Linda Gray became well-known by playing Sue Ellen Ewing on the popular TV show Dallas. She was part of over 300 episodes, but even with a successful career, she faced personal challenges.
Now, at 82 years old, Linda Gray is still going strong. This is her story.
Over the years, in movies and TV, we’ve seen actors give fantastic performances that seem perfect for them. It’s like they were meant to play those roles, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing it just as well.
For instance, can you picture someone else playing Charles Ingalls in “Little House on the Prairie” instead of Michael Landon? Or would “Mary Poppins” be the same if Dick Van Dyke didn’t play Bert?
Think about how certain actors are just perfect for certain roles. Take Linda Gray, for instance. It’s hard to picture the TV show Dallas without her playing Sue Ellen Ewing. Many of us are thankful she got that part.
Linda Gray’s life has been like a roller coaster – full of ups and downs. She faced serious illness, fought against addiction, and went through a marriage that wasn’t very fulfilling.
Even though Linda Gray has faced tough times, she always came out stronger. She was determined to make the best of her life and have a long and successful career.
In the TV show Dallas, Gray acted with Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy. Now, she shares her thoughts about working with Hagman and spills the secrets behind their great on-screen chemistry.
Linda Gray was born on September 12, 1940, in Santa Monica, California.
When she was a little kid, she got sick with polio. Her grandfather already had it, and her parents were really sad about it. But for Linda, it wasn’t a big deal.
“When my grandpa was 17, they didn’t know what was wrong, and he always used a wheelchair,” she remembered. “When I got diagnosed, everyone in my family was upset, but I wasn’t. I thought I could have a wheelchair like Grandpa.”
Linda Gray grew up in Culver City, California, where her dad had a watchmaker shop. Even as a little kid, she loved performing. She would put on shows in her neighborhood. Later, at Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles, she played Cinderella in a play.
Her dad gave her and her sister Betty the stability they needed.
Linda Gray shared in her 2015 book, “The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction,” that her dad didn’t provide emotional support. He was more like a piece of furniture, just there. But back then, you didn’t talk to your dad about problems with boyfriends. Still, he was supportive of her career.