Actor Larry Hagman became famous for his fun roles on “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” But his daughter says Hagman definitely had a dark side.
And Kristina Hagman wrote all about it in her book “The Eternal Party: Understanding My Dad, Larry Hagman, the TV Star America Loved to Hate.” According to the Daily Mail, Kristina uncovered the truth about her parents’ marriage. Hagman’s wife was the Swedish fashion designer Maj Axelsson.
“Dad had lovers like this – people we all knew, people who were a part of our lives who regularly had dinner with family but were also his special intimate friends,” Kristina wrote.
She explained that Hagman took special glee in keeping secrets. He looked up to a Texas oil tycoon named HL Hunt, who secretly had a family with 14 children that came out after he died.
“Dad liked secrets,” she added. “Secrets made him feel powerful and in control.”
“Dallas” Star Larry Hagman’s Cheating Emerged After His Death
After Hagman died, the extent of his infidelity began to come out, as did more details about the wild parties he threw at his home in Malibu.
Kristina recounted that after her father’s death, Hagman’s lovers turned up in Dallas and Los Angeles to mourn Hagman. They also reportedly told Kristina that Hagman had been the most significant man in their lives.
But Kristina had never challenged her father about his affairs during his life. She said Hagman was on a joyride she couldn’t interrupt.
“He was such a good bullsh—-r,” she wrote. “He was so good at making things up that I never knew what was real and true and what was not.”
Hagman Had a Mean Side
Hagman reportedly had a mean, angry side. He would eject longtime friends from their inner circle, blaming the decision on his wife. Kristina said he was using Axelsson “to hide his own anger or sudden distrust of people they had become close to.”
Hagman’s parties were epic. They featured an open bar, an indoor Jacuzzi and a disco ball. They also included a giant stained glass window with psychedelic flowers, mushrooms and butterflies.
“Almost everyone who ever walked through our door was someone I saw wet and naked before they left our house,” Kristina explained.
There were plenty of drugs as well as alcohol at the parties. And some people tried to take advantage of the bacchanalian atmosphere.
“People roamed around the house at all times of the day and night, and as I approached puberty, I learned to tell drunk and stoned men of every kind to get out of my room,” Kristina added.
In the end, Kristina reportedly heard her father ask for forgiveness. And after her turbulent childhood, there was apparently plenty to forgive.