First Look: Dallas Honors Miss
J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby, Ray, Cliff
and Lucy will be back at Southfork when
Dallas premieres June 13, but
one original cast member will not return.
Barbara Bel Geddes, who played beloved
matriarch Miss Ellie, passed away in
2005, and the series will explain that
her character died in 2001. But her
presence will still be strongly felt.
"Barbara is a big piece of our
history, and it's important to me to
honor her," says TV son
Patrick Duffy, whose Bobby will be
seen laying a simple bouquet of flowers
at Mama's grave. "To come back with
Linda [Gray] as Sue Ellen and
Larry [Hagman] in his J.R. hat, and
then see the words ELLIE SOUTHWORTH
EWING FARLOW on the gravestone made me
think, 'Oh, that's right — she's gone.'
It was hard to get through the dialogue."
There will be other tributes to
Barbara, as well as to the late
Jim Davis, who played Ellie's
husband, Jock. Bobby will take his new
wife, Ann, to a sweetheart tree where
his parents carved their initials. And
the production designer, Richard Berg,
painted a portrait of Ellie and Jock to
hang in the redesigned Ewing home. "He
captured Jim and Barbara in a look to
each other that is unbelievable," raves
Patrick. "That painting is actually
alive and gives me a nice feeling that
they're always there. Through the whole
first season, I don't think an episode
goes by that Mama is not mentioned in
reference to Southfork and the land."
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