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1989: The End of 'Dynasty'
May 11, 2012  | By Christy Slewinski
 
This day in 1989 marked the last telecast of Dynasty, ABC's answer to the CBS success, Dallas. The opulent prime-time soap centered around the Carringtons — oil baron Blake (John Forsythe) and his trophy wife, Krystle (Linda Evans) — and Blake's ex-wife, Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins).

During its eight-year run, Dynasty added its share of footnotes to TV history. It was the first prime-time drama to prominently feature a gay main character, (Blake's and Alexis' son, Steven). It also boasted unprecedented guest stars such as former President and Mrs. Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger.

Off-screen, controversy swirled when it came to light that actor Rock Hudson, who had a recurring role on the show as Krystle's lover, Daniel Reece, had failed to disclose he was infected with the AIDS virus before performing kissing scenes with Evans. The revelation — fueled by misinformation and a lack of knowledge about the disease — caused a stir in Hollywood, making many wary of both on-screen and social contact.

On a lighter note, Dynasty will also be remembered for its spectacular, ratings-grabbing catfights between Krystle and Alexis, and other female characters:




 
 
 
 
 
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