Linda Gray

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Linda Gray

Gray at The Heart Truth show in 2011.
BornLinda Ann Gray
(1940-09-12) September 12, 1940 (age 72)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Years active1963-present
Spouse(s)Ed Thrasher (1962-1983) (divorced) 2 children
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Linda Gray

Gray at The Heart Truth show in 2011.
BornLinda Ann Gray
(1940-09-12) September 12, 1940 (age 72)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Years active1963-present
Spouse(s)Ed Thrasher (1962-1983) (divorced) 2 children

Linda Ann Gray (born September 12, 1940[1]) is an American screen and stage actress, director, producer and former model.

Gray is best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the long running CBS television series Dallas (1978-1989), for which she was nominated for two Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[2] She played a leading role on the Fox drama series Models Inc. from 1994 to 1995 and played roles in several made-for-TV movies, appeared on movies like Oscar and Expecting Mary and performed on stage productions, such as The Graduate and Terms of Endearment. As of 2012 she starred on the TNT series Dallas.



Early life and career

Linda Ann Gray was born in Santa Monica, California.[1] Prior to acting, Gray working as a model in the 1960s and began her acting career in television commercials-nearly 400 of them,[3] and also made brief appearances in the feature films, such as Under the Yum Yum Tree and Palm Springs Weekend in 1963.[4]

Gray began her professional acting career in the 1970s, with guest roles on many television series such as Marcus Welby, M.D., McCloud and Switch. She also made appeared on films The Big Rip-Off (1975) and Dogs (1976).[5]

In 1977 she was cast as fashion model Linda Murkland, the first transgender series regular on American television[6] on the TV series All That Glitters.[7] The show, a spoof of the soap opera format, was cancelled after just 13 weeks. Gray was then cast as suspicious wife Carla Cord in the 1977 television movie Murder in Peyton Place.


Gray achieved stardom for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing, J.R.'s long-suffering alcoholic wife, in the CBS drama series Dallas (1978-89, 1991).[4] Initially a recurring guest role for the five-episode first series, Gray became a series regular later in 1978 and remained with the show until 1989. Her character was well received by television critics. The Biography Channel said, "Who could ever forget Dallas with the gin-swilling Sue Ellen Ewing, replete with shoulder pads long before Dynasty, staggering around Southfork Ranch with a permanently tearful expression as she suffered the brunt of J.R. Ewing’s evil ways?"[8] The Boulevard Magazine said, "It may be 2009 and seventeen years since the primetime drama Dallas went off the air, but memories of the Ewing family still linger. Corruption and betrayal, lies, greed, affairs and scandal - all were just part of another day at the Southfork Ranch. At the center of it all was one of our favorite Ewings, the person we couldn't help but root for each week as she drank and slept her way through one ordeal after another. This, of course, was the tortured and (sometimes) villainous Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing, former Texas beauty queen and trophy wife of the womanizing rogue J.R. Ewing, played to perfection by actress Linda Gray."[9] Gray was nominated for two Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance on Dallas.[10] She also received numerous international awards including Germany’s Bambi Award, Italy’s Il Gato and she was named Woman of the Year by the Hollywood Radio & Television Society in 1982.[11][10]

After Dallas

After Dallas, Gray starred in the 1991 comedy film Oscar with Sylvester Stallone and then made guest appearances in British drama Lovejoy (starring her co-star and love interest from her final series on Dallas, Ian McShane). She also starred in several made-for-TV movies, including 1991's The Entertainers (with Bob Newhart), Bonanza: The Return (1993), Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter (1993), and Accidental Meeting (1994).

Linda Gray at The Heart Truth fashion show in February, 2011.

In 1994, she made several guest appearances on the Fox network primetime soap opera Melrose Place. She appeared in four episodes as businesswoman Hillary Michaels, the mother of Amanda Woodward (played by Heather Locklear). She played a leading role on the Melrose Place spin-off - Models Inc.,[12] but the show only lasted a single season.

Gray appeared in the Dallas reunion TV movies Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) and Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998). and in the following years did not appear in movies or on television.

In 2001, Gray portrayed Mrs. Robinson in the West End theatre production of Charles Webb's The Graduate.[13] This brought her full circle, as her legs (not Ann Bancroft's) were the ones in the famous scene in the movie The Graduate where Mrs. Robinson's legs are admired by Dustin Hoffman.[14] Gray made her theater directing debut with play Murder in the First, and other acting stage work includes Terms of Endearment, The Vagina Monologues, Agnes of God and Love Letters.[11]

Recent years

Gray returned to television in 2004 as a guest star in five episodes daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, playing Priscilla Kelly.

Gray starred in several independent films, including award-winning drama Reflections of a Life (2006), where she played best friend of a woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Expecting Mary (2010), The Flight of the Swan (2011) and Hidden Moon (2012).[5]

In 2008, Gray appeared in The CW series 90210, which, like Melrose Place and Models Inc. before it, is a spin-off from the original Beverly Hills, 90210. Gray has now appeared in three of the five series in the franchise, though her role in 90210 was not Hillary Michaels, the character she played on Melrose Place (1992) and Models Inc.

In 2012, Gray reprised her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the TNT drama series Dallas, a continuation of the original series.[15][16]

Personal life

Gray was married for 21 years to Ed Thrasher, an art director and photographer who designed many iconic album covers throughout the 60s and 70s. The marriage resulted in two children: Jeff Thrasher and Kehly Sloane.[1] Gray also has two grandsons, Ryder and Jack Sloane. Her younger sister, Betty, died in 1989 from breast cancer. Gray was also the aunt (by marriage) of actress Lindsay Wagner, best known as The Bionic Woman. She resides in Los Angeles, California.[17]


1963Palm Springs WeekendGirl at Pool with Yellow Swimsuituncredited
1976DogsMiss Englea.k.a. Slaughter`
1998Star of JaipurLinda Traska.k.a. Eve of Destruction
a.k.a. Moments of Danger
2006Reflections of a LifeLinda
2010Expecting MaryDarnella
2011The Flight of the SwanAlexi's mother
2012Hidden MoonEva Brighton
1974Marcus Welby, M.D.Patsy Grey1 episode
1975The Big Rip-OffTV movie
1976McCloudCindy Yates/Kate O'Hannah2 episodes
1977SwitchAlison1 episode
All That GlittersLinda MurklandUnknown episodes
Murder in Peyton PlaceCarla CordTV movie
Big HawaiiAnnie Quinlan1 episode
1976-78Emergency!Evelyn Davis/Judy2 episodes
1978The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic TankLeslie CorlissTV movie
1979The Two Worlds of Jennie LoganElizabeth HarringtonTV movie
1980HaywireNanTV movie
The Wild and the FreeLindaTV movie
1982Not in Front of the ChildrenNancy CarruthersTV movie
1987Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend ContinuesMary CollinsTV movie
a.k.a. The Gambler III: The Legend Continues
1978-89, 1991DallasSue Ellen Ewing308 episodes
1991LovejoyCassandra Lynch2 episodes
The EntertainersLauraTV movie
1992Highway HeartbreakerCatherineTV movie
1993Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?Gayle MoffittTV movie
Bonanza: The ReturnAbigail 'Laredo' StimmonsTV movie
1994To My Daughter with LoveEleanor MonroeTV movie
Accidental MeetingJennifer ParrisTV movie
Moment of Truth: Broken PledgesEileen StevensTV movie
Melrose PlaceHillary Michaels4 episodes
Mighty MaxKali (voice)1 episode
1994-95Models Inc.Hillary Michaels29 episodes
1996Touched by an AngelMarian Campbell1 episode
Dallas: J.R. ReturnsSue Ellen Shepard Ewing LockwoodTV movie
1997When the Cradle FallsHelen SawyerTV movie
1998Dallas: War of the EwingsSue Ellen Shepard Ewing LockwoodTV movie
2004-05The Bold and the BeautifulPriscilla Kelly5 episodes
2005McBride: It's Murder, MadamVictoria SawyerTV movie
2006Pepper DennisBarbara Meryl1 episode
200890210Victoria Brewer1 episode
2012DallasSue Ellen Ewing

Awards and nominations

1981Golden Globe AwardGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaDallasNominated
Emmy AwardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Il GatoBest Actress on TelevisionWon
1982Golden Globe AwardGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series DramaNominated
Bambi AwardBest Actress on international seriesWon
1983Hollywood Radio & Television SocietyWoman of the YearWon
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time SerialNominated
Soap Opera Digest AwardFavorite Super Couple on a Prime Time SerialNominated
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime TimeNominated
Soap Opera Digest AwardFavorite Super Couple on a Prime Time SerialNominated
2006TV Land AwardPop Culture AwardWon


  1. ^ a b c Linda Gray Biography (1940-), film reference, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  2. ^ Moir, Jan (July 10, 2006). "I was the very first desperate housewife". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  3. ^ Linda Gray on AllMovie Linda Gray, AllMovie, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  4. ^ a b Linda Gray- Biography, Yahoo!, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  5. ^ a b Filmography by type for Linda Gray, Internet Movie Database, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  6. ^ Stein, p. 177
  7. ^ Clarke, Gerald (1977-04-25). "Eve's Rib and Adam's Yawn". TIME.,9171,918874,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  8. ^ "Linda Gray- Biography on Gray". (United States: The Biography Channel). Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Linda Gray: An Accomplished Actress with Knockout Star Power". Ruth Bashinsky (United States: The Boulevard Magazine). March 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Awards for Linda Gray, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  11. ^ a b Linda Gray official website - Biography, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  12. ^ "'Models Inc.': Perfect for SGTV : SG Stands for Superb Garbage, Raised Here to an Art Form". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  13. ^ The Graduate's London term ends, BBC News, 18 January, 2002, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  14. ^ [1] Playbill, 20 September, 2001, Retrieved August 18, 2012
  15. ^ Red hot at 70! Linda Gray sizzles on catwalk as she prepares to return to the small screen in Dallas remake,, 11 February 2011, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  16. ^ Joyce Eng,TNT Orders Dallas Reboot to Series, Will Offer Sneak Peek Next Week, TV Guide, Jul 8, 2011, Retrieved March 31, 2012
  17. ^ Linda Gray- Biography, Sky Digital, Retrieved March 31, 2012

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