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|Born||Betty Kay Ageloff
December 30, 1942
New York City, New York, U.S.
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. She also appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show (1975) 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") and became a frequent collaborator, appearing in Dogma, Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Red State. 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. 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
- Betty Aberlin at the Internet Movie Database
- Patricia Breakey (December 10, 2007). "Author back from the "neighborhood"". Oneonta, NY: The Daily Star. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "Fresh Yarn * The Online Salon for personal essays * PAST CONTRIBUTORS". Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "FRESH YARN presents The Blonding of America... by Betty Aberlin". Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- New Song – Lady Aberlin’s Muumuu
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