Ladies of the ’80s Reunion: Linda Gray and Christopher Atkins

Ladies of the ’80s Reunion: Linda Gray and Christopher Atkins: “Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas” Debuts on Dec. 9, Featuring Donna Mills, Nicollette Sheridan, Morgan Fairchild, Linda Gray, and Loni Anderson
However, one unexpected ’80s reunion went unnoticed in the popular Lifetime holiday movie, which will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 10 a.m. EST/PST.

Gray, 83, renowned for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on “Dallas,” was reunited with her former scandalous screen lover, Christopher Atkins. Atkins, 62, portrayed Peter Richards, Sue Ellen’s significantly younger lover, in the nighttime soap opera from 1983-84.

In “Ladies of the ’80s,” Atkins takes on the role of Gray’s supportive spouse.
“I was delighted to learn that Chris Atkins was cast as my husband in the movie,”
Gray tells ,It implies that Sue Ellen married her toyboy after all. I simply loved it. The passionate “Dallas” TV relationship made headlines in the 1980s as Sue Ellen, married to the unfaithful J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), engaged in secret trysts with the young Peter.

Gray and Atkins hadn’t crossed paths in over two decades until they were brought together on “Ladies.”
“It brought everything back when Chris walked on the set, all the magic,” says Gray. “I think he was 22 when I met him. And to see him now as a dad and grandfather. It was like, ‘Wow, this whole thing has come full circle.'”

In “Ladies,” Gray portrays a soap actress who reunites with her quarrelsome diva co-stars at a Malibu mansion for a Christmas special. Gray and Atkins did not have shared scenes in the Lifetime movie; instead, Gray’s character in “Ladies” regularly sought moral support from her on-screen husband during her diva-filled ordeal.

“That was simply how the script was written,” explains executive producer Larry Thompson, the individual responsible for bringing the “Ladies” cast together and casting Atkins. “The hubby was at home, while she was visiting the ladies in Malibu.”

But Thompson had video cameras rolling for the real reunion between Atkins and Gray on the Malibu set. In the footage, Gray embraced Atkins and told her co-star, “You haven’t changed.”

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