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Hope Summers
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Actress
    (June 7, 1902-June 22, 1979)
    Born in Mattoon, Illinois
    Birth name was Sarah Hope Summers
    Portrayed Clara Edwards on The Andy Griffith Show (1961-68)
    Portrayed Hattie Denton on The Rifleman (1958-60)
    Acted in 'The Shakiest Gun of the West,' 'The Children's Hour,' 'Inherit the Wind,' 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,' 'Get to Know Your Rabbit,' and 'The Learning Tree'
    With a decades long career, she is best known as the voice of Mrs. Butterworth in the Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup commercials.
    She was typecast as small town gossiping biddies.
    She played a sweet-tempered Satanist in the witches' coven scene of Rosemary's Baby.
    She was written off The Rifleman and replaced with the younger Joan Taylor as the new store owner and potential love interest to Lucas (guess they weren't thinking in terms of an older woman).
    She worked well with Don Knotts.
    She started out in community and stock theaters in Illinois.
    She was a figure of warmth as Aunt Bee's best friend on The Andy Griffith Show.
    Fans of The Rifleman generally agree that she fit in with the locale of the show much better than Joan Taylor.
    She gained fame with younger generations as one of the two dirty-word Scrabble-playing old women in Foul Play.
    She retroactively shares a name with a character from the Marvel universe.

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