Beginning in the early 1980s, actress Diane Franklin portrayed an array of diverse roles on the big and small screens. She was the innocent Karen in 'The Last American Virgin' in 1982.

Franklin famously portrayed Monique, the sexy French foreign exchange student who gave John Cusack the will to live in 'Better off Dead' (1985).

Shortly before stepping away from the spotlight as a new decade approached, Franklin appeared as Princess Joanna in 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.' Throughout the decade she appeared in episodes of 'Matlock,' 'Murder She Wrote' and 'Charles in Charge.'

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:16

A day in Mayberry

When Andy Griffith passed away last week at the age of 86, many of us felt like we'd lost a very good friend.

In its eight years (1960 1968) and 249 episodes, 'The Andy Griffith Show' provided much more than just laughter. Over 249 episodes, the show's writers came up with believable stories and characters that we cared about. Griffith reportedly paid very close attention to the scripts, and if anything appeared to be off the mark, it was changed before the episode was shot.

'The Andy Griffith Show' was never cartoonish, the laughs never cheap and the stories never preachy. It's a show that would never be given the green light today, and I think that's one of the secrets to its endurance. It was of its time, yet it remains timeless. In 30 minute doses, it offers an escape from the craziness of the modern world while also reminding us of the things that are truly important family, friends, honor and virtue.

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