Dallas : Morgan Fairchild should have been Jenna Wade all along..

Morgan Fairchild should have been Jenna Wade all along..

Morgan Fairchild is a way better actress than Priscilla Presley and just as beautiful so it would have been nice to have her stay the whole run.. Way more depth to her and sparks definitely flew when she played against Bobby and Pam in Season 1.. Francine Tacker (Jenna #2)? Oh boy, don't get me started.. as if Bobby would give Pam up for her?? Sorry but in no way was she even close to as hot as Victoria Principal, not even close!!

Re: Morgan Fairchild should have been Jenna Wade all along..

Morgan would have been a great Jenna. I think, I could be wrong, but during season 3, she was unavailable to reprise the role because she was filming the Flamingo Road pilot, which aired later that season so they recast. I believe she said after Flamingo Road ended in 1982, she wanted to move to comedy, so she may have passed on reprising Jenna (I'm not 100% she was asked, but I have to assume she was). If she did reprise Jenna though, I have a feeling, her portrayal would be more similar to her portrayal of Constance on Flamingo Road. Interestingly enough, the following season after Priscilla Presley joined the cast as Jenna, Fairchild joined the cast of another primetime soap, Paper Dolls (playing Racine, a role played by Joan Collins in the 1982 TV-movie). A year later, she joined the cast of Falcon Crest.

Re: Morgan Fairchild should have been Jenna Wade all along..

Morgan was asked to reprise the role of Jenna in 1983. She declined - a bad move for her, and for the show.

Francine Tacker just sucked.

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I wonder if they would've written Jenna differently if Morgan had come back. By this time, Morgan had a reputation of playing witches on tv.

Fairchild was definitely the better actress but not even she could've helped make Charlie likeable or a better actress.










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The reason Priscilla works so well in this role, for me, is that she seems kind of earthy– like someone who grew up on a ranch. And to me, Bobby's childhood sweetheart would have been that kind of girl.

Also, Priscilla (like Larry Hagman) spent part of her childhood in Texas, and I think that's a point in her favor. And I love how fragile and vulnerable she is during the Renaldo Marchetta storyline, which is my favorite story on Dallas.

How would Morgan Fairchild have been as April Stevens…?

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How would Morgan Fairchild have been as April Stevens…?


Interesting idea!

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Morgan would have been good as April.

I was watching some Dallas last night and Pricilla really is hard to watch or should I say listen to. The voice just grates on me.

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Morgan Fairchild was born and bred in Texas. She wasn't some Army brat like Priscilla "Duck Lips" Presley. She had the vixen look and was already from Texas. It was the perfect match but Katzman and everybody else thought otherwise.

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Re: Morgan Fairchild should have been Jenna Wade all along..

She is still beautiful!!

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Agree Morgan was much better. Pricilla was insufferable as Jenna, with the monotone voice and awful acting. I blame PP for me hating the character of Jenna.

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I agree that Priscilla Presley was a horrible actress while on Dallas. While she was having her "nervous breakdown" I cringed every time she said "don't you see". Her hysterics were just horrible. Really the only thing she had going for her was that she was absolutely gorgeous.

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Yes Jenna really was very annoying. The main thing was that voice. I couldn't stand her voice. She was awful during the breakdown.

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The writing of Jenna changed with each actress too - spoilt bankrupt princess -> successful news editor (I think) -> broke and working as a waitress. Such a natural progression right there…

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And having a history of being the mistress of married men.

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Yep, plus the show had a lot of Morgans. Agreed that Tacker was just a horrible choice for the role - gotta be way hotter than that!

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Morgan Fairchild can't escape her cold persona. PP is a warmer actress.

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