Pat Woodell

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Pat Woodell
Gary Clarke Pat Woodell 1964.jpg
Woodell and Gary Clarke, 1964.
Born Patricia Joy Woodell
(1944-07-12) July 12, 1944 (age 70)
Winthrop, Massachusetts USA
Other names Patricia Woodell
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1962–1973
Spouse(s) Gary Clarke (married 1964-divorced?)

Patricia Joy "Pat" Woodell (born July 12, 1944) is an American actress and singer.[1]

Born in Winthrop, Massachusetts in 1944, Woodell always had an eye to be an actress and or a singer.[citation needed] She made 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).

Despite these television guest roles, Woodell is probably best remembered for being the first Bobbie Jo Bradley on the CBS sitcom, Petticoat Junction; which began its run in 1963.[2][3] She co-starred on the series alongside Bea Benaderet who played her mother, Kate Bradley; Edgar Buchanan as her Uncle Joe Carson; Linda Kaye as her sister, Betty Jo Bradley; and Jeannine Riley as her other sister, Billie Jo Bradley. Woodell's singing ambitions, took toll in a few episodes of the series: episodes in which she and her television sisters perform musical numbers. A notable episode that features this is an episode entitled "The Ladybugs".[citation needed]

Woodell played the book-smart (nicknamed "the walking encyclopedia") Bobbie Jo for the sitcom's first two seasons (1963–1965), a total of 73 episodes, before she left the series in the spring of 1965 to pursue a singing career. CBS replaced Woodell with Lori Saunders, who played Bobbie Jo, who later becomes a dimwitted comic relief character, until the series ended in 1970.[citation needed]

During the show's run, Woodell along with Linda Kaye, Jeannine Riley, and Sheila James appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show; being billed as "The Ladybugs" (a take-off on the Beatles), a singing group Woodell, Linda Kaye, and Jeannine Riley's characters performed as on Petticoat Junction. James portrayed their friend, Sally, who rounded out the quartet. After leaving Petticoat Junction in 1965, 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. In 1971, after several television credits, Woodell made her film debut in, The Big Doll House. However, it seemed as if this long awaited film career came and vanished quickly; after four more films, Woodell's film career was over.[4][5]

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] Woodell has yet to return to acting, but has appeared in a few documentaries about her days on Petticoat Junction.


  1. ^ Adams, Marjory (June 15, 1971). "'Bobby Jo' takes gun moll role". Boston Globe. p. 26. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Reinhold, Toni (July 21, 1985). "Big turnover at 'Junction'". The Evening News. p. 11E. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Martin, James (May 7, 1971). "Pat Woodell won't be 'caged' by role". Chicago Tribune. p. B13. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pat Woodell filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 

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