Principal parts company with Pam
star Ken Kercheval has ruled out a return for Victoria Principal (pictured), who played Bobby Ewing’s wife Pamela, saying the actress has severed ties with the show. The drama was relaunched in June after 21 years, but without Principal. Veteran Dallas star Patrick Duffy sparked speculation producers were lining up Principal’s character for a return by revealing there is an ‘‘option’’ for her to come back but people maybe unconsciously, consciously – I don’t know – but I feel there is an honouring of the matriarch that is seeping into our culture that didn’t seep in before.
‘‘So I felt, ‘OK, why not be one of those matriarchs instead of just seeing yet again the masculine guys out there?’ . . . I thought, ‘I have a choice and I’m blessed. I have a choice to make on this series coming back. And I felt it was perfect female timing.’’
After all these years, Gray reveals the price she paid for playing the younger Sue Ellen to throngs of fans.
‘‘Every weekend for six months in a row, when the show hit its peak, someone was out at my house photographing me for some German, French or Italian magazine. I was like, ‘This has taken over my life. I don’t have a life’. The kids resented it and everybody would go out to dinner and people would come over for autographs.
‘‘And I thought, ‘This isn’t what I Kercheval, who plays Cliff Barnes in the show, has silenced the rumour. ‘‘Victoria has kind of divested herself. She has done her own thing with her make-up company and so on. I’m sure they have approached her to be involved. I think she was involved in the first Dallas reunion kind of show (2004 documentary Return to Southfork) but since then, no. She has kind of disappeared off the Dallas face,’’ he told UltimateDallas.com signed on to do’. I’m acting, yes, but I didn’t know the enormity of what I’d signed on for . . . I thought, ‘I’m ruining my family and this is not healthy’.’’
She didn’t quit her job, she quit her marriage. ‘‘And that was a huge, huge, huge thing.
‘‘But it wasn’t supportive, so I had to make a big decision. It was challenging because my husband has since passed, and I bless him for all the years he was there for me, but at a certain point, it wasn’t loving and supportive any more. And so I had to make a decision, a hard one because the kids were teenagers. That’s when they need you. It wasn’t that I wasn’t there for them – I was. But they needed a family unit. Then of course, the guilt comes in,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s worked out fine but still going through it was not an easy time for me.’’
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