Who is Lori Saunders?
Lori Saunders was born as Linda Marie Hines in Kansas City, Missouri USA on 4 October 1941 – her zodiac sign is Libra, and she holds American nationality. She’s a retired actress and a singer, with 22 acting credits to her name, perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Bobbie Jo Bradley in the comedy series “Petticoat Junction”. It was created by Paul Henning, starred Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning and Bea Benaderet, and follows the lives of the people working at The Shady Rest Hotel. The series aired from 1963 to 1970.
Lori retired from acting in 1980, and has since been staying away from the media’s attention.
Early life and education
Lori was raised in Kansas City by her parents, about whom nothing’s known as she respects their privacy. Because Lori hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, it’s believed that she’s an only child.
She became interested in acting while attending a local high school, as she was urged by her drama teacher to star in a school play. Lori fell in love with acting after her first performance, and upon matriculating in 1969, she didn’t enroll at college, but focused solely on acting.
Roles in TV series
Lori made her debut TV series appearance in 1960, with her portrayal of Linda in the critically acclaimed family comedy drama “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”.
It starred real life Ozzie, Harriet and David Nelson, and follows a married couple as they’re raising their two sons. The series aired from 1952 to 1966, and was nominated for seven awards, including three Primetime Emmys.
The following years saw Lori make a guest appearance in an episode of several series, including the crime action adventure “Burke’s Law”, the comedy “No Time for Sergeants”, and the crime adventure comedy “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre”. In 1965, Lori portrayed Bobbie Jo Bradley in the family comedy “Green Acres”, created by Jay Sommers, and which starred Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor and Tom Lester. The series follows a lawyer from New York City and his wife, as they’re trying to live as farmers in Hooterville; it aired from 1965 to 1971, and was nominated for four awards.
A couple of Lori’s following roles were in the western adventure drama “Daniel Boone”, the family comedy “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, and the family comedy “The Beverly Hillbillies”.
In 1973, she portrayed Saleslady in an episode of the romantic comedy “Love, American Style”, and the same year saw her play Laurie in the episode “My Sister’s Keeper” of the comedy “Here We Go Again”.
Lori’s final TV series appearance before retiring from acting, was in the western comedy “Dusty’s Trail”, created by Sherwood and Elroy Schwartz, and which starred Bob Denver, Ivor Francis and Forrest Tucker. It follows the people travelling on a wagon which has separated from the wagon train.
Roles in movies
Lori made her debut film appearance in 1965, with her portrayal of the main character, Mara Wade, in the adventure drama “Mara of the Wilderness”, directed by Frank McDonald, and which also starred Adam West and Lelia Walsh. It follows a young woman who grew up alongside wolves in Alaska, and has now been found by an anthropologist, as well as by a hunter who wants to kill her. The same year also saw Lori appear in the comedy “The Girls on the Beach”, and the horror “Blood Bath”.
The year 1971 saw her star as Millie in the drama “Head On”, written and directed by Edward J. Lakso, and which also starred Michael Witney and Michael Conrad. In 1972, Lori played lead characters in two comedy movies which failed to attract any attention, entitled “Oh, Nurse!” and “A Day at the White House”.
In 1973, she starred alongside Robert Ginnaven and Dean Jagger in the crime horror drama “So Sad About Gloria”, which follows a woman who’s been released from a mental hospital, and has begun killing people with an axe. The same year also saw Lori play a supporting character in the comedy “Frasier, the Sensuous Lion”.
Her final film role before retiring from acting, was in the 1980 science fiction “Captive”, which follows two aliens who have crash-landed on Earth, and have imprisoned two people.
Lori sang 26 songs in 26 episodes of the series “Petticoat Junction”.
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Lori made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, including “Pat Boone in Hollywood”, “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”, and “The Joey Bishop Show”.
She was featured in two documentary videos in 2015, entitled “Paul Henning & the Hillbillies”, and “The History of Hooterville”.
Career as a musician
Lori launched her singing career in the ‘60s with the release of her debut single “Lonely Christmas”, followed by “Out of Your Mind”. She then befriended her “Petticoat Junction” co-stars Meredith MacRae and Linda Kaye Henning, and the girls formed the band The Girls from Petticoat Junction. They released a couple of singles together, including “Thirty Days Hath September”, and “If You Could Only Be Me”.
Love life and relationships
Lori married the non-celebrity Bernard Sandler on 21 January 1961, after the two had been in a relationship for a couple of years.
They have two children together, a daughter named Stacy, and a son named Ronald, while they also have two granddaughters, named Jaclyn Marie and Amanda.
Lori and Bernard attracted attention in the ‘80s, when they tried to stop the elephant ivory trade, with the help of various non-profit organizations.
Lori hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, and as of July 2021, she’s married to Bernard Sandler, and has two children with him.
Hobbies and other interests
Lori is a vegetarian, and has a big farm, in which she’s growing her own fruits and vegetables.
She’s a philanthropist, and has worked with various charity organizations; she’s perhaps known best for having volunteered and donated money to the non-profits Animal Rights, and Feed the Children.
Since she retired from acting, Lori has been into oil painting and art sculpturing.
She loves to travel, and has been all around the US for both work and pleasure. Lori has also visited a couple of Asian and European countries; her dream travel destination is Venice in Italy.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert De Niro, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, and a couple of her favorite movies are “The Intern”, “Groundhog Day” and “Lost in Translation”.
Age, height and net worth
Lori’s age is 79. She has long brown hair and black eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).
As of July 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.