Flashback Friday: Sue Ellen’s Best-Tressed Moments
One of the things I love about the new season of Dallas is how Linda Gray is getting more screen time as Sue Ellen. I’ve always loved her. Anyone who’s seen her media interviews, especially the more recent ones, knows that she’s a warm, vivacious woman with a slightly kooky charm who lights up the TV screen with her huge eyes and toothy grin. Linda’s in top form at the center of the action as a Ewing Energies executive, squaring off with Bobby and Christopher to protect her son’s interests like a fierce lioness protecting her cub. And she’s looking mighty good doing it, too. Unlike so many of her contemporaries, Linda seems to have resisted the urge to look unnaturally young by submitting to the latest plastic surgery techniques and her unique, dramatic beauty remains intact, weathered elegantly by the passing of time. She is always decked out in age-appropriate fashions but never looks matronly. I especially like her highlighted pageboy hairstyle, which softens her face and frames her trademark eyes beautifully. Linda has always emoted through her expressive eyes, especially in Dallas’ the original run as a miniseries when Sue Ellen barely had lines. Without much to say on camera, Linda let her eyes and sensuous lips express Sue Ellen’s inner pathos and the rest is Dallas history. In fact, you can almost track the evolution of Sue Ellen over the years by her many memorable hairstyles. As most folks know, the hair of women in Dallas is known to be big and the fictional ladies of Dallas did their part to maintain this grand tradition. With a nod and a wink to the always stylish Linda Gray, I give you my most favorite of Sue Ellen’s “hair-raising” Dallas moments.
THE LONELY WIFE BOB
When we first met Sue Ellen in 1978, she was a love-starved socialite who planned luncheons with Miss Ellie for the DOA (Daughters of the Alamo) social club. A fling with J.R.’s archenemy Cliff Barnes helped her let her hair down, literally.
SPIKEY BOB FOR A SHORT-TEMPERED GAL
BLONDE AMBITION FOR THE DREAM SEASON
THE “I’M GONNA FIRE THE WINGER TRAMP TODAY” FLIP
THE “LET’S STICK IT TO J.R.” PERM
When Sue Ellen teamed up with former rival Kimberly Cryder to screw J.R. out of taking over Westar Oil in 1987, she frizzed out her tresses to make sure he would remember the moment for all time and he certainly did.
FADE TO BLACK
SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES SHAG