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Cathy Podewell (born January 26, 1964, Evanston, Illinois) is an American actress. She is best remembered for her role as Cally Harper Ewing on Dallas from 1988 to 1991, in which she played the second wife of J.R. Ewing (played by series star Larry Hagman).
Her first acting job was in the 1988 horror film Night of the Demons. She also had guest appearances on such TV shows as Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills, 90210, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Growing Pains. It was during her tenure on Growing Pains that Hagman recommended her for a role on Dallas.
In high school, she was a member of the marching band and a cheerleader. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in drama and dance and was featured in such plays as No, No, Nanette and Jules Feiffer's Hold Me. She spends part of each summer as a volunteer counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp in Northern California.
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