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Even if you didn’t watch the show when you were younger (for some, you may not have even been born yet), there’s little chance that you’ve never heard of the primetime, classic soap opera Dallas. On Friday, the iconic show lost one of its legendary actors.
Larry Hagman, best known as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, died at the age of 81 years old. His family released a statement saying that his final moments were very peaceful and he was surrounded by family members. Hagman announced last year that he was battling stage two throat cancer; no word has been given on the cause of death.
Hagman as J.R. Ewing was one of the most loved and most hated villain in the history of television, with Dallas airing from 1978 to 1991. In fact, the “new” Dallas made its debut on TNT earlier this year and Hagman reprised his original role. The show is currently filming the second season so they’ll undoubtedly take very good care of incorporating his passing.
In addition to his role on Dallas, Hagman also played Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie, which ran in the 1960s. His costar Barbara Eden released a statement via her Facebook page sending condolences to his family and adding, “Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.”
Larry Hagman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maj, their two children and grandchildren.
Rest in Peace, Larry Hagman…we tip our cowboy hats to you.
Though you may or may not know it, most of the A-list celebs that star in the major box office movies and populate the pages of gossip mags got their start on Soap Operas—the daily melodramatic “stories” that are a favorite among housewives and retired grannies. These episodic dramas have spawned the acting careers of some of Hollywood’s hottest celebs from their drawn out story lines, tawdry love triangles and notorious cat fights.
Check out 9 of our favorite celebs that got their start on soaps at styleblazer.com
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Sheryl Underwood is really making moves for herself these days. In addition to her gig on CBS’ “The Talk,” Underwood will also appear on The Young and the Restless. Underwood has long been a fan of the soaps so this was a dream come true for her.
Underwood recently chatted with TV Guide Magazine about her experience. See what she had to say about her soap opera stint:
TV Guide Magazine: How far back do you go with Y&R?
Underwood: Waaay back, baby. Back to when David Hasselhoff was Snapper and Mrs. Chancellor was the baddest Itchbay on TV. She was doing fight scenes long before Alexis and Crystal on Dynasty. Oooh! Remember when John fell in love with Mamie, his black housekeeper, but it was too scandalous so she was given a million dollars and sent away on an ocean cruise? Remember when Drucilla was doped up on cough medicine and Malcolm had sex with her? Love! This! Show! I love The Bold and the Beautiful. I love John McCook. I love Susan Flannery. I love everybody on every soap. I love SoapNet. I’m a fanatic!
TV Guide Magazine: So how’d you do in your big suds debut?
Underwood: I was so nervous, I couldn’t eat and I couldn’t sleep. It takes a lot of mental dexterity to do a soap, but it was just phenomenal. A few days before I did my scenes I was performing in Washington, D.C., at the D.C. Improv and Debbi Morgan [Y&R's Harmony] came to see my show. I told her to tell the people at Y&R that I was not coming in intending to be funny and that I would not be needing a billion takes. I was concerned that maybe they wouldn’t think I was taking this seriously because I’m a standup comic. I was dead serious and needed them to know that. I want to do that show again! Who else needs marrying in Genoa City?
You read the rest of Underwood’s interview with TV Guide at Eurweb.com.
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(Los Angeles Sentinel) — Pioneering actress Victoria Rowell is not new to the acting world and she certainly is not new to the millions of fans of the daytime drama “The Young and The Restless.” The veteran actress was part of the cast as Drucilla Winters for more than 17 years. However, the millions of fans and corporate sponsors of the longtime No. 1 daytime drama may be surprised to discover that in her 17 years, and even worse, in the show’s 37 year history they have never had a single African-American writer, director or producer. Despite of the fact that African-American viewership for “The Young and The Restless” is estimated well over 35 percent and some have estimated it is as high as 45 percent, it has caused many in the civil rights community to call for boycotts and demonstrations of the show and its advertisers.