Illustrious celebrity mag People just released its equally illustrious Most Beautiful People edition. Well, by “just released,” we mean the magazine is out on the East Coast, but the rest of us may have to wait as long as April 26. Alas.
The 2013 cover girl is Gwyneth Paltrow. But more interesting to us is the news that Dallas star Linda Gray has been honored with the title of Most Beautiful Legs. The 72-year-old beauty, who was photographed by Robert Erdmann, is draped in faux fur to show off famous gams.
Famous because it was Gray’s leg, not that of Anne Bancroft, that everyone recognizes from the movie poster for the 1967 film The Graduate — a gig she got as a young model. On Anderson Live, she told host Anderson Cooper, “I think [Anne Bancroft] was absent that day. I got paid $25. For one leg, that was good.”
Gray is currently starring in the reprise of the iconic TV show Dallas on TNT. Theater and TV critic Elaine Liner has remarked that Gray is the star of the show, especially in light of Larry Hagman's death, and she her acting has only continued to get better with age. In her recap of the season two finale, Liner wrote:
Before we tie up the loose ends of this year’s storylines, let us do a deep debutante bow to Linda Gray, the 72-year-old actress who plays Sue Ellen Ewing, now the matriarch and Lady Macbeth of Southfork and Ewing Energies.
Nobody works a white pantsuit and shiny bangs like this woman. She came, she acted drunk, she conquered the spotty writing and hacksaw editing of a cable TV reboot. And she and she alone, after the death of Larry Hagman, made this show watchable.