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Video Interview: Linda Gray Talks WINTERTHORNE Experience, Previews Her New Memoir & If She Would Want To Play DALLAS’ Sue Ellen Ewing Again!

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As the highly-anticipated online series Winterthorne is set to have its online debut this Thursday August 27th, leading up to it over the next few days, On-Air On-Soaps will be bringing you some red carpet video interviews with the cast taped at the Winterthorne premiere and screening held just over a week ago.

We caught up with cast member Linda Gray, who became a TV icon in her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the original CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, and more recently appeared in the same popular role in the TNT revival of the series.  For Gray, being part of the cast of Winterthorne and doing an online series was a first for her.

Linda related why she chose to do the show:  “In my career,  I have chosen to do things that I have not done before.  It has served me well.  I get to meet new people and I have never done anything like Winterthorne before, and so I wanted to experience it.   My character is the matriarch of the candy empire!”

In addition to her role in Winterthorne playing Martha Madison’s on-screen mom, Gray is set on September 8th to release her first memoir entitled The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction.  Linda’s fans can pre-order it now on Amazon.com.

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Gray revealed that she was indeed scared to write her memoir relating when speaking to the publishers: “Well they asked me to write a memoir, and I said, ‘I’m not old enough to write a memoir.’   I remember being in New York and they kind of looked up and gave me a funny look and said, ‘Well, in September you’re going to be 75.’   Then, I thought … maybe it is time.” (Laughs)

As for digging in and recounting her life and the ups and downs of it, Linda shared: “It was hard, but I just started writing.  It’s what I do.  I jumped into the deep end.  I loved it.   Stuff came in and it was almost like a download.  It is a memoir and it reveals a lot of stuff about my life that people don’t know about.”

The big question of the day was posed to Gray, and that was if somehow Dallas got resurrected in some form:  TV, motion picture, online series, whatever … would she be up for playing Sue Ellen one more time.  Linda simply answered, “Of course, darling.”

Watch the video interview with Linda Gray after the jump.  Then let us know if you are intrigued to see her in Winterthorne?  Interested in checking out her memoir and what she might reveal? Would you want to see her play a boozin’ Sue Ellen Ewing one more time if Dallas could ever be revived again?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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9 Comments on "Video Interview: Linda Gray Talks WINTERTHORNE Experience, Previews Her New Memoir & If She Would Want To Play DALLAS’ Sue Ellen Ewing Again!"

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Frank

Wow I love this lady, Linda Gray is a sassy, classy lady and a wonderful actress. She looks beautiful for 75 years old, she looks natural, no plastic surgery at all.

k/kay

My heart breaks to know so many years have past for all of us Dallas was wonderful until 1985 ! Sad days still has great legs!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Those years from the late 70s up until ‘the dream year’ was Dallas at its best!!!

Frank

Linda Gray is amazing. I would love to see Dallas back on TV but I want to see a powerful and strong Sue Ellen. TNT took her too low again. I didn’t care that she started drinking again but she should’t have lost control. It should have been her vice and give her the courage to do bitchy things.

Charday

She’s great. I miss DALLAS. Look forward to her memoir.

Janie

I would love to see Linda as Sue Ellen in Dallas again. She was always so awesome

Dadou

Amaizing classy lady. The one and only . Got The chance to talk to her in London…caring and so so sweet charming she is. She really likes people and every moment of her life

Rose

Michael…it’s August 27. Where can we view Winterthorne?

Barb

I too, love Linda Gray and Dallas (especially miss Larry Hagman). I bought the entire series and am up to season 10 now. Contrary to most opinions, all the seasons up to 10 were really good writing and acting. I have found it hard to get into season 10 like I did before. But I am still a huge Dallas fan-always and forever! Perhaps, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and the new generation Ewings could meet up and some how cross over onto the new Fall series Blood and Oil. What you think? Dallas was the Best Show ever!!!

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Y&R and Dallas Alum, Oscar Winner George Kennedy Has Died

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George Kennedy,  the Oscar-winning star of 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, which also starred Paul Newman has died at age 91, his grandson, Cory Schenkel confirmed.

Kennedy died in his sleep at his Boise, Idaho home early Sunday morning, the day of the Academy Awards.  He had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month.

In the soaps, Kennedy is most remembered for his guest stints on The Young and the Restless playing Victor Newman’s despicable father, Albert Miller.  Kennedy first played the role in 2003 and then reprised it again in 2010.   Victor’s relationship with his father gave Eric Braeden some of the finest material of his career as the complex Victor.  Albert had abandoned his family, causing his son to be raised in an orphanage.

CBS original primetime soap Dallas also featured Kennedy as Carter McKay, one of the Ewing families bitter enemies from 1988 to 1991.  Geroge also played the role in two follow-up TV movies, 1996’s Dallas: J.R. Returns and 1998’s Dallas: War of the Ewings.  In addition, Kennedy appeared in several of the 70’s major disaster films including the original Airport and several sequels, as well as in Earthquake.  In the 80’s, he would appear in The Naked Gun franchise of films along with Leslie Nielsen.

After the jump, watch George Kennedy as Albert on The Young and the Restless in scenes with Eric Braeden and Joshua Morrow (Nick).  Then share your thoughts on the passing of this talented actor in the comment section below! (more…)

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7th Annual Indie Series Awards Nominations Announced: Winterthorne, EastSiders & The Bay Battle It Out In Drama Series! Van Hansis, Melissa Archer, Lilly Melgar, Kathleen Gati, Deidre Hall, Martha Madison,Tristan Rogers & More Soap Notables Score Nods!

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On Wednesday, nominations were announced for the 7th Annual Indie Series Awards.  The ISA’s celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web.  Nominations this year were announced in 30 categories.

Online series which featured stars of your favorite daytime dramas took three of the top four spots that led all fields in total nominations.  Michael Caruso’s Winterthorne scored a record-tying 13 nominations, followed by Gregori J. Martin’s The Bay with 12, and Kit Williamson’s EastSiders with 10.   The series Hollywood Wasteland also scored 11 nominations.

The winners will be announced in ceremonies on April 6th at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, and the awards show will be hosted by Days of our Lives Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) starting at 8PMPST.

The nominations were revealed within a very special video presentation hosted by actress Jillian Claire, which features a cameo by Eric Martsolf.

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From Van Hansis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Deidre Hall, Eric Martsolf, John-Paul Lavoisier, Martha Madison, Lilly Melgar, Brianna Brown, Constance Wu, Tristan Rogers, Karrueche Tran, Linda Gray, Kathleen Gati, Carolyn Hennesy, Kevin Spirtas, Patsy Pease, Melissa Claire Egan, Melissa Archer and more, there is plenty of talent on the web these days and they all are ISA nominees this year.

Below is just a sampling of categories featuring daytime notables who received nominations.  For the complete list go to Serial Scoop and click here!  (more…)

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Former Dallas Star Josh Henderson Back With New Series From E!: The Arrangement

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We all loved Josh Henderson’s portrayal of John Ross Ewing on TNT’s defunct revival of the classic primetime soap, Dallas.

Since Dallas was never able to find a suitable home at another network, Henderson had teased via social media some time ago that he had something big in the works.

Now it is revealed! On Friday, E! announced plans for its second scripted series following The Royals.  The new show is called The Arrangement and stars Henderson alongside Christina Evangelista. The story revolves around a young actress named Megan Morrison (Evangelista), who auditions for a huge summer movie alongside top Hollywood action movie star Kyle West (Henderson). When Megan’s audition leads to a first date with Kylie, she’s presented with a contract that could change her life forever. But will she accept The Arrangement?   Michael Vartan and Lexa Doig also star in the series.

On his official Instagram account, Henderson shared his enthusiasm for the reveal of his next role: “Been waiting for bout 4 months till it became official.. And So excited today cuz I can finally announce I’ve got a new show coming !! 1st season will be 10 episodes on E! More to come soon.” (more…)

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