The award-winning actress, Gunilla Hutton is a popular figure in the entertainment industry. From the 1960s to early 1990s, she made powerful waves with her singing prowess and acting talent. She became widely recognized as Billie Jo Bradley, the character she enacted in the American sitcom, Petticoat Junction that aired on CBS from September 1963 to April 1970. Hutton was the second actress that depicted the character as the role was first played by Jeannine Riley. She went on to captivate many hearts with her stunning performance in the aforementioned series as she was featured in 34 episodes before being replaced by Meredith MacRae who played the role to the end of the show.
Gunilla Hutton reached the peak of her acting career when she was cast as a regular in 236 episodes of the television variety show, Hee Haw that featured country music and humor. Hutton has also carved a niche for herself as a music artist, having released many singles which includes ‘You Can Say the Prettiest Things Sometimes/The Greatest Story Ever Told’. Uncover more amazing details about the early life, earnings, and marriage of the adroit singer.
Gunilla Hutton’s Biography (Age)
Born as Gunilla Wiklund, the famous actress made her arrival into the world on 15th May 1944 in Gothenburg, Sweden. She emigrated from Sweden to the United States and eventually became an American citizen. She completed her elementary education at Arlington Heights High School situated in Fort Worth, Texas. Since her childhood, Hutton has harbored great ardor for acting as she took part in multiple stage works while in high school.
Upon completing her high school education, she kick-started her acting career. She made her first on-screen appearance in the popular television series, Petticoat Junction where she played the role of Billie Jo Bradley. Hutton further featured in the American legal drama series, Perry Mason in 1965, before she was cast as a regular in Hee Haw, a TV variety show that featured country music and humor with the fictional rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. The series aired first-run on CBS from 1969 to 1971, then in syndication from 1971 to 1993 and later on TNN and RFD-TV Networks respectively.
The elegant actress also went on to display her acting qualities in the comedy-drama television series, The Love Boat, set on a luxury passenger cruise ship, S. S Pacific Princess. The series which was written by W. L. Baumes revolved around the ship’s captain, Merill Stubling (played by Gavin MacLeod) and a handful of its crew, with several passengers – played by various guest star actors for each episode – having romantic and humorous adventures, of which Gunilla Hutton appeared as one of the guest actors, Nora Hayman.
In 1980, Hutton was cast as Raquel in the comedy movie, Murder Can Hurt You, written by Ron Friedman and directed by Roger Duchorony. Her other television credits include Fantasy Island, Match Game, Password, among others. The brilliant actress has also done some works as a music artist, having released her first single in 1972 titled, ‘You Can Say the Prettiest Things Sometimes/The Greatest Story Ever’. She further released her other singles which include ‘You’re Gonna Get Loved/See The Lady Crying’.
After her last TV work in 1992, Hutton reappeared in a commercial for MeTV in 2015 alongside her Petticoat Junction stars, Lori Saunders and Linda Kaye Henning. She has also been recognized with the TV Land Entertainment’s Award for her acting brilliance.
Gunilla Hutton’s Family
Aside from being on the spotlight as an actress and music artist, Gunilla Hutton had also been on the spotlight following her affair with the late jazz instrumentalist, Nat King Cole. The affair aroused so much uproar on many media sites during that time, having that Hutton’s partner had a wife and also was 25 years older than her. Their romantic affair, however, met a dead end as Nat King Cole fell ill and later died of cancer.
The beautiful actress then moved ahead to exchange vows with Allan Freeman in 1970. They had three children, two sons named Christian and Erik Freeman, and her daughter, Amber Vanderbilt who is married to James Vanderbilt, a scriptwriter. Hutton and Allan later annulled their marriage in 2014 as they both decided to go their separate ways.
The dextrous actress who has made excellent contributions to the entertainment industry through her music and acting works has gathered an estimated net worth of about $3 million.