Granbury resident Andy Parker, the longtime drummer for the rock group UFO, lived in California from 1975 to 1994. After he and his first wife divorced in 1983 and the band had scattered, he spent more time at home in L.A. to be near his daughter, actress Lindsay Fejes, and working in carpentry and construction.
It was in L.A. where Parker met his future wife, actress Jo McDonnell, who was working in television, commercials and movies. Jo had a job for a good carpenter, and a friend recommended Andy.
“She wasn’t interested in rock musicians,” Parker said. “In fact, she didn’t know I was in a band until later.”
“I called and said, ‘Hi, I’m a broke actress,’” she said. “He came over in the rain and cold. He was working on a door. I got to know Andy, and he was exactly the antithesis of everything I thought (about rock musicians).”
They recently celebrated their 21st anniversary together.
“(Jo) said the last thing she wanted was an English rock musician. It worked out all right,” Parker joked.
Jo knew an old friend from her days as a student at UCLA who recommended Granbury as an alternative to living in Dallas.
“It was really because I wanted to come back to the states, and Jo’s got family here (in Dallas),” Parker said of the move, which he hasn’t regretted. “I love Granbury, I’m here to stay.”
Jo supported herself as an actor for 18 years. She appeared on “Dallas” (1978), “Hart to Hart” (1980), and “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1983). In the 1981 TV movie, “The Munsters’ Revenge,” she played the Munsters’ beautiful daughter Marilyn.
Now she’s focused on their home life together – complete with three extremely active and lovable Australian shepherd dogs. She enjoys writing – historic novels, in particular.
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