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Actress Charlene Tilton Talks About Her Time In Foster Care

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Who can forget the golden locks of Lucy Ewing? She was the pretty petite blond on the hit series "Dallas" in the 80's and 90's.  The actress who played the teen Ewing, Charlene Tilton, says found inspiration from her time in foster care.

Tilton took time to talk about this dark chapter in her life. She shared it with a teen girl currently in foster care at Doris Bergman's 6th Annual Valentine and Oscar Style Suite and Lounge at Fig and Olive Restaurant in West Hollywood. She gave Harmony a big hug and words of encouragement. She talked about her own journey of going from foster home to foster home. She describes her mother as severely mentally ill. She remembers deciding as a child that she could never depend on anyone.

Tilton was "in the system" at the age of six to nine. She was living in a foster home in the Midwest when she fell in love with acting. She says that chapter of her life gave her a strength and inner survival. She wasn't afraid of the rejection that came with auditioning. At 17 years old, and 4'11, Tilton got the role of a lifetime. Dallas became a long-running primetime soap that featured a feuding family in Texas, led by Larry Hagman.  TNT airs a modern version of Dallas in which Tilton guest stars. Her acting career continues with movies on Lifetime and The Hallmark Channel.

Tilton tears up as she talks about believing that God has a plan for every child. It's a message she wants to convey to kids in foster care.

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