Who is Charlene Tilton?

American actress and singer Charlene L. Tilton was born in San Diego, California USA, on 1 December 1958, making Sagittarius her zodiac sign. She has 75 acting credits, but is perhaps known best for starring as Lucy Ewing Cooper in 242 episodes of the soap opera “Dallas”, which also starred Ken Kercheval and Larry Hagman, and was created by David Jacobs. It follows the life of Texas oil baron J. R. Ewing who uses whatever means necessary to get what he wants; the romantic drama aired from 1978 through 1991 and won 47 of its 129 award nominations.

Charlene’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies: “Hashtag Proposal”, “Leydenville”, and “The Nana Project”.

Education and early life

Charlene was raised an only child in Los Angeles, California solely by her American mother Katherine Thacker who was a secretary; Charlene never met her father, and she and her mother struggled financially while she was growing up.

She studied at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles and was into a number of activities during her time there, mostly into acting, and appeared in numerous school plays; she was also into singing, dancing and running track.

Charlene matriculated in 1977, and as she had already launched her acting career, she chose not to enroll at college.

Roles in TV series

Charlene’s debut TV series role was playing Jill Higgins in the 1976 episode “They Shoot Fonzies, Don’t They?” of the musical family comedy “Happy Days”, and the remainder of the decade saw her appear in an episode of the family comedy “Eight Is Enough”, another comedy “Fernwood Tonight”, and the drama “James at 16”.

She spent the ‘80s focused on shooting for “Dallas”, but what also marked the decade for her was portraying Secretary in four episodes (1980-1987) of the romantic comedy “The Love Boat”, which was created by Wilford Lloyd Baumes, and which starred Gavin MacLeod and Bernie Kopell. It follows the people travelling on the cruise ship Pacific Princess, aired from 1977 through 1987, and won four of its 25 award nominations.

Charlene appeared in an episode of only a couple of series in the ‘90s, including the documentary thriller “Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories”, the comedy “Night Stand”, and the adventure comedy “The Wonderful World of Disney”.

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She had no TV series roles in the 2000s, then from 2012 through 2014, she portrayed Lucy Ewing in the romantic drama “Dallas”, which starred Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, and was created by David Jacobs and Cynthia Cidre. It’s a continuation of the above mention eponymous soap opera, and the series was nominated for nine awards.

Charlene’s since appeared in only a single TV series, portraying Rhonda in the 2015 episode “The Answer” of the family comedy “The Middle”.

Roles in movies

Charlene’s debut movie role was playing Bambi in the 1976 family fantasy comedy “Freaky Friday”, which starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris, and was directed by Gary Nelson. It follows a mother and her daughter whose personalities have switched for a day, and the film was nominated for three awards. Charlene was then cast to appear in the 1978 comedy “Sweater Girls”, the 1978 sports drama “Big Wednesday”, and the 1979 drama “Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker”.

She had only two movie roles in the ‘80s, portraying Ali in the 1990 musical action “Ragin’ Cajun”, and Edith Hanasain in the 1990 western “Border Shootout”.

In 1991, Charlene played Debbie Claukinski in the family comedy “Problem Child 2”, which starred Michael Oliver and John Ritter, and was directed by Brian Levant. It follows the life of ‘the worst child in the family’, and the film was nominated for two awards. Charlene could then have been seen appearing in the 1992 crime action “Center of the Web”, the 1994 thriller comedy “The Silence of the Hams”, and the 1995 comedy “Favorite Deadly Sins”. In 1996, she portrayed the lead character Gail Davies in the action “Detonator”, which also starred Shannon Bruce and Scott Baio, and was written and directed by Garrett Clancy; it follows the life of a criminal.

Some of Charlene’s most notable performances in the 2000s were perhaps in the 2003 comedy “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star”, the 2007 crime action “Point of Entry”, and the 2010 horror comedy “Paranormal Calamity”.

The year 2015 saw her play Jeanie in the family drama “Lucky Dog”, which starred Boti Bliss and Bryce Johnson, and was written and directed by Michael Feifer; it follows the dogs Amy and Lucky which are in love, but their human owners have now got into a fight.

Some of Charlene’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2020 romantic drama “A Welcome Home Christmas”, the 2021 family fantasy “A Unicorn for Christmas”, and the 2023 romantic comedy “Heaven Sent”.

Other credits

Charlene produced the 1980 short movie “Pale Horse Pale Rider” and the 2004 documentary film “Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork”.

She sang the song “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” in the 1978 episode “Runaway” of the soap opera “Dallas”, the song “Child Stars on Your Television” in the 2003 movie “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” and the song “Charlene” in the 2004 episode “Charlene Tilton” of the series “High Chaparall”.

Charlene received special thanks for the 2007 crime horror movie “Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck”.

Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “Tamron Hall”, “What’s Up Now” and “Entertainment Tonight”.

Awards and nominations

Charlene’s won five awards, including a 1980 Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a TV Series, a 1987 Bambi Jubilee Award and a 2006 TV Land Pop Culture Award, all for her performance in “Dallas”.

She was also nominated for a 1981 Bravo Otto Germany Award for Best Female TV Star and a 1982 Sour Apple Award.

Love life and marriages

Charlene’s been married twice. Her first husband was American actor Johnny Lee, who’s today 77 years old and has only seven acting credits; the two married on 14 February 1982, and Charlene gave birth to their daughter Cherish Lee in the same year, but she and Johnny divorced on 28 June 1984.

On 7 April 1985, Charlene married her second husband, American actor Domenick Allen who’s today 64 years old, and has appeared in 12 movies and TV series; the two divorced in 1992.

She began dating American cinematographer Cheddy Hart in 2001, and the relationship ended when he died from heart failure in December 2009, aged 54.

There are no other men whom Charlene’s been with, that we know about; she’s unattached as of July 2023, has been married twice and has a daughter with her first husband Johnny Lee.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Charlene’s an advocate for autism awareness, and is today an ambassador of the non-profit organization Actors for Autism.

She met the late American actor and movie producer Larry Hagman while attending high school, and she regarded him as her surrogate father; three years after meeting him, aged 17, Charlene was cast to play Larry’s character’s niece in the series “Dallas”. They remained close friends even after she left the series, and was the only cast member to attend his 70th birthday party in September 2001; Larry died from myelodysplastic syndrome on 23 November 2012.

Charlene’s followed by more than 6,000 people on Instagram, but has posted only 24 pictures onto the network.

Charlize Theron’s one of her favorite actresses, and some of her favorite movies include “North Country”, “Young Adult” and “Tully”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Charlene’s age is 64. She has blue eyes and brown hair, is 4ft 11ins (1.5m) tall and weighs around 100lbs (46kgs).

Charlene’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of July 2023.

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