An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Fervor for the television show “Dallas” was intense in 1980, when the Queen Mother met actor Larry Hagman and joined the worldwide chorus asking: “Who shot J.R.?”
“Not even for you, ma’am,” replied Hagman, who portrayed villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing at the center of the popular prime-time soap from 1978 until 1991.
An estimated 300 million viewers in 57 countries had seen J.R. get shot by an unseen assailant, a season-ending plot twist that is credited with popularizing the cliffhanger in television series.
Hagman, who became a television star in the 1960s starring in the sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” died Friday at a Dallas hospital, said a spokesman for actress Linda Gray, his longtime co-star on “Dallas.” He was 81.
I have to admit, I stopped watching Dallas after a couple of years. I lived there, I didn’t need to, and following a soap opera is time consuming. Although, the Mr did get me watching the ‘come back’…with the kids all growed up, just as scheming and deceptive as their parents. I was a bigger fan of “I Dream of Jeanie”. Hey… I was a lot younger then. As a young’un, I found it fascinating the he was Peter Pan‘s son. Hey… I told you… I was a KID!
Rest in peace.