Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday Miscellaneous

Obituary: Actress Pat Woodell, best remembered for being the original "Bobbie Jo Bradley" in the 1960s sitcom Petticoat Junction, has died after a twenty-year battle with cancer.

She died on September 29.

Woodell left the series after the second season and Lori Saunders replaced her.

She was born July 12, 1944, in Winthrop, Mass. 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."

Her best-known role came in the hit sitcom "Petticoat Junction," set near the 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.


In the early 1970s she began appearing in low-budget exploitation films that thrived on nudity and violence, long before those were amply available on cable. Perhaps the best known of those films was the 1971 women's prison flick "The Big Doll House," which exclaimed in its trailer: "Their bodies were caged, but not their desires!"

"I have no delusions about this movie," Woodell said in a 1971 Chicago Tribune interview. But she didn't break through to more mainstream fare, and in 1973 gave up acting after attending a seminar developed by the controversial Werner Erhard. His est human potential programs were in vogue at the time, and Woodell went to work for his organization. She later co-founded a business consulting firm, retiring in 2013.

Another day, another out-of-control principal.

More about this principal:

Teachers had to remove student paperwork and items such as devices to help kids with asthma.

“All their stuff is in boxes, bags and on the radiators,” a source said.

Children watched as the furniture was cleared out, one said. “The kids saw their teachers upset about what was going on. It was dehumanizing.”

Can this senator's career be saved?

Not should it be, of course.

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