Betty Aberlin Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 30, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Aug 22, 2022
Betty Aberlin's kind, a character in 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' was much loved by fans of the show.
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About Betty Aberlin

Betty Aberlin born Betty Kay Ageloff is a popular American poet, actress, and author.

Many children in the USA during the '70s-'80s were enthralled by the friendly face of Fred Rogers, or as they knew him, Mister Rogers. Betty Aberlin, the actress, was part of this popular show.

Fans of the show might recognize Betty Aberlin, who played the dual role of herself in 'The Neighborhood Of Make-Believe'. She was the niece of King Friday the 13th and therefore a member of the neighborhood's royal family. Unlike her uncle, Lady A was a well-loved member of the community. Betty, the actress, was part of the cast of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' for the whole three decades that the show was on air. She would be a friend to Mister Rogers, a mentor to the puppets, and a surrogate mother figure to Daniel the Striped Tiger.

Apart from 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' and her acting career, actress Betty Aberlin is also involved in the arts, modern dance, and literary genres. She has written poems and prose for various platforms.

Betty Aberlin Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Betty Aberlin’s net worth?

Actress Betty Aberlin has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

How much does Betty Aberlin earn per year?

The annual income of Betty Aberlin is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Betty Aberlin?

Betty Aberlin is 5 ft 1 in (157 cm).

How old is Betty Aberlin?

Betty Aberlin is 80 years old as of 2022. She is a Capricorn.

Childhood And Education

On December 30, 1942, Betty Aberlin was born in New York City, New York, USA to Dr. Edward H. Aberlin. Her father joined the war effort during the Second World War and split from the family soon after he came back. Growing up in a Jewish family post-WW2, Betty often felt out of place being the only one in her family. The idea of race was something that dominated her mindset even as a child.

Betty Aberlin attended public schools in Queens and Staten Island. In 1959, she got her high school diploma from Curtis High School, Staten Island. She then joined Bennington College, where she studied arts, literature, and modern dance and graduated with a bachelor's. Renowned American poet Howard Nemerov and novelist Bernard Malamud studied at Bennington College as well during Aberlin's time there.

Aberlin's debut came through 'Sandhog', a 1954 folk opera produced by Waldo Salt and Earl Robinson. She performed at the Phoenix Theatre, which was an off-Broadway theater in New York City.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Betty Aberlin’s partner?

Betty Aberlin, the actress, married pathologist Dr. Penn Lupovich in January 1967. Lupovich is an experienced physician who received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Betty started her career in 1968 at the age of 26. The most memorable role during Betty Aberlin's career would be that of Lady Aberlin on 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'. The show, known more popularly as just 'Mister Rogers', ran from February 1968–1976, then again from August 1979–2001. For the entire 33 years that the show ran on television, Betty Aberlin played the role of Lady Aberlin, niece to the neighbourhood monarch, King Friday. During the parts of the show that focused on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin (or Lady A, as she was also known) often took the position of the 'main' character. Amid all the puppets, you would expect Lady Aberlin to tower over the other characters, both literally and figuratively. But instead, she was known for being a wise older sister type of figure to the puppets. This aura of hers reached the watchers of the show as well, and she is remembered by long-time fans of the show in that way. She was even a maternal figure to Daniel Tiger.

Betty Aberlin also took up several TV spots. She appeared in 'The Smothers Brothers Show', a comedy TV show revolving around brothers Thomas and Richard Smothers. She was also part of both the theatre and television productions of Elizabeth Swados' 'Alice In Concert'. Betty Aberlin also made appearances in several films by director Kevin Smith, most notably 'Dogma', 'Jersey Girl' and 'Red State'. Betty Aberlin and Kevin Smith are good friends in real life as well. Aberlin also wrote a sequence for 'Stop Me Before I Love Again' a theme show by ACRE TV.

Betty Aberlin is also a writer and a poet. She has written for the website Fresh Yarn, where one can submit essays and poems. Betty submitted the poem 'The Blonding Of America' to the website in 2005. Additionally, she has also published a companion book of poems to George MacDonald's 'A Book Of Strife, In The Form Of The Diary Of An Old Soul'. Aberlin's collection was called 'The White Page Poems' and it was published in 2008.

Charity Work

In 1977, Betty Aberlin used to be a volunteer at the cancer ward of a children's hospital in Los Angeles. Subsequently, in 1991, she volunteered to counsel teenage girls at the New York Foundling Hospital. Aberlin also worked at the Chaplain's office on Riker's Island, her responsibility being to arrange resources for the constantly changing population.

What awards has Betty Aberlin won?

On May 18, 2019, Betty Aberlin was presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hunter Mountain Film Festival awards dinner at the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort. The award was mainly for Aberlin's role as Lady Aberlin for many years in 'Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood', but she was also accredited for her performances in 'Dogma' and 'Jersey Girl'.

Betty Aberlin’s Hobbies And Interests

Betty loves to grow plants in her little vegetable garden back at home. She mostly loves to grow flowers of all shapes and sizes and has had a few roses and hibiscus in full bloom, as well as a few succulents here and there. Aberlin also has a dog and two cats back at home, which she regularly posts pictures of on her Instagram.

Betty Aberlin also loves to read poetry from time to time.

Other Interesting Betty Aberlin Facts And Trivia

  • American singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton has many fond memories of watching Fred Rogers and the gang when he was a kid. Lady Aberlin, in particular, took up a special place in Coulton's heart for her kindness and beauty. He wrote a song called 'Lady Aberlin’s Muumuu' dedicated to her.
  • Betty Aberlin's mother got a teaching licence in New York and began teaching pre-kindergarten children in the basement of their home. Betty says the fact that both her sister and mother are teachers impacted her view of children as well, and she grew up wanting to make sure kids felt comforted.
  • Betty Aberlin was briefly involved in writing scripts for radio channels. One particular radio station she worked for was WYEP-FM, a non-commercial station.

Betty Aberlin Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Betty Kay Ageloff

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

New York City



157 cm


Actress, Poet, Writer


Bennington College

Net Worth



Dr. Penn Lupovich


Edward H. Aberlin
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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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