Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by Angela Channing, Apr 26, 2017.
It's almost like: "Connie is dead, so this job is mine now, bitches!"
She looks a little bit like Linda Gray here in one of the Southern Cross scenes.
Maybe that's the real reason the actress was dropped, because she looked too similar to one of the show's lead actresses.
The actress who played Phyllis (Deborah Tranelli) resembled Linda Gray even more, so I don´t think that was the reason. Maybe they just decided that Bobby needed someone who really did a good job instead of one who spent the whole day looking at her fellow secretary as if she were thinking: "You are such a beeech" (hint, hint, Kristin and Louella...). Phyllis became the model secretary and incredibly discreet (even in Pam´s dreams...). And hey, she is a wonderful singer...If Afton could just have hit the lowest notes Deborah can...
Pam sold her into her lucrative human trafficking business. Duh.
It's equally possible the actress wanted to leave.
Is she still alive?
I wonder why they bothered changing the secretary's name. More important characters than that were simply recast without any onscreen explanation.
I guess because she wasn't an important player there wasn't much use to actually try and re-cast her - better to say that Bobby just changed secretary.
Rumors say she was run over by a car driven by a brunette in a blond wig...who looked like Phyllis.
According to imdb.com they actually did recast Connie.
Jeanna Michaels plays (uncredited claims imdb, Connie does appear but i think the actress is someone else) Connie in episode "Double Wedding" aired 21 October 1978 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0553304/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
Then actress Nancy Bleier appears as Connie four times, starting 19 November 1978 till 14 January 1979 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0088194/?ref_=tt_cl_t13
In next episode 26 January 1979 "Julie's Return" Jeanna Michaels takes role over permanently. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0553346/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
Jeanna Michaels is alive and well:
Thanks for the info! The girl has a sense of humor, that´s for sure!!
She certainly has. I enjoyed the irreverence with which she sums up her Dallas role and her reasons for quitting.
This is intriguing...
I can't see any long-running sitcom roles in Jeanna's IMDb credits, and a quick online search cross-referencing Jeanna and Jane Fonda doesn't highlight anything obvious either.
Safe at Home - seems really obscure:
It certainly does. If anything I'm even more intrigued now.
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