20 of the Hottest Bombshells That Guest Starred on ‘Bonanza’

BONANZA, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, 1959-1973
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The classic Western series Bonanza ran on NBC from 1959-73, ranking as the second-longest-running Western series on U.S. television (behind the legendarily long-running Gunsmoke, of course). Over 14 seasons, a show can rack up a lot of guest stars in support of its main cast. After all, Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright and Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon as Ben’s sons Adam, “Hoss” and “Little Joe,” as talented as they were, couldn’t handle everything in terms of propelling the stories forward. And it might have gotten dull if they did. Some of the actresses who guest-starred on Bonanza were already established actors and well-known bombshells at the time; others had not yet made a name for themselves, and it’s fun to look back at their early roles.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a look back at 20 of the loveliest actresses to have guest-starred on Bonanza:

Julie Adams

(Season 2 episode “The Courtship,” 1961)

Julie Adams Bonanza(Season 2 episode “The Courtship,” 1961)

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Whitney Blake

(Season 1 episode “Vendetta,” 1959)

Whitney Blake; (Season 1 episode “Vendetta; 1959)

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Geraldine Brooks

(Season 2, “Elizabeth, My Love,” 1961 )

BONANZA -- "Elizabeth, My Love" Episode 33 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright, Geraldine Brooks as Elizabeth Stoddard Cartwright

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Yvonne De Carlo

(Series’ first episode “A Rose for Lotta,” 1959)

Bonanza Yvonne De Carlo

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Sandy Duncan

(Season 12, “An Earthquake Called Callahn,” 1971)

BONANZA, (from left): Sandy Duncan, Michael Landon, 'An Earthquake Called Callahn', (Season 12, aired April 11, 1971), 1959-73.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

(Season 8 episode “Maestro Hoss,” 1967)

BONANZA, (from left): Dan Blocker, Zsa Zsa Gabor, 'Maestro Hoss', (Season 8, ep. 833, aired May 7, 1967), 1959-73.

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Jane Greer

(Season 1 episode “The Julia Bulette Story,” 1959)

Jane Greer(Season 1 episode “The Julia Bulette Story,” 1959)

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Mariette Hartley

(Season 13 “The Iron Butterfly”, 1971)

BONANZA, (from left): Mariette Hartley, Dan Blocker, 'The Iron Butterfly', (Season 13, ep. 1310, aired Nov. 28, 1971), 1959-73.

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Susan Howard

(Season 11, ‘The Medal’, 1969)

BONANZA, from left: Dean Stockwell, Susan Howard, 'The Medal', season 11, ep. 7, aired 10/26/1969, 1959-1973.

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Kate Jackson

(Season 13, ‘One Ace Too Many,’ aired April 2, 1972),

BONANZA, Lorne Greene, Kate Jackson, 'One Ace Too Many' (Season 13, aired April 2, 1972), 1959-73

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Patricia Medina

(Season Episode 21 “The Spanish Grant,” 1960)

BONANZA -- "The Spanish Grant" Episode 21 -- Aired 2/6/60 --Pictured: Patricia Medina as Rosita Morales/Isabela Maria de la Cuesta

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Ruta Lee

(Season 4, episode 25, ‘A Woman Lost,’ 1963)

BONANZA, Ruta Lee, 'A Woman Lost,' (season 4, episode 25, aired March 17, 1963), 1959-1973

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Tina Louise

(Season 9 episode “Desperate Passage,” 1967)

BONANZA, Tina Louise, ('Desperate Passage,' season 9, episode, aired November 5, 1967), 1959-73

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Ida Lupino

(Season 1 episode “The Saga of Annie O’Toole,” 1959)

BONANZA, from left, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, Ida Lupino, on-set for 'The Saga of Annie O'Toole,' aired October 24, 1959

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Susan Oliver

(Season 2, “The Outcast,” 1960)

BONANZA -- "The Outcast" Episode 17 -- Aired 1/9/60 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright, Susan Oliver as Leta Malvet, Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright

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Stefanie Powers

(Season 5 episode “Calamity Over the Comstock,” 1963)

BONANZA, (from left): Michael Landon, Stefanie Powers, 'Calamity Over The Comstock', (Season 5, aired Nov. 3, 1963), 1959-73.

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Inger Stevens

(Season 1 episode “The Newcomers,” 1959)

BONANZA, Inger Stevens in 'The Newcomers', (Season 1, episode 103, aired September 26, 1959), 1959-1973.

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Stella Stevens

(Season 2 episode “Silent Thunder,” 1960)

BONANZA, (from left): Stella Stevens, Michael Landon, 'Silent Thunder', (Season 2, aired Dec. 10, 1960), 1959-73.

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Marlo Thomas

(season 5, “A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay,” 1964)

BONANZA, Marlo Thomas, 'A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay', season 5, ep. 28, aired 4/12/1964, 1959-1973.

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Dawn Wells

(Season 4, episode 6, “The Way Station,” 1962)

BONANZA, Dawn Wells (front), Pernell Roberts, 'The Way Station,' (season 4, episode 6, aired October 28, 1962), 1959-1974

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