Frances Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) played Aunt Bee Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and one episode of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. She also appeared in the Make Room for Daddy episode "Danny Meets Andy Griffith". In 1967 she won an Emmy for her performance on "The Andy Griffith Show". Her film appearances include The Day the Earth Stood Still, Man in the Attic, The Bad Seed and Benji. For Walt Disney's film Sleeping Beauty, she performed in filmed sequences used for character reference for the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, alongside actresses Spring Byington and Madge Blake. Although born in New York City, she spent her retirement years in Siler City, North Carolina, near Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy. She is buried in a cemetery in Siler City, being the largest memorial in that cemetery.
Frances Bavier told an interviewer when she retired that her favorite episode was Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee.