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Also Known As: Linda Ann Gray Died:
Born: September 12, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, model

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In the 1970s and '80s, Linda Gray became a staple in American households for 13 years as the forlorn and forsaken wife of the most ruthless man on television. Before "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) made her a familiar face, the actress worked prolifically as model in the 1960s and became the answer to a much-bandied trivia question when marketers of the classic Dustin Hoffman film "The Graduate" (1967) used her shapely legs as the frame of its famous movie poster. But it would be on the archetypal primetime soap opera "Dallas" that she found herself transformed into a pop-cultural diva by playing Sue Ellen Ewing, the put-upon, bed-hopping, boozing spouse of venal oil magnate J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). Winning an Emmy nomination for that role, she would ride her soapy imprimatur through the 1990s, playing a no-nonsense businesswoman on "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99) and "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994-95). She made a transition to the stage, touring in productions across the U.S. and Europe, most notably a turn as that self-same Mrs. Robinson in a stage adaptation of the "The Graduate." Still, for a career marked by distinct stages across the performing arts spectrum, Gray's veritable tenure as Sue Ellen would...

In the 1970s and '80s, Linda Gray became a staple in American households for 13 years as the forlorn and forsaken wife of the most ruthless man on television. Before "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) made her a familiar face, the actress worked prolifically as model in the 1960s and became the answer to a much-bandied trivia question when marketers of the classic Dustin Hoffman film "The Graduate" (1967) used her shapely legs as the frame of its famous movie poster. But it would be on the archetypal primetime soap opera "Dallas" that she found herself transformed into a pop-cultural diva by playing Sue Ellen Ewing, the put-upon, bed-hopping, boozing spouse of venal oil magnate J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). Winning an Emmy nomination for that role, she would ride her soapy imprimatur through the 1990s, playing a no-nonsense businesswoman on "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99) and "Models, Inc." (Fox, 1994-95). She made a transition to the stage, touring in productions across the U.S. and Europe, most notably a turn as that self-same Mrs. Robinson in a stage adaptation of the "The Graduate." Still, for a career marked by distinct stages across the performing arts spectrum, Gray's veritable tenure as Sue Ellen would make her perennially synonymous with a relentless and vengeful soap opera queen, as witnessed by her return to the role some 20 years later on the TNT reboot, "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), making fans of the iconic show very happy to see Sue Ellen Ewing's story continue for new generations of viewers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Expecting Mary (2010)
3.
 Star of Jaipur (1999)
4.
 Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998) Sue Ellen Ewing
5.
 When the Cradle Falls (1997) Helen Sawyer
6.
 Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) Sue Ann Ewing
7.
 To My Daughter With Love (1994) Eleanor Monroe
8.
 Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges (1994) Eileen Stevens
9.
 Accidental Meeting (1994) Jennifer Parris
10.
 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993) Gayle Moffitt
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1963:
Made brief appearances in the feature films "Under the Yum Yum Tree" and "Palm Springs Weekend"
1967:
Enjoyed successful modelling career; worked on over 400 TV commercials; in 1967 was the body double for the advertising poster of "The Graduate"
1974:
First professional acting job, a guest spot on the long-running ABC drama series "Marcus Welby, M.D."
1975:
TV-movie debut, "The Big Rip-Off" (NBC)
1976:
First sizable feature film role, "Dogs"
1977:
Played Linda Murkland on the syndicated serial comedy-drama "All That Glitters"
1978:
Played Sue Ellen Ewing on the popular CBS primetime soap opera "Dallas"; directed several episodes between 1986-89; left the show two seasons before it ended in 1991
1981:
Hosted a pair of two-part TV instructional specials "The Body Human: The Loving Process ¿ Women" and "The Body Human: The Loving Process ¿ Men"
1982:
First top-billed role in a TV-movie, "Not in Front of the Children" (CBS)
1984:
Handled anchoring duties for the "CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade"; shared the helm for four years with "Dallas" co-star Larry Hagman, and then with another co-star Patrick Duffy for two
1991:
Returned to feature films for the first time in 15 years with a supporting role in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Oscar"
1994:
First producing credit, as co-producer of the TV-movie "Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges" (NBC); also starred
1994:
Guest starred as Hillary Michaels on Fox's "Melrose Place" before reprising role as the lead on the spin-off Models, Inc."
1996:
Reprised role of Sue Ellen on the CBS TV-movie "Dallas: J.R. Returns"
1998:
Once again played Sue Ellen in "Dallas: War of the Ewings" (CBS)
2001:
Assumed role of Mrs. Robinson in the London stage version of "The Graduate"
2004:
Joined the cast of long-running daytime series "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
2005:
Co-starred in The Hallmark Channel mystery movie "McBride: It's Murder, Madam"
2012:
Reprised Sue Ellen Ewing role on the TNT reboot of "Dallas" alongside original co-stars Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman
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Education

Notre Dame Academy: West Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Gray was chosen Woman of the Year by the Hollywood Radio and TV Society in 1982.

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husband:
Ed Thrasher. Art director. Divorced in 1983.

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son:
Jeff A Thrasher. Born on June 16, 1964.
daughter:
Kelly A Sloane. Actor. Born on August 14, 1966; runs Gray's production company, LG Productions.
grandson:
Ryder Gray Sloane. Born on September 12, 1991; mother, Kelly Sloane.

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