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Dora Mae in ‘Dallas’ was 77 years old

Pat Colbert, who played the elegant hostess and manager of the Oil Baron’s Club, Dora Mae, in the last eight seasons of the CBS primetime soap opera. Dallashas passed away. He was 77 years old.

Colbert died June 23 at his home in Compton, his sister Tami Colbert said. The Hollywood ReporterHe had suffered three strokes in the past decade.

Colbert also played the wife of Bill Cosby’s character in the unfortunate 1987 spy spoof. Leonard part 6 (1987) and appeared in episodes of Benson, The scapegoat, Sisters and True colors.

In 1980-81, Colbert was one of the working girls at the roadhouse run by Lute-Mae Sanders (Stella Stevens) on the prime-time NBC soap opera. Flamenco paththat as Dallas wine from Lorimar Productions.

She appeared in the two-hour pilot and reappeared during the first season, but her character was written out in the second season when the network, under pressure from the Rev. Donald Wildmon, who as head of the Coalition for Better Television called Flamenco path “the most rotten program on television”—turned the brothel into a respectable supper club.

However, Lorimar would put Colbert back to work and she would appear in 67 episodes of Dallas From 1983 to 1991 (beginning with an uncredited role in the sixth season) he served as host of the Oil Baron’s Club, an upmarket restaurant located in a skyscraper that was a favorite hangout for the Ewing family and their associates. (The venue was modeled after the Dallas Petroleum Club, a real-life members-only venue.)

“As the only recurring African-American character on the series, Dora Mae never had a story, because Dallas “She never tried to pretend to be anything more than the saga of the Ewing family, but she played the role with grace and intelligence,” said Shaun Chang of the Hill Place film and television blog. The thr.

“The main characters and the show itself treated her with respect and without any sense of condescension. Dallas “It had a lot of recurring supporting characters that helped create a sense of community for a show set in a major city, and Dora Mae was part of the fabric of the series.”

Sandra Patricia Colbert was born in Los Angeles on January 16, 1947. Her father, LeRoy, was a construction worker (he built the house the family would live in) and her mother, Eula, was a homemaker who also worked in foster care.

Colbert attended Centennial High School in Compton and then went on to college and worked as a model for department store print campaigns and as a fashion consultant before becoming an actress.

Her resume also includes a role as a nurse in Blake Edwards’ film. SOB (1981) and work in Capitolhe Dallas cleave Landing knots, Thom and Dusty Go to Mexico: The Lost Treasure (2014) and If it were not for his grace (2015).

In addition to his sister, he is survived by his other siblings, Aaron and Johnetta, and his son, Michael.