- Linda Kaye Henning
Linda Kaye Henning (born
September 16, 1944, in Los Angeles) is an American actress who starred on the 1960s sitcom " Petticoat Junction". TV Producer Paul Henning, the creator-writer-producer of such CBS TV series as " The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction", is her father. Her mother is Ruth Henning. Linda shares a September 16th birthday with her father. She is generally billed today as Linda Henning
In her youth, Linda Kay Henning was a student of the ballet. While in her late teens, she turned her professional studies toward acting. Her earliest stage acting roles include: "
Roomful of Roses", " The Reluctant Dragon", " Rebel Without a Cause", "Bus Stop" and "Gidget". An early break in her career happened when she was cast as a dancer in the 1962 Columbia Picturesfilm " Bye Bye Birdie". A talented singer, she has also appeared in numerous musicals including "Carousel", " High Button Shoes", " Brigadoon", " Best Foot Forward" and " The Sound of Music".
Linda Kaye Henning made many TV appearances during the 1960s and 1970s on a wide variety of programs. She has appeared in guest roles in many network television shows, including "
The Beverly Hillbillies", " The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", " Mister Ed", " Green Acres", " Happy Days", " The Ed Sullivan Show", " Adam-12", " Mork and Mindy", " The Mike Douglas Show", and " The Tonight Show". She also made dramatic appearances in " Sliders", where she appeared in many episodes as Mrs. Mallory, "Hunter" and "Capitol". She was also very popular in game show appearances including "Password", " Tattletales", " Hollywood Squares", " The Perfect Match", " Showoffs", " Password Plus", " Family Feud", and " The Match Game", as well as becoming a substitute hostess on the 1974~1976 daytime edition of High Rollers. She also played the part of a shocked woman in Reservoir Dogs.
Despite all these achievements, however, she is still best known for her role as Betty Jo Bradley in the hit CBS TV series "
Petticoat Junction", which ran from 1963 until 1970. She was also the "voice" of Jethrine Bodine on "The Beverly Hillbillies", Jethro's sister, who was played by Max Baer, Jr., in drag during the 1962-63 season.
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