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BELOW: Interview with Linda Henning
Linda Henning is the daughter of veteran TV writer/producer Paul Henning.
Paul is considered the master of rural comedy. A talented country boy who was given career advice by his Missouri neighbor Harry S. Truman, Paul Henning created one of the highest-rated TV series of all times–The Beverly Hillbillies. Henning wrote the show’s scripts as well as its iconic theme song, The Ballad of Jed Clampett. Drawing from his wife’s Ozarks roots, Paul also created Petticoat Junction and was the executive producer and casting genius behind Green Acres. His comedy work included writing for such series as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Real McCoys, and The Andy Griffith Show. In addition to TV, Paul’s screenplays included the Oscar-nominated script for the Doris Day/Rock Hudson classic Lover Come Back, the Marlon Brando/Shirley Jones comedy Bedtime Story, and its remake, the Steve Martin/Michael Caine hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Paul’s daughter Linda Henning starred in the role of Betty Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction (1963) for seven years. Linda has made numerous appearances on episodic TV and game shows including Adam-12, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, The Match Game, Hollywood Squares and The Tonight Show. She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in a classic parody of The Beatles and provided the memorable voice of Jethrine Bodine in The Beverly Hillbillies.
Linda is the spokesperson for her late mother’s warm memoir about her family. The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural Comedy by Ruth Henning is a behind-the scenes peek at the off-camera life of the man whose work was loved by millions for generations.