Friday, November 19, 2010
Thirty Years Ago Tonight....
I may not know very much about movie stars these days, but I must admit that 30 years ago tonight I was sitting on the edge of my chair to see...."Who Shot JR?" I wasn't alone. 90 million Americans were also watching. I remember the first time we watched the show in 1978, we laughed at it because we thought the acting was so bad and the content of the night time soap opera really comical. But we tuned it the next week and most every week for years. I just saw an interview tonight that Katie Couric did with Larry Hagman. If I had not seen that interview I never in a million years would have remembered this night 30 years ago. He was talking about how they shot a scene of everyone on the show shooting him and he had a vest made with holes in it and when they each shot him he said..."Missed.." and then took a drink of his gin and all the holes started leaking. The interview led me to search around on the internet for things about the show and I ran across this you tube of Sue Ellen punching JR. I don't remember seeing this show. I am guessing this was towards the end of the show in the early 90's and I don't know if I watched it then because our children were little during the 80's and early 90's.
About 15 years ago while visiting some friends in Texas they took us on a tour of the house in the picture above. It was fun to see it, but except for the outside, it didn't look anything like what we saw on TV. I think they said that they didn't do that much filming in the inside of the house, but I don't remember where it was filmed. I didn't get too involved with the follow-up shows like Knots Landing or Dynasty. I watched them here and there but they didn't interest me as much as Dallas. Oh the 80's.......they were...well...the 80's. I can't think of a word for the 80's. The 50's...rock n roll....the 60's....peace and love and tragedies...the 70's....mellow....80's...? Maybe I was too busy being a Mom to know what to call it.
Hopefully you can see the interview with Larry Hagman by clicking on the link below.