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Linda Gray is an award-winning actress, an accomplished director, a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s most recognized and admired stars.
Her award-winning portrayal of ‘Sue Ellen’, in the blockbuster TV series “Dallas”, brought her worldwide stardom and critical acclaim earning her nominations for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress, an Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and numerous International awards. After eleven years as the number 1 show on television, “Dallas” returned to TNT in 2012 and ran for 3 successful seasons.
Linda’s memoir “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction” was published in September 2015 to enthusiastic reviews and became a fast best seller.
SD: You recently wrote your memoirs, ‘The Road to Happiness* *Is Always Under Construction.’ For those who have not read it yet, what will they be surprised most to learn about you?
LG: Very good question. Probably, that I am a down-to-earth person. There are a lot of expectations that “we actors” are different and don’t have problems, but we do. When I started writing this I didn’t know where to start or where to take my story. My life, like many of us, life is always under construction. I was very honest in this book. I have experienced the good, the bad, and ugly in my life.
SD: Besides fame, what has your acting career given you?
LG: We all are plopped down on this earth for something and we must find out what that purpose is. I always had the passion for acting. My dreams was to be an actress, and I did everything I could to make that dream come true. My career has helped fulfill that need, purpose, and dream.
SD: Most memorable moment of your career?
LG: Oh dear! There were several. My career is like an incredible string of pearls that just kept giving. Most memorable would be the friendships that I have forged. I remember the first time I walked on set to meet the cast. I walked into a room and sitting in there was Patrick Duffy, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis, Victoria Principal, and Charlene Tiltion. As I sit down, in comes Larry Hagman wearing a big cowboy hat and carrying two bottles of champagne. He looks down at me and says “Hello, darlin’” I thought I was doing a sitcom. I remember thinking “this is the oddest group of people I had seen in a room.” It turned into one of my greatest adventures.
SD: Do you ever get tired of being associated with Sue Ellen Ewing?
LG: Never! My biggest pet peeve is with actors who want to erase the character that made them famous. I am so grateful for the role and all that it has offered me. It is such a gift to entertain people and I had a great time entertaining many as Sue Ellen.
SD: Fondest memory of working with Larry Hangman?
LG: Larry was a party. He was so generous in life and had an amazing spirit. I loved how much he cared about people. He loved having fun! He was kind, generous, and a very funny guy. When I think about him, I remember the laughing. He was always telling stupid jokes. He hated filming the intimate or kissing scenes with me. Without me knowing, he would put peanut butter or onions in his mouth before shooting a kissing scene. It always caught me off guard and I had to get through it with a straight face. He was just a big kid!
For more information about Linda visit, www.lindagray.com