Tilton in 2010
|Born||Charlene L. Tilton
December 1, 1958
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Johnny Lee (1982-1984)
Domenick Allen (1985-1992)
Tilton had early roles in television series such as Happy Days and Eight Is Enough. She made her first film appearance alongside Jodie Foster in Freaky Friday. In 1978, Tilton made a cameo appearance in the John Milius film Big Wednesday. A year later, she made her big break by landing the role of Lucy Ewing, the sly, vixenish, frequently frustrated granddaughter of Jock and Ellie Ewing in the popular television series Dallas, opposite legendary television actors Jim Davis, Barbara Bel Geddes and Larry Hagman, from 1978 to 1985 and from 1988 to 1990. She also appeared on one episode of the show's spin-off series Knots Landing in 1980. After Dallas fame, she received $50,000 salary per episode, appeared on 500 magazine covers and drew 65 million viewers for her 1981 TV wedding.
Tilton is also a singer; her own vocals were heard on a 1978 episode of Dallas.[episode needed] In 1984, she released a dance-pop single, "C'est La Vie", which became a hit in several countries in Europe. She appeared on Circus of the Stars in 1979 and 1991, on one occasion acting as a knife thrower's target girl in a gold bikini. Tilton also did her time doing game shows as well, by becoming a panelist on the 1979-1982 syndicated version of Match Game. She also hosted the pilot for a potential revival of the show in syndication as Match Game 2/MG2 in 1996.
Tilton was the guest host on Saturday Night Live on February 21, 1981. The episode in question featured a parody of the famed "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of Dallas. In the episode, cast member Charles Rocket was shot in the chest by a sniper while doing a sketch about a sexy couple (with Gail Matthius as his partner) bathing a dog and spouting innuendo. At the end of the show, as cast members traditionally gathered around the host to say good night, Tilton asked Rocket how he felt about being shot. In character, a wheelchair-using Rocket improvised, "Oh, man, it’s the first time I've ever been shot in my life. I'd like to know who the fuck did it."
Tilton did a number of commercials in the 1990s for the Abdominizer workout equipment. She appeared as herself in an episode of Married... with Children where her involvement with the "Abdominizer" was spoofed. In addition, she has appeared in several spoof movies, such as The Silence of the Hams (1994), Superhero Movie (2008) and Paranormal Calamity (2010). In 2005, she appeared in the British reality television show The Farm.
In 2001, Tilton was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for her role as Lucy Ewing on the original Dallas television series. In January 2012, Tilton was a contestant on the British ice-skating show Dancing on Ice in its seventh season. She was paired with American figure skater, Matthew Gonzalez, who has previously worked with British actress Danniella Westbrook. Tilton was voted out in week five of a twelve-week run.
Tilton was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Katherine Thacker, a secretary. Tilton is 4'11" (1.50 m) tall. Tilton was married to country singer Johnny Lee from 1982 to 1984 and to Domenick Allen from 1985 to 1992. She has one daughter, Cherish Lee Dunn, born in 1982. In 2009, after 8 years together, Tilton's fiance, Cheddy Hart, died suddenly from heart failure at the age of 54.
On November 23, 2012, Tilton lost her longtime friend and series lead Larry Hagman due to complications from myelodysplastic syndrome due to throat cancer treatments. Prior to his death, she explained in a statement that she released, "At seventeen years old my life took a turn that one could only dream of. I was cast as Lucy Ewing in the iconic show Dallas. Dallas was so much more than a television phenomenon to me. It was my family. I grew up with a mentally ill single mother raising me and no father figure in my life. I lived on my own in an apartment from the age of fifteen. I remember the day I met the force of nature that is Larry Hagman like it was yesterday. (It was actually 35 years ago.) My Uncle Larry became the father figure that I so needed and longed for. He taught me how to be professional, work hard but have fun at the same time, and how to respect the opportunities I was blessed to have been given. He was very protective because I was so young, but also expected the best from me on the set of Dallas. He was one of the best actors the world has ever known. To me, he will always be my Uncle Larry. I am so so very sad, but cherish the lifetime of memories I have with him." Prior to her TV uncle's death, she'd kept in touch with Hagman, and was invited to his 70th birthday party in 2001.
|1978||Big Wednesday||Party Girl|
|1980||Pale Horse Pale Rider||Miranda||Short film|
|1990||Law at Randado||Edith Hanasain|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Debbie Claukinski|
|1991||Ragin' Cajun||Ali Webster|
|1991||For Parents Only||Mrs. Farell|
|1992||Center of the Web||Kathryn Lockwood|
|1994||The Silence of the Hams||Jane Wine|
|2000||Guido Takes a Hike||Bartender||Short film|
|2001||Totally Blonde||Blonde School Director|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Charlene Tilton|
|2005||A Distant Thunder||Susan||Short film|
|2006||Getting It Straight||Cynthia Rosenburg||Short film|
|2008||Tell Veronica||Veronica Star|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Jill's Mother|
|2009||The Fish||Charlene Tilton|
|2009||Sarah's Choice||Michelle Biden||Direct-to-video|
|2010||#1 Cheerleader Camp||Charlene Tilton||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Mean Parents Suck||Jean Farell|
|2011||Doctor Spine||Aunt Sally|
|2012||Edge of Salvation||Sarah Malone|
|2014||Not Another Celebrity Movie||Chef|
|1976||Happy Days||Jill Higgins||Episode: "They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?"|
|1977||Eight Is Enough||Wendy Springer||Episode: "Women, Ducks and the Domino Theory"|
|Dallas||Lucy Ewing Cooper||Series regular, 246 episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a TV Series or Special (1979)
Young Artist Award Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)
TV Land Pop Culture Award (2006)
|1979||Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker||Julie||TV Movie|
|1979||The Fall of the House of Usher||Jennifer Cresswell||TV Movie|
|1980||Knots Landing||Lucy Ewing||Episode: "Home is for Healing"|
|1980||Laverne & Shirley||The Girl at Bar||Episodes: "Murder on the Moose Jaw Express: Part 1 and Part 2"|
|1980||Fantasy Island||Charlotte 'Charlie' Johnson||Episode: "Skater's Edge/Concerto of Death/The Last Great Race"|
|1981||Saturday Night Live||Herself - Host / Various||Episode: "Charlene Tilton/Todd Rundgren/Prince"|
|1983||Hotel||Holly Lane||Episode: "Relative Loss"|
|1980–87||The Love Boat||Various||4 episodes|
|1987||Murder, She Wrote||Cindy March||Episode: "The Cemetery Vote"|
|1993||Married... with Children||Herself||Episode: "Tis time to smell the roses"|
|1995||Favorite Deadly Sins||Norma Jean||TV Movie|
|1995||Star Witness||Grace Kelly||TV Movie|
|1998||Safety Patrol||Mrs. Zapruder||TV Movie|
|2000||The Theory of Everything||Stephanie||TV Movie|
|2000||Bar Hopping||Actress||TV Movie|
|2007||Point of Entry||Helen||TV Movie|
|2012–14||Dallas||Lucy Ewing||6 episodes|
|2013||DeVanity||Francesca DeVanity||Web series, Guest Star in episode 3.6|
|2013||Reading, Writing & Romance||Penny||TV Movie|
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- Los Angeles Times
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- Charlene Tilton Biography (1958)
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