Linda Gray, at the age of 82, has had a remarkable career, featuring in over 300 episodes of the popular TV show Dallas. However, her journey has been full of personal challenges.
Linda Gray, born on September 12, 1940, in Santa Monica, California, faced difficulties from a young age when she was diagnosed with polio. Despite this, she embraced the challenges and grew up in Culver City, California, with her watch repairman father and artist/ballerina mother.
Her mother’s drinking problem led Linda and her sister to take charge of their home. Linda realized her passion for acting early on and pursued it while facing rejection and personal struggles. She married at a young age but found the relationship emotionally lacking. Despite the difficulties, she became a mother of two.
After years of putting her career on hold, Linda entered acting school at 37. Her breakthrough came when she landed a role in the TV series Dallas in 1978. Her portrayal of Sue Ellen Ewing made her a star, and the show became a massive hit, setting records and making her a sex symbol alongside co-star Larry Hagman.
Despite her success on Dallas, Linda faced personal challenges, including a difficult divorce from her first husband, Ed Thrasher.
Her son, Jeff, also went on to work in the entertainment industry but tragically passed away in 2020.
Linda Gray’s life has been like a roller coaster, marked by challenges, triumphs, and personal growth. Through it all, she has remained resilient, continuing to embrace life and her career.