MARY CROSBY has revealed why she almost didn’t land her iconic role as Kristin Shepard on the hit US 80’s television series Dallas. Bing Crosby’s daughter spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about her role and her father’s lasting music legacy.
Dallas actress Mary Crosby, 60, is best known for her famous role on American 80’s series Dallas. Landing the coveted part of Kristen Shepard, she went on to play a central part in one of television’s most unforgettable storylines.
Mary Crosby, the only daughter of the late White Christmas singer Bing Crosby, became famous in her own right thanks to her successful acting career.
After appearing in many of dad Bing’s Christmas specials, she landed the iconic role of Kristin Shepard in 1979, aged just 20.
Mary said that Dallas’ producers were initially concerned about hiring her for such a divisive role, as they weren’t sure viewers would believe Bing Crosby’s daughter could pull off the role of a villain.
She said: “When I was originally hired they were worried about the fact that Bing’s daughter might not be accepted by the general public doing all these nasty, nasty things.
“But of course they took a chance and it worked out really, really well.”
Despite playing a villain, she said she enjoyed the role immensely.
She added: “I know that it was a wonderful time for me.”
Her character was wrapped up in the infamous who shot J.R. storyline, which went down as one of television’s biggest cliffhangers of all time.
After viewers waited months until her character, who played JR’s mistress on the drama, was finally exposed as the one who pulled the trigger.
While a reboot of the series ran for three seasons from 2012-2014, a big budget movie remake has been rumoured to be in the works for years.
Mary remained coy on whether she knew if a remake was on the cards, but she said she was grateful to have been a part of the original.
She said: “I got to be there at the time so that’s what really counts for me.”
She played Kristen from 1979-1981 and then briefly reprised the role in 1981 for the series’ spin-off Knots Landing.
Now she is working hard to preserve her father’s music legacy.
Promoting his new Christmas album, Bing at Christmas, she said the appeal of his music is timeless.
She explained: “Anyone who knew dad or hears his voice knows what his values were.
“His values about kindness and giving back and caring for others that will always resonate.”
As for his new album, she said it is, “Bing but better”.
She added: “The miracle of technology is it brings his voice to life and it’s crystal clear.
“And so it is like Bing but better. There is obviously the history of White Christmas, 80 years after the fact and he’s back again.
“They have David Bowie and that’s such a special duet and then they’ve got the Puppini Sisters and Pentatonix.
“The combination of new people singing with him is just superb and as a family we are thrilled and thrilled for our dad’s memory.”