- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) - The annual festival that celebrates the fictional town that’s the backdrop for “The Andy Griffith Show” is also hosting a reunion for two child actors who haven’t seen each other since they met on the show nearly 50 years ago.

The Mount Airy News reports (https://bit.ly/1sqwEfh) Joy Ellison and Morgan Brittany will be getting together during the 25th annual “Mayberry Days,” which starts on Thursday and continues through the weekend.

Brittany may be known as the girl who broke Opie’s heart in the show’s 196th episode entitled “Opie’s First Love.”

“Honestly, back in the day, I had no idea of the impact that being on that show would have,” Brittany said. “One week, I was Opie’s girlfriend and the next week I’d be Chip’s girlfriend on “My Three Sons.”

Ellison played Iris, best friend to Brittany’s Mary Alice in that episode. Ellison appeared on the show six times, including four times in the first season. She played a different character each time.

“I don’t think it was my great acting. There just weren’t that many kid actors back then and they’d rather go with a known quantity,” she said. “They knew I was reliable, would fit into the costume and wouldn’t bump into anything.”

Ellison said she has recently begun watching the show on Netflix and had seen about 40 of the 249 episodes. She said it’s easy to forget how poignant the show was.

“I really appreciate the substance,” she says. “It should be required viewing for young parents. It shows how it is possible to deal with people’s feelings without being harsh or rude. Working with other people’s feelings is so important.”

As an adult, Brittany would later appear in the series “Dallas” as Pam Ewing’s stepsister, Katherine Wentworth. Her first book, “What Women Really Want,” has recently been released.

Ellison is focusing almost entirely on her work as a dialect coach, helping actors, with accents and speech patterns. She just finished working on the film “Fury,” in which Brad Pitt plays a German.

Brittany will be signing pictures and autographing her book Thursday through Saturday. Ellison will be signing pictures on Friday and Saturday.

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Information from: Mount Airy News, https://www.mtairynews.com

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