Betty Aberlin

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Betty Aberlin
Born Betty Kay Ageloff
(1942-12-30) December 30, 1942 (age 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953–present

Betty Aberlin (born December 30, 1942)[1] is an American actress, poet, and writer. She is best known as "Lady Aberlin" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.


Born Betty Kay Ageloff in New York City, Aberlin had a regular role as "Lady Aberlin" on the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[2] She also appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show (1975)[3] and various TV spots. For a short period of time, using the name Betty Aberlin, she volunteered to do a late night radio on WYEP-FM in Pittsburgh. The program featuring jazz and some spoken arts/poetry. The radio station was (and still is) a non-commercial, community supported station for progressive music, arts and public affairs.<WYEP program guide, personal recollection>. Later in her career, she formed a friendship with Kevin Smith (who has called her "the biggest heart on the planet"[4]) and became a frequent collaborator, appearing in Dogma, Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Red State.[1] She had a supporting role as "Cheryl" in the Joseph Papp production of Cryer & Ford's "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road" at The New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre in New York.


As a contributor to the literary website "Fresh Yarn," Aberlin's essay, The Blonding of America, was published in 2005.[5] She has also published a collection of poems, The White Pages Poems, as a companion to A Book of Strife, in the Form of the Diary of an Old Soul, an 1880 collection of poems by George MacDonald.

In popular culture[edit]

Musician Jonathan Coulton wrote the song "Lady Aberlin's Muumuu" about Aberlin's Mister Rogers character.[6]


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