Josie Lloyd Biography
Josie Lloyd was an American actress. She is known as the daughter of noted producer, director, and actor Norman Lloyd (born 1914) and Peggy Craven Lloyd (1913–2011), who was also an accomplished Broadway actress and director.
Josie is also recognized by Fans of The Andy Griffith Show from her roles on that classic television series, including her 1962 and 1965 portrayals of the eccentric character Lydia Crosswaithe.
Josie Lloyd Age
Josie was born in 1940 and died in 2020. She was 80 years old when she died.
Josie Lloyd Family
Josie was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of noted producer, director, and actor Norman Lloyd (born 1914) and Peggy Craven Lloyd (1913–2011), who was also an accomplished Broadway actress and director.
Josie Lloyd Young
Josie gained on-set experience in television production during her teenage in Los Angeles, California, in the late 1950s. She observed her father’s acting and directorial work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In that series in 1959, she performed her first speaking role on television in the episode “Graduating Class”, which was directed by Herschel Daugherty and involved her father as associate producer.
The episode stars Wendy Hiller as a careworn but prim teacher of European literature at an all-girls college named “Briarstone” and Gigi Perreau as a seemingly troubled, wayward student in Hiller’s class. Lloyd for her part portrays one of Perreau’s classmates named Vera Carson, who argues with Hiller and questions the method of the girls’ instruction and the relevance of what they are being taught. At one point in their classroom exchange, Vera declares with frustration, “I don’t see why we have to waste time on a lot of people who have been dead for hundreds and hundreds of years . . . .”
After her role in “Graduating Class”, Josie had a brief uncredited performance as a girl at a New Year’s Eve party in the film Studs Lonigan. Josie then returned to television, where between 1960 and 1967 she worked on a variety of series. She had two additional roles on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as multiple performances on Dr. Kildare, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964 episode “Body in the Barn”), The Farmer’s Daughter, and The Andy Griffith Show.
Other television series in which Josie can be seen in both dramatic and comedic roles include This Man Dawson, Channing, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Twilight Zone (1963 episode “The Old Man in the Cave”), My Three Sons, Route 66, Channing, The Long Hot Summer, and Occasional Wife.
In 1967 following her performance as “Miss Efficiency” on Occasional Wife, Josie appears to have ceased working entirely on television, for no subsequent credits have thus far been found that document her involvement in the medium either in front of or behind the camera.
Josie Lloyd Lydia Crosswaithe
Josie between 1961 and 1965 appeared in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show: on two occasions in the role of the mayor’s daughter in Mayberry, North Carolina; and in two other episodes in her most memorable role, Lydia Crosswaithe.
In 1962, she was cast for the first time as the odd, socially inept Lydia in “Barney Mends a Broken Heart”. Lloyd returned as the same character three years later in “Goober and the Art of Love”, which originally aired on February 1, 1965.
In the 1962 episode, Lydia is a prospective date for Sheriff Andy Taylor arranged by his ever-meddlesome deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), and Barney’s girlfriend Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn). Lydia is again a social date in the noted 1965 episode, yet on this second occasion, she is paired with the town’s kind but bumbling gas-station attendant Goober Pyle (George Lindsey).