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When your goat literally loses his mind with happiness to see you! #nigeriandwarfgoats
stunning Miss P
#Flashback to my first movie, "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" with Paul Newman.
another Miss P post
Years ago, I was braiding Tommy's hair on the ranch when Big Boy came over and rested his giant head on my shoulders. When I felt his hot breath on my neck, I was confident he wouldn't hurt me, but accepted this was probably the end for my ponytail. I remained calm and kept braiding Tommy's hair as I made eye contact with others looking on in horror. The most important thing was that no one panicked or yelled, since that can spook a horse. After a few minutes, Big Boy exhaled a big sigh of contentment and we stayed this way for a long time. #Flashback
I enjoy seeing these posts. Of course, I don’t know Victoria, but she comes across as someone who has found peace in her life. Good for her. And she may be one of those people who prefers the company of animals to people.
And she looks very good. She has taken good care of herself.
Loved Victoria here. She was so strong and assertive and wasn't taking any bs from them.
She's now living her best life.
She seems so confused by some of their questions about her life lol, almost offended? It's cool seeing that she got what she wanted though. She left Dallas with a plan to do more and not just flounder and she did it.
Is she also doing an accent or am I just hearing the two British presenters and projecting it onto Victoria? Lol
I think I would just love to follow her round for the day then chill out on her veranda at Malibu and listen to the sound of the sea!
Another one from Miss P x
I'd like to shout Victoria a coffee and personally thank her for her services to Dallas, her love of animals and her ongoing support of organisations when they need it most
She does seem so happy. It's like she's at peace.
She has also posted the scan of a magazine where she explained what REALLY happened before and after she left Dallas. Interesting view of things by the way...
Does anyone know if Victoria's ranch is a business or charity or if it's just her personal thing? Animal rescue is such a lovely thing to do.
I get the impression its her personal thing and something she is very into
I just want to follow her round for a day (Please, please, please!)
❤️ GIVE LOVE ❤️
She seems so content, and the braid is too funny.
I´m sure she calls her Lucy...as a revenge. "Call me the name...call me the name..."
And now I'm a dentist…
Halo made some BIG new friends!
Halo gives off so much positive, loving energy that other animals are often drawn to him.
Thanks Toni. Where did you see it? I tried to find it, but didn't see it in her Instagram.
not sure if this is the interview @Toni is meaning ???? She posted it and I saved it
Dallas' at 40: Victoria Principal Remembers the Classic Drama on Landmark Anniversary
DALLAS -- (Season 1) Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Charlene Tilton, Jim Davis, Linda Gray
Who Shot J.R.? Pam's dream. Sue Ellen's drinking. Jock Ewing's death. Miss Ellie's mastectomy.
We could go on with the storylines that we think of when anyone talks about the iconic CBS drama, Dallas. The series ran from 1978 to 1991, with 357 episodes, one spin-off (the long-running Knots Landing), several TV movies and one reboot with many of the original cast on TNT that lasted from 2012-2014.
The actress was among the former stars who returned to reprise their beloved characters for the 'OUAT' series finale.
Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the primetime soap's April 2, 1978, premiere, so it was a good time to catch up with original cast member Victoria Principal, whose character of Pamela Barnes Ewing was a fan favorite from day one and continued to resonate with the show even after Principal left the series in 1987.
What are Principal's memories of the show, working with Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) and Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), and how is her work outside the entertainment industry? We asked the actress, and here's what she told us.
Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing on Dallas.
What do you remember about that first day of shooting as Pamela?
Victoria Principal: What I remember most about the first day of shooting Dallas was an unexpected feeling of deja vu. Everything was new to me; I was nervous, and yet I felt strangely sure that I was where I was supposed to be and with the people I was supposed to be with as though this had happened before.
It was very cold, which was unexpected, but we all pulled together and made it work. Patrick and I were shooting in “Bobby’s” red Mercedes with the top down…HAHA! That is how it was written in the script as no one could have predicted the sudden cold snap and ice.
I remember looking up at [executive producer] Lenny Katzman as he leaned outside the car door giving us direction and thinking that I trusted him and would do my best to please him. I remember looking at Patrick when he did not know it and thinking, ”this is a nice person.” And that made falling into his arms and our love scenes that day so much easier and natural. I could go on and on because what I remember most about that day...is everything.
Did you imagine at the time that Dallas could become a long-running series?
I believed that Dallas would be a hit from the moment I read it. In fact, I turned down a major role that would have conflicted with Dallas in the belief that I would be offered the role of Pam. So that happened!
Of course, you and Patrick had chemistry from day one. Was it as hard for you as it was for the fans when Pam and Bobby split?
I understood why the writers chose to split up Pam and Bobby, but I always liked it when we got back together. I thought of Bobby and Pam as star-crossed lovers that were meant to be together.
Larry Hagman was bigger than life. What was it like going toe-to-toe with him as JR Ewing? He and Pam sure had their moments!
Going toe to toe with J.R., a.k.a. Larry Hagman, was always a delight. Larry was a generous actor and would find a way to talk to me the morning of the scene about how we could make it even more powerful. I always welcomed his suggestions and later when he directed episodes of Dallas I anticipated his actors knowledge of acting combined with the intimate and insightful direction he would give me.
Plus, find out which of your other favorite shows are coming back next season.
I won't ask you to pick a favorite, but does any storyline stand out when you look back as something you loved doing?
I absolutely adored every episode the first five years. But if asked to single out one storyline it happens to be one that I was not featured in - the storyline involving Miss Ellie’s mastectomy. This was at a time when breast cancer was not openly discussed and I was so proud to be part of a show that explored and exposed the pain, fear, confusion and effects of breast cancer on a woman and everyone in her family.
Before the episodes on Dallas, breast cancer was whispered about in secrecy and fear. These episodes opened a national dialogue about an illness that affects too many women to this day. It took breast cancer out of the shadows and brought it into an open conversation. I was so proud of Barbara Bel Geddes and her performance. Just telling you this is simultaneously giving me goose bumps and making me cry. I shared all of this privately with Barbara…she was my hero.
We did not have social media back then but when did you know that Dallas had become an international phenomenon?
We worked long hours for months on end. I watched very little TV (other than Dallas!), but I began to realize the impact domestically and then globally because I read the paper every day. The “Who Shot J.R." episode really put us over into a new stratosphere for television programming. Dallas was suddenly a worldwide hit!
In many ways, television has changed (or at least how we watch TV), but we still have our comedies, dramas, nighttime soaps...what are some shows you like to keep up with today?
I enjoy a rather eclectic assortment of shows. What they all have in common is great writing, great production values and great acting…and I mustn’t leave out editing and scoring. The whole package.
Victoria Principal (Photo by Jeff Katz)
The show gave everyone involved a platform to launch other endeavors and I remember well your skincare, wellness and fitness books -- what are you working on these days?
I continue to be passionately dedicated to running my skincare company, Principal Secret. We are about to celebrate 27 years in business. And I have never forgotten that Dallas gave me the springboard to achieve so many of my dreams.
I’m also currently writing my 5th book and I have a rescue ranch. I rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been neglected and abused. They need medical care, patience and love to recover physically, emotionally and in spirit. This is not a charitable organization but rather something I have dreamed of and they all live out the rest of their lives with me. It’s something that fills me with joy every day…but my business manager not so much.
I also created a charitable organization in 2006, The Victoria Principal Foundation For Thoughtful Existence. The impetus is to help financially support this beautiful planet and life upon it. I’m particularly involved with ecology, Oceans, banning toxic substances and helping children and animals.
Any plans to step back in front of the camera anytime soon?
I have no plans to resume acting, but I learned a long time ago to "never say never" as life has a way of offering us unexpected gifts if we are paying attention.
Well, you didn’t ask me this, but it’s something I want to say since your questions stem from the upcoming recognition of the 40th anniversary of Dallas.
I would like to say…Gratitude is the heart’s memory. Thank you, Dallas. ❤️
It´s this excerpt from EW posted by Victoria on Facebook:
The first five years on Dallas were so unbelievably wonderful — then some key writers departed, and by year 7 there was a decline in the writing, which was an enormous part of my decision to leave. I informed the producers during renegotiations in the seventh year that I would only stay for two more. They wanted a longer contract, and I said no. I was completely transparent.
Cut to two years later when I was busy creating my production company and looking for scripts, when my rep was approached about my negotiating to stay longer. Since this had all been done two years prior, it was quite a surprise. They felt that because others had left and returned, perhaps I would have a fear factor, and if they waited until the last minute, that would influence me to stay for less money. What they didn’t understand was how committed I was to leaving. It was belated and somewhat insulting. So my polite response was “I’m leaving.”
There was a lot of pressure. At first it was flowers and notes. But apparently I wasn’t behaving in the way they expected an actress to behave, so my parking space was taken away; I had to park off the MGM lot. The pressure intensified until they made an offer that completely caught me off guard: A few days before my final scene in the car accident, I’m offered a per-episode salary that would have made me the highest-paid woman on TV. There are moments in life when you discover your true character. That night I slept like a baby, because I wasn’t for sale.
The last day I filmed, the scene didn’t involve any of my costars. They were all gone. The cast and even Larry Hagman didn’t know I was leaving because it was [production company] Lorimar’s responsibility to inform them. I had an enormous cake brought in and had shirts made for everyone on the crew that said, “It was all a dream. Love, Victoria.”
Afterward I flew to Texas for a charity event. When I got back, I was supposed to make a joint announcement with the producers about my departure, but instead Lorimar announced they had let me go. I’m not going to say what I did, but I took the necessary hours to think about it and met with my attorneys and the producers. A new statement was reissued, but it was a bit like the tail wagging the dog. I learned a lot from playing Pam. She was someone with such innate goodness and who was courageous in fighting for what she believed in. It was really a privilege to play her.
Thanks BF, that's a great article.
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