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'Dallas' Star Larry Hagman Had Multiple Affairs While His Wife Maj Axelsson Devoted Her Life To Making Him Happy

Date December 13, 2019

Larry Hagman's wife used to be Maj Axelsson. The Dallas actor and his beloved partner were married for nearly six decades. The couple welcomed two children: Heidi Kristina who was born in 1958 and Preston who arrived four years later.

Before landing his famous role as J.R Ewing in the soap opera Dallas, Larry appeared in I Dream of Jeanie. His role in Dallas endeared him to millions of fans as people adored his portrayal of the notoriously conniving character. However, both major roles were responsible for shooting him to worldwide limelight.

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Larry's successful acting career meant that he was soon recognized as the most influential TV actors of all time. And in 2012, he reprised his role as J.R Ewing in the reboot of Dallas. His career basically thrived but there were some issues with his personal life that only came to light after his death.

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Larry Hagman's complicated marriage

For many years, fans of the actor believed he had a stable and enviable marriage, but it wasn't really so.

The actor's daughter, Kristina, penned a book titled The Eternal Party: Understanding My Dad, Larry Hagman, the TV Star America Loved to Hate, where she gave an insight into her parents' marriage.

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Larry Hagman and Maj Axelsson were together for 58 years but it was not the ideal marriage that they portrayed to the world. In the book, Kristina wrote that her father loved secrets and one of his best-kept ones included the many lovers he had despite being a married man.

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In an excerpt from the book provided by DailyMail, Kristina narrated how she didn't even know the extent of her father's infidelities until after his passing in 2012 when many of his past lovers came out to reveal their relationship.

According to his daughter, Maj devoted her life to making her husband happy. And while he spoke glowingly about her to the press, he wasn't exactly the most loving husband in private.

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During an interview with TheGuardian, Larry once revealed that he considered himself lucky in this marriage

Meeting Maj, who is Swedish, 58 years ago was the best thing that happened to me. I was a US serviceman, based in the UK; she was working here as a clothing designer. We waited four years before trying for a family.

In that interview, he also confirmed that his wife had Alzheimer's.

Larry Hagman and wife Maj Azelsoon's death

In 2012, news broke that Larry Hagman passed away at the age of 81 after suffering complications from cancer.

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About four years later, reports circulated that Maj had died as well. She passed away in May 2016 at the age of 88.

Based on Kristina's tale about their family, the couple had an untraditional marriage but somehow, Maj stayed by her husband's side until his death. She chose to forgive and remain married to him despite his affairs. In her own way, it did show her strong devotion to her marriage and her vows.

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