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The Rehearsal Club
Inc. 2019



​​​​​​​​​​​"Dedicated to telling the story of The Rehearsal Club, to preserving its
legacy and to inspire and support future generations of aspiring young artists."


Betty Lynn

RC 1945 - 1947

"I was very grateful to have the opportunity of living at The Rehearsal Club many years ago.  Miss Kay was so good to all of us, and the young women that came there felt protected and it was a wonderful place to live.  Friends I made there have lasted my lifetime.  I hope there will someday be a place like the Rehearsal Club again!"

Betty Lynn is still seen today as "Thelma Lou" on
re-runs of the ​Andy Griffith Show.  For this native of Kansas City, Mo., however, there was a life outside Mayberry. As an actress, dancer and singer while living at The Rehearsal Club, her career encompassed Broadway, the movies, radio and television. 

As a young teen she was performing on radio and by 18, singing and dancing in a Kansas City nightclub. At 20, during World War II, she signed on for an eight-month stint with the USO, entertaining troops in Burma, China and India.

On contract with 20th Century Fox, Miss Lynn was lent out to several other studios, frequently performing with big-name stars. Film credits include Father Was a Fullback, Cheaper by the Dozen, Sitting Pretty, Behind the High Wall and others. On TV, she appeared in My Three Sons, Wagon Train, Matlock and Family Affair, to mention a few.

As for The Andy Griffith Show cast, off the set friendships were sparse for cast members rarely socialized with one another after work. It seems Betty never wanted to impose on anyone simply because they worked together.   Her "sisters" from The Rehearsal Club, however, send our warmest regards.