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'Dallas' stars back together for awards bash

March 20, 2006
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They say time heals all and that certainly seemed to be the case when the cast of Dallas was reunited in California this week. There was no sign of the bitter feuds and resentments their onscreen characters were known for as the actors met up to collect an award 15 years after the legendary soap was axed.

In recent weeks the Tinseltown press has been rife with reports that John Travolta is to play the villainous JR in a new movie, but Larry Hagman proved he could still fill the character's famous Stetson when he arrived to collect the TV Land pop culture award in Santa Monica. "I was in a movie with John, Primary Colors, he was wonderful in that, just wonderful," said the 74-year-old. "I'm very honoured he'll be playing my part."

Also on hand was Linda Gray, who played his onscreen wife Sue Ellen. Judging by the smile on her face, the actress is enjoying a rather smoother ride than her long-suffering character, who fought a desperate battle with alcoholism.

Fans of the series will also remember how, in one of the show's most far-fetched storylines, the younger Ewing brother, Bobby, suddenly returned from the grave when it was revealed his death a year earlier was only a dream. In real life Patrick Duffy, who is now 57, never went away, however, as he has made regular appearances in a succession of small screen mini-series over the years.

Among the other famous faces who turned out for the bash were Ken Kercheval, who played JR's arch enemy Cliff Barnes, and Steve Kanaly, who managed the Ewing family's Southfork ranch in his role as Ray Krebbs. The diminutive Charlene Tilton, otherwise known as Lucy, was on hand, too.

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Linda Gray and Larry Hagman were obviously getting on rather better than their onscreen personas
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The Ewing brothers were reunited when Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman met up

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