Prin­ci­pal parts com­pany with Pam

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WEDNESDAY EXTRA -

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 Ul­ti­mateDal­ 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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