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Originally posted at Soapchat.net on the Dallas forum. Thanks to Barbara for saying that I could post this on my site. I hope that everyone enjoys seeing what the actors are up to these days. Barbara Curran original posted this in March of 2005.
 
ORIGINAL CASTMEMBERS

Barbara Bel Geddes: retired and living in Maine
Patrick Duffy: still acting, splits time between California and Oregon
Linda Gray: still acting, resides in California
Larry Hagman: active in fundraising, lives in California
Steve Kanaly: still acting, resides in California
Ken Kercheval: resides in California
Tina Louise: still acting, resides in New York
Victoria Principal: involved with skin-care company, resides in California
Charlene Tilton: still acting, resides in California

CASTMEMBERS

John Beck: still acting, resides in California
Morgan Brittany: raising a family, resides in California
Mary Crosby: raising a family, resides in California
Lesley-Anne Down: still acting, resides in California
Steve Forrest: retired, resides in California
Jenilee Harrison: involved in business ventures, resides in California
Susan Howard: still involved in public service, resides in Texas
Karen Kopins: raising a family, lives in Connecticut
Audrey Landers: owns production company, resides in Florida
Jared Martin: teaches acting, resides in Philadelphia
Leigh McCloskey: author and artist, resides in California
Cathy Podewell: raising a family, resides in California
Priscilla Pointer: splits time between California and France
Priscilla Presley: producer, involved with Presley estate, resides in California
William Smithers: resides in California
Sheree J. Wilson: raising a family, involved in businesses, lives in California

GUEST STARS

Christopher Atkins: raising a family, resides in California
Barbara Babcock: still acting, resides in California
Barbara Carrera: resides in California
Joanna Cassidy: still acting, resides in California
Barry Corbin: still acting, resides in Texas
Barbara Eden: still acting, resides in California
Stephen Elliott: retired, lives in California
Fern Fitzgerald: still acting, resides in California
Anne Francis: writer, resides in California
Joel Grey: still acting, resides in California
Alice Hirson: still acting, resides in California
Ed Kenney: owns his own retail business, resides in New York
Susan Lucci: still acting, resides in New York
Monte Markham: owns production company, resides in California
Ian McShane: still acting, splits time between California and England
Margaret Michaels: resides in California
Brad Pitt: still acting, resides in California
Kathryn Leigh Scott: owns publishing company, resides in California
Ted Shackelford: still acting, resides in California
Joan Van Ark: still acting, resides in California
Morgan Woodward: retired, lives in California

CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER

As for contact with each other, I think most of you "Dallas" fans know that there is a core group of castmembers that became fast friends while the show was on the air and remain so to this day. This group includes Larry, Patrick, Linda and Steve, and seems to in recent years include Charlene as well. This group, or sub-sets of it, gets together annually for lunch or dinner, and some of them (Larry, Patrick, Steve) travel together (including fishing and hunting trips). Larry is also extremely close with Mary Crosby, and they and their families see each other as well.

Steve Kanaly and Susan Howard became best of friends while filming "Dallas" and have also remained so.

I forgot to ask Joan Van Ark about her friendship with Ted Shackelford, but would imagine from some of her comments that they remain good friends.

I also learned from my interviews that Stephen Elliott and Alice Hirson are husband and wife (which I never knew before!) and that Alice Hirson and Fern Fitzgerald are dear friends as a result of meeting on a plane to Dallas for on-location filming.

Beyond that, I was struck during my interviews how much we, the fans, believe that the relationships created on screen by the castmembers' wonderful, wonderful acting transcend the show and exist in real life. It was almost disappointing to sense from all my interviews that, while none of the actors I talked to were crass or dismissive about their fellow castmates or their time on the show, "Dallas" (especially for the non-regulars) was another job in a long and varied career (albeit one that was particularly memorable or noteworthy because it was the world's Number 1 show).

Lots of the actors had very pleasant things to say about each other (for instance, Victoria Principal very much admired Priscilla Pointer, and Priscilla Presley has great affection for Victoria --- and there seemed to be a real friendship between Sheree Wilson and Cathy Podewell), but, like all of us with many of our own jobs, that doesn't always translate, despite strong positive feelings and the best of intentions, into "staying in touch." There was a lot of "well, we bump into each other from time to time" in response to my questions, which to me means that, whatever the strong feelings, no active continuing relationship survived the show.

I frequently felt during the interview process that I knew the show, the storylines, etc., better than the interviewee, which also brought home the point that, "for this actor, this was a job -- maybe a wonderful job, and a much appreciated job and one remembered with affection -- but just another job." (This of course does not apply to someone like Larry, and it applies less to the long-term castmembers than to guest stars, of course).

In conclusion, I felt from my interviews that the show really belonged to Larry, his close friends among the original cast, and a couple of subsequent castmembers who Larry brought into his inner circle -- and of course to Leonard Katzman. To those outside that circle, it was a wonderful memory, a great career opportunity, etc., but they, too, seemed to know to whom the show belonged.

Barbara Curran
Author, "25 Years of Dallas"