Pat Woodell

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Pat Woodell
File:Gary Clarke Pat Woodell 1964.jpg
Woodell and Gary Clarke, 1964.
Born Patricia Joy Woodell
(1944-07-12)July 12, 1944
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA
Died September 29, 2015(2015-09-29) (aged 71)
Fallbrook, California, USA
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1962–1973
Spouse(s)

Patricia Joy "Pat" 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.

Career

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 would go 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 anti-communist film Red Nightmare (1962).[1][2]

Woodell is best remembered for being the first Bobbie Jo Bradley, one of three teenage 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 she 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, 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]

After leaving Petticoat Junction, Woodell went on to have guest roles on a season three episode of The Hollywood Palace in 1965, and in one of the last episodes 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 BUNNY AND CLAUDE:WE ROB CARROT PATCHES and THE GREAT CARROT TRAIN ROBBERY (released in 1969). In 1971, Woodell made her film debut in The Big Doll House, followed by three more "exploitation" type films, including The Woman Hunt (1972), The Twilight People (1972) and The Roommates (1973), but she did not break into mainstream feature films.[5][6][7]

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 co-founded a consulting firm, retiring in 2013.[1] Woodell never returned to acting, but appeared in a few documentaries about her days on Petticoat Junction.

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]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Colker, David (October 17, 2015). "Pat Woodell dies at 71; actress best known for 1960s sitcom 'Petticoat Junction'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stedman, Alex (October 18, 2015). "Pat Woodell, 'Petticoat Junction' Actress, Dies at 71". Variety. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (archive link requires scrolldown)
  3. Reinhold, Toni (July 21, 1985). "Big turnover at 'Junction'". The Evening News. Newburgh, New York. p. 11E. Retrieved May 1, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Martin, James (May 7, 1971). "Pat Woodell won't be 'caged' by role". Chicago Tribune. p. B13. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Pat Woodell filmography". All Media Guide (Rovi) via The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Mask, Mia (June 16, 2009). Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film. University of Illinois Press. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-252-07619-0. Retrieved May 1, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Adams, Marjory (June 15, 1971). "'Bobby Jo' takes gun moll role". Boston Globe. p. 26. Retrieved May 1, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Pat Woodell, 'Petticoat Junction' Actress, Dies at 71". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 19, 2015. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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