Linda Gray is best known for her role as JR Ewin's wife, the gin-swilling, tear-stained Sue Ellen
Linda Grey was born in California September 12th 1940. As a teenager she worked as a model and began her career acting in TV commercials. She appeared briefly in a few movies but her best known role in these days was as Mrs. Robinson’s legs in the theatre poster for ‘The Graduate’.
In the 1970’s she began her professional acting career with guest roles on ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’, ‘McCloud’ and ‘Switch’ and the comedy series ‘All The Glitters’, but it was her award winning portrayal of ‘Sue Ellen’, in the legendary TV phenomenon ‘Dallas’, that brought her international fame and critical acclaim.
Dallas’ heyday (1978 to 1989) earned Grey an Emmy nomination for Best Actress, Germany’s Bambi Award (which is equivalent to the United States Academy Award) and Italy’s Il Gato for Best Actress on television. She was voted Woman of the Year in 1983 from the Hollywood and Radio Television Society.
After eleven unrivalled years on television, ‘Dallas’ is still in syndication around the world and continues to enthral audiences and in 2012 Linda Grey reprised her role as Sue Ellen in a continuation of the original series.
After the original incarnation of Dallas ended, she starred in comedy movie ‘Oscar’ (1991) with Sylvester Stallone and in several made-for-TV movies including a couple of Dallas spin-offs in 1996 and 1998.
In 2001 she played the rest of Mrs. Robinson in a London West End production of ‘The Graduate’ to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. The following year she played the same part on Broadway and in November and December 2003 took the show on tour to selected venues in the states where she played to packed-out houses.
Keen to break into directing, Linda made her directorial debut on ‘Dallas’, and after gaining some experience made her theatre-directing debut with ‘Murder In The First’ in April 2000, a play adapted from the film version written by Oscar nominated Dan Gordon.
In January 2004 she starred in the award-winning play ‘The Vagina Monologues’, first in Atlanta and again in Beverly Hills, California a couple of month later.
In 2006 Grey starred in ‘Reflections of a Life’, playing the friend of a women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Grey’s younger sister, Betty died of the disease in 1989.
Aside from a few TV movies Grey has been popping in and out of other US Soaps in recent years but to soap fans over the world she’ll always be known as Sue Ellen.
With a lifelong interest in charitable causes, Linda followed in the footsteps of the late Audrey Hepburn and was named Ambassador of Goodwill for the United Nations in 1998. She subsequently produced and directed documentaries about women's issues, including a two-hour film about the Los Angeles Mission Women's Shelter, for the ‘Face to Face’ campaign.
Grey has two children from her marriage to art director Ed Thrasher and two grandsons. She’s also the aunt of Lindsay Wagner, aka The Bionic Woman, and resides in Los Angeles, California.