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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)

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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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Frank
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
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
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
Charday

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

Janie
Janie

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

Dadou
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
Rose

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

Barb
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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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

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Is That You Bobby Ewing? ‘Dallas’ Favorite Patrick Duffy Dons New Look For Guest Spot On ‘American Housewife’

In this week’s tis’ the season episode of the comedy series, American Housewife, none other than former  Dallas and The Bold and the Beautiful star Patrick Duffy returns to TV, when in story, Katie (Katie Nixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas.  The episode is aptly titled, “Saving Christmas”

This then puts Marty face-to-face and toe-to-toe with ex-wife Kathryn, played by the wonderful Wendie Malick.

Soap fans will remember the Hot in Cleveland crossover between Malick and Susan Lucci of All My Children.

The first look photos of Duffy on American Housewife were first delivered by ABC to TV Insider.

The Duffy-esque episode airs on Wednesday December 12th (8:30pm EST)

For Dallas fans, they are still wishing that that somehow the show will still come back in another incarnation after its latest (the TNT version) was canned after three seasons.

Will you be checking out Patrick on American Housewife? What do you think of the ponytail look? Comment below.

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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.

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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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