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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 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 06/13/2012 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.
Originally posted 01/06/2012 05:00PM
Fans were already on the alert for a Dallas reunion when the rebooted version of the popular 1980s drama begins this summer, but viewers will get an earlier taster when three of the show's stars present at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards later this month.
Larry Hagman (who plays J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (J.R.'s brother Bobby) and Linda Gray (J.R.'s wife Sue Ellen) will be presenters at this year's awards show, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis said Friday.
The three were original cast members, and have also signed on for the highly anticipated 2012 version, which will air on TNT.
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