You have to give Deborah Shelton credit for being honest about her reaction to Dallas star Larry Hagman's death last November. "Selfishly," says Shelton, 1970's Miss USA, who played J.R.'s mistress Mandy from 1984 to 1987, "I thought, 'Well, there goes my chance of ever getting back on Dallas.'"
She was wrong. Hagman's passing proved to be a ticket back to Texas for many familiar faces. Joining series regulars Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and Patrick Duffy (Bobby) and recurring players Ken Kercheval (Cliff), Charlene Tilton (Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ray) for J.R.'s drama-filled March 11 funeral are Ted Shackelford (Gary), Shelton and Cathy Podewell (J.R.'s former child bride, Cally).
The memorial is anything but staid. Cliff causes a scene and Sue Ellen travels down a potentially dangerous path with ex-brother-in-law Gary. For Podewell, the reunion was worth the trip: "The only thing that could make it perfect would be if Larry were here with us."