Pat Woodell, ‘Petticoat Junction’ Actress, Dies at 71

Pat Woodell, who played Bobbi Jo on 1960s CBS sitcom “Petticoat Junction,” died Sept. 29 in Fallbrook, Calif., according to the LA Times. She was 71.

Woodell played one of the Bradley sisters on “Petticoat Junction” from its debut in 1963-65, starring opposite Linda Kaye Henning as Betty Jo and Jeannine Riley as Billie Jo. Bea Benaderet played their mother Kate Bradley, the owner of the Shady Rest Hotel.

Woodell left the season after season two, and was replaced by Lori Saunders. The show, created by Hennings’ parents Paul and Ruth Henning, aired on CBS until April 1970.

Woodell was also a singer, performing with “Petticoat Junction” sisters on the show. She also performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 with group The Ladybugs.

Her other TV credits include a 1962 episode of “Cheyenne” and appearances on “The Gallant Men,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip” and “The Munsters.” She was signed by Warner Bros. in the early ’60s.

Woodell, a Winthrop, Mass., native, toured with comedian Jack Benny and recorded an album. She also appeared in 1971’s “The Big Doll House” alongside Pam Grier.

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