The wonderful Larry Hagman answered your questions
in this Ultimate Dallas exclusive interview.
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Jock in USA asks
Larry Hagman, do you think the show would have been as successful
if JR had not been shot?
- I was shot when I think it was number one. That was the catalyst
for the interest in the show. Certainly it went on for a long
time after that but that's what really kicked it off. Of course
a lot of people watched it just because of the novelty of the
DAngelo in Long Island
I have been a "Dallas' fan for over 20 years. Who is your
favorite mistress that JR was involved with?
Hagman - Holly Harwood was my favorite, she
was so beautiful. There was another girl, she was gorgeous,
Mandy Winger, she was such a good mistress, so nice to me and
such a nice girl. Deborah Sheldon, a gorgeous girl and really
in Washington asks
Do you have a favorite lines?
- Once you get rid of integrity the rest is a piece of cake
in Canada - I absolutely loved your book. I
know there were some negative comments thrown at the show by
Donna Reed and Dack Rambo. Were you upset by their comments
or is all part of the acting world?
Hagman - I really loved Donna, she was a wonderful
woman, what happened with her was that she got off a plane in
Paris during our hiatus and a journalist ran up to her and said
'What does it feel like being fired from Dallas?' , and that
was the first time she had been aware of that. Which I thought
was kind of awful, you would of thought, call her agent, maybe
they did and the agent didn't get a hold of her. You know Hollywood
is a weird and wonderful place, I didn't know I Dream of Jeanie
had been cancelled after 5 years until I went back to go on
the lot to pick up some clothes and things I had in my dressing
room and the guy asked me who I was and I said 'Bill this
is Larry Hagman Hagman' , "Well I'm sorry Mr Hagman
there is no pass down here for you", and I said "Really
why?" and he said "You know your shows been
cancelled". That's the first time I knew about it
too, this is a weird and wonderful town. So I don't know what
she said about me to tell you the truth, I don't know if it
was her herself or her husband, or her agent. You never know
about these things some things are printed maliciously in a
magazine like the Star or the National Enquirer, one of those
things. It's just superstition and they just want to sell some
papers. That quote may have come from something like that, that
often happens. I don;t think much of it, there's nothing much
you can do about it anyhow. I loved her, I thought she was a
wonderful girl and as far as Dack was concerned I didn't even
know he was gay for gods sake, I mean I'm pretty naive about
some things. It never occurred to me he was gay.
Hagman - Do write exactly what I say? Do you
- It depends, we normally write it up as it is
Hagman - So if I say fuck or anything like that
do you take it out?
- No we leave it in (laughs)
- ok, fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck, get that out of my system
- (Laughs a lot) Ok next question.
from San Fran asks
Hi Larry Hagman - How was your relationship with Victoria Principal
on the set? Were you sad to see her depart the show at the end
of season 9? I personally thought her leaving was a big lost
to the show.
- I loved her , when she first came to the show she didn't have
that much experience you know and a television show is like
every day and she learned fast and she was very good and I thought
she come a long way. She was much more of an equipped actress
when she left show from when she got on there, she was a nice
girl. I was sad to see anybody leave, we had a very nice family
on that show. I was very sad to see momma go , Victoria and
especially Linda. My god that was my wife on the show, in fact
my wife calls her wife.
Why did Linda leave?
- I think she had enough of the drunkenness, they wanted her
to go back to being a basket case. I think she felt that our
producer Leonard Katzman had some sort of vendetta against her
or something, gave her shitty parts and so fourth. She had fought
very hard to get a more positive part and she did. I was sorry
to see her go and I begged her not to go, on bended knees, literally
on bended knees, both knees on the ground - "Please
don't leave the show, you are fun to work with, you're my wife".
What the fuck - over
Wotal in Bessemer, Michigan asks
On a recent tv special about Larry Hagman's liver troubles he
talked quite candidly about how after his liver transplant it
was more difficult for him to quit smoking marijuana than it
was to quit drinking. Is this true? Did you smoke marijuana
on the set too?
- No No I never said, I said it was difficult to stop smoking
tobacco. Marijuana you can give up, Iv given it up for fifteen
years now and it never occurs to me to smoke it anymore. But
there is no withdrawal, but with tobacco there is terrible withdrawal,
it is almost impossible for a lot of people. I did , I went
cold turkey, they never had any patches in those days but grass
was not difficult, alcohol not difficult, but tobacco - oh my
god. You couldn't smoke grass on the set of Dallas, I didn't
want to do that, I was perfectly satisfied with my champagne.
Jankowski in Elizabeth, NJ asks -
Dear Mr. Hagman: Words cannot express my admiration for your
tremendous acting ability.
Woo hoo, keep talking honey
- Would you mind letting us in on the acting tips you received
from your legendary mother, Miss Mary Martin? Best wishes for
good health to you and your family.
- Its all in the book. She said "Know your lines, hang
up your clothes and be reasonably sober"
in Glasgow, Scotland asks
Was there ever a possibility of your mother, the great Mary
Martin playing the role of Miss Ellie?
- There was discussion of it at one time when Barbara left the
first time and I thought it would be a good idea but I don't
think mother didn't want to do that just because for one thing
her memory was failing her somewhat. It was a taxing role to
be the queen mother of that whole situation.
What was it like working with Barbara
- That's the reason I took the show, they said Barbara Bel Geddes
is going to play your mother, and I said "well that's a
touch of class you know", so of course I wanted to work
with her. She was the first girl to say 'pregnant' in American
theatre and the show was banned in Boston. It was not allowed
to perform because she said 'pregnant' and that was in the 50's
for god sake and now you can say anything you want"
Are you still in touch with her?
- No she's a real recluse that girl and its really hard to get
hold of her.
in Ireland asks
I met you in Ireland on your book promotion and it was one of
the happiest days of my life.
Oh (seemed pleased to hear that)
SarahB - You must
have met a lot of people in show business over the years - which
meeting has been the biggest thrill for you? Many thanks and
lots of love.
Larry Hagman -
Vivian Leigh, that was very exciting. To be dancing on the opening
night of South Pacific at the Savoy in London with Vivian Leigh
was a big deal. She was Scarlet O'Hara can you imagine? I danced
with Scarlet O'Hara
Ewing in Hackensack NJ asks
- Why do you think CBS was reluctant to continue the saga of
Dallas with the young cast members ? It seemed JR Returns was
a setup for just that. Then War of the Ewings came & they
were no where in sight.The original cast members could be used
during sweeps & Larry Hagman & Patrick could Produce
- I guess they felt the bloom was off the rose. I think they
could of recast the children, I heard of people wanting to do
something like that. That would be a nice little show to do
but you know that show as of the 80's, I don't think the audience
mind set is not in that direction any longer.
But if you look at the mini series that
really stands its ground and could work today and could be considering
ground breaking such as shows like Six Feet Under
Hagman - Six Feet Under is a whole different
league, that show is so much more far advanced than Dallas ever
was. Its so kind of real , starch reality, dead bodies, a business
dealing with death, its pretty bizarre stuff. I think its brilliant
Many people would say that Dallas was
groundbreaking in the same way.
I guess it was but I think peoples morality has changed. It's
gotten more liberal and more diverse and even in a sense much
more fundamental, you take the fundamental religious right in
this country its got to go back about 50 years.
Clark from Delray Bch. Fl asks
Have always been an outrageous fan of yours, since the days
of Jeanie. Would love to see you round up the Dallas stars,
and do another reunion movie. Any possibilities? What could
I do to push it along?
I think the bloom is off the rose, I don't think anyone would
be interested in doing it, the powers that be, the people that
put up the ten million bucks, and that's for my salary. (laughs)
- How will you write that? Chuckle? Its not an L O L
You could do an L O L, see you do more
about the internet than you are saying
- L O L to me is like (Laughs very loudly) and a chuckle is
like (laughs quietly)
- see you know L OL which is chat rooms
- Yes its laugh out loud, so what's a snicker and a chuckle?
- Mmmm a smiley face
So what's a he he he?
- Its he he he
- I'm not well versed on the verbiage of the internet
- Well you are doing very well, not many people know what L
O L is.
- Well I don't do an L O L I do a Ha ha ha
Capp in Texas asks
Throughout the years on Dallas, JR Ewing and Cliff Barnes hated
each other's guts. How well did you and Mr. Kercheval (don't
know the spelling) get along in real life, away from the Dallas