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I met Linda Gray at the Autographica event held in the Hilton Thistle Hotel near Heathrow, in September 2010. I had this photo taken with the glamorous Dallas star, just before we went in to the event's Gala Dinner.
Linda Ann Gray was born in Santa Monica, California in 1940, but grew up in Culver City, California, where her father Leslie, was a watchmaker. She had a younger sister Betty, who died in 1989. Linda was educated at the Dale Carnegie School in Culver City, andlater
Linda Gray's looks and physique led to her becoming a professional model when she was 17 years old. She appeared in many different publications modelling a variety of clothing for some of the leading fashion designers. She wasalso
and later at the nearby Notre Dame Academy. Shy as a child, Linda's earliest acting role was as Cinderella in a high school production of the well-known fairy story.
Linda Gray aged 20
was also in great demand for TV commercials, and featured in no lessthan
Linda Gray as a model
less than 400 of them. She was paid $25 for the image of her leg which was used on the celebrated promotional poster for the film The Graduate (1967). Before then, she had a brief, uncredited part in the film Palm Springs Weekend (1963). After attending acting classes, Linda Gray moved away from modelling in order to pursueacareer
Linda Gray in Palm Springs Weekend
pursue a career as an actress. She had in a guest spot in the long running ABC drama series Marcus Welby, M.D. in 1974, before making her TV movie debut in The Big Rip-Off (1975) starring Tony Curtis. A year later she appeared as Miss Engle in the thriller Dogs (1976), followed by a regular role as Linda Markland in the comedy series All That Glitters (1977).
The Graduate film poster
In 1978, she joined the cast of the CBS primetime soap Dallas, playingSue
playing Sue Ellen Ewing, the long-suffering, alcoholic wife of the hateful J.R. Ewing (played by Larry Hagman). It was intended as a recurring guest role for the five-episode first series, but thecharacter
Linda Gray as Sue Ellen in Dallas
the character was popular and Linda Gray became a series regular. She remained with the show for eleven years until 1989, during which time she also directed four of the 308 episodes in which she appeared.
Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas
During her years on the hit series Dallas,
Dallas, Linda Gray also appeared in a number of TV films including TheTwo
The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (1979, the Emmy-nominated drama Haywire (1980), The Wild and the Free (1980), and Not in Front of the Children (1982). Linda returned to Dallas inthe
in the show's final season in 1991 to appear in the episodes Conundrum:
Linda Gray & Sylvester Stallone in Oscar
Linda Purl & Linda Gray in
Linda Gray as Hillary Michaels in Models Inc.
Not in Front of the Children
Linda Gray also appeared in a number of TV movies including The Entertainers (1991); Highway Heartbreaker (1992), Bonanza: The Return (1993); Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?
Conundrum: Part 1 and Conundrum: Part 2. She also appeared in the John Landis directed crime comedy Oscar (1991) starring Sylvester Stallone, and had the role of Cassandra Lynch in several episodes of the BBC series Lovejoy.
John Getz & Linda Gray in
Daughter? (1993); To My Daughter With Love (1994) and Accidental Meeting (1994).
Having appeared as Hillary Michaels in four episodes of the long-running FOX TV soap Melrose Place
Linda Gray in Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?
Melrose Place in 1994, Linda then starred as the same character in all 29 episodes of the spin-off series Models Inc. (1994-95). She also reprised her
role of Sue Ellen for the reunion TV movies Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) and Dallas: The War of the Ewings (1998).
Entering the new millennium, Linda Gray turned her attentions towards the theatre.....
theatre. After directing her first play, Murder in the First, at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California, she took on the role of Mrs. Robinson in the West End production of Charles Webb'sT
Webb's The Graduate at the Gielgud Theatre in London. In September 2002, she reprised the role at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway, and in 2004, Linda Gray appeared in the women's play The Vagina Monologues in Atlanta and in Beverly Hills, California. More recently, she starred asAurora
as Aurora Greenway in a stage version of the 1983 Oscar-winning film Terms of Endearment. It premiered at York Theatre Royal in 2007 before going on a UK tour and a run in the West End.
As Aurura Greenway in Terms of Endearment
Linda Gray & Jonathan Kaplan in
Linda resumed her TV career as Priscilla Kelly in the soap The Bold and the Beautiful (2004-05) and then played Victoria Sawyer in the TV movie McBride: It's Murder, Madam (2005). In 2006
In 2006, she was given a TV Land 'Pop Culture Award' for her work in Dallas, an honour she shared with former co-stars Charlene Tilton, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Sheree J. Wilson.
Linda Gray & Sydney Penny in
The Bold and the Beautiful
Linda Gray & John Larroquette in
McBride: It's Murder, Madam
Charlene Tilton, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman & Patrick Duffy
with their TV Land 'Pop Culture' Awards in 2006
Very recently, Linda Gray has starred in several independent films, including the comedy Expecting Mary (2010) and the mystery romance Hidden Moon (2012).
In 2012, Linda Gray again played Sue Ellen Ewing in a continuation of the original drama series Dallas, which follows the next generation of the Ewing family
Josh Henderson & Linda Gray in Dallas
family, as cousins John Ross Ewing and Christopher Ewing clash over the family's oil business and vast fortune. Further episodes are scheduled through to 2014.
Now living in Los Angeles, Linda Gray has her own production company, LG Productions, Inc. She once served as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, saying, “My role is to meet people, listen to what they have to say and see what we can do to help.”
In 1962, Linda married Ed Thrasher, an artdirector
art director and photographer who designed many iconic album covers
Kehly Sloane & Linda Gray
covers throughout the 60s and 70s, but they divorced in 1983. They had two children - a son Jeff, and a daughter Kehly who became 'MissGolden
'Miss Golden Globe' in 1997. Kehly is married to producer Lance Sloane and has two sons, Ryder and Jack.
Linda Gray is the aunt (by marriage) of 'bionic woman' actress Lindsay Wagner.
Linda Gray signed photograph