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Sue Ellen's Diary

This section contains letters exchanged between Sue Ellen and JR. It also contains extracts of Sue Ellens journal (parts of which became a film never screened).

Letters during Sue Ellens and JR's initial courtship


Dear J.R.

I wanted you to know that I enjoyed our date last night. I want to thank you for the lovely carriage ride. I still have the long-stemmed rose you gave me on our carriage ride. I could hardly eat my salad as I was very nervous. I am sorry that I didn’t speak a lot to you. I don’t know quite what to say when I am with you. The candle light dinner was very nice as well. When you took me dancing afterwards, I didn’t know what to say. It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening. You know how to glide so well across the dance floor. You were a charming gentleman the whole evening. I hope to see you again very soon. It was a night I will never forget.

Dear Sue Ellen:

I am glad that you enjoyed your night of the carriage ride, candle lit dinner and dancing. Like I promised you, I will keep showing you a wonderful time. I just wish I could see more of you. Momma would like you to come over to Southfork so she could meet you next weekend. You said you would be in town for a while and I would like for you to meet her, as well as my daddy and little brother, Bobby. I talk about you all the time and everyone is starting to wonder just who this mystery woman is.

Thank you for sharing a night to remember. I will be calling you just to hear your voice. Take care my yellow rose of Texas.

Dear J.R.

I was so overwhelmed with the dozen yellow roses you sent to me. You are spoiling me with all of this attention. The flowers are truly beautiful. Please tell your momma I can make it to Southfork next weekend as I have a break in my touring schedule. I must tell you that I am very nervous in meeting your family. I come from a very small family and I hope you won’t mind my shyness. I look forward to seeing you again. I miss you, J.R. Ewing.

Your Yellow Rose of Texas

Sue Ellen

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Dear J.R.

I want you to thank your family for me for a wonderful time I had at Southfork. I just can’t say enough of their hospitality. Southfork is so beautiful. I can’t wait to go back. This time, I promise I will learn how to ride a horse. Since you are such a wonderful teacher, I want you to show me the proper way of riding one of those beautiful horses. I enjoyed meeting Miss Ellie, Jock and Lucy. Miss Ellie was so nice to me. She made me feel at home with her kindness. I especially enjoyed our drive around Southfork. Your family history is so fascinating. I could tell by looking into those deep eyes of yours how much you love your home and the ranch. You care very much for Southfork. It is such a wonderful place to grow up. You have such fond memories of your past. I am glad that you shared all of your thoughts and memories with me. That meant so much to me. It was a chance for me to get to know that soft side that you tend to hide from me so much. Your eyes tell me so many things about how you feel. When we stopped and you kissed me right by the tree house it felt so special to me. I want you to open up your heart to me because I will always be there to listen and to be there for you. You are so very special to me J.R. You made me feel very special sharing your childhood. I look forward to seeing you again and sharing more of your life.

Love,

Sue Ellen

Dear Sue Ellen:

My momma and daddy couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful you are. My momma thought that you are very pretty, as well as very nice. She also said that you were a very elegant young lady. She can see how well you are suited to be Miss Texas. My daddy was also impressed with you. I’m happy that you had a good time at Southfork. It is a magical place just as you described. I feel I can share anything with you. I have never taken anyone to those places that I showed you. You are so easy to be with and to talk to. It is hard for me to express myself a lot. You make me feel that I can share anything with you. Not only are you a very beautiful woman, but a very caring one, too. I can’t get enough of being with you Sue Ellen. I know this is just the beginning of more things to come. You are truly my yellow rose of Texas. Until we see each other again.

Love,

J.R.

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A personal journal by Sue Ellen Shepard


September 28, 1967


Dear Journal:


J.R. just called me. We spoke about so many things. I am starting to miss him as I have so much traveling to do. We will be apart from each other for a few weeks. I told him I would try to reach him whenever I had the time AND I was by myself! My manager is constantly with me, and it is very hard to escape from her so I can call J.R. I am going to try and call J.R. in the next few days.


September 30, 1967


Dear Journal:


I was able to sneak out from my hotel room and call J.R. from one of the phones down in the lobby. My shaparone won’t let me out of her site! J.R. was still at his office when I called. He told me he saw my picture in the Dallas Daily News. He said that I still had the prettiest eyes in the state of Texas. His momma, Miss Ellie wants to meet me when I come back into Dallas. Unfortunately, that won’t be for quite some time as my little sister, Kristin, wanted me to stop by my house so she can show off my crown to all of her friends. I told momma about J.R. Ewing and she wasn’t very happy. She said that there was a boy that she wanted me to meet. Momma said his daddy is rich, too. Goodnight, dear J.R. sweet dreams……


October 5, 1967


Dear Journal:


I finally made it home for a quick visit. Kristin must have worn my crown all evening. Her friends were so upset with her for not sharing the crown. My poor little sister. She wants to be just like me in so many ways. Momma sure has some big plans for her, too. Kristin wants to go to the University of Los Angeles when she turns 18. She is already talking about being an architect. She is only 10 years old, but she certainly has a willful mind of her own. I am going to try and call J.R. tomorrow. I will only have a few days to spend with my family. I will be traveling again to Houston for a charity event. I will be dreaming of you again, J.R., my darling.

Journal 2:


A personal journal by Sue Ellen Shepard


October 8, 1967


Dear Journal:


I had a very hectic day at the charity event. I will try to call J.R. tonight at Southfork. I miss his voice. I will have a couple of days off so maybe J.R. and I can spend some time together at Southfork or maybe in town in Dallas. I would prefer to spend some time alone with J.R. and maybe even going dancing again. J.R. is such a good dancer. I think I will ask him if he won’t mind going out to dinner on Saturday night and then taking me to Southfork. I am still too nervous to meet his family. He loves talking about his daddy a lot. He looks up to his daddy, Jock. I have a feeling that J.R. doesn’t love his other brothers as much as he loves his daddy. Until I see your sweet face, goodnight J.R.


October 10, 1967


Dear Journal:


J.R. just called me. He will be picking me up at the Carlyle Hotel tonight. He agreed on taking me to dinner and later on dancing. He also wants to take me to the opera. I have never been to one before. He said that Madame Butterfly was being shown and it was his favorite opera. I can’t wait until Saturday night!


October 12, 1967


J.R. took me out to see Madame Butterfly tonight. It was a magical night. He bought me more yellow roses. He also took me out to dinner at the Oil Barron’s. I was so nervous sitting at J.R.’s table. I drank champagne for the first time. I even ordered a spinach salad and couldn’t even finish my dinner. J.R. made me feel so special. He sat next to me at the opera and told me the whole story of Madame Butterfly. He kept looking into my eyes and he even held my hand during the whole performance. On the way back he asked me to come to Southfork tomorrow to meet his family. They were having a small barbeque just for me. I told him I accepted. J.R. kissed me goodnight and told me he had a wonderful time. Tomorrow is the big day!

October 13, 1967


Dear Journal:


I met J.R.’s family for the first time today. J.R. picked me up at my hotel and drove me out to Southfork. He told me the story about how his daddy, Jock, came into the oil business. A man by the name of Digger Barnes try to steal the company away from his daddy. J.R. must really dislike the Barnes’ family. He spoke of Cliff Barnes with such a hate in him. I never knew this side of J.R. When Southfork came into view, I thought it was the prettiest ranch I had ever seen. The horses were galloping right in front of the ranch house. It is so beautiful and white. The land stretches out for miles around the house. I can’t believe that all of this belongs to J.R. and his family. As we drove up the long black drive-way, I started to get very nervous. J.R. grabbed my left hand and brought it up to his face. He kissed my hand and told me that everyone would love me. I would fit in very well and not to be so nervous. I took a deep breath and shook my head back at J.R. Miss Ellie was the first one to come out of the house. She had a big smile and her arms were opened up and welcomed me. She gave me a hug and kiss and said she was so happy to meet me. Then when Jock came out, he had such a serious look on his face. I said hello to him. He reached his right hand out and I shook it. He gave me a serious hello back. I met J.R.’s young niece Lucy shortly after that. She was a very sweet young 6 year old girl. She had the prettiest long blonde hair and big brown eyes I’ve ever seen. Bobby, J.R.’s younger brother, was away at the university. So, I will be able to meet him next time J.R. brings me to Southfork. J.R. asked me if I knew how to ride a horse. I told him I have never been on a horse, but would like to learn one day. So, J.R. took me for a ride in his car and showed me the whole ranch. It must never end because it took us all afternoon to see the whole ranch. J.R. took me to his favorite places when he was younger. I even got to see a tree house where J.R., Bobby and Gary used to play in. Gary’s name wasn’t mentioned a lot during my visit. I have a reason to believe that Gary is the black sheep of the family. I know that Gary is Lucy’s father. J.R. said that he would like me to return to Southfork on our next date. Everyone was so nice to me and made me feel right at home. Today was a day I will never forget.

Journal 3:


A personal journal by Sue Ellen Shepard


October 15, 1967


Dear Journal:


J.R. just called me and said he would like to take me out to Southfork again next weekend. I accepted his invitation. I need to tell him I want to go slow in our relationship. I still have two more years of college left and I want to finish school before I marry anyone. Momma told me the other day that J.R. MIGHT be a good catch. But she has her eyes out for another suitor for me. Clint called me the other day and wanted to see me again. I’m not sure how I feel about him. He was the very first serious boyfriend I have ever had. Clint is a good man, but I can’t stop thinking about J.R. J.R. has this way about him that has impressed me from the start. I tend to agree with my heart when it tells me that J.R. just might be Mr. Right.


October 18, 1967


Dear Journal:


The weekend is coming up very fast. J.R. called and said that he wants to pick me up on Saturday morning at my place. I am looking so forward to visiting Southfork again. I felt so at home the last time I was there. For some strange reason, which I can’t explain, I have a feeling that Southfork will mean so much more to me than I expected. I can’t wait to see J.R. as it has been a whole week since we last met. He does put a smile on my face whenever I see him. This MUST mean something.


October 21, 1967


Dear Journal:


I had such a lovely time at Southfork again. J.R. was such a gentleman again this time. J.R.’s younger brother Bobby was in town this time. He had a weekend break from his studies at the University. I liked Bobby very much. He was very kind and friendly towards me. However, there was a lot of tension between J.R., Jock and Bobby at cocktail time. Jock asked Bobby to do some more “favors” for Ewing Oil and Bobby got very quiet once I came into the room. I have a feeling that Jock is very hard on both of his boys. J.R. seems to have a much closer relationship with his daddy. J.R. talks a lot about Jock and how much he enjoys working side by side with him. Today, Miss Ellie and I had a nice talk about my Southfork and how she met Jock. It was a true romantic story. Miss Ellie is very proud of her boys and actually mentioned Gary for the first time. I have a feeling that Gary isn’t well liked by Jock as he got a little upset with Miss Ellie when she mentioned Gary’s name. J.R. took me out to the horse stables and let me ride on top of his favorite horse. I have to get used to riding if J.R. plans on taking me back to Southfork a lot. J.R. wants to get me my own horse to ride. He is so good to me. Once again, I had a terrific time at Southfork.



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