Tuesday, February 2, 2016
So often we see the trail into Hollywood as a glorified journey of success money and adventure. Never realizing the amazing amount of rejection. But how do you survive being told you're too tall, your smile is wrong, you're too old? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Linda Gray. Linda Gray is an award winning actress, an accomplished director, a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s most recognized and admired stars. Her award winning portrayal of ‘Sue Ellen’, in the original TV series “Dallas”, brought her international fame and critical acclaim earning her an Emmy nomination for Best Actress and numerous international awards including Germany’s Bambi Award, Italy’s Il Gato for Best Actress on Television, and she was voted ‘Woman of the Year’ by The Hollywood Radio & Television Society. After eleven years as the number 1 show on television, “Dallas” returned to TNT in 2012 and ran for 3 seasons. Linda’s memoir “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction” was published in September 2015 to enthusiastic reviews, and she most recently guest starred in the new CW Network TV sit-com “Significant Mother”. She has appeared on the London stage in the original stage production of “Terms of Endearment”, based on the screenplay of the Oscar winning motion picture, and also starred in the West End production of “The Graduate” playing to sell-out audiences, and replacing Kathleen Turner on Broadway for a limited engagement. Linda directed many episodes of the first “Dallas” TV series and made her theatre directing debut with “Murder in the First”. Her other acting stage work includes “The Vagina Monologues”, “Agnes of God” and “Love Letters”. She has numerous TV credits including the successful series “Melrose Place” and “Models Inc.” and has starred in many movies of the week and feature films. Linda returned to the stage to star in the British stage production of the 2014 Christmas pantomime “Cinderella”, playing the Fairy Godmother, and has completed filming an independent movie, “Wally’s Will”, scheduled for 2016 release. She starred in Hallmark’s TV movie, “Perfect Match”, which premiered in June 2015 and is preparing a 2016 tour of “Love Letters” with Patrick Duffy. Linda actively involves herself in charity work, including Meals on Wheels and supports many AIDS fundraisers. ABOUT HER BOOK THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS IS ALWAYS UNDER CONSTRUCTIOIN When Linda Gray, iconic star of Dallas, was twenty years old, a magazine editor coldly rejected her as a model, writing that, perhaps one day, “you might shape into something.” Since then, Linda has been evolving and growing, and has shaped into a role model for women of every age in her grace, beauty, generosity, and wisdom. She’s been through more pain and tragedy than her longtime fans realize, having suffered paralyzing polio as a child, growing up with an alcoholic mother, landing in a emotionally abusive marriage at twenty-two and living by her husband’s rules for sixteen years before she openly rebelled against him to take an acting class. At thirty-eight, Linda got her big break, as Larry Hagman’s wife on Dallas. With fame came a bitter, public divorce, trouble at home with her two kids, and the loss of her beloved sister to breast cancer. Linda got through it all—the challenges of sexism in Hollywood and the pressures of being a single working mom—with a relentlessly positive attitude that kept her cruising, with a few speed bumps, to the place of serenity she thrives in now. To celebrate her seventy-fifth birthday, Linda is opening up about her life for the first time. Inside this book, she tells deeply personal stories with wit, humor, and candor, and reveals how she’s learned to love every day as the blessing it is and to treat herself with the kindness she bestows on friends and strangers alike. Along with wisdom, Linda has accumulated a lot of practical tips about maintaining a healthy lifestyle—how to strengthen and detoxify your body, liberate your mind, and uplift your soul—and shares them as well. Her message to “give, love, and shine, baby, shine” will fill anyone with inspiration to live life to the fullest, and never stop pursuing honesty and joy.
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