin on Glitter) plays a hotel clerk. Peter Leeds (Tenner Smith on Trackdown and George Colton on Pete and Gladys) plays police Sgt. Nelson.
Season 2, Episode 26, "Wedding
Bells for Aunt Bee": Fred Sherman (see "Jailbreak" above) returns
as dry cleaner Fred Goss.
Season 2, Episode 28, "The
Bookie Barber": Herb Vigran (Judge Brooker on Gunsmoke) plays bookie Bill Medwin. Harry Swoger (Harry the
bartender on The Big Valley) plays one
of his bagmen.
Season 2, Episode 31, "Deputy
Otis": Stanley Adams (Lt. Morse on Not
for Hire and Gurrah on The Lawless
Years) plays Otis' brother Ralph Campbell. Amzie Strickland (Julia Mobey on
Carter Country) plays Ralph's wife
Verlene. Dorothy Neumann (Miss Mittleman on Hank)
plays Otis' wife Rita.
Season 3, Episode 2, "Andy's Rich Girlfriend": Warner
Jones (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Blue Angels) plays a second waiter at the French restaurant.
Wagon Train and Grandfather Aldon on Apple's Way) plays recently released thief Luke Jensen. Jon Lormer (see "Bailey's Bad Boy" above) plays farmer Tate Fletcher. Ralph Bell (radio actor who was married to actresses Pert Kelton and Patricia Roe) plays state forensics expert William Upchurch.
Dr. Kildare) plays Thelma Lou's friend Lydia Crossthwaite. Joyce Jameson (appeared in The Apartment, Tales of Terror, and The Comedy of Terrors) plays Barney's Mount Pilot date Skippy. Jean Carson (Rosemary on The Betty Hutton Show) plays Skippy's friend Daphne.
Season 3, Episode 7, "Lawman
Barney": Orville Sherman (see "Aunt Bee the Warden" above) plays
illegal produce peddler Matt. Alan Melvin (see "Jailbreak" above)
plays his partner Neal. Norman Leavitt (Ralph on Trackdown) plays filling station owner Wally.
Perry Mason) plays returning cabin owner Charlie O'Malley.
Season 3, Episode 12, "The
Bed Jacket": Mary Lansing (see "The Merchant of Mayberry" above)
plays fashion store owner Mrs. Lukens. Dabbs Greer (see the biography section
for the 1960 post on Gunsmoke) plays a
hardware store clerk.
Season 3, Episode 14, "One-Punch Opie": Richard Keith (Little Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour and later played Johnny Paul Jason on The Andy Griffith Show) plays Opie's friend Carter French. Kim Tyler (Kyle Nash on Please Don't Eat the Daisies) plays Opie's friend Billy Gray. Clint Howard (see "The Jinx" above) returns as sandwich-eating little boy Leon.