Lucy Ewing

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Lucy Ewing
DALLAS character
Portrayed by Charlene Tilton
Duration 1978–85, 1988–90, 2012–14
First appearance April 2, 1978
Digger's Daughter
Last appearance March 17, 2014
Lifting the Veil
Created by David Jacobs
Knots Landing
Occupation Student at Southern Methodist University
Ward Publications' Young Miss Dallas
Freelance fashion model represented by the Blair Sullivan Agency
Waitress at The Hot Biscuit in Fort Worth, Texas
Partner in a construction company
Patron of the Arts

Lucy Ann Ewing is a fictional character in the popular American television series Dallas. The character is played by Charlene Tilton and first appeared in the series premiere on April 2, 1978. Tilton left the show at the end of its eighth season in 1985, before returning for the last two episodes of the 11th season in 1988, becoming a series regular again in the 12th season. Lucy was then written out again in April 1990.

Lucy appeared in one episode of the Dallas spin-off Knots Landing - Season One, Episode 6: "Home is for Healing". She returned as a guest star in the resurrection of Dallas in 2012.


Lucy is the eldest daughter of Gary Ewing and wife Valene Clements Ewing. She is also elder sister to twins Bobby and Betsey Ewing and Molly Whittaker. Because her father had a drinking problem and wasn't able to be a fit parent to Lucy, the Ewings took her from an underage Valene and Lucy was raised at the Southfork Ranch by her grandparents, Jock and Miss Ellie Ewing.


When the show started, she was the show's teenaged troublemaking, confused vixen and involved with Ray Krebbs, who would later turn out to be her uncle. She would skip school and spend her time with him in the hayloft. Eventually, they were caught by Pam Ewing, the new wife of her uncle Bobby. If Lucy would start going to school, Pamela would not tell anyone about them. However, briefly, Lucy got the upper hand. She framed her math tutor for rape. In exchange for clearing him, she wanted Pamela to lie for her and tell her grandparents she was doing well in school. However the plan backfired and Lucy was made to finish school.

After Ray decided to end things with Lucy, she fell in love with Kit Mainwaring, a man her own age. They even became engaged by 1979, but the two ended their relationship after Kit revealed to Lucy that he was gay. When Valene and Gary remarried in the same year, Lucy discovered by accident and had a cold reunion with her parents, who planned to let her move to California. However, Lucy and her parents made up and spent a week together, before Lucy returned to Dallas on a permanent basis.

Shortly after, Lucy developed and overcame a drug problem. She married med student Mitch Cooper in 1981, but their goals in life differed - he was ambitious and wanted to become a doctor, while she was more interested in having fun. Another problem within their marriage tended to be the balance of financial income. Lucy and Mitch's relationship remained on and off for a year. Lucy eventually started modeling and became involved with psychopath Roger, her photographer. Roger had an increasing obsession for Lucy, and eventually kidnapped her, planning to elope to California with her. However, Pam and Bobby rescued Lucy. In quick succession in 1982, Lucy divorced Mitch, became pregnant with Roger's baby, and had an abortion.

In the 1982 season, Lucy became involved with Ray Krebbs' cousin Mickey Trotter, a relationship that ended with Mickey's death. Supposedly, the death was caused only by Sue Ellen's DUI. Actually, Sue Ellen was driving J.R.'s car when Mickey Trotter invaded the car to try to stop her. The car was intentionally hit by Walt Driscoll, an enemy of J.R.'s who wanted to kill him. After finding out he had caused severe injuries to an innocent young man, Driscoll then committed suicide.

Over time, Lucy changed her ways and calmed down from her youthful whims. Mitch and Lucy got back together and remarried in 1985. They then moved to Atlanta. However, their second marriage collapsed due to Mitch's work overload, and she decided to split while visiting Dallas. Lucy and Mitch divorced for the second time in January 1989. In April 1990, Lucy took an adventurous take on life and moved to Italy.

Lucy is briefly mentioned in the series finale, where it is revealed that in a life without her scheming and power-hungry uncle J.R., Lucy would never have been born. She is also briefly mentioned in the 1996 television movie Dallas: J.R. Returns, but appears in neither the last episode nor the reunion film.

Dallas (2012 TV series)[edit]

The modern Lucy has an earthy, larger-than-life quality the new series serves up in savoring limited quantity.[1] In 2012, Lucy attends her cousin Christopher's wedding to Rebecca Sutter. She also attends Bobby's final family barbecue, which at the time is thought to be the last time they will ever step on Southfork Ranch while it is Ewing-owned. Later, Lucy has lunch with John Ross, who asks her to help him convince her father, Gary Ewing, to sign over his mineral rights to J.R. but she refuses. In 2013, Lucy attended the funeral of J.R. which is held at Southfork. Later, Lucy shows up at Southfork with her mother, Val, to see her father, Gary. She will appear for one episode in the third season along with Ray.[2] Lucy returns with Ray for John Ross and Pamela's wedding, while there she jokes with Christopher about his past wedding to Pamela. She then discusses John Ross being late for his own wedding with Ray and Christopher and then watches as John Ross and Pamela get married.

Lucy's romantic status is not addressed on the new series.

In popular culture[edit]

Lucy was nicknamed "The Poison Dwarf" by Terry Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 show in the 1980s. James Wolcott memorably called her “as short as a tree stump, and not nearly as animated.”[1]


  1. ^ a b Phil Dyess-Nugent (July 18, 2012). "Dallas: Collateral Damage". Official AV Club Website. 
  2. ^ "Charlene Tllton and Steve Kanaly return to Dallas TNT season 3". 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 

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