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Six actresses played “Petticoat Junction’ sisters
Dear Ken: How many actresses played the three daughters of Kate Bradley in the 1960s sitcom “Petticoat Junction”? I think there were six and my husband says four.
Bea Benaderet starred as Kate, owner of the Shady Rest Hotel, and had three girls: Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo and Betty Jo. Pat Woodell and Lori Saunders played Bobbie Jo. Jeanine Riley, Gunilla Hutton and Meredith MacRae played Billie Jo. (Riley and Hutton later became “Hee Haw” cast members.) And Linda Henning played Betty Jo. So that makes six. You win. The little dog on the TV series later became movie star canine Benji.
Dear Ken: How many movies had Arnold Schwarzenegger made before he became governor of California? What was his last movie?
The Austrian native, who turns 64 on July 30, has appeared in about 30 movies and three TV movies. His last appearance was an uncredited one as Trench in 2010’s “The Expendables.”
Dear Ken: I love the History Channel show “Pawn Stars.” What can you tell me about Rick Harrison, who runs the store with his father and son?
Harrison has been running his own pawn shop for 28 years and become an expert at spotting anything fake or stolen. He often plays the middleman between his father, Richard, and his son, Corey. Trained in the pawn business from the age of 13, Rick was born a hustler. He even dropped out of high school to pursue his $2,000-a-week business of selling fake Gucci bags. With enough money to partner with his father at the age of 23, he never looked back. His best buy ever? A 1933 Lincoln LeBaron convertible, which he hopes to sell at a Barrett-Jackson car auction for $150,000 to $160,000. Rick recently released his book, “License to Pawn: Deals, Steals and Life at the Gold & Silver,” and the show just got picked up for four more seasons.
Dear Ken: Where is Maria Muldaur, who had the big hit “Midnight at the Oasis” in 1974?
Born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D’Amato, the folk-blues singer, 67, continues to perform across the U.S. and Canada and record albums in the folk traditions. She has made her home for many years in San Francisco’s Mill Valley. Her most recent album is “Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy” on the Stony Plain label.