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Pat Woodell (1944 - 2015)

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Pat Woodell (1944 - 2015)

Actress Pat Woodell, who starred as one of the sisters on the 1960s sitcom "Petticoat Junction", died Sept. 29 at her home in Fallbrook, California, according to the Associated Press. She was 71.

Known as Patricia McDade off screen, she had battled cancer for more than 20 years, said her husband, Vern McDade.

She was born July 12, 1944, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. She started her career as a singer, and she had early gigs at resorts in the Catskills.

She was signed to a contract by Warner Bros., and her first network TV credit was on a 1962 episode of the Western series "Cheyenne." She then had appearances on "Hawaiian Eye" and "77 Sunset Strip."


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Her best-known role came on the hit sitcom "Petticoat Junction," set near the fictional town of Hooterville. The show centered 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 show made its debut in 1963 on CBS, with Woodell playing Bobbie Jo, the smart, studious daughter. (The trio was rounded out by Linda Kaye Henning, who portrayed tomboy Betty Jo, and Jeannine Riley, who was boy-crazy Billie Jo.)

"The show has such a nostalgic note that it hits for so many people," Woodell said in an interview in the mid-2000s for a DVD compilation of the series. "Even today, after so many decades, I can be doing anything, anywhere in the world, by the way, and people will remember 'Petticoat Junction.'"

Woodell eventually grew tired of playing Bobbie Jo and left after two seasons of "Petticoat Junction," which ran until April 1970.

In addition to her husband — they were married in 1978 — she is survived by her stepfather, Joe Saveriano.

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