03:01 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 02/14/2013 02:00PM
Linda Gray is walking into the Mansion Restaurant in Dallas when a valet calls out her name, runs over and gives her a warm hug. In minutes, other staffers join in, laughing and chatting with the actress.
"I knew all these people," she explains, referencing her first stint of fame in these parts, when she originally played Sue Ellen Ewing on the 1978 CBS series Dallas, a role she's now reprising on the TNT reboot. "It's wonderful to see everyone again. I feel so lucky. I feel so blessed."
The feeling is mutual. It's been 35 years since Gray was introduced to the world as Sue Ellen, the alcoholic former wife of J.R. Ewing, made iconically dastardly by the late Larry Hagman. Returning to Dallas – both the city and the series – "is a gift," says Gray, 72. "What would be my dream? It would be this: getting to spend the last days of Larry's life with him, working."
Originally posted 01/08/2013 10:15AM
The late Larry Hagman will not be forgotten when Dallas returns to television on Jan. 28.
Hagman, who shot to fame as the show's star patriarch oil baron, J.R. Ewing, will be honored in upcoming episodes this season, including a funeral, set for the series' March 11 episode, EW.com reports.
The actor passed away on Nov. 23 at 81 from cancer, forcing the show's producers to make significant changes to the storyline, even as they mourned the show's longtime villain who was also a great friend. Extra scenes with J.R. that had previously been cut were put back in for episode 6, said executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who had to explain to viewers as she wrote future episodes why the key character was absent.
Originally posted 12/02/2012 12:25PM
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Originally posted 11/26/2012 06:50PM
Larry Hagman will be remembered in two memorials this weekend – one in Dallas and one in Los Angeles – while his family decides what to do with his ashes.
"Right now we are going to be keeping his ashes within the family and we going to wait for my mother to pass on so they can be together," says his son Preston.
Hagman's wife of 58 years, Maj Hagman, is "in the later stages of Alzheimer's," says Preston, "so she’s not the person that she was, but she’s very well taken care of."
Originally posted 11/26/2012 12:45PM
What will happen to J.R. Ewing?
Before his death on Friday from complications from throat cancer, Larry Hagman, who plays the devious oil tycoon, had filmed six of 15 episodes for season 2 of Dallas.
Now, the show's writers and producers will have to find a way to finish filming the season without the show's most iconic character.
Originally posted 11/25/2012 10:30AM
Patrick Duffy is remembering his Dallas costar Larry Hagman, who died on Friday after a battle with throat cancer.
"Friday, I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life. The loneliness is only what is difficult as Larry's peace and comfort is always what is important to me, now as when he was here," Duffy said in a statement. "He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor."
On Dallas, Duffy, 63, played Bobby Ewing, the brother of Hagman's notorious oilman J.R. Ewing.
Originally posted 11/24/2012 02:05PM
Linda Gray is expressing her sadness over the loss of her Dallas costar Larry Hagman, who died Friday after battling throat cancer.
"Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew," Gray said in a statement released to PEOPLE Saturday. "He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest. The world was a brighter place because of Larry."
The actress, 72, played Sue Ellen Ewing, the wife of Hagman's notorious oilman J.R. Ewing, on Dallas beginning in 1978. She also appeared in the TNT reboot.
Originally posted 11/24/2012 12:00AM
Larry Hagman, a larger-than-life TV personality best known for his role as J.R. Ewing on the primetime soap Dallas, died Friday of complications from throat cancer.
The star, who was the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin (South Pacific, Peter Pan) and Texas attorney Benjamin Hagman, was 81. He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Maj Hagman, their two children and their grandchildren.
"When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones," his family said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time."
Originally posted 06/14/2012 03:30PM
Dallas is back! And so are scheming brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing. TNT's reboot of the classic primetime soap kicked off with its series premiere Wednesday night, and the backstabbing brothers did not disappoint.
But the new version of the show focuses on their sons, John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson) and Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe). These two good-looking cousins pick up right where their feuding fathers left off.
Like his dad, John Ross is ambitious and wants to stick with the family business: oil. But Christopher, who was adopted by Bobby and his first wife Pam, is seeking an alternate energy source in methane mining, which goes in line with the wishes of his late grandmother, Ellie Ewing, who declared in her will that there would be no drilling on the family's iconic ranch, Southfork.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 08:35AM
Like finding an abandoned Teddy Ruxpin at a garage sale or discovering a Swatch watch at the bottom of a Trivial Pursuit box, hearing the theme song to Dallas opens an instant wormhole to the '80s.
Wisely preserving the iconic tune – along with the now-retro scrolling opener – this updated take on the classic nighttime soap pulls off a 10-gallon-hat trick: It's both old and new, a comfy piece of nostalgia that doubles as a fresh guilty pleasure.
The secret is the blended cast, which successfully mixes fan favorites from the original (only Victoria Principal, who played Pam, is M.I.A.) with sexy Southfork newcomers. Ewing brothers J.R. (the ever-irascible Larry Hagman, letting his overgrown eyebrows do the heavy dramatic lifting) and Bobby (a still-buff Patrick Duffy) remain at odds, while their sons carry on the family feud.
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