Gayle Hunniccut Sherlock Holmes
Gayle Hunnicutt as Irene Adler on the British TV series "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1984). She appears as Vannessa Beaumont in the CBS-TV nighttime soap opera series "Dallas".
Gayle Hunnicutt
General Information
Gender: Female
Born: (1943-02-06) February 6, 1943 (age 75)
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (second series)
Appeared as: Vanessa Beaumont
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
13 in Seasons 12-14

Gayle Hunnicutt (born February 6, 1943) played the recurring role of Vanessa Beaumont, an old flame of J.R. Ewing, in the CBS-TV series Dallas for thirteen episodes from seasons 12 to 14.


Gayle was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She studied at the University of California, where she majored in Theatre Studies and English. Soon after graduation, Gayle began receiving roles in urban theaters of Los Angeles. Almost simultaneously, Gayle was began appearing in guest roles on numerous TV series.

Soon thereafter, Gayle left the USA with then husband David Hemmings in 1970, and began primarily appearing in European TV series and film productions. Able to use the finer range of her acting. She had a notable role as Charlotte Stant, in Jack Pulman's 1972 TV adaptation of Henry James's novel The Golden Bowl. She played Lionel's wife in The Legend of Hell House (1973) and Tsarina Alexandra in Fall of Eagles (1974). . At this time, she also appeared in American television shows, such as The Love Boat , Taxi, Fantasy Island, and Wikipedia:Matt Houston:Matt Houston.

Gayle assumed the role of Irene Adler in the movie A Scandal in Bohemia (1984) , the first episode of the British-Canadian Granada Television network series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-94).

She returned to the United States in 1989, where she played the role of Vanessa Beaumont in the CBS-TV series Dallas until its final season in 1991.

In 2012, Gayle was featured in an episode of the HGTV reality show Selling London. It followed her during the sale of her Primrose Hill Victorian house and her subsequent purchase of an English country property to be close to her grandchildren.

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