Aneta Corsaut

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Aneta Corsaut
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Born Aneta Louise Corsaut
(1933-11-03)November 3, 1933
Hutchinson, Kansas, U.S.
Died November 6, 1995(1995-11-06) (aged 62)
Studio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Resting place Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Nationality American
Other names Anita Corsault
Aneta Corseaut
Alma mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1955–1995

Aneta Louise Corsaut (November 3, 1933 – November 6, 1995) was an American actress and writer. She is best known for playing Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1968).

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Hutchinson, Kansas,[1] Corsaut was the daughter of Jesse Harrison and Opal J. (née Swarens) Corsaut. She majored in drama at Northwestern University and studied acting with Lee Strasberg.[2] During her junior year, Corsaut dropped out to pursue a career in acting, although during the run of The Andy Griffith Show, Corsaut took courses at UCLA with plans to earn her degree.[3]

She began her acting career in New York City in the mid-1950s.[4] In 1958, Corsaut and Steve McQueen made their film debuts in the independent cult horror film, The Blob.[5]

Corsaut first appeared on the long-running Griffith show in 1963 as schoolteacher Helen Crump, who later became the Mayberry sheriff's wife on the first episode of the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D. Corsaut also had a continuing role as policeman Bumper Morgan's pawn shop owner friend on the series The Blue Knight and as Irma Howell in the short-lived series Mrs. G. Goes to College. [4] In the TV series Adam-12, Corsaut portrayed Officer Pete Malloy's girlfriend, Judy. She had a supporting role as Head Nurse Bradley in the 1980s sitcom House Calls, and also appeared in several episodes of Matlock with star Andy Griffith.[6] In addition, Corsaut played the role of nurse Jesse Brewer in 1977 on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital when long-time portrayer Emily McLaughlin was too ill to work.[7]

Interesting tidbit: Aneta Corsaut and Ken Berry who later starred on Mayberry RFD were both born on the exact same day...November 3, 1933. She returned to the role of Helen Crump in two reunion shows, Return to Mayberry in 1986 and The Andy Griffith Show Reunion in 1993.[4]

As a writer, she co-authored The Mystery Reader's Quiz Book.[4][8]


On November 6, 1995, Corsaut died of cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, just three days after her 62nd birthday.[1][4] She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles.[9]


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Year 1962 Title Role uncredited[10] Notes
1958 The Blob Jane Martin Credited as Aneta Corseaut
1964 Good Neighbor Sam Fran Uncredited
1965 A Rage to Live Mary Uncredited
1974 Blazing Saddles Tourist Mother Uncredited
1978 The Toolbox Murders Joanne Ballard
Year Title Role Notes
1955 Producers' Showcase Episode: "The Fourposter"
1955 Robert Montgomery Presents Episode: "Man Lost"
1959 Black Saddle Mary Warren Episode: "Client: Peter Warren"
1960 Unsolved Gloria Television movie
1960 Johnny Ringo Lettie Frome Segment: "Black Harvest"
1960 Zane Grey Theatre Amy Episode: "Ransom"
1960 Guestward, Ho! Mrs. Bennet Episode: "Bab's Mother"
1960-1962 The Detectives Ruth Shaley
Mae Banks
2 episodes
1961 Hennesey Mrs. Vaughn Episode: "The Specialist"
1961 Hong Kong Jeannie Episode: "Lady Godiva"
1961 Harrigan and Son Susan Fenton Episode: "The Man Who Wouldn't Stay Dead"
1961-1962 Mrs. G. Goes to College Irma Howell 3 episodes
1962 Saints and Sinners Ellie Episode: "A Shame for the Diamond Wedding"
1962-1965 Death Valley Days Various roles 4 episodes
1963 Bonanza Rebecca Kaufman Episode: "The Way of Aaron"
1963 The Real McCoys Karen Episode: "The McCoy Hex"
1963-1968 The Andy Griffith Show Helen Crump 66 episodes
1964 The Eleventh Hour Marian Episode: "The Secret in the Stone"
1965 Ben Casey Hanna Berger Episode: "Where Does the Boomerang Go?"
1965 The Farmer's Daughter Alice Episode: "Katy by Moonlight"
1965-1967 Gunsmoke Eleanor Starkey
Sister Ruth
2 episodes
1968-1969 Mayberry R.F.D. Helen Crump Taylor 2 episodes
1970 Me and Benjie Television movie
1970 Nanny and the Professor Dr. Neilson Episode: "My Son, the Sitter"
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Ethel Palmer Episode: "Why is a Crooked Letter"
1973 Columbo Nurse Morgan Episode: "A Stitch in Crime"
1973-1976 Marcus Welby, M.D. Jenny Bailey
Brenda Tillerman
2 episodes
1974 Bad Ronald Mrs. Matthews Television movie
1974-1975 Emergency! Various roles 3 episodes
1975 Adam-12 Judy 2 episodes
1975 The Blue Knight Vera Episode: "Triple Threat"
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Miss Erdlatz Miniseries
1979 The Runaways Shirley Grady Episode: "Street of Terror: Part 2"
1979-1982 House Calls Head Nurse Bradley 11 episodes
1983 Hart to Hart Dorothy Smith Episode: "Pandora Has Wings"
1984 Days of Our Lives Blanche Dailey Series regular
1986 Hotel Mrs. Weaver Episode: "Hearts Divided"
1986 Return to Mayberry Helen Crump Taylor Television movie
1987-1992 Matlock Judge Cynthia Justin 7 episodes


  1. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. (1995). Obituaries in the Performing Arts. McFarland & Company. p. 42. ISBN 0-786-40253-9. 
  2. ^ Kaplan (1986). Variety: Who's Who In Show Business. Taylor & Francis. p. 95. 
  3. ^ Witbeck, Charles (May 29, 1967). "One More Year For Andy Griffith". Toledo Blade. p. 31. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Aneta Corsaut; Helen Crump on 'Andy Griffith Show'". November 10, 1995. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Murdico, Suzanne J. (2004). Meet the Blob. The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN 1-404-20271-4. 
  6. ^ Murdico 2004 p.23
  7. ^ Reed, Jon-Michael (February 3, 1977). "Actress Does a 'Double' Take". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 9A. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Corsaut, Aneta; Singer, Muff; Wagner, Robert, The Mystery Reader's Quiz Book, M Evans & Co (December 1981), 0871313510
  9. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland & Company Incorporated. p. 202. ISBN 0-786-40983-5. 
  10. ^ walk on during "teen dance" scene w/ Lauri Peters

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