2017-07-08 18:59:44 UTC
Frances Bavier (1902-1989) is best remembered for her character Aunt Bee Taylor who appeared on 178 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, 25 episodes of Mayberry RFD and two episodes of Gomer Pyle, USMC. Suppose, in some alternate reality, Frances Bavier had declined the role and it had gone to another actress. Who would be the ideal alternate reality Aunt Bee? Here are four women who could have fulfilled the character so brilliantly portrayed by Frances Bavier. It may have been necessary in some cases to refer to the lead-female as Sister Bee or Cousin Bee to avoid any sexual innuendo between Bee and Andy Taylor due to the reduced age difference between the two.
Virginia Gregg (1916-1986)
She was a favorite of actor/producer Jack Webb and appeared several times on Dragnet and Adam-12. Her characters varied between those who were slightly touched in the head to those who were unequivocally insane. She also appeared on Perry Mason, Kraft Suspense Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone.
Irene Tedrow (1907–1995)
She did plenty of portrayals of 19th century farm women but I best remember her for the Twilight Zone episode The Lateness of the Hour (1960), where Inger Stevens discovers to her dismay that she's not the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren, but a robot.
Edna Skinner (1921-2003):Best known for playing Kay Addison on Mister Ed. Remember? I sure do.
Nancy Kulp (1921-1991):OK, Miss Hathaway.
So, of the four alternate Aunt Bees, who's the best. I say Virginia Gregg.