Cathy Podewell, Deborah Shelton
J.R. Ewing is about to be laid to rest at Southfork, but not before getting one last visit from two of the sexy, big-haired bimbos he romanced back in the day.
Deborah Shelton, who from 1984-1987 played J.R.'s No. 1 mistress Mandy Winger (or as Sue Ellen preferred to call her, "that Winger tramp"), has accepted an invitation from TNT's Dallas to say a few words at the memorial service Bobby and Sue Ellen will throw for the departed Ewing patriarch. Shelton, 64, has been appearing in lower-budget films, with her last high-profile TV appearance a 2008 episode of Nip/Tuck.
Sue Ellen will perhaps be a bit more accepting of another funeral attendee: J.R.'s young, country-hick wife Cally Harper Ewing, played by Cathy Podewell from 1988-1991. Podewell, 47, last appeared in a 1995 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.
Other members of the extended Ewing family who will be paying their respects include J.R.'s brother Gary Ewing (Knots Landing's Ted Shackelford), half brother Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), and niece Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton). And don't be surprised if J.R.'s nemesis Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) makes an unwelcome appearance before the coffin closes.
Dallas' second season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, January 28. J.R.'s memorial is slated to air March 11.
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