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Hope Summers (1902-1979)

The Gypsum Hills Feud, December 27, 1958 Written by John Meston, Story by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Richard Whorf, Guest Cast: Anne Barton, William Schallert, Albert Linville, Hope Summers, Sam Edwards

Old Fool, December 24, 1960 Written by John Meston, Directed by Ted Post, Assistant Director Robert Beche, Guest Cast: Buddy Ebsen, Hope Summers, Linda Watkins, Hampton Fancher

Legends Don't Sleep, October 12, 1963 Written by Kathleen Hite, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: Hope Summers, William Talman, Scott Marlowe, Robert Bice, Alan Bestor, Ken Kenoka, Don Haggerty

Hope Summers excelled at playing the friend or neighborly type character. She had a folksy charm about her persona. She was born in Mattoon, Illinois on June 7, 1902. Little is known of her early years but she was active in all, radio, films and television. In the 1930s she established a community theatre in her native Illinois and became well known for her one-woman shows. On radio she performed on shows such as "Authors' Playhouse"; "First Nighter"; "Ma Perkins" and "Step-Mother." Although she is best known for her role as Aunt Bee's good friend Clara Edwards Johnson on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-68) she also was a regular on "The Rifleman" (1958) as Hattie Denton; on "Hawkins Falls" (1950-55) as Mrs. Catherwood and on "Another Day" (1978) as Olive Gardner. Her film credits include: "Zero Hour" (1957) her film debut; "Hound Dog Man" (1959) as Jewell Crouch; "Inherit the Wind" (1960) uncredited as Mrs. Krebs; "Parrish" (1961) as Mary; "Claudelle Inglish" (1961) as Ernestine Peasley; "The Children's Hour" (1961) as Old Lady; "Spencer's Mountain" (1963) as Mother Ida, with Henry Fonda; "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) as Mrs. Gilmore; "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1965) a mediocre Don Knotts vehicle loaded with many great character actors, as Suzanna Blush; "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968) as Celia; "The Learning Tree" (1969); "Charley Varrick" (1973) as Miss Vesta and "Foul Play" (1978) with Chevy Chase, as Ethel, her last theatrical film. She guest starred on many TV series including: "Gunsmoke"; "Maverick"; "M*A*S*H"; "Bewitched"; "Starsky and Hutch" and "Little House on the Prairie." She died on June 22, 1979 of heart failure at Woodland Hills, California at age 78.

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