In 1981, Deborah Fox did it dallas debut as Sly Lovegren, J.R.’s ever loyal and eventually longtime secretary at Ewing Oil. The primetime soap opera was her first major Hollywood role, and she remained on the show for the remainder of its run, appearing in 181 episodes in total. Rennard also reprized the character from the 1996 TV movie, Dallas: the return of JR. Today, it’s been 26 years since audiences have seen her as Sly; read on to find out what Rennard has been up to since the iconic series ended.
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After dallasRennard continued to work in Hollywood, landing recurring roles on days of our lives, Directly southand The setting sun on the beachand guest star on shows such as silk trackers, knight foreverand Family law. She also appeared in several films in the 80s and 90s, including land of misfortune and Lionheart (pictured above).
The actor all but disappeared from the screen after his last Family law episode in 2001. Apart from an uncredited role in the 2015 miniseries show me a hero, she was on hiatus from acting until last year, when she returned with a vengeance. Renard appeared in three 2021 films: You can never go home again, Decorate the heartand The Quarrel of families. And this year she did an episode each of FBI: Most Wanted and the original rebooted Law and order.
This month, Rennard shared via an Instagram post that she was filming a “very cool horror/psychological drama” called Appendix for the Hulu streaming service, so it looks like its nearly 20-year hiatus is well over.
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In 1997, Rennard married the filmmaker Paul Hagisbest known for film Accident. They welcomed a son, james, in 1998; as a child, he played small roles in Accident and in 2007 In the Valley of Elah, which Haggis wrote and Rennard co-produced. The couple filed for divorce in 2012, although it wasn’t finalized until 2016.
Although they had been separated for several years at that time, they continued to work together professionally, and Rennard made a statement to Deadline in 2018 in support of her ex-husband, who had been accused of sexual assault by several women. Haggis has denied any wrongdoing and claimed the charges against him were retaliation by the Church of Scientology, which he very publicly left and disavowed. (Scientology has denied such a smear campaign.) Renard, who had been raised in the controversial faith and left alone around the time Haggis did, does not mention the supposed retaliation in her statement, instead speaking of her understanding of Haggis’ character.
As also reported Deadline, Haggis was arrested in Italy in June on another sexual assault report. He has publicly denied the allegation as part of an ongoing investigation by Italian authorities.
During the time when Rennard was not acting, she was involved in the entertainment industry in various ways. She produced, not only on In the Valley of Elah but also on the 1997 series EZ Streets, and she has also been involved in acting, including playwriting. In 2016, his piece For the worst premiered at the New Jersey Repertory Company, and in 2017, Dana Delany performed in a reading of another of his plays, AFTER.
Renard said to a dallas fan site in 2009 of her decision to leave the theater and go backstage, “It wasn’t like I woke up one day and decided not to act anymore. I gradually became less interested in the roles I was getting as an actor and more interested in producing, plus when I had my son I really didn’t want to spend all that time sitting on a set.
According to his LinkedIn, Rennard works with independent company Heretic Films in production and development.
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On top of all that, Renard also sings. And for several years, she has presented a show called “The soundtrack of our lives” with Al Sapienzaof The Sopranos celebrity. They sing songs from their childhood in the 60s and 70s with a full band and also share stories about their life experiences. In a 2021 interview with The Show Without ExcusesRennard explained that she actually found her way to show business first through her love of singing and later by discovering musicals, but that her longtime role in dallas and other projects kept her too busy to really pursue music. She also noted that she didn’t start writing or performing live again until she was 50, when her friend Sapienza learned she could sing and asked her to join him on stage.
“But part of it was this idea that I had nothing to lose,” Rennard explained. “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone because no one expects me to be able to do that! It’s kind of crazy that I’m starting these new careers, so all the pressure just lifted.”