Betty Aberlin has proved her significance in the entertainment industry as an actress, poet, and writer. As an actress, she is popularly known for her role in the children’s TV series, Mister Rogers Neighbourhood as Lady Aberlin. As a writer, she is known for several works including her essay, The Blonding of America which was published in 2005. Aberlin seemed to have gone on a hiatus in recent times and many have wondered why the actress is no longer active on the screen. Find out this and more as you scroll through this post.
Betty Aberlin – Bio
She was born Betty Kay Ageloff on December 30, 1942, in New York. She attended Curtis high school in Staten Island, New York City after which she proceeded to get a tertiary education. Always inclined to arts, Betty attended Bennington College where she studied art, modern dance, and literature. At school, she met notable writers, Bernard Malamud, and Howard Nemerov. Even before she finished her education, Betty already made significant moves to go into entertainment.
She started out with theatrical productions making her debut in 1954 with the folk opera Sandhog by Waldo Salt and Earl Robinson at the Phoenix Theatre. She got her breakthrough from Fred Rogers’ children’s TV series, Mister Rogers Neighbourhood. Betty starred as ‘Lady Aberlin’ for 33 years on the series. The show which began airing in 1962 was once named the longest-running kid’s TV series. The popular show which was kids-oriented was what earned the actress the signature name, Betty Aberlin.
Shooting the series ushered in more TV roles for Betty and she didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunities. In 1975, she appeared in The Smothers Brothers Show, a sitcom. Her next project was hosting a late-night radio show on the WYEP-FM station. She used the name Betty Aberlin in the program which was all about arts and music.
Betty was not going to stop at TV and radio alone; she soon got movie roles and was quite impressive. She came in contact with actor and filmmaker Kevin Smith who featured her in his movies. Some of them include the comedy Dogma in 1999, Zack and Miri make Porno, Jersey Girl, and a few others.
Betty Aberlin also continued with theatrical plays as it was all about passion for her. She played the character of Heather in the production of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road. She also starred in the play Alice in Concert as Meryl Streep’s sister. The play was more like an adaptation of the Alice in Wonderland tale.
Betty is popularly known for her essay, The Blonding of America which shed light on women’s struggle to feel included and secure by going blonde. The essay was published on Fresh Yarn in 2005 and received positive reviews. She is also a poet. Betty Aberlin is notable for her 2008 The White Page Poems, a collection of poems. She retired from the screens in the year 2011. Some sources said the actress has focused more on writing.
Is She Married or Dating Anyone?
As questions about her whereabouts arise, other questions pertaining to her personal life also follow. To answer the aforementioned question, Betty Aberlin married Seaborn Gustavus Jones in 1973. The couple had tied the knot on January 13th that year in the presence of family and friends.
However, they later got divorced. It is not clear when or why the two went their separate ways. This must be why there have been questions about her marital status. It has not been ascertained whether the actress and writer are married to anyone at the moment.
Other Facts You Need to Know about the Actress
- Betty Aberlin may not be active on-screen but we still have a clear picture of what she looks like. She stands at a height of 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m). Although we cannot tell what exactly she weighs at the moment, we’re almost certain she is still the average body-built woman we last saw.
- The actress and poet went back to Curtis High School in 1980. This was to honor the invitation as a guest of honor at the school’s graduation that year.
- The song Lady Aberlin’s Muumuu written by Jonathan Coulton was about Betty’s character in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.