To memorialize her, I’d like to present this theory of relateeveety which connects three of her TV characters…..
Helen Crump is a fictional dramatic character on the American television program ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ (1960-1968). Helen made her debut in the third-season episode "Andy Discovers America" (1963). Helen was a schoolteacher and became main character Sheriff Andy Taylor's girlfriend. Helen also appeared in TAGS spinoff, 'Mayberry R.F.D.' (1968 – 1971), and in the TAGS reunion telemovie, "Return to Mayberry" (1986). Helen was portrayed by Aneta Corsaut.
Helen wrote a book entitled “Amusing Tales of Tiny Tots”, which was published by a Richmond Virginia, firm. (The book was republished decades later by Whitestone Press in New York City.)
Cynthia is the daughter of Helen’s sister. Both of the women resembled each other very closely, to a remarkable degree of similarity, but I don’t think they were identical twins. (Tele-genetics are very strong, much more likely to recombine exactly than in the Real World.)
Helen and her sister were the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Crump from Jericho in Fillmore County, Kansas.
Helen’s sister had married a man named Morgan and Cynthia was their only child. Because her husband accepted a job offer at Universal Research and Development, they had to relocate to the West Coast. So the Morgans moved from West Virginia in 1967 into a house on Clinton Avenue in Los Angeles. (When the blended Brady family moved in down the street two years later, the Morgans were the first to welcome them to the neighborhood. Although she was a grade ahead of them, Cynthia would become better friends with Greg and Marcia Brady once they became freshmen at Westdale High School.)
As for Helen Taylor, she and the former sheriff of Mayberry eventually married and moved to Raleigh where they raised their son Andrew Samuel Taylor. (Farmer and city councilman Sam Jones thought that the lad got his middle name from him, and the Taylors let him believe that.
Sadly, Helen Crump Taylor passed away in the mid-1990s in her 60s, leaving her husband Andy, their son Andrew Sam, and her stepson Opie who was the editor of the local newspaper in Mayberry. Andy eventually retired as sheriff and was succeeded in the job by his son Andrew Sam. Andy spent the years remaining to him by relaxing on his front porch, softly strumming his guitar.
On a warm summer night in 2012, the music which the neighbors had become accustomed to suddenly stopped. Responding to a worried phone call from a neighbor, Opie and Andrew Sam went over to the house they grew up in and found their father on the porch swing, his chin resting on his chest and the guitar held lightly in his hands.
TV SHOWS CITED:
- ‘The Andy Griffith Show’
- ‘Columbo’ – “A Stitch In Crime”
- ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ – “Andy And Helen Get Married” & “Andy’s Baby”
- ‘The Real McCoys’ – “The McCoy Hex”
- ‘Space: 1999’ – “Breakaway”
- ‘Murphy Brown’ – “And The Whiner Is” & “Bah, Humboldt!”
- ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ – “Murray Can’t Lose” (among others)
- ‘Flight’ – “The Havana Run”
- ‘The Brady Bunch’
- ‘Diagnosis Murder’
- ‘Dream On’
- ‘My Three Sons’
- ‘City Of Angels’
- “Return To Mayberry”
- 7-Up commercial
* O’Bservation – We never learned the first name of Helen Crump’s sister.