All roads lead to Southfork
LINDA Gray may be at home in Dallas, but at heart she’s a vagabond. After the original hit series ended in 1991, Gray was invited to be a goodwill ambassador for the UN.
It changed her life. ‘‘What it exposed me to was developing countries, but not the nice parts,’’ she says, leaning her elbow on the back of a white canvas couch in a hotel room.
‘‘Not the parts a travel agent would send you to. I was going to villages of 800 people and hanging out – Nicaragua, Rajasthan – but once you’ve experienced that and you get to sit with humanity one to one . . . I sat in their little homes that were as big as that chest over there,’’ she points to a bureau across the room.
‘‘I sat and talked with them. I was finding out about women’s and children’s health issues. It was amazing, amazing, amazing. So I spent 10 years doing that,’’ says Gray, who’s dressed in black pants and a top with a chiffon overlay.
‘‘I think I was born a curious person,’’ she says. ‘‘So I do things that I’m curious about. And it’s like, ‘I wonder what that would be like to do that?’
‘‘I love life and I can chew it up and assimilate it and digest it.
‘‘I want to know about this, and how does that work? And how does that feel? And what does it taste like? I have a very visceral attachment to life. I have this hunger for different cultures.’’
Even so, she is thrilled to be back as the savvy Sue Ellen, JR’s ex-wife in the extension of the original prime-time soap.
‘‘It was like, ‘OK, at 71 years old to be offered a series is rare in our industry anyway’. And so I felt honoured. I thought, ‘Isn’t that lovely to be invited back’. Most women now at 35-40, they’re considered ‘ehhhh’.’’
‘‘But let’s focus on the young people. So I thought, ‘I think the matriarchal system is coming in to be, and I feel that the
Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Brenda Strong.