“I read the description of Lucy which was 'a manipulative little sexpot,' immediately I felt I wanted to do the part so I snuck into the studio everyday for two weeks until I got the part. There was a vulnerability to the character that I saw and I played that, as it was written she was just mean and nasty."
Charlene played Lucy from the series premiere in 1978 for eight season, until May 1985. She returned for the last two episodes of Season 11 and for Season 12. She left the show the second time because she felt the producers weren't utilizing her character.
Charlene said she was hurt and disappointed when Lucy wasn't included in the reunion shows.
During “Dallas” Charlene also remained busy with other projects; she appeared in episodes of “Laverne & Shirley,” “Fantasy Island,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
After “Dallas,” Charlene recorded music as a singer, releasing a dance single, “C'est La Vie,” a No. 1 hit in Germany. And she appeared as herself in “Married... With Children,” spoofing herself as a spokesperson for the Abdominizer.
Charlene was offered the role of Rizzo in “Grease” during the 1990s, but she declined the role because her daughter Cherish was just starting high school.
Charlene has reprised her role as Lucy Ewing Cooper in the new “Dallas” series, airing in 2012 on TNT.