Is This a Young Frances Bavier ("Aunt Bee" on The Andy Griffith Show)?

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Young Frances Bavier "Pinup Girl" Photo

Frances Bavier as a pinup girl
Netlore Archive: Viral image purportedly shows the young Frances Bavier (the actress who played Aunt Bee Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show) as a 1940s pin-up model. Viral image

Description: Viral image / Hoax
Circulating since: Feb. 2013
Status: False

Caption example:
As shared on Facebook, Feb. 22, 2013:

You would probably never guess who this lady was. Her name is Frances Bavier and she was Aunt Bee in the Andy Griffith show. Lovely Lady :-)


Analysis: The caption is erroneous, or an outright hoax. While it's true that actress Frances Bavier played the role of the matronly Aunt Bee on between 1960 and 1968 and on its spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D., through 1970, whoever is trying to convince us that she posed for the forties-era pin-up photo above is pulling our collective leg. In truth, there's no resemblance between the two women pictured in the photos.

The pic on the left is actually a publicity still from the 1949 film Yes Sir, That's My Baby starring Donald O'Connor with, pictured in a bathing suit, the beautiful Gloria DeHaven. DeHaven, born in 1925, was 24 years old when the photo was taken. Frances Bavier, born in 1902, would have been 47. She retired from acting at the age of 69 in 1972, and died in 1989.

Further reading:

Frances Bavier Biography
IMDb.com

Gloria DeHaven Biography
Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2010

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Frances Bavier as "Aunt Bee Taylor"

Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show)
The real Frances Bavier. Facebook.com