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James and Carrie Busby,    Armel

 Dale C. Bagby of Skidmore, Nodaway County, Missouri, married Mairt Bodle of Skidmore June 22, 1901.

In 1910 Nodaway County, Wilber Bodle is 24, born in Nebraska, married to Abbie, 20.

In 1920 Yuma County, Wilbert 35, Abbie F. 28, with Burman W. 8. born in Missouri.

Wilbert and Abbie are in Yuma County in 1930 and 1940.  In 1940 Wray Wilbert is a cabinetmaker, and they live on Birch Street.

Wilbert D. Bodle 1885-1956 is buried in Wray 17005791, and so is Abbie.  Burman is buried in Los Angeles 85351468

1911-1969 - Veteran stage comic, he appeared in 'Maid of the Ozarks' in the 1940s and was later a manager for Lawry's Foods. Bodel died following a short illness. 

Burman Bodel was born on May 21, 1911 in Missouri . He was an actor, known for The Set-Up (1949) and It Grows on Trees (1952). He died on July 17, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

"My name is Andrea Bodel, and I have been trying to trace my genealogy on my dads side back a little further then the four generations I've managed. I recently found out that my grandpa, Burman Bodel changed his name from Bodle to Bodel for his acting career, which helped a little, so here I am, looking for more Bodles. This is the 4 generations I have so far. Anything ring a bell? Thanks for all your help in advance!"

In 1940 Los Angeles, Burman Bodel 28, born in Illinois, is an actor, married to Threresa 30 Missouri.  He said he was in Wray in 1935, and she was in Santa Monica.

Janesville Wisconsin October 1969

Janesville's Jeanne Bodel Triple Threat in Tinsel City under the sponsorship of Los Angeles County. In 1948. the former local beauty married Burman Bodel in Hollywood. They had been married previously, Feb. 9, 1947, in Tiajuana, Mexico. They met in 1946 when they Were appearing in the Broadway play, "Made in the Ozarks," in which he played the lead and she played the second lead. An actor, director and dramatist, Mr. Bodel died July 17. Mrs. Bodel has appeared in numerous movies and recently finished a part in the Hollywood theatrical production, "Picnic." She enacted the role made famous by Roz Russell. Mrs. Bodel has been employed as a hairdresser at most of the major motion picture and television studios in Hollywood. She worked on the all-Negro movie. "Up Tight," which was directed by Julies Dassin and did the hair styles for the cast of "Funny Girl." When Mrs. Bodel was "Pretty Jeanne Masky" Bodel-is a triple threat in Hollywood these days. The happy, hardworking and successful Janesville High School graduate is a model, actress and one of the most sought after hair stylists in tinsel city. Mrs. Bodel was born in Janesville and formerly lived at 356 St. Mary's Ave. "with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Antone A. Masky. An only child, she graduated from JHS with the Class of 1944 after serving as vice president of her class, president of the Carrie Jacobs Bond Glee Club and art editor of the Blue-J. She was president of the Glee Club and girls' choir. Soon after commencement, she began a career as a fashion model and entertainer, making her professional debut in minor roles at the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee. She appeared for .some time at the College Inn, Chicago. While in the Windy City, she was an artists' model at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts as well as modeled for fashion photography. In 1945, she was chosen Chicago's Miss Courtesy and  was named queen of the International Sportsman's Show at the Chicago Coliseum. At that time, her professional   name was Johnee Williams. She appeared in the Marcus vaudeville production in Salt Lake City and completed a tour of the western and southern states in the Barnes and Corruthers show. "Wings of Victory." A Walter T. Thornton model, she was a cover girl in the late 40s and early 50s and her picture appeared in Bazaar, Vogue and Life magazines. She once appeared on the Cover of Detective magazine. Later, the Janesville native performed on Broadway and in summer stock. Between engagements she worked as a receptionist at a beauty school in Manhattan and became so interested in the art of hairstyling that she decided to take lip the work professionally. She moved to the West Coast and studied at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, where she won her certificate in hairdressing. She continued her dramatic art education at City College of Los Angeles. Her first position in Hollywood was as fashion coordinator for a large department store. She taught a charm course for senior citizens.


Frankenstein look-alike Herman Munster may not have had much hair on the top of his square head, but the little that he did have was meticulously groomed by Jeanne Bodel.
Bodel, 85, a Laguna Niguel resident, is a former hairstylist who worked on several TV and film stars in Hollywood, including Fred Gwynne, patriarch in The Munsters TV show in the 1960s.
“The show was so much fun,” she said. “Fred was kind and very funny.”
Although she enjoyed the Hollywood gig for 10 years, it did wear on her.
“I got really tired of sitting around on the sets because I wasn’t always working,” said Bodel, who slightly resembles actress Lauren Bacall. “I would get called, and sometimes I’d only work 15 minutes out of an eight-hour day. But if you were hired to be on set, you had to be there the entire day. I spent a lot of time sitting around and doing nothing; I was too active to do that.”
Many Famous Stars
During her decade in the business, she said, she created hairstyles for characters including Gwynne’s on-screen wife, Lily, played by the late Yvonne De Carlo.
“She really didn’t need much styling because she wore this long wig that was pulled over her own hair,” Bodel said, mimicking the way De Carlo’s wig was attached. “Then, her own bangs would be pulled back and then over to hold it in place. She would always make a big deal that it wasn’t right."
De Carlo was not her favorite star to work with, but the late Natalie Wood was as sweet as could be, Bodel said.
“Natalie was very sweet, almost a sad soul,” she recalled. “I washed and set her hair. I think it was in the 1960s for some movie.”
One of Bodel’s favorite actors to work with was the late Bob Crane, who played Col. Hogan in the 1960s TV show  Hogan’s Heroes . “He was so fun and warm," she said. “So sad what happened to him. "
Bodel was also won over by actress Inger Stevens, the star of The Farmer’s Daughter, who personally asked the producer for Bodel to accompany the star while she was often sent on location.
An only child, Bodel was the daughter of a homemaker and an auto mechanic. She set her sails for Hollywood early in life. However, she did accomplish quite a bit before setting foot in California.
Early Years
Bodel was born in the Chicago area and later lived in Wisconsin, where she attended Janesville public schools. She came to Hollywood via train after marrying stage star Burman Bodel in the early 1950s in the Midwest.
Her real dream, she said, was modeling, something she did quite a bit of in her heyday.
“I worked at a Fannie May Candy shop in high school, and someone suggested that I become a model because I was so tall, at 5 feet, 9 inches,” she said. “The day after I graduated, I hopped a train and moved to Chicago. I got a job at the Charles A. Stevens Department Store, and shortly after being hired, I started modeling clothing. I made $40 a week, and that was a lot of money at the time. When I worked in the candy store, I made 40 cents an hour after school and on Saturdays. I was hoping I could make 60 cents an hour, and in my mind I thought a penny would drop in my account for every minute I worked.”
Longing for a career in show business, Bodel spent her free time on stage and performing in summer stock.
“I used to go on interviews for stage shows, and they always wanted me to play an old woman,” she said, laughing.
Always busy, Bodel added cosmetology school to her schedule and eventually earned her license, which came in handy.
A Big Break
While working as a cosmetologist, she met Jean Burt Reilly, who was the head hairstylist at Warner Bros. “I met this other makeup artist and asked her, "How do I get into the movies," and she told me to call Jean, and the next thing I know, I am doing a movie star’s hair,” she said. “I was in the industry for 10 years, until I just got bored. All you do is sit, and you have to stay there even if they don’t need you. You have to be on call, and that means sitting on the set all day, even if you have a single comb-out on a bit player.”

One of the highlights, however, was meeting actress Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian beauty who is also credited for co-inventing the torpedo guidance system. “I always wanted to look like her, and when I was in the makeup room one day, I told one of the hairdressers that I wanted to meet her,” she said. “She said, ‘Go ahead’; she was right next door. “I went in and said, ‘Ms. Lamarr, I have worshipped your acting, and I’ve always wanted to look like you. … I even parted my hair in the middle. ... And she said, ‘OK, thank you.’ And that was it.” Bodel worked at several of the movie studios, and she liked Warner Bros. best. She disliked MGM because it was too far from where she was living. “When I was at one of the studios, I worked on Bob Crane’s show a lot, mostly on the women who worked alongside of him. He was lovely.”

A Full Life Still Leaving the lights of Hollywood behind, she moved to her Laguna Niguel home in the 1970s and has been a resident ever since. She did leave her mark on many, including Stephen Cox, who wrote The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane, in which Bodel appears twice. "Jeanne Bodel had the great responsibility, being one of the hair and makeup personnel on such a bizarre show, of helping create and maintain some extraordinary makeup techniques used in television," he said.  "I think black and white actually aided the process here and helped provide a mood for the show, as well as assisting in the job of allowing a viewer to forget about realism, and throwing that away for the half hour.  "We got lost in the world of the Munsters and their crazy appearance and wonderfully comic personalities. They became 'family' to many a child watching. "The makeup and hair process for the cast of The Munsters was painstaking, and the results were something close to fantastic," Cox continued. "Bravo to Jeanne and the rest of the makeup and hair technicians on this classic. Even in high-definition clarity of today, the show is amazing to watch in glorious black and white. It really is a standout sitcom of the '60s." These days, however, Bodel may not be doing hair, but she is an active real estate agent with her own company, Independence Realtors. “I’m still busy and still working,” she said. “Do I miss the Hollywood life? Sometimes.” And just in case, her cosmetologist's license is still active.




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