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Patrick Duffy & Linda Gray + Mary Tyler Moore & Dick Van Dyke: SAG Awards

Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray Diane Lane and Josh Brolin
Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin.

Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin: SAG Awards

Pictured above are Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray with Diane Lane and Josh Brolin on the 2012 SAG Awards’ Red Carpet, just outside Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 29.

Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray movies

Television veterans Patrick Duffy (Man from Atlantis, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Linda Gray (Haywire, Melrose Place) were presenters at the SAG Awards ceremony, along with fellow Dallas alumnus Larry Hagman. Although better known for their TV work, both Duffy and Gray have been featured in a handful of movies, including:

  • Patrick Duffy: Sean Carr’s He’s Such a Girl (2009), with Bryan Fisher; and Andy Fickman’s You Again (2010), with Kristen Bell and Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • Linda Gray: John Landis’ Oscar (1991), starring Sylvester Stallone, and Chris McIntyre’s Star of Jaipur (1998), with Damon Kohli.

SAG Award nominee Diane Lane

Diane Lane was a nominee this year in the Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series category for Cinema Verite. She lost to Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce. The other nominees were:

  • Emily Watson for Appropriate Adult.
  • Betty White for The Lost Valentine. (That evening, White won the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her participation in Hot in Cleveland.)
  • Two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite) for Downton Abbey.

Kate Winslet, who has already won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for the old Joan Crawford role (in Michael Curtiz’s Oscar-nominated 1945 movie), did not attend the ceremony.

Diane Lane has a previous SAG Award nomination: Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance as a married woman (to Richard Gere) having an affair with a younger man (Olivier Martinez) in Adrian Lyne’s crime melodrama Unfaithful (2002). That role also earned Lane her sole Academy Award nomination to date. (She lost to Nicole Kidman in Stephen Daldry’s The Hours.)

Diane Lane and Josh Brolin, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray photo: Lester Cohen / WireImage.

Linda Gray Larry Hagman Patrick Duffy Dallas' family reunion
Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy: ‘Dallas’ family reunion at SAG Awards.

Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy: ‘Dallas’ returns at SAG Awards

Dallas veterans Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, and Patrick Duffy were presenters at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards, which took place on Jan. 29, ’12, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Created by David Jacobs, the epoch-making hit TV series Dallas (1978–1991) starred Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, the ruthless older son of a Texan oil family headed by Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes. Linda Gray was J.R.’s long-suffering vodka-imbibing wife, Sue Ellen Ewing, while Patrick Duffy played his hunky younger brother, Bobby Ewing – who is married to sultry Victoria Principal’s Pamela Barnes, member of the Ewings’ much hated Barnes clan.

Throughout the years, the Dallas cast lost a few members here, gained a few members there. Among these were:

Charlene Tilton. Steve Kanaly. Morgan Fairchild. Sasha Mitchell. Lesley-Anne Down. Priscilla Presley. Susan Howard. Dack Rambo.

Barbara Stock. Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner George Kennedy. (Cool Hand Luke, 1967). Veteran David Wayne (Adam’s Rib, The Tender Trap).

Veteran musical star Howard Keel (Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity, 1953).

Curiously, there has never been a big-screen version of Dallas. Or of its two rival ’80s soap operas, Dynasty and Falcon’s Crest.

Larry Hagman + Dallas reboot

The son of Broadway musical star Mary Martin (Peter Pan, South Pacific), Larry Hagman, who turned 80 last Sept. 21, has also been frequently seen on television. Apart from J.R. Ewing, Hagman is best known for playing Barbara Eden’s master (and romantic interest), Major Tony Nelson, in the ’60s series I Dream of Jeannie.

Hagman, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy will all be seen in the upcoming Dallas reboot directed by Michael M. Robin and Steve Robin.

In addition to the trio of veterans, the Dallas 2012 cast includes old-timer Charlene Tilton, plus Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster (of Fast Five fame), Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, and Faran Tahir.

Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy photo: John Shearer / WireImage.

Mary Tyler Moore SAG Life Achievement Award
Mary Tyler Moore: SAG Life Achievement Award winner.

SAG Life Achievement Award winner Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s 2012 Life Achievement Award; the award presentation took place on Jan. 29 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Dick Van Dyke, with whom Moore had co-starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early 1960s, handed her the award.

The 75-year-old Moore, who has suffered from a series of health ailments including diabetes and brain surgery to remove a benign tumor last year, looked quite frail while accepting her trophy. She was greeted by the longest standing ovation of the evening.

During her acceptance speech, she reminisced about the overabundance of actresses named Mary Moore registered with the Screen Actors Guild back in the 1950s. That’s when the newcomer decided to use her father’s middle name, Tyler, as part of her show business moniker.

Never a SAG Award nominee

Curiously, Mary Tyler Moore – whose television heyday was in the ’60s and ’70s, and whose most important film roles were in the late ’60s and early ’80s – has never been nominated for a SAG Award.

She has, however, been shortlisted for 14 Emmy Awards, eight of which for the long-running ’70s show Mary Tyler Moore (a.k.a. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1970–1977). To date, she has won six Emmys, three of which for her ’70s sitcom.

Mary Tyler Moore movies

For her work on the big screen, Mary Tyler Moore received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Robert Redford’s Ordinary People (1980), in which she played the emotionally distant wife and mother of, respectively, Donald Sutherland and Timothy Hutton. She lost to Sissy Spacek in Michael Apted’s Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Besides Ordinary People, her big-screen credits include George Roy Hill’s blockbuster musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), starring William A. Graham’s Change of Habit (1969), opposite Elvis Presley in his final narrative feature; and Tony Bill’s family/disease drama Six Weeks (1982), with Dudley Moore.

Mary Tyler Moore photo: Lester Cohen | WireImage.

Mary Tyler Moore SAG Awards
Mary Tyler Moore: SAG Awards.

SAG Life Achievement Award winners

Previous SAG Life Achievement Award winners – in recent years, alternating between film and television stars – include the following:

Barbara Stanwyck. Katharine Hepburn. Robert Redford. Gregory Peck. Martha Raye. Danny Kaye. Rosalind Russell. Ralph Bellamy. Edward G. Robinson. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Burt Lancaster. Audrey Hepburn. James Garner.

Elizabeth Taylor. Angela Lansbury. Eddie Cantor. Julie Andrews. James Earl Jones. James Cagney. Ricardo Montalban. James Stewart. Sidney Poitier. Stan Laurel. Pearl Bailey. Shirley Temple. Last year’s Ernest Borgnine.

Additionally, two Mary Tyler Moore alumni have already taken home the award: Edward Asner in 2001 and Betty White in 2009.

Betty White, by the way, was in contention this year in two categories:

  • Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series for The Lost Valentine.
    She lost to Kate Winslet in Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce.
  • Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series for Hot in Cleveland.
    She won.

Mary Tyler Moore photo: John Shearer / WireImage.

Dick Van Dyke Mary Tyler Moore SAG Awards Life Achievement
Dick Van Dyke and SAG Awards Life Achievement recipient Mary Tyler Moore.

Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore together again: SAG Awards

In the picture above, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore are seen onstage at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles. Moore herself reportedly chose Van Dyke, her co-star in The Dick Van Dyke Show back in the early ’60s, to present her with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Following a series of health ailments, including diabetes and brain surgery to remove a benign tumor last year, Moore looked quite frail while accepting her trophy. On a positive note, she received the longest standing ovation of the evening – twice, in fact, as people stood up to applaud her even though all they got to see the first time around were a series of samples of her long film and television career, in addition to clips showing her longtime dedication to animal welfare and to the discovery of a cure for diabetes.

Dancing with Julie Andrews, loving Elvis Presley

Among the movie clips, were bits showing Mary Tyler Moore dancing with Julie Andrews in George Roy Hill’s Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and, as a lovestruck nun, declaring her feelings for Elvis Presley in Change of Habit (1969). Needless to say, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was also part of the compilation, along with her Academy Award-nominated tour de force in Robert Redford’s Best Picture Oscar winner Ordinary People (1980), co-starring Donald Sutherland and Timothy Hutton.

For the second standing ovation – after the clips were over – Moore was already onstage. (TV audiences never saw how she got there.) At the end of her speech, the camera remained on Moore, who seemed unsure of what to do next. In a moving display of tenderness and support, Van Dyke came over to her and gave her kiss. Then it was time to cut to commercials.

SAG Life Achievement Award winners

Previous SAG Life Achievement Award recipients include:

Robert Redford. Julie Andrews. James Earl Jones. Pearl Bailey. Barbara Stanwyck. Katharine Hepburn. Gregory Peck. Rosalind Russell. Ralph Bellamy. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Edward G. Robinson. Burt Lancaster. Audrey Hepburn. James Garner. Ricardo Montalban. Elizabeth Taylor. Angela Lansbury. Martha Raye. Danny Kaye. Eddie Cantor. James Cagney. Stan Laurel. Sidney Poitier. James Stewart. Shirley Temple.

Last year’s recipient was Best Actor Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine (Marty, 1955).

Besides the aforementioned names, two The Mary Tyler Moore Show alumni have already been given the award: Edward Asner in 2001 and Betty White in 2009.


Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore photo: John Shearer | WireImage.

Screen Actors Guild Awards website.

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