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Dallas Actors The introduction of Priscilla Presley

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

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    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.
     
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    The "angelic" Jenna Wade
     
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    How true! She was more wooden than Southfork's dining room table! ;) :D
     
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    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.
     
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    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/
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    Bobby and Pam are busy in a fiery bed ... while Jenna lying in a bed of ice :dance1::rip:
     
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    Poor poor Jey-nna (like Naldo would say).:re:
     
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    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! :)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    And by sympathetic you mean whiny. lol
     
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    I like Morgan, she is pretty, but there is something cheap looking about her. She sort of has "porn-face."
     
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    I can´t even imagine why you could think that...;)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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!?
     
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    Reported!
     
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    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! ;) :)
     
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