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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Dallas star Graduates to West End
Actress Linda Gray
Gray is a UN goodwill ambassador
Actress Linda Gray, who starred as the drunken Sue Ellen in the US TV soap Dallas, is to tread the boards as Mrs Robinson in the hit West End show The Graduate.

Gray, 60, will be the oldest star to play the seductress so far, following in the footsteps of Anne Archer, Amanda Donohoe, Jerry Hall and Kathleen Turner.

The role has whipped up media interest due to both its crop of film stars in the female lead, and the fact that she appears nude on stage.

JR Ewing
Sue Ellen was married to the infamous JR Ewing
Gray's first involvement with the production was more than 30 years ago, when - as an unknown model - her stocking-clad leg was pictured on the poster for the original film, starring Anne Bancroft.

But the actress is best-known for her 11-year portrayal of the quivering-lipped Sue Ellen, who was married to dastardly oil baron JR Ewing in Dallas.

Dallas was watched by millions of people around the world during its heyday in the late 1970s and 1980s.

As well as garnering her international fame, the series also led to Gray being voted Woman of the Year by the Hollywood and Radio Television Society.

Her other film and television credits include a guest star role in Aaron Spelling's series Melrose Place and a part in the BBC drama Lovejoy with Ian McShane.

Kathleen Turner
Turner's performance divided critics
Gray's stage credits include The Vagina Monologues and Love Letters.

She is currently an Ambassador of Goodwill for the United Nations.

The Graduate, a West End adaptation of the 1967 film, has proved hugely successful after opening at London's Gielgud Theatre in April.

The show sold more than 2m in advance bookings, before it had even opened, and has gone on to break the theatre's box office records.

Gray will take over from Anne Archer as Mrs Robinson on 1 October.

See also:

17 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Donohoe lands Mrs Robinson role
05 Apr 01 | Entertainment
Echoes of who shot JR
09 Aug 00 | Entertainment
Hall fails critics' Graduate test
11 May 01 | Entertainment
Anne Archer takes Graduate role
13 Jun 00 | Entertainment
Jerry takes nude Graduate role
05 Apr 00 | Entertainment
Turner bares all in stage debut
29 Mar 00 | Entertainment
Turner nudity boosts ticket sales
02 Mar 00 | Entertainment
Kathleen graduates to West End
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