Aunt Bea Was A Tough Bird

"The Andy Griffith Show" ran from 1960 to 1968. Over the course of eight seasons, it helped make stars out of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, while introducing Hollywood to future director, Ron Howard. But not every actor had the same luck as these three. In fact, some actors learned too late that being on the show was a career ender. And this was not the only dark secret in Mayberry.

Aunt Bea Was A Tough Bird

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Just ask Frances Bavier, aka Aunt Bee, who was highly-trained and sophisticated, but felt her character didn't show off her dramatic side. This caused tension with star Andy Griffith. But it didn't help that Griffith was a serial prankster and she had no sense of humor. But Bavier wasn't the only star whose talents had been seriously neglected.

They Employed A Communist?

They Employed A Communist?

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During the "Red Scare," a time where Hollywood folks were being falsely accused of sympathizing with communists, several directors got blacklisted. Among those was Coby Ruskin, who lived in exile in the U.K. for some time before returning. Shortly after coming back to the U.S., "The Andy Griffith Show" defied Hollywood and hired him. Ruskin was pretty lucky, but others didn't have the same luck.

Andy Griffith Had A Temper

Andy Griffith Had A Temper

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Andy Griffith wasn't as mild-mannered as he seemed on the show. In fact, he had anger issues, which he proved during the second season when he punched a wall and broke his hand. The writers had to add his injury into the show's storyline, by claiming his character broke his hand while capturing criminals. His bad temper also ended up affecting people in his personal life, as you can imagine.

Andy's TV Girlfriend Was Addicted

Andy's TV Girlfriend Was Addicted

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Joanna Moore played Peggy, Andy's girlfriend, during the show's 3rd season. What viewers didn't realize was the Moore had alcohol and drug problems, which led to her divorcing hubby Ryan O'Neal. In 1971, Moore lost custody of her kids after being arrested for drunk driving. And sadly, as it often happens with famous actors, she wasn't the only member of the crew with substance abuse problems either.

Griffith's Marriage Woes

Griffith's Marriage Woes

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Andy Griffith had been married to Barbara Edwards for 23 years. They also had two kids together. But their relationship ended badly. Rumors suggested that adultery, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence were to blame for their divorce. But it appeared that Griffith's real-life soul mate was one of his lovely co-stars.