Born in Santa Monica, California, on September 12, 1940, Linda Gray is best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the popular series Dallas. The actress starred on the original series from 1978 to 1991, and returned for the new series in 2012. For her performance on Dallas, Gray earned an Emmy Award nomination, the Bambi Award and the Il Gato Award, among other honors. Gray went on to appear on other popular shows, including Melrose Place and Models Inc., as well as in several films and television movies. Among her roles on the big screen, Gray played Darnella in 2010's Expecting Mary.
Actress Linda Ann Gray, born in Santa Monica, California, on September 12, 1940, is best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, the popular CBS show that ran from 1978 to 1991. Long before her Dallas days, Gray got her start in the entertainment industry by working as a model and commercial actress. By the mid-1960s, she had begun landing small roles in films, and by the next decade, she was earning bigger film roles and small parts on several television series.
Among her early film and TV appearances, Gray played Patsy Grey on the TV series Marcus Welby, M.D. in 1974; Miss Engle in the 1976 film Dogs; Linda Murkland on the show All That Glitters in 1977; and Nan in the TV movie Haywire in 1980.
In 1978, Gray debuted in what would be credited as her most acclaimed acting role: As Sue Ellen Ewing, the alcoholic wife of J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) on the popular TV show Dallas. The series details the lives of the Ewing family supported by J.R. Ewing, an oil magnate in Dallas, Texas. For her performance on Dallas, Gray earned an Emmy Award nomination, the Bambi Award and the Il Gato Award, among other honors. Gray starred in every season of the original series (1978-1981) and reunited with cast members two decades later, when the new Dallas series premiered on TNT in 2012. In addition to acting, Gray serves as director of the new series, which astars Jesse Metcalf as Christopher Ewing.
Following its 11 years on television in the United States, the original series of Dallas is still in syndication worldwide.
In Recent Years
Gray went on to appear on other popular shows, including Melrose Place and Models Inc. in the mid-1990s, as well as in several films, television movies and stage productions. In 1994, she starred in the TV movies To My Daughter with Love, Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges and Accidental Meeting, among several other appearances. In 2002, Gray performed as Mrs. Robinson in the Broadway production of The Graduate, filling in for Kathleen Turner for a brief time. She also performed on stage in Terms of Endearment.
Among her roles on the big screen, Gray played Darnella in 2010's Expecting Mary and Alexi's mother in 2011's The Flight of the Swan. Also in 2011, she starred in the TV movie A Very Mary Christmas and began filming the TV drama Hidden Moon. Around the same time, she began filming and co-producing a stage adaptation of Bette Davis Speaks, which, according to Gray's website, highlights "the sharp wit of the iconic and legendary movie star" and is based on a book written by Boze Hadleigh.
Off the set, Gray has been involved in various philanthropic causes over the past several years. From 1997 to 2007, she served as an American Goodwill Ambassador, traveling worldwide to discuss a variety of issues affecting women. She has also worked with AIDS/Life Cycle and Meals on Wheels, among other activist organizations.
In 1962, Gray married photographer and art director Ed Thrasher. They had two children together, Jeff Thrasher and Kehly Sloane, before divorcing in 1983.
Gray was related by marriage to fellow actress Lindsay Wagner.
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