Aneta Corsaut was one of the most famous television actresses of her time who seemed to land a role in every show as she appeared in over three dozen television shows across the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The Kansas native, who in addition to her acting career was also a published writer, is best known for her portrayal of Helen Crump in The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1968) and its spinoff Mayberry R.F.D (1968-1969).
Corsaut was born Aneta Louise Corsaut to Opal J. (nee Swarens) and Jesse Harrison Corsaut on the 3rd of November, 1933, in Hutchinson, Kansas, U.S. Details about her early life are not available, however, it is known that Corsaut was classmates with Polish-born American actor, Lee Strasberg, while they were both at Northwestern University, where she was a drama major.
In her third year of university, Aneta Corsaut opted to drop out of school to pursue a professional acting career. She moved to New York and had roles in the television series Producers’ Showcase and Robert Montgomery Presents in 1955. By 1958, the young actress was able to get her feature film debut in the science fiction horror film, The Blob, the same film where Steve McQueen made his acting debut.
In the following years, Corsaut appeared in numerous television shows, such as Unsolved (1960), Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater (1960), The Law and Mr. Jones (1960), Harrigan and Son (1961), Mr. G. Goes to College (1961-62), and Saints and Sinners (1962), among many others. In 1963, her career moved to greater heights as she was cast to play the role of schoolteacher Helen Crump in The Andy Griffith Show (1963-1968). During that time, Corsaut further appeared in the movies Good Neighbor Sam (1964) and A Rage to Live (1965) as she also decided to go back to school, enrolling at the University of California, Los Angeles where she earned her degree.
In 1968, Aneta Corsaut reprised her Helen Crump character in the spin-off and direct continuation of The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D (1968-1969). All through the 70s and 80s, she made her name as a television actress as she appeared in several other television series’ like Nanny and the Professor (1970), Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1973), Adam-12 (1975), Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), The Runaways (1979), House Calls (1980-1981), Days of Our Lives (1984), Return to Mayberry (1986), and Matlock (1987, 1990, 1991-1992).
Aneta Corsaut’s Net Worth
According to the popular celebrity net worth website, Anet Corsaut was at the time of her death estimated to have a net worth of about $3 million. The 5 feet 4 inches (1.65 m) tall actress was able to accumulate her wealth through her acting career that spanned across four decades.
Corsaut, who was in 2006 posthumously nominated for a TV Land Award for Teacher of the Year for her role on The Andy Griffith Show, was also a writer. In 1981, she coauthored the 191-page long book, The Mystery Reader’s Quiz Book, which is taught to have significantly contributed to what her net worth is estimated to be today.
Family – Kids, Was She Married? Who Was Her Husband?
Aneta Corsaut was never married and did not have any children. A few publications have wrongly reported that the actress was married, citing the above picture of her in a wedding dress with Andy Griffith. This is, however, false as the picture above is from a scene in the first episode of Mayberry R.F.D., where she exchanged vows with the main character of the show, Sheriff Andy Taylor, which was being played by her supposed husband, Griffith.
But despite them not being married to each other, it was well documented that the two actors were having an affair during their time on the show. In the book Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, writer Daniel de Vise reported that the two actors’ onscreen chemistry was so electrifying that they could not stop themselves from getting involved with each other, even though Griffith was at the time married to actress Barbara Griffith.
Aneta Corsaut died from complications of cancer on the 16th of November, 1995, just three days after her 62nd birthday, in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. She was subsequently interred at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles.