Full Name: Aneta Louise Corsaut
Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Death date: November 6, 1995
Birthplace: Hutchinson, Kansas, U.S.
Death Place: Studio City, Los Angeles, California
Sex: Female
Known for: Aneta Corsaut is an American actress and writer. Her best-known movie appearances include Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1968), Judge Cynthia Justin on Matlock (1991–1992), and Jane in The Blob(1958).

Family: Jesse Harrison (Father) Opal J. (née Swarens) Corsaut (Mother)

Aneta Corsaut

Early life and Career

Aneta Corsaut was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Jesse Harrison and Opal J. (née Swarens) Corsaut. She pursued acting with Lee Strasberg at Northwestern University and specialized in drama. Aneta Corsaut dropped out of school in her sophomore year to start a career in acting, though she continued to take classes at UCLA for the duration of The Andy Griffith Show.

Aneta Corsaut in The Blob (1958)
Aneta Corsaut in The Blob (1958)

In the mid-1950s, Aneta Corsaut started her career as an actress in New York City. In the indie classic horror movie The Blob, Corsaut and Steve McQueen made their cinematic debuts in 1958. She played Irma Howell in the CBS comedy Mrs G. Goes to College from 1961 to 1962.

In 1963, Aneta Corsaut made her debut appearance on the long-running Griffith show as instructor Helen Crump, who would eventually become the Mayberry sheriff’s wife in the first episode of the sequel Mayberry R.F.D. She also appeared in the episode “Paid in Full” on the syndicated Cowboy adventure series Death Valley Days in 1965 as Kathy McLennan, the beautiful widow of a landowner.

Aneta Corsaut and Andy Griffith

On the 1975–1976 television series The Blue Knight, Corsaut played the jewellery shopkeeper friend of police officer Bumper Morgan. Officer Pete Malloy’s girlfriend Judy was played by Corsaut in the sitcom Adam-12. She also had a supporting role in the 1980s sitcom House Calls as Head Nurse Bradley, and she featured throughout many episodes of Matlock with Andy Griffith.

In 1977, when long-time actress Emily McLaughlin was unable to perform, Aneta Corsaut took over as nurse Jesse Brewer on the long-running ABC drama series General Hospital.

In the commemorative series Return to Mayberry RFD in 1986 and The Andy Griffith Show Reunion in 1993, she reprised her role as Helen Crump.

She co-wrote The Mystery Reader’s Quiz Book

Aneta Corsaut personal life and death

Aneta Corsaut did not marry or have children. She and Andy Griffith, who was married at the time, had an inappropriate relationship while performing together on The Andy Griffith Show, according to the 2015 book Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show.

Corsaut died of cancer on November 6, 1995, in Los Angeles, California. She was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in adjacent North Hollywood, where she was a devout Catholic.

Did Aneta Corsaut marry?

Aneta Corsaut and Andy Griffith onscreen wedding in Mayberry, R.F.D

Neta Corsaut dedicated herself to her acting career during her lifetime. She didn’t marry or have children. Aneta Corsaut had no further media-noticed romances besides her reported fling with Andy Griffith.

In his 2015 book Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, Daniel de Visé chronicles her sexual relationship with Griffith.

Many people assumed Aneta Corsaut and Andy Griffith were married in real life because of their onscreen wedding in Mayberry, R.F.D., but they were never married because Andy Griffith had a wife during the time they worked together.

Did Andy Taylor and Helen Crump have a baby?

Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump

Sheriff Andy Taylor did have a baby. Samuel Taylor, the son of Andy and Helen Taylor, appeared in the CBS sitcom “Andy’s Baby”. Schoolteacher Helen Crump, who later married the sheriff of Mayberry, was played by actress Aneta Corsaut.

Fun Trivia

Corsaut is a French surname that is pronounced “coar-soh.”

Aneta Louise Corsaut was born on November 3, 1933, the same day as Ken Berry, her co-star on The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Mayberry R.F.D. (1968).

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