Charlene Tilton, a Dallas star, reveals her ‘tumultuous’ childhood with a mentally ill mother and an absent father.

“I’m a believer. I don’t wallow in self-pity,” the 64-year-old actress adds.

Charlene Tilton was one of the most famous faces of the 1980s as J.R. Ewing’s scheming niece Lucy on Dallas — her 1981 TV wedding on the top-rated nighttime soap drew 65 million viewers, she appeared on more than 500 magazine covers, and she was a regular on famous game shows like Match Game with Betty White.

Nevertheless, behind the scenes, Tilton was dealing with the pain of a complex background and trying to aid her mentally ill mother, a secret she maintained even from Dallas co-stars like Larry Hagman.