Patricia Joy "Pat" Woodell (b. July 12, 1944) is an American actress and singer.
Born in Winthrop, Massachusetts in 1944, Woodell always had an eye to be an actress and or a singer. She made her acting debut in a 1962 episode of Cheyenne (TV series), entitled "The Vanishing Breed". She'd 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. 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".
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.
During the show's run, Woodell she along with Linda Kaye and Jeannine Riley appeared on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show; being billed as "The Ladybugs", a singing group Woodell, Linda Kaye, and Jeannine Riley's characters performed on Petticoat Junction. 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 had came and vanished quickly; fore, after four more films, Woodell's film career was over.
Woodell retired from acting in 1973, after appearing on an episode of The New Perry Mason, entitled "The Case of the Murdered Murderer". Woodell has yet to return to acting, but has appeared in a few documentaries about her days on Petticoat Junction.
- ↑ Adams, Marjory (June 15, 1971). "'Bobby Jo' takes gun moll role". Boston Globe: p. 26. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/1935757512.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Jun+15%2C+1971&author=&pub=Boston+Globe+(1960-1979)&desc='Bobby+Jo'+takes+gun+moll+role&pqatl=google. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- ↑ Reinhold, Toni (July 21, 1985). "Big turnover at 'Junction'". The Evening News: p. 11E. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x4VGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TTMNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4092,2031785&dq=bobbie-jo-bradley+woodell&hl=en. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- ↑ Martin, James (May 7, 1971). "Pat Woodell won't be 'caged' by role". Chicago Tribune: p. B13. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/597008762.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=May+7%2C+1971&author=James+Martin&pub=Chicago+Tribune+(1963-Current+file)&edition=&startpage=B13&desc=Pat+Woodell+won%27t+be+%27caged%27+by+role. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- ↑ "Pat Woodell filmography". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/1292970/Pat-Woodell/filmography. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- ↑ Mask, Mia (2009-06-16). Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film. University of Illinois Press. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-252-07619-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=JUglRkG1NgkC&pg=PA79. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Pat Woodell at the Internet Movie Database
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