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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.
Actress Betty Aberlin has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
The annual income of Betty Aberlin is not known.
Betty Aberlin is 5 ft 1 in (157 cm).
Betty Aberlin is 80 years old as of 2022. She is a Capricorn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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