On the few social occasions that I had a chin-wag with Larry Hagman, he talked not at all about his acting career, not much about the renown of his birthright -- a reference or two to his mother, Mary Martin -- and a great deal about renewable energy and living “off the grid.”
Yep, the man whose TV career was founded on oil -- first thanks to that fetching genie living in an ancient oil lamp and then as a Texas petroleum tycoon -- was a devotee of alternative energy.
At a lively dinner in Brentwood and then at a couple of New Year’s events in Ojai, where Hagman had what Texans would call a small “spread” of 42 acres, he described ardently to me how how he and his wife, Maj, had outfitted their property to be as self-sufficient and energy independent as possible. He had a couple of hybrid cars, and this was maybe a dozen years ago, when, if you said you drove a Prius, people said, “a what?”
He clearly took pride in being able to run a self-sustaining operation, even having factored in his own water supply and water conservation on his property.