R.I.P. Barbara Perry, Morey's wife on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Andy's would-be wife on The Andy Griffith Show

The actor and dancer passed away at the age of 97.

As the original Pickles Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Barbara Perry featured in two episodes of the first season as the wife of Morey Amsterdam. Her high-pitched voice could be depended on to ask awkward questions like, "Don't you hate being alone on your birthday?" But when she smiled, it was like a light going on in the Petrie's living room.

Barbara Perry (center) on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Perry got her start as a dancer, so entertaining she was soon the opening act for icons like Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. She'd later transition to the big screen, appearing in a few movies in the 1930s and '40s, but primarily finding most of her work on and off Broadway. Later she'd go on to study dance in London, and when she returned to the U.S., she was ready for her TV debut in the late 1950s and early 1960s, seen on shows like The Twilight Zone, The Donna Reed Show and The Fugitive

Barbara Perry on The Twilight Zone

In the mid-1960s, Mayberry welcomed Perry four times. We watched her arrange the class reunion on The Andy Griffith Show and later she'd appear as a den mother on the show's spin-off Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., but even more notably, at one point, Thelma Lou tried to set her up with Sheriff Andy. In "A Wife for Andy," Perry played Lavinia, one of three women Andy gently disappoints once the whole town prematurely decides it's about time he settled down.

Barbara Perry on The Andy Griffith Show

In her career, Perry appeared on dozens of hit shows right up to 2017, including Perry Mason, My Three Sons, Newhart, Murder, She Wrote, How I Met Your Mother and Baskets. She was the widow of pioneering Disney animator Art Babbitt who famously created Goofy. On May 5, Deadline reports that Perry passed away at the age of 97.

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Pilaf 19 days ago
She would have been a female "Warren Ferguson" if they'd married her to "Andy Taylor. Producers should have kept "Ellie Walker." You've heard the old saying: "Two sons cannot hold their own in the same sphere." Don Knotts and this lady would have been too much for Mayberry.
DarioWiter 20 days ago
Rest in peace, dear lady. 🌹☺️
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Wiseguy 20 days ago
"In her career, Perry appeared on dozens of hit shows right up to 2017, including Perry Mason, My Three Sons, Newhart, Murder, She Wrote, How I Met Your Mother and Baskets."

Rule #D57, Writing Handbook, Loyola University Press:
"Use a semicolon to set off the items of a series if the items contain commas."
"Murder, She Wrote" contains a comma so the series should be separated by semi-colons.
Wiseguy 20 days ago
It should be noted that Joan Shawlee also played the part of Pickles in the second season.
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