Even though the actress who created the role of J.R. and Bobby Ewing’s mother, Miss Ellie, in CBS’s "Dallas" is no longer around, she will be a big part of the new TNT reboot, reports TV Guide.
Barbara Bel Geddes, who played Ellie, died in 2005. But Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby, said: "Barbara is a big piece of our history, and it’s important to me to honor her. To come back with Linda Gray as Sue Ellen and Larry [Hagman] in his J.R. hat, and then see the words ELLIE SOUTHWORTH EWING FARLOW on the gravestone made me think, ‘Oh, that’s right — she’s gone.’ It was hard to get through the dialogue."
Also to be remembered is the late Jim Davis, who played the Ewing patriarch, Jock. Production designer Richard Berg painted a portrait of Jock and Miss Ellie, which will be prominently displayed in the Ewing home.
Said Duffy: "That painting is actually alive and gives me a nice feeling that they’re always there. Through the whole first season, I don’t think an episode goes by that Mama is not mentioned in reference to Southfork and the land."