1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Dallas Actors The introduction of Priscilla Presley

Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by Sarah, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. Don Howard

    Don Howard Soap Chat Fan

    Threads:
    7
    Messages:
    335
    Trophy Points:
    1,881
    Location:
    Nags Head, NC
    Ratings:
    +359
    Member Since:
    Labor Day Weekend 2005
    By Ray's stalker Connie! But Priscilla leaving as she did gave Lorimar the chance to bounce Steve Kanaly and his salary, so Jenna stayed alive while Ray was sent packing after ten years of loyalty.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  2. southfork88

    southfork88 Soap Chat Addict

    Threads:
    10
    Messages:
    1,132
    Trophy Points:
    892
    Location:
    Italy
    Ratings:
    +1,576
    Member Since:
    2008
    Dallas-145-S07xE14--Peter’s Principle--January 13, 1984 1028.jpg

    The "angelic" Jenna Wade
     
  3. Via The Void

    Via The Void Soap Chat Well-Known Member EXP: 3 Years

    Threads:
    5
    Messages:
    854
    Trophy Points:
    480
    Ratings:
    +1,484
    How true! She was more wooden than Southfork's dining room table! ;) :D
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. Ferney

    Ferney Soap Chat Member

    Threads:
    4
    Messages:
    95
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Ratings:
    +173
    I believe it was still #1 or at least #2 since I know 60 minutes broke the consecutive #1 seasons for it once. I think they thought it was a bit of a coup- Priscilla was beautiful and magazine cover ready. I thought she did a great job that first season she was on- she seemed like a great choice for Jenna- it's certainly not easy to cast someone to play a rival of someone as beautiful as Victoria Principal, and I felt she succeeded that first season. Unfortunately, they didn't know her limits and they started to saddle her with plots she was just able to handle acting wise. But if she had been cut after that first season she was on, people would probably still be praising her as Jenna even today.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Toni

    Toni Soap Chat Mega Star EXP: 18 Years

    Threads:
    45
    Messages:
    3,458
    Trophy Points:
    4,844
    Occupation:
    Aspiring writer and factual webmaster
    Location:
    Fletcher Sanitarium, Barcelona, Spain
    Ratings:
    +6,028
    Medals:
    5
    Member Since:
    September 12, 2001 (poster formerly known as Pam's Twin Sister)
    When Priscilla debuted on "Dallas", I knew that I had fun for sure for a few years if she stayed on, because, like happened to Donna Reed (who was an actress, though badly miscast), most of her scenes may be spoofed so easily...

    Before "Dallas", Priscilla´s name appeared a lot in the Spanish tabloids and magazines too. Not as an actress but as a socialite, so to say. She was linked to a lot of famous people who turned out to be all millionaires, and those affairs were mostly made up by our "dear" imaginative journalists, I guess. But she was also famous because she handled her daughter Lisa Marie´s fortune until she became 18 (correct me if I´m wrong), and because she did all she could (and still does: there is another Elvis series or play in the works...) to squeeze the goose of their relationship in all the possible ways. I just found this article below where she talks about that.

    One question: if you would divorce your husband, and then he died, would you use his memory and discography to your own benefit, and also create a Disneyland out of the place where you two lived? I think she´s in a sort of denial (as in "Bobby loved emeralds...", remember the Dream Season?) and being an actress was another of her selfish whims. Everything she does, she does it using her ex´s name, even when promotes her perfumes...I can´t even understand how her attittude is not visible for more people. One thing I find admirable in her: when she was on "Dallas", she got to convince female fans of the show who still are loyal to her. I give her that merit...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/fa...-life-with-elvis--and-how-she-fell-in-love-w/
     
    • Like Like x 3
  6. Seaviewer

    Seaviewer Soap Chat Enthusiast EXP: 18 Years

    Threads:
    41
    Messages:
    2,258
    Trophy Points:
    4,327
    Location:
    Australia
    Ratings:
    +3,670
    Medals:
    3
    Member Since:
    14 September 2001
    I knew who she was but it didn't make any difference to me. I objected more to the change written in to the character's personality to make her more sympathetic.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  7. azDallas

    azDallas Soap Chat Member

    Threads:
    0
    Messages:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    20
    Location:
    arizona
    Ratings:
    +18
    I don't recall that I've ever really heard how her casting came about. anyone else seen an interview with her or the producers about it?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. southfork88

    southfork88 Soap Chat Addict

    Threads:
    10
    Messages:
    1,132
    Trophy Points:
    892
    Location:
    Italy
    Ratings:
    +1,576
    Member Since:
    2008
    Dallas-223-S10xE01--Return To Camelot Part I--September 26, 1986 1002.jpg Dallas-223-S10xE01--Return To Camelot Part I--September 26, 1986 1006.jpg

    Bobby and Pam are busy in a fiery bed ... while Jenna lying in a bed of ice :dance1::rip:
     
    • Like Like x 6
  9. Toni

    Toni Soap Chat Mega Star EXP: 18 Years

    Threads:
    45
    Messages:
    3,458
    Trophy Points:
    4,844
    Occupation:
    Aspiring writer and factual webmaster
    Location:
    Fletcher Sanitarium, Barcelona, Spain
    Ratings:
    +6,028
    Medals:
    5
    Member Since:
    September 12, 2001 (poster formerly known as Pam's Twin Sister)
    Poor poor Jey-nna (like Naldo would say).:re:
     
    • Like Like x 5
  10. Via The Void

    Via The Void Soap Chat Well-Known Member EXP: 3 Years

    Threads:
    5
    Messages:
    854
    Trophy Points:
    480
    Ratings:
    +1,484
    She does comedy better than serious acting in my opinion.

    She stayed far too long, I was glad to see the back of Jenna Wade when she left! :)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Ferney

    Ferney Soap Chat Member

    Threads:
    4
    Messages:
    95
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Ratings:
    +173
    She was very popular outside of the show and very beautiful. I thought she did smashing her first season on, I loved her then. I mean, she was gorgeous, and you did need someone gorgeous to even compete on the level of Victoria Principal as a love rival.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  12. Presea

    Presea Soap Chat Addict

    Threads:
    6
    Messages:
    933
    Trophy Points:
    682
    Location:
    North America, Michigan
    Ratings:
    +1,506
    Member Since:
    July 2015
    If gorgeousness was what it took to compete with Victoria Principal, why didn't the writers just make Katherine into a non-crazy love rival instead of bringing back Jenna and remaking her character? I'm probably gonna get some hate for this one, but I believe that Morgan Brittany was prettier and a much better actress than Priscilla Presley. Or better yet, they should have stuck with Jenna as Morgan Fairchild, who was also gorgeous and made Jenna's character more cool, go up against Pam, and just not put Katherine's character into the Bobby Realm at all.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  13. Alexis

    Alexis Soap Chat Hero EXP: 12 Years

    Threads:
    107
    Messages:
    6,357
    Trophy Points:
    2,638
    Ratings:
    +10,411
    Medals:
    3
    Member Since:
    July 2007
    And by sympathetic you mean whiny. lol
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. Ferney

    Ferney Soap Chat Member

    Threads:
    4
    Messages:
    95
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Ratings:
    +173
    I like Morgan, she is pretty, but there is something cheap looking about her. She sort of has "porn-face."
     
    • Like Like x 4
  15. Toni

    Toni Soap Chat Mega Star EXP: 18 Years

    Threads:
    45
    Messages:
    3,458
    Trophy Points:
    4,844
    Occupation:
    Aspiring writer and factual webmaster
    Location:
    Fletcher Sanitarium, Barcelona, Spain
    Ratings:
    +6,028
    Medals:
    5
    Member Since:
    September 12, 2001 (poster formerly known as Pam's Twin Sister)

    [​IMG]

    I can´t even imagine why you could think that...;)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Presea

    Presea Soap Chat Addict

    Threads:
    6
    Messages:
    933
    Trophy Points:
    682
    Location:
    North America, Michigan
    Ratings:
    +1,506
    Member Since:
    July 2015
    LOL! That was almost as funny as when you described the effect Dack Rambo's tight pants! I must admit I didn't care too much for Morgan Fairchild's make-up job then, even though she was pretty.
     
  17. Ray's Lady

    Ray's Lady Soap Chat Member EXP: 12 Years

    Threads:
    0
    Messages:
    57
    Trophy Points:
    731
    Location:
    Germany
    Ratings:
    +152
    Member Since:
    2007
    Priscilla joining Dallas was big bews in Germany too - and mainly because she used to be married to Elvis. It was all over the magazines and she was features on a lot of them. The other reason why it was such big news was because Jenna would break up Pam and Bobby.

    Like others mentioned before, I didn't know her either and it was my mother as well who told me who she was.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  18. pete lashmar

    pete lashmar Soap Chat Well-Known Member

    Threads:
    31
    Messages:
    526
    Trophy Points:
    480
    Occupation:
    D.J
    Location:
    Portugal
    Ratings:
    +1,012
    I wasn't aware of who Priscilla was when she joined. I liked her as Jenna at first but by god did I tire of her very quickly. To be fair though it was more the storylines she was given - murder, jilted, pregnant - everything was so over dramatic and full of sorrow and sadness. I was pleased when she left to be honest...if only the producers could have killed off Charlie a week after she appeared onscreen - even now on re-watches I can put up with Jenna to a degree...but Charlie...how whiney can one girl be!?
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017
    • Like Like x 1
  19. Alexis

    Alexis Soap Chat Hero EXP: 12 Years

    Threads:
    107
    Messages:
    6,357
    Trophy Points:
    2,638
    Ratings:
    +10,411
    Medals:
    3
    Member Since:
    July 2007
    Reported!
     
  20. Via The Void

    Via The Void Soap Chat Well-Known Member EXP: 3 Years

    Threads:
    5
    Messages:
    854
    Trophy Points:
    480
    Ratings:
    +1,484
    I suppose that's true you do need someone pretty to vie for Bobby's affections & it's very telling that they tried to pair Bobby off with other blond haired women, Tracy McKay, April Stevens, Tammy etc.

    The only none blond was Kay Lloyd who was actually quite stunning in her own way. Even the Pam look alike Margaret Michaels was very pretty.

    For me no one even comes close to the beautiful Victoria Principal, she was gorgeous & absolutely perfect in the role of Pam Ewing. Priscilla Presley is pretty yes but not as drop dead gorgeous as Victoria Principal, that's for sure! ;) :)
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page