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back for this new go-‘round, was such a blessing for Larry … he got to play J.R. Ewing yet again after a 20-year hiatus,” says Gray. “He got to come back, bigger than ever and be that crazy, dysfunctional J.R. Ewing. That was special. And that was a role that he was born to play. You know, he was back on top, bigger than ever, and happier than ever.” The last time Woo saw the pair together they were strolling arm-in-arm at the grand opening of the Omni Hotel adjacent to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. “They’d come full circle,” he remembers. “They walked through the lobby together smiling — the perfect goodwill diplomats for our city, thrilled to be together again.” Last October, TNT pulled the plug on the cable channel’s version of Dallas after three years in production. Gray thought viewers felt cheated by the cancellation and that the cable channel raised the white flag too early in the process. Undaunted, Gray insists all was not lost, saying, “It ain’t over till it’s over, in my book.” She applauds loyal fans who have stepped up to the plate in support of the program and quotes Peter Finch (in his role as newscaster Howard Beale in the movie Network), saying, “… they’re madder than hell, and they aren’t going to take it anymore.” Via her various columns and blogs, which have received thousands of page views, Tipping says she’s worked to keep fans informed about what they might do to try to help save the show. “People in Dallas are very keen on what happens on Dallas,” she says. “[Linda Gray] and Patrick Duffy are the show’s history,” says Tipping. “She has portrayed Sue Ellen’s emotional roller coaster of loving/hating J.R., and loving/ hating drinking brilliantly. I think if someone were to pick the show up without her and Duffy, it would fail miserably.​” Unfortunately for the cast and diehard fans, no other network

“My life has been a series of speed bumps. You kind of go along and all of the sudden there’s a little bump, and you’re turning left or right.”

has picked up the show as this magazine goes to press. “TNT is finished with us,” Gray says, wistfully. As for the rest of Gray’s career, with or without a steady dose of Dallas in her life, she says she’s not about to ride off into the sunset. She spent the holiday season in London, starring as the Fairy Godmother in a familyfriendly stage production of Cinderella, and will star in a black comedy called Wally, which is being filmed in California early this year. “People say, ‘You could retire now.’ I say ‘what does that mean? It does not compute.’” Retirement, she says, simply isn’t a word in her vocabulary. “I’m one of those people like Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, two of my favorites,” she says. “They are also working actors, and that’s who I consider myself to be.” Much like her dear friend Larry Hagman, Gray believes that she, too, has been blessed. “I’ve worked a lot,” she says. “But it’s an attitude that you have to have about life. If you want something, that’s what you go after. That’s just who I am — I recognize it, and sometimes I drive myself crazy [because of it]. But that’s how it is with me. I love to work and have obviously done it all my life. And I will continue.”

When in Big D LINDA GRAY RECOMMENDS The Great Outdoors “I immediately go for a walk when I arrive. Now that Klyde Warren Park is part (a lovely part) of the new landscape of downtown Dallas, it’s one of the first places I head to. On a Sunday I head over to White Rock Lake where I can take a long walk around the lake with friends on a Sunday and see families, babies in strollers, bikers, dogs, joggers, et cetera. I love the energy there!”

Favorite Fare “Restaurants are amazing there now. When we first arrived to begin filming the original Dallas, we seldom went downtown. We did spend time at The Palm where we first met Al Biernat. What a treasure he is, and now having his own restaurant, Al Biernat’s on Oak Lawn, makes it all the sweeter when I go there now. He is an amazing restaurateur and a lovely human being.” “I also enjoy many new restaurants that were never there in the ‘80s: Tei-An, Gemma, Meso Maya, Le Bilboquet, Savor Gastropub, True Food Kitchen, and of course, The Mansion (where we stayed during our filming in the ‘80s). There are so many restaurants that I have not tried yet but hope to very soon: Knife was highly recommended, Oak and many more on the ‘to experience’ list.”

Retail Therapy “When we are [in Dallas] filming, there isn’t a lot of time to shop: Shops don’t open at 5 a.m.! I do love Highland Park Village! It is charming, and I love simply walking around there. Such beautiful shops. Forty-Five Ten is amazing. Brian [Bolke] has such great taste!” “Also, I am a regular at the Apple Store in the West Village because I am always doing something to my computer that needs fixing. They must cringe when I walk in, saying, ‘Here she is again, wonder what she did now?’ Phillip the store manager is so wonderful and patient with me, and I am crazy about all the people who work there.”

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Dallas Hotel Magazine - Winter 2015  

In this issue we catch up with actress Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen Ewing on both the original "Dallas" TV series and the recent reboot....

Dallas Hotel Magazine - Winter 2015  

In this issue we catch up with actress Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen Ewing on both the original "Dallas" TV series and the recent reboot....