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Charlene Tilton

Charlene Tilton

Charlene Tilton was born on December 1st 1958 in San Diego, California. By the age of seven Charlene had started appearing in school plays when she attended the Hollywood High School. Her involvement in the theater and performing arts at the school led to her position as president of the thespian’s club.

Charlene as Lucy Ewing on Dallas

 

At the age of fifteen Charlene was already literally rubbing shoulders with the stars when she appeared in a clothing commercial with Ringo Starr of The Beatles. From there on Charlene appeared in a number of commercials. It was in 1975 at the age of seventeen that Charlene became a household name when she was cast as the scheming, flirting manipulating Lucy Ewing in the television series ‘Dallas’ which starred Linda Gray, Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffy and Barbara Bel Geddes.

 

 

 

 

Charlene’s character was written out of the show in 1985 but with a fan based crusade to bring her back to the show, the producers resurrected her character in 1989 for another three seasons. Charlene’s character in ‘Dallas’ was always a hotbed of cheating, drug abuse, broken marriages and twice being kidnapped. The episode that saw Lucy Ewing marrying boyfriend Mitch Cooper played by  Leigh Mcclousky was the second highest rated episode coming in second just behind the shooting of J.R Ewing episode. It could be argued that the massive amount of fan mail that was received by

Charlene while she appeared in the series ‘Dallas’ could have come from fans who believed that such an attractive, sexy, blonde and sultry character actually existed, but never-the-less it was the case that no other actor at CBS at that time, received as much fan mail. At this time she also appeared on the cover of more than 600 magazines worldwide. 

During, and after her stint in ‘Dallas’ Charlene also appeared in another Aaron Spelling creation, ‘Knots Landing’, which was a spin off of ‘Dallas,’ in which she played the daughter of Gary Ewing  played by Ted Shackelford  and Valene Ewing played by Joan Van Ark. The series was a big success around the world but never reached the dizzy heights that ‘Dallas’ had achieved. 

Charlene entered into her first marriage in 1982 but that marriage to Johnny Lee only lasted two years but produced a daughter, Cherish Lee. She went on to marry Domenick Allen but again the marriage only lasted from 1885 until they divorced in 1992. 

In 2005 Charlene made a trip across the Atlantic to appear in the British reality television show, ‘The Farm’ which had also lured Vanilla Ice into the show in the season before Charlene’s appearance.  

Charlene also starred in her own online show 'Tell Veronica' and in 2006 co-procuced the Dallas reunion show on CBS 'Return to Southfork' with Henry Winkler

 

Charlene at the 2006 TV Land Awards

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