10 Big Valley Facts

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10 Big Valley Facts

Post by BuckAndCochise » Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:30 pm

Because why not.

10) The only real ages known in the entire series were Audra and Heath's. In A Day of Terror, Audra is 19 and in the series opener Palms of Glory, Heath is 24.

9) There is some truth about a cast member in one episode. In By Fires Unseen Victoria mentions that Jarrod nearly died from Pneumonia at age 6, something that happened to Richard Long in real life which leads to number eight.

8) Ever wondered why Jarrod always got knocked out so much? Well due to having a weak heart caused by the Pneumonia as well as a heart attack in 1957, Richard Long couldn't do as much stunt work as the rest of his castmates so instead of having a double do all the work, it was just easier to have him get knocked out and lay there.

7) The role of Nick Barkley was written specifically for Peter Breck while Barbara Stanwyck had a hand in picking who would portray her eldest son. Nick and Jarrod were meant to be complete opposites in almost every way possible, their voices especially, and Stanwyck, who had worked with Long thirteen years prior, suggested him. Nick was loud and Jarrod was always quiet much like Breck and Long were in real life.

6) Lee Majors had worked as a stuntman before landing his role as Heath so most of the stunts that Heath does is Lee Majors himself.

5) Recognize the horses? You should! If you watched any Western at the time, all the horses had come from the exact same ranch.

4) Barbara Stanwyck had the role of Victoria Barkley changed from a damsel in distress to the BA mother we all know that could fight, shoot, and ride as good if not better than any of her sons.

3) The show was based loosely on The Hill Ranch near Stockton. The patriarch of the family, Lawson Hill, was murdered in 1861 and his wife, Euphemia, became the head of the ranch where she ran it with her one daughter and three sons.

2) Linda Evans was so nervous before her first scene, Barbara Stanwyck stood behind her and just as Evans went to walk through the door, Stanwyck kicked her in the butt, saying that that was definitely presence that was needed

1) Lee Majors beat out thousands of men for the role of Heath including Burt Reynolds. He had went to a small church and prayed before his audition and once he discovered he had gotten the role, he went back to the same church and thanked God for allowing him to get the part.
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Post by ellen » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:21 pm

BuckAndCochise wrote:
8) Ever wondered why Jarrod always got knocked out so much? Well due to having a weak heart caused by the Pneumonia as well as a heart attack in 1957, Richard Long couldn't do as much stunt work as the rest of his castmates so instead of having a double do all the work, it was just easier to have him get knocked out and lay there.
I think also it would have been out of character for Jarrod to be brawling like his brother Nick, so this makes a lot of sense!

He was born in 1927, so he was 29 or 30 when he had that first heart attack. (I checked Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Long_(actor) ) With such a weak heart, I was surprised to also see that he was a heavy smoker and drinker. Live hard, die young, and leave a good lookin' corpse.
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Post by BuckAndCochise » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:14 pm

ellen wrote:
BuckAndCochise wrote:
8) Ever wondered why Jarrod always got knocked out so much? Well due to having a weak heart caused by the Pneumonia as well as a heart attack in 1957, Richard Long couldn't do as much stunt work as the rest of his castmates so instead of having a double do all the work, it was just easier to have him get knocked out and lay there.
I think also it would have been out of character for Jarrod to be brawling like his brother Nick, so this makes a lot of sense!

He was born in 1927, so he was 29 or 30 when he had that first heart attack. (I checked Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Long_(actor) ) With such a weak heart, I was surprised to also see that he was a heavy smoker and drinker. Live hard, die young, and leave a good lookin' corpse.
Ain't no telling. I have a personal opinion as to that but I don't think it'd be right to say it here.

And I agree although when Jarrod got mad enough it was an unpleasant thing for everyone involved!
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Post by littlejoenice » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:07 pm

Cool facts! I especially like the last one.
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Post by daisy60 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:17 pm

I believe it was Richard Long's heart that was the reason for his early death. That is funny about Barbara Stanwych kicking Linda Evens in the behind!
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Post by PJudith » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:42 pm

Sad that Richard Long died so young. He had a bad heart. From what I read about him, it may have run in the family. His father died fairly young. And his own son died when he was about fifty from the same heart condition. Some people like to attribute it to smoking but I think genetics plays a big role. We've had a number of heavy smokers in our family who died of old age in their late seventies or eighties. No heart attacks.

Did you know that Richard Long's first wife was a cousin ofLucille Ball? Suzan Ball. She went to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. She was diagnosed with tumors in her leg and it was amputated. She and Richard Long married, but she died about a year later at the age of twenty-one. He sure had a lot of tragedy in his brief life. Still so handsome though!
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Re: 10 Big Valley Facts

Post by littlejoenice » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:00 pm

PJudith wrote:Sad that Richard Long died so young. He had a bad heart. From what I read about him, it may have run in the family. His father died fairly young. And his own son died when he was about fifty from the same heart condition. Some people like to attribute it to smoking but I think genetics plays a big role. We've had a number of heavy smokers in our family who died of old age in their late seventies or eighties. No heart attacks.

Did you know that Richard Long's first wife was a cousin ofLucille Ball? Suzan Ball. She went to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. She was diagnosed with tumors in her leg and it was amputated. She and Richard Long married, but she died about a year later at the age of twenty-one. He sure had a lot of tragedy in his brief life. Still so handsome though!
i didn't know that! That's quite interesting. Still, so sad, though. I'm glad, though, that he didn't let it affect his acting. It would've been horrible!
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Post by BuckAndCochise » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:07 pm

PJudith wrote: Did you know that Richard Long's first wife was a cousin ofLucille Ball? Suzan Ball. She went to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. She was diagnosed with tumors in her leg and it was amputated. She and Richard Long married, but she died about a year later at the age of twenty-one. He sure had a lot of tragedy in his brief life. Still so handsome though!
Just from something I had read in an old. OLD. magazine article, I think that she was the love of his life and when she died, he just stopped caring.

Oh and another lol bit of material, RL hated watching TV. Didn't like it yet that's where all his success came from.
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