Animal in a bikini


Meredith MacRae as ‘Animal’ in Bikini Beach (1964). LOS ANGELES, July 15— Meredith MacRae, who played Billie Jo Bradley in the 1960’s sitcom “Petticoat Junction,” died Friday from brain cancer. She was 56. … Ms. MacRae was born in Houston to a Hollywood family: her father was the late actor-singer Gordon MacRae, who played the lovesick cowboy Curly in “Oklahoma!” Her mother is Sheila MacRae, one of the actresses who starred opposite Jackie Gleason as Ralph Cramden’s wife, Alice, in “The Honeymooners.” … Meredith MacRae made her film debut in 1953 at the age of 7 in “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” which starred her father and Doris Day. Her first TV series was “My Three Sons,” in which she played Sally, the love interest for Mike (Tim Considine), from 1963 to 1965. … Ms. MacRae, whose marriages to Richard Berger, a movie executive, and Greg Mullavey, an actor, ended in divorce, married Phil Neal, a business executive, in 1995. The New York Times.

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