Bridget Hanley

Bridget Hanley

Feb. 3rd, 1941
Born in
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bridget Hanley's Main TV Roles

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Here Come the Brides TV Show
Here Come the Brides

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Bridget Ann Elizabeth Hanley is an American actress, known for her starring and supporting roles in TV comedy, western, adventure and drama programs, including Candy Pruitt on the Western dramedy Here Come the Brides. She also starred in Harper Valley PTA as Wanda Reilly Taylor.

Hanley began her acting career in San Francisco, where she worked days as a secretary in an advertising agency for $50 a week while auditioning for roles in repertory theater. When she landed the lead female role of Robin in a touring company production of Under the Yum Yum Tree, her weekly salary doubled. She played Robin for almost four years in theaters in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Hollywood until Screen Gems signed her to a contract in 1966.Hanley's first credited TV role was in the sitcom Hank in 1965. She played Terry in the episode "My Fair Co-Ed". That was followed by credited appearances on numerous Screen Gems television series, including Gidget, The Farmer's Daughter, Love on a Rooftop, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Flying Nun. While working at Screen Gems, Hanley met director/producer E.W. Swackhamer, whom she later married. She also made several pilots for Screen Gems, including her first lead role in the series Here Come the Brides. Hanley played the female lead role of Candy Pruitt in the series Here Come the Brides, which premiered on September 25, 1968. Hanley's character was the love interest of Jeremy Bolt, played by then teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman.
Harper Valley PTA was an early 1980s American television sitcom based on the 1978 film Harper Valley PTA, which was in turn based on the 1968 song recorded by country music singer Jeannie C. Riley, written by Tom T. Hall. It's the story of Stella Johnson, a door-to-door saleswoman (Barbara Eden), a single mother living in the fictional town of Harper Valley, Ohio who is trying to make ends meet and raise her daughter Dee, following the loss of her husband. The PTA of Harper Valley Junior High School, egged on by its socialite president, Flora Simpson Reilly (Anne Francine), took a dim view of Mrs. Johnson's flouting of the small town's conventions. Hanley played Wanda Reilly Taylor, a member of the snooty family that tried to rule Harper Valley
Hanley continues to be an active performer at Theatre West, an internationally acclaimed non-profit arts organization in Hollywood, California. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angeles.

  • She retired from acting to raise her family and went back to stage work in 1991.
  • Stepmother of Ten Eyck Swackhammer and 'Elizabeth Swackhamer' (qv).
  • Two daughters, Bronwyn (born 3 March 1971) and Meagan.

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