Charlene Tilton belongs to the realm of TV stars who once dazzled Hollywood. The L.A. native started her career with bit parts in several commercials and TV shows. She later landed the career-defining role of Lucy Ewing in the popular TV series, Dallas. Tilton’s portrayal of the trouble-making sexpot endeared her to millions of fan and has ensured that she will remain evergreen in Hollywood.
Charlene L. Tilton was born on the 1st of December 1958 in San Diego, California. The actress hailed from some less than ideal circumstances. Her father left home even before she was born and she grew up with her mom, Katherine. Her mom meanwhile suffered from some mental health challenges and this left the young girl isolated and lonely. Tilton thus grew up watching family-oriented sitcoms, such as The Brady Bunch and wishing that she had a family like that.
Charlene Tilton spent her formative years in Hollywood and attended Hollywood High School. She took part in several productions put up by the school and increasingly fell in love with acting. She thereafter decided to make a career in that field.
Movies and TV Shows
Charlene Tilton made her Hollywood debut with an appearance in an episode of the TV series, Happy Days, in 1976. She thereafter landed minor parts in several productions including the ABC comedy/drama series, Eight is Enough. The Hollywood native got her big break in 1978 when she landed a part on the TV series, Dallas.
Dallas revolved around the shenanigans of a wealthy and greedy oil tycoon named J. R. Ewing, and Tilton played the role of his niece, Lucy. Lucy Ewing had a reputation for being a troublesome teenager and was notorious for her escapades with the opposite sex. The show ran from 1978 to 1991 and Tilton was a series regular during the first eight seasons. She, however, took a three-year hiatus from the show before making a triumphant comeback in 1988.
The Hollywood native would go on to remain on the show till its ending in 1991. Since Dallas ended, Charlene Tilton has gone on to appear in other TV series including Knots Landing, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and Laverne & Shirley. She has also appeared in movies such as Freaky Friday, Sweater Girls, Big Wednesday, Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Law at Randado, Problem Child 2, and For Parents Only. You will also find her in Deadly Bet, Center of the Web, The Silence of the Hams, Totally Blonde, Sarah’s Choice, Lucky Dog, Hemmingway Vengeance: A Love Story, Edge of Salvation, and Doctor Spine.
What’s Charlene Tilton’s Net Worth?
Tilton has a net worth of $2 million and this largely stems from her career earnings as an actress. The Dallas star also earned a good sum from the commercials that she did for several companies including workout equipment manufacturer, Abdomizer.
Charlene Tilton is one lady who believes in using her time, resources and star power to support worthy causes. The actress is an ambassador for Actors for Autism. This is a non-profit outlet through which Hollywood actors provide acting and improv classes for autistic individuals.
Her Husband and Daughter
Charlene Tilton has been married, and divorced, on two occasions. Her first marriage was to famed country singer, Johnny Lee. Tilton first met Lee in 1979 during the shooting of the film, Urban Cowboy. They dated for some years and got married in 1982. The couple’s union lasted for two years during which they welcomed a daughter named Cherish Lee. They later divorced in 1984 and the actress disclosed that the breakup was due to a lack of communication as well as third party influences.
Tilton’s next marriage was to Glasgow-born entertainer, Domenick Allen, in 1985. The union lasted for seven years and the couple called it quits in 1992. Since this second divorce, Tilton is yet to remarry. She was however in a long-term relationship with a cinematographer, Cheddy Hart. They commenced their romance in 2001 and remained together until Hart’s demise in 2009.
Where Is Charlene Tilton Now?
Charlene Tilton is based in her native California and is still doing what she loves best. In recent years, the Dallas star has appeared on TV shows such as Saturday Night Live as well as Dancing On Ice. Dancing On Ice is a popular British ice-skating show, and Tilton competed on the 2012 edition of the show. She was paired up with American professional figure-skater, Matthew Gonzalez, and they recorded a decent run on the show.
Charlene also reprised her unforgettable role of Lucy Ewing during TNT’s revival of the iconic series, Dallas, in 2012. The revival brought back several of the original cast members as well as a new generation of stars.