Afton Cooper

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Afton Cooper
Afton Cooper 2012.jpg
Audrey Landers as Afton (2013)
Dallas character
Portrayed by Audrey Landers
Duration 1981–84, 1989, 1996, 2013–14
First appearance January 16, 1981
End of the Road: Part 1
Last appearance March 17, 2014
Lifting the Veil
Dallas: J.R. Returns
Occupation Singer

Afton Cooper (formerly Van Buren) is a fictional character from the popular American television series, Dallas, played by Audrey Landers. Joining the cast during the fourth season and remaining until the first episode of the eighth, Landers returned at the end of the twelfth season for five episodes and reprised her role one more time in the 1996 TV movie, Dallas: J.R. Returns.[1] In 2013, Afton returned in the second season of the new 2012 series, Dallas.[2][3]


Afton is the sister of Mitch Cooper, the husband of Lucy Ewing. J.R. Ewing is immediately attracted to Afton Cooper and they wind up in bed. J.R. gets her a singing job in a bar where she meets Cliff Barnes. Afton and Cliff become romantically involved but it doesn't last long because Afton thinks Cliff is a loser. Unlike her brother Mitch, Afton is fond of money. When Cliff Barnes has a case against J.R. concerning the counter revolution in South East Asia, Afton plots with J.R. to drug Cliff so J.R. can get his hands on the evidence that connects J.R. to a counter-revolution. Eventually Afton turns against J.R. and falls for Cliff. After Sue Ellen divorces J.R., Sue Ellen and Cliff resume their previous relationship and Cliff loses interest in Afton. However, Afton still loves Cliff and later, when Cliff attempts suicide, Afton finds him and is able to save his life.

In 1985, Afton gave birth to Cliff's daughter, Pamela Rebecca Barnes, though at first Afton denied the paternity.

Dallas (2012 TV series)[edit]

In the 2012 cliffhanger of the first season, it was revealed that Christopher Ewing's wife Rebecca Sutter was in fact Pamela Rebecca Barnes, the daughter of Cliff Barnes and Afton.

In 2013, Afton returned to Dallas in the 10th episode of the second season, visiting her daughter Pamela in the hospital. She was there when Pamela lost the twins after her near-fatal accident.[4]

Afton returned to the "new" Dallas in Season 3, episode 4, for Pamela and John Ross' wedding. In a heated exchange, Sue Ellen comments that "the most despicable thing JR ever did...was you".



  • Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786464777. 
  • Curran, Barbara A. (2005). Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favorite Prime-Time Soap. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 978-1581824728. 

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