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Linda Gray was the ‘leg double’ in The Graduate

It's among the most famous legs in cinema history... but it doesn't belong to who you think.

'Dallas' star Linda Gray has revealed that she was the 'leg double' for Anne Bancroft in the iconic scene from 'The Graduate' in which Dustin Hoffman eyes up her stocking-clad leg.

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Mrs. Robinson... leg was actually Linda Gray's (Copyright: Rex)

Gray was a model before she turned to acting, but then went on to find fame as Sue Ellen Ewing in the Texan soap opera.

The 72-year-old, who is currently reprising her role in the rebooted 'Dallas', told talk show host Anderson Cooper: “'I think [Anne Bancroft] was absent that day... I don't know. I got paid $25, one leg.”

Gray... reveals all to Anderson Cooper (Copyright: Anderson Live)

Co-star Patrick Duffy, who was also appearing on 'Anderson Live', then chipped in: “I'll give you 50 for that leg right now,” while Cooper added: “It's worth a heck of a lot more than that.”

'The Graduate', directed by Mike Nichols, was Hoffman's breakthrough role, playing college graduate Ben Braddock who is seduced by Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner.

Ben later falls for her daughter Elaine, played by Katherine Ross.

Bancroft, who was married to film director Mel Brooks for 40 years, died of uterine cancer in 2005, aged 73.