One of the regulars on the long-running CBS comedy series “Petticoat Junction” has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Pat Woodell, who played one of the three beautiful Bradley sisters on the popular sitcom, died Sept. 29 at her home in Fallbrook, Calif. She was 71.
Woodell, who was known as Patricia McDade off the screen, had reportedly battled cancer for more than 20 years.
Woodell played Bobbie Jo, the brunette sister, during the rural sitcom’s first two seasons, before Lori Saunders took over the role. The show went on to a seven-season run, from 1963-1970.
“Woodell, a statuesque brunette, was signed to a contract by Warner Bros., and her first network TV credit was on a 1962 episode of the western series ‘Cheyenne,'” the Times notes. “She followed that up with appearances on ‘Hawaiian Eye’ and ’77 Sunset Strip,’ and had a role in a government-sponsored anti-communism drama, ‘Red Nightmare,’ narrated by Jack Webb.”
But Hooterville’s Bobbie Jo on “Petticoat Junction” was Woodell’s signature role. “Many of the plots revolved around the misadventures of the three teenage daughters of widow Kate Bradley, played by veteran TV actress Bea Benaderet, as they tried to keep the slightly run-down Shady Rest Hotel afloat,” the Times notes.