At the age of 80, actress Gayle Hunnicutt passed away.
The television personality was most well-known for her portrayal of Vanessa Beaumont in the venerable American soap opera Dallas. She also appeared in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Despite not having been given a cause of death, Hunnicutt passed away on August 31.
The Texas-born actress was a well-known participant in three seasons of the classic television program Dallas from 1989 to 1991. One of her most popular plots was her character Vanessa having a son with Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing, who was unaware of the child’s existence.
Hunnicutt got a scholarship to attend the University of California in Los Angeles to study English Literature and Theatre after declaring her wish to be an actress at the age of five.
A Warner Bros. scout noticed Hunnicutt there as he was performing in a school play, and the stars finally came together.
She later won parts in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, in which she played the character Irene Adler, the comedy Mister Roberts, Wild Angels, and other projects.
In 1999, Hunnicutt made her last on-screen appearance in CI5: The New Professionals.
Outside of Hollywood, the performer was also a published author. She wrote the 1984 book Health and Beauty in Motherhood and subsequently a collection of love letters from her father, who had served in the South Pacific, titled Dearest Virginia.
David Hemmings, a British actor, and Hunnicutt were wed from 1968 until their divorce in 1975. They welcomed their son Nolan Hemmings during their relationship, who later went on to become an actor well recognized for his role in Band of Brothers.
She later got married to writer Simon Jenkins in 1978; they had a kid together and reared him in London before divorcing in 2009. She made an appearance on an episode of the HGTV show Selling London in 2012, trying to sell the family’s 30-year-old Primrose Hill property.
In 2010, Hunnicutt started dating tennis writer Richard Evans.
Her two boys, Poppy, Theo, Oscar, Dash, and Nia, are her five grandkids.