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Linda Gray Comfortable in the Nude

September 12, 2001

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LONDON (AP) _ Former ``Dallas″ TV star Linda Gray says she isn’t at all bothered about appearing nude in ``The Graduate.″

The 60-year-old Gray will step into the role of the manipulative Mrs. Robinson in the hit London stage adaptation of the 1967 film on Oct. 1, taking over from Anne Archer.

``It’s the role that’s the interesting thing. The nude scene isn’t an issue,″ Gray said Monday. ``It’s always been a wonderful role for any woman. She’s sexy, she’s funny, she’s irreverent.″

Kathleen Turner, Jerry Hall and Amanda Donohoe also have taken turns in the role and its fleeting, dimly lit nude scene.

Gray had a memorable part in promoting the 1967 film, starring Anne Bancroft. Gray’s stocking-clad legs appeared in the poster for the movie.

``I started out modeling,″ she said. ``I did bits and pieces, and that was a bit.″

Gray starred as Sue Ellen Ewing on ``Dallas″ from 1978-1989.

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