Linda Ann Gray (born September 12, 1940) is an American actress, best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the television prime-time soap opera Dallas.
CareerPrior to acting, Gray began working as a model in the 1960s. The famous film poster for The Graduate (1967) showed Gray's legs, even though the actress in the filmed role was Anne Bancroft.
Gray began her professional acting career in the 1970s, with guest roles on series such as Marcus Welby, M.D. and McCloud. In 1978, she landed the role of Sue Ellen Ewing in the CBS series Dallas. Initially a recurring guest role for the five-episode first season, Gray became a series regular later in 1978 and remained with the show until 1989. She returned for the series finale in 1991 and also appeared in the Dallas reunion TV movies J.R. Returns (1996) and War of the Ewings (1998). Gray was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Dallas in 1981.
After DallasAfter Dallas, Gray made guest appearances in other series, including the British drama Lovejoy (starring her co-star and love interest from her final season on Dallas, Ian McShane). She also starred in several made-for-TV movies, including 1991's The Entertainers (with Bob Newhart), Bonanza: The Return (1993), Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter (1993) and Accidental Meeting (1994). Also in 1994, she made several guest appearances on the Fox network primetime soap opera Melrose Place. She appeared in four episodes as businesswoman Hillary Michaels, the mother of Amanda Woodward (played by Heather Locklear), before her character spearheaded the spin-off series Models Inc., but this series only lasted a single season.
In 2001, Gray portrayed Mrs. Robinson in the West End theatre production of Charles Webb's The Graduate.
Gray returned to television soap operas in 2004, when she had a recurring role in the daytime series The Bold and the Beautiful, playing Priscilla Kelly.
In 2006, Gray co-starred in the short film Reflections of a Life, written, directed, and starring Kathi Carey. She portrayed the best friend of a woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She then toured the United Kingdom in a stage version of Terms of Endearment.
In 2008, Gray had a small role in The CW series 90210, which, like Melrose Place and Models Inc. before it, is a spin-off from the original Beverly Hills, 90210. Gray has now appeared in three of the five series in the franchise, though her role in 90210 was not Hillary Michaels, the character she played on Melrose Place (1992) and Models Inc.
Personal lifeGray was married to Ed Thrasher for 21 years. The marriage resulted in two children: Jeff Thrasher and Kehly Sloane (who played Gray's secretary in episodes of Dallas in 1988). Gray also has two grandsons, Ryder and Jack Sloane. Her younger sister, Betty, died in 1989 from breast cancer.
According to her website, Gray recently traveled to Nicaragua to film a documentary on the health issues of women and children as part of her work as a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
|1963||Palm Springs Weekend||Girl at Pool with Yellow Swimsuit||uncredited|
|1976||Dogs||Miss Engle||a.k.a. Slaughter`|
|1998||Star of Jaipur||Linda Trask||a.k.a. Eve of Destruction |
a.k.a. Moments of Danger
|2006||Reflections of a Life||Linda||Short film|
|The Flight of the Swan||Alexi's mother||Completed|
|1974||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Patsy Grey||1 episode|
|1975||The Big Rip-Off||TV movie|
|1976||McCloud||Cindy Yates/Kate O'Hannah||2 episodes|
|All That Glitters||Linda Murkland||Unknown episodes|
|Murder in Peyton Place||Carla Cord||TV movie|
|Big Hawaii||Annie Quinlan||1 episode|
|1976-78||Emergency!||Evelyn Davis/Judy||2 episodes|
|1978||The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank||Leslie Corliss||TV movie|
|1979||The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan||Elizabeth Harrington||TV movie|
|The Wild and the Free||Linda||TV movie|
|1982||Not in Front of the Children||Nancy Carruthers||TV movie|
|1987||Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues||Mary Collins||TV movie |
a.k.a. The Gambler III: The Legend Continues
|1978-91||Dallas||Sue Ellen Ewing||308 episodes|
|1991||Lovejoy||Cassandra Lynch||2 episodes|
|The Entertainers||Laura||TV movie|
|1992||Highway Heartbreaker||Catherine||TV movie|
|1993||Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?||Gayle Moffitt||TV movie|
|Bonanza: The Return||Abigail 'Laredo' Stimmons||TV movie|
|1994||To My Daughter with Love||Eleanor Monroe||TV movie|
|Accidental Meeting||Jennifer Parris||TV movie|
|Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges||Eileen Stevens||TV movie|
|Melrose Place||Hillary Michaels||4 episodes|
|Mighty Max||Kali (voice)||1 episode|
|1994-95||Models Inc.||Hillary Michaels||29 episodes|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Marian Campbell||1 episode|
|Dallas: J.R. Returns||Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing Lockwood||TV movie|
|1997||When the Cradle Falls||TV movie|
|1998||Dallas: War of the Ewings||Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing Lockwood||TV movie|
|2004-05||The Bold and the Beautiful||Priscilla Kelly||5 episodes|
|2005||McBride: It's Murder, Madam||Victoria Sawyer||TV movie|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Barbara Meryl||1 episode|
|2008||90210||Victoria Brewer||1 episode|
|2011||Dallas (2011 TV series)||Sue Ellen Ewing|