"He and Bo Hopkins, who was there that summer as well and went on to fame in Hollywood as well, used to always laugh about their playhouse days when they would see each other in L.A."
Henson says Majors asked about her father and expressed condolences.
"He asked about the playhouse and was happy to hear that it was doing so well. Of course we asked him to come back and star in a play and he said 'Maybe, you never know,'" Henson says. "He seemed more interested in appearing in one of (filmmaker) Robby's (Henson, Holly Henson's brother) movies, and laughed and said for Robby to 'call him.'"
"Lee will be appearing in a film coming out - I think he said by the producers of 'Animal House' - that will spoof some 1970s TV stars. And he might be hosting a show on Discovery Channel about medical - bionic - breakthroughs," she says.
Majors looked wonderful, was in great shape, drank only water and ate healthily at the dinner, Henson says.
He was sent to live with relatives in Kentucky
She adds he was gracious and told many stories about his life that most people don't know. For example, after his parents deaths, he was sent to live with relatives in Kentucky.
"He clearly has strong loyalty to family and keeps his personal life very private," Henson notes. "He has been married to Faith for 11 years and they appear very much in love. She is a beautiful woman who does print modeling on the side but was very adamant that 'her marriage comes first.' They are nice to watch together - he pulls out the chair for her, she watches over what he eats - just like any other couple.
"Faith talked about taking nephews to Disneyland and they were both clearly into family life. Lee's son went to EKU, where I believe he graduated. So obviously Kentucky roots and sensibilities are important to him."
Henson adds Majors seemed "grounded and preferred a simple lifestyle of family and not too much fuss made over him."
"He was quiet but easy to talk to, ready with a joke or a memory. He seemed to love being back and being a part of EKU's commencement celebration. I think he has very fond memories of EKU. It obviously meant a great deal to him. He has held on to his Kentucky heritage."
Her mother, Charlotte, and she left a gift package with the "Summerstock" documentary, history books and Majors' old PR shots with him.
"He signed his playhouse PR shots, so we have something new to show on our 'Wall of Fame' at the Playhouse. And when we said good-bye, he hugged my mother and called her 'Mom.'"