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Capricorn Crude - Title of novel written by Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark) who appeared on the prime time serial drama KNOT'S LANDING/CBS/1979-83.

Joan Van Ark as Valene Ewing

 Valene ("Val") was the wife of Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford), an alcoholic member of the wealthy Texas clan of oil barons featured on another prime time serial DALLAS/CBS/1978-91. Her novel was inspired by the antics of her husband's powerful and sometimes ruthless family. 

On episode No. 53. "Living Dangerously" (Originally Aired 4/22/1982) Val's publisher changes the name of her book to "Capricorn Crude" and hires Joe to be the editor. On episode No. 169 "Brothers And Sisters" (Originally Aired 11/13/1986) a studio options "Capricorn Crude" and wants Val to write the script.


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