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Pat Woodell
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Woodell and Gary Clarke, 1964.
Patricia Joy Woodell

(1944-07-12)July 12, 1944
DiedSeptember 29, 2015(2015-09-29) (aged 71)
Years active1962–1973
The Bradley sisters of Petticoat Junction , L-R: Pat Woodell, Jeannine Riley and Linda Kaye Henning (1964) Bradley girls Petticoat Junction 1964.JPG
The Bradley sisters of Petticoat Junction , L-R: Pat Woodell, Jeannine Riley and Linda Kaye Henning (1964)

Patricia Joy Woodell (July 12, 1944 – September 29, 2015) was an American actress and singer, best known for her television role as Bobbie Jo Bradley from 1963 to 1965 on Petticoat Junction .

<i>Petticoat Junction</i> television series

Petticoat Junction is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 1963 to April 1970. The series takes place at the Shady Rest Hotel, which is run by Kate Bradley, her three daughters Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo, and her uncle Joe Carson. The series is one of three interrelated shows about rural characters produced by Paul Henning. Petticoat Junction was created upon the success of Henning's previous rural/urban-themed sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). The success of Petticoat Junction led to a spin-off, Green Acres (1965–1971). Petticoat Junction was produced by Wayfilms.



Woodell was born July 12, 1944, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. [1] Initially hoping to be a singer, she made some appearances as a teenager in Catskill Mountains hotels before making her acting debut in a 1962 episode of Cheyenne , entitled "The Vanishing Breed". She went on to appear on the shows Hawaiian Eye (1963), The Gallant Men (1963), GE True (1963), and 77 Sunset Strip (1963). She also appeared in the anticommunist film Red Nightmare (1962). [1] [2]

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Woodell is best remembered for being the first Bobbie Jo Bradley, one of three teenaged sisters, on the CBS sitcom, Petticoat Junction ; which began its run in 1963. [3] [4] She played the book-smart character for the sitcom's first two seasons (1963–1965) before leaving the series in the spring of 1965. In several episodes, she performed musical numbers, including one called "The Ladybugs". The Ladybugs (a take-off on the Beatles) was a singing group composed of Bobbie Jo and her TV sisters Linda Kaye and Jeannine Riley, together with Sheila James. [1] The Ladybugs also appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show during Woodell's run on Petticoat Junction. [2]

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Jeannine Riley American actress

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After leaving Petticoat Junction, Woodell went on to have guest roles on a season-three episode of The Hollywood Palace in 1965, and in the last episode of The Munsters in 1966. She then toured as a singer, with Jack Benny, and recorded an album, but she did not achieve great popularity as a vocalist. [1] In 1968, she voiced "Bunny" to Mel Blanc`s "Claude" in two Looney Tunes cartoons (released in 1969). In 1971, Woodell made her film debut in The Big Doll House , followed by four more "exploitation" type films, including The Woman Hunt (1972), The Twilight People (1972), Class of '74 (1972), and The Roommates (1973), but she did not break into mainstream feature films. [5] [6] [7]

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Woodell retired from acting in 1973, after appearing on an episode of The New Perry Mason , entitled "The Case of the Murdered Murderer".[ citation needed ] She soon went to work for Werner Erhard, in his est seminar organization, and subsequently cofounded a consulting firm, retiring in 2013. [1] Woodell never returned to acting, but appeared in a few documentaries about her days on Petticoat Junction.

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Personal life

Woodell was married to actor Gary Clarke. [8] Following their divorce, she married Vern McDade in 1978; they remained married until her death. Woodell died on September 29, 2015, at her home in Fallbrook, California. She was 71 and battled cancer for more than 20 years. [1]

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