Betty Aberlin Biography


Birthday: December 30, 1942 (Capricorn)

Born In: New York, New York, United States

Betty Aberlin is an American actress, writer, and poet. She is best known as Lady Aberlin from the children’s educational TV series ‘Mister Rogers' Neighborhood’. From starting her career at the Phoenix Theatre to playing interesting characters on TV and films, Aberlin has come a long way as an actress. Born as Betty Kay Ageloff, she grew up in a Jewish family and studied at public schools in Staten Island and Queens. She later graduated from Bennington College, studying modern dance, literature, and art with the renowned writers, Bernard Malamud and Howard Nemerov. She then ventured into acting and established herself successfully over the years. She is today regarded as one of the finest veteran TV actresses in Hollywood. As a writer, Aberlin has published several poems and has also contributed to a literary website. Her achievements in the fields of acting and writing have earned her the respect and love of millions. Retired since 2011, Aberlin is currently spending her life away from the media and public glare.
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Also Known As: Betty Kay Ageloff

Age: 81 Years, 81 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Seaborn Gustavus Jones Jr. (ex-husband)

Poets Actresses

Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Bennington College

Acting Career
Betty Aberlin made her acting debut in 1954, appearing in the folk-opera ‘Sandhog.’ The opera, created by Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt, premiered at the Phoenix Theatre. Aberlin was then cast in the children's TV series ‘Mister Rogers' Neighborhood’ as "Lady Aberlin”, a role she played for 33 years. This educational series comprised of half-hour episodes, created and hosted by Fred Rogers, was aimed primarily at preschoolers from the ages of two to five. The series debuted in October 1962 on CBC Television. In May 1997, it was named as the longest-running kids’ television series and held this record until July 2002.
The actress was featured in the fantasy sitcom ‘The Smothers Brothers Show’ in 1975. For a short period of time, she hosted a night radio program on WYEP-FM in Pittsburgh. The show featured comedy, jazz, and poetry performances. Aberlin helped to establish this radio station as a non-commercial public station for progressive arts, music, and public affairs. She wrote and performed a sequence for the song, "Stop Me Before I Love Again", in a show which aired on PBS.
Later in her career, the actress did numerous films with filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith. She first did ‘Dogma,’ a fantasy comedy film that also starred Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Matt Damon, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, Bud Cort and Chris Rock. In the year 2004, Aberlin was cast in ‘Jersey Girl.’ This flick told the story of a young man who has to take care of his smart daughter in the midst of a sudden family tragedy. With a total budget of $35 million, the movie was Kevin Smith’s biggest-budgeted film. However, it grossed just $36 million at the box office.
In 2008 and 2011, Aberlin did the films ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno’ and ‘Red State,’ respectively. While the first movie is a romantic sex comedy film, the second one is an independent action horror flick. Both of these movies did well at the box office.
Aberlin starred as Heather in the 1978 production of ‘I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road.’ She next played the role of Meryl Streep's sister in the play ‘Alice in Concert.’ The play was based on the popular tale, ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ The actress also played the same role in the play’s television version titled ‘Alice at the Palace.’
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Literary Career
As a writer, Betty Aberlin has contributed to a literary website called "Fresh Yarn." The website published her essay, ‘The Blonding of America,’ in 2005. In this essay, she talks about privileges and physical appearance. She tells her own story of purchasing a blonde wig to hide her graying hair. She observes how wearing the wig erases her racial and ethnic features and how this change to her physical appearance affects her level of consciousness as well.
In 2008, Aberlin published a collection of poems called ‘The White Page Poems.’ The collection was released as a companion to the 1880 collection of poems by George MacDonald, titled ‘A Book of Strife, in the Form of the Diary of an Old Soul’.
Family & Personal Life
Betty Aberlin was born as Betty Kay Ageloff on December 30, 1942 in New York City, USA. She studied at public schools in Queens and Staten Island. Later, she attended Bennington College and studied arts and modern dance there.
Coming to her love life, Aberlin got married to Seaborn Gustavus Jones Jr. on 13 January 1973. The couple divorced later on.
This lady was the foremost choice for the character of Barbara in the 1968 movie, ‘Night of the Living Dead.’
Musician Jonathan Coulton’s song "Lady Aberlin's Muumuu" was about this actress’ ‘Mister Rogers’ character.

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