“When my father, Don Knotts, passed away in February 2006, I wanted to pay tribute to him in the way I knew him best: as an amazing, loving dad. It’s true that Don Knotts was one of the greatest and most beloved comedic actors of his generation, with many awards to his credit! However, in my one-woman show TIED UP IN KNOTTS!, I try to capture the essence of Don, the man, because I always thought he was the funniest when he was just being himself.” — Karen
A must-see for kids of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s who grew up laughing at Don Knotts as Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith show! It’s a father-daughter story about growing up in a celebrity ‘Diva’ world with the love of Mayberry.
In the 1950s, Don Knotts was making the rounds of casting directors’ offices in New York City. Destiny knocked on Dad’s door when he got a small part in a Broadway play starring Andy Griffith. In the 1960’s, Andy was set to star in a sitcom about a small-town sheriff. Dad called him and asked, ‘Could you use a deputy?’ …and Barney Fife was born! I have fond memories of visiting the set of Mayberry and seeing cast members like Ron Howard (Opie), and Frances Bavier (Aunt Bea). They were not like their TV characters! Fast forward to the 1970’s, I was a teenager attending Beverly Hills High and later USC, while Dad was doing variety shows with Bill Cosby and Tim Conway and making friends with movie star divas. As an adult, Dad encouraged me with both my acting and librarian careers! I love revisiting these memories of our special father-daughter bond. Baby boomers grew up with great shows on TV!