“45 Years Later: Dallas Protagonists Reunite to Celebrate Iconic and Controversial TV Program”

By: MRT Desk

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45 years after the premiere of Dallas, its protagonists gather to remember the successful and controversial program

A few years before Joan Collins and Linda Evans told the world how millionaires in Denver, Colorado lived and demonstrated the thousand and one ways to fall by a staircase, another group of actors had inaugurated the phenomenon.

Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Grey, Barbara Bel Geddes, Cliff Barnes, Charlene Tilton, Audrey Landers, Steve Canaly, Joan Van Ark, Sheree Wilson, Catthy Podewell, and Victoria Principal have given life, since 1978, to the Ewings, a family that owns an oil emporium in Dallas. The soap opera, which was broadcast in Argentina on Channel 9, was so successful that it had 14 seasons in which its protagonists got married, separated, died and even came to life.

Over time, great American television and film stars have passed through its cast, such as Brad Pitt, Susan Howard, Priscilla Presley, Christopher Atkins and Barbara Eden.

The 45th anniversary celebration

This Tuesday, some of its stars met at a renowned restaurant in Palm Springs, California, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the premiere of the series, and People released, exclusively, the images of that meeting.

In dialogue with that medium, Duffy, 74, compared the series with other current ones, such as Succession and Yellowstone, and assured that many of the subplots they show were previously passed through Dallas. “Sometimes I’m watching new series and I realize that we did that before. If you think about basically all the family dramas except Breaking Bad, we stuck to the premise that it didn’t start with Dallas, it started with Devil’s Cauldron, but then that was forgotten and Dallas took over,” said the actor who played the character. “good brother”, Bobby.

Linda Grey, the long-suffering Sue Ellen in the series, also referred to the legacy of the program. “I think Dallas was like daytime soap operas, which were very popular at the time. The program came into play; it was gigantic and filled people’s need for a recurring story, suspense, and something to look forward to,” he reflected.

The absence of Larry Hagman and Victoria Principal

That revival was attended by three of the main stars of the original story: Sue Ellen, Bobby and the terrible JR played by Larry Hagman, who died at the age of 81, while the first season was airing. “ Larry was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew,” Gray, 82, said in a statement she released at the time. “He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him greatly. He was a unique being and lived life to the fullest. The world was a brighter place because of Larry.”

As in the new version of the program, there was a great absence: Victoria Principal. The actress, who is currently dedicated to helping animals and selling beauty products, has been away from the media for years. When the program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018, the actress gave a short interview in which she assured: “In its first five years, the program gave away some of the best moments on television.” And she recalled: “Before I started filming, I had already fallen in love with the show and my role. My feeling from the moment I read the first script was that it was incredibly special and that I really wanted to be a part of it. I couldn’t imagine not being Pam.”

After her fictional husband Bobby’s character died and was resurrected, Principal made sure her character had a definitive end when, at the end of the tenth season, she decided to take a step the side. “Pam dies in a car accident. Certainly, I felt that flying through the air was something definitive,” he explained.

Continued popularity and behind-the-scenes insights

These days, the legacy of Dallas continues to captivate fans, with a series of talks that have the mythical program as the protagonist. There, they tell behind the scenes of the successful show, but they also lend themselves to the game of answering questions from the public that continues to remember those characters they saw suffer, rejoice and grow for a decade.

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