Linda Blair

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Linda Blair

Born

1/22/1959, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Birth Name

Linda Denise Blair

Gender

Female
8.4
out of 10
User Rating
21 votes

Biography

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Linda Blair was born on 22 January 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri. She began her career as a child, with a regular role on the 1968-69 soap Hidden Faces. In 1970, she made her first theatrical film appearance in The Way We Live Now, and in 1974 she…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Linda was nominated for a TV Land Award for blockbuster movie of the week for the movie Born Innocent in 2006.

    • Linda has her own myspace.

    • Linda's first film was The Sporting Club.

    • Linda received a pony when she was ten years old.

    • Linda has one brother named Jimmy and one sister named Debbie.

    • Linda decided to take the role of Regan in The Exorcist because the money would allow her to take horseback riding lessons.

    • Linda was chosen from 600 applicants to play the role of Regan in The Exorcist.

    • As a child, Linda wanted to be a veterinarian.

    • Linda won a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress in the movie The Exorcist in 1974.

    • Linda won the Presidential Fitness Award when she was a teenager.

    • Linda wears a size 6 1/2 shoe.

    • Measurements: 34C-24-34

    • Linda moved to Westport, Connecticut when she was just two years old.

    • Linda is the daughter of James and Elinore Blair.

    • Linda is 5 feet 2 inches tall.

    • Linda walks a mile with her horse and dogs every day. All of her pets were rescued, and once considered 'throwaways' that she owns. Her love of animals goes back to her early childhood when she was an avid reader of animal books, her favorite being The Black Stallion series.

    • Linda's spine was wrecked while filming The Exorcist, the equipment came loose that made her do all those wild movements on the bed. As she was whipped back and forth and lashed all over the place, the loose equipment kept slamming her in the back. She also credit accidents that happened on horseback, and a dirtbike accident as contributing factors to her chronic back problems.

    • Linda delivered her most persuasive adult performance to date as a trashy sweater girl similar of 1950s 'B' movie heroines like Beverly Michaels and Mamie Van Doren in Savage Streets.

    • Linda dated Wings Hauser after they met on the set of Bedroom Eyes II in 1990, their romance lasted about four years.

    • Linda authored a book about Veaganism, titling it Going Vegan!.

    • Linda has been awarded numerous awards for her work with P.E.T.A, lending her name to many of their causes.

    • Linda is a believer in homeopathic medicine over western practices, and is a strict Vegan.

    • Linda owns her own clothing line called Linda Blair's Wild West Collection.

    • Linda took to the stage in 1997, for a revival of the smash hit Grease, earning herself worldwide critical acclaim.

    • Linda has been an animal advocate for many years, active in charitable work to help prevent cruelty to animals with her own 'Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation'.

    • Linda made an uncredited cameo appearance in the box office smash hit Scream in 1996.

    • Linda decided to reprise her Exorcist role in 1990 in a spoof film called Repossessed. The film was not a hit.

    • Linda became involved in a romantic relationship with singer Rick James in the 1980s. The affair was a passionate one, but she had to leave him when she could no longer handle his drug addiction. She wasn't supposed to be around drugs, as a condition of her probation terms on a prior arrest, he was compromising her freedom.

    • Linda's acting career fell into a slump in the 1980s. She appeared in a few minor roles, mostly with a horror or slapstick/parody theme. As a result, she returned her focus back to her first love, horses. She began riding and showing again, competing under aliases in showjumping events and winning numerous equestrian competitions.

    • Linda was arrested in December of 1977 for conspiring to buy and distribute cocaine and amphetamines. She eventually plead guilty to the possession charges and was fined. She also was placed on three years of court probation, instructed to appear in several ant-drug public service announcements on television, and ordered into a nine month drug rehabilitation program.

    • Linda struggled with an uncontrollable weight gain in the mid 1970s, that was finally attributed to a hormone deficiency that once corrected, the weight disappeared.

    • Linda appeared in quite a few controversial movie roles, such as Sarah T...Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, and Born Free.

    • Linda became romantically involved with pop superstar Rick Springfield when she was 15 years old and he was 25. Despite the ten year age difference, and the fact that she was a minor, Linda moved in with him.

    • Linda was up for the lead in The Exorcist against Pamelyn Ferdin, a well-known actress with very similar looks. Pamelyn had already appeared in Star Trek, The Odd Couple and Night Gallery, so when the director decided to go with an unknown actress, the part of Reagan went to Linda.

    • Linda had plans on becoming a physician, but instead accepted the lead role in The Exorcist because the money that she would earn would finance her horsemanship, her true passion.

    • Linda began her career at the age of five in Westport, Connecticut, modeling and acting in television commercials. She appeared in one for Gulden's Mustard that ran for years.

    • Linda was ranked #36 on VH1's list of The 100 Greatest Kid Stars.

    • Linda's frightening portrayal of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist, was ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.

    • Linda did all of her own skating in the 1979 film Roller Boogie and consequently developed bursitis in her hip.

    • Linda received death threats after the 1973 film The Exorcist premiered. Warner Brothers, the studio which released the film, hired police officers to live with the Blair family for 6 months.

    • Linda had appeared in 75 commercials and hundreds of magazine catalogues by the time she was 12.

  • Quotes

    • Linda: I had worked in New York since I was 7 doing commercials. That didn't prepare anybody for being launched into so called world fame.

    • Linda: I skated when I was very young, and I trained for nearly six weeks. It was hard.

    • Linda: I was the professional that I had been taught to be my whole life. You do what you are told to do, plain and simple. I didn't like it, but didn't say anything. I didn't like the content of The Exorcist, I didn't want to be the monster.

    • Linda: I had planned to retire when I was 13, I wanted to be a veterinarian.

    • Linda: Kids shouldn't see all the violence they do these days. But the industry just doesn't care.

    • Linda: It was always very strange for me when I was young and would meet someone who geniunely seemed to be afraid of me. They couldn't quite separate me from the monster I became in The Exorcist, and the little girl they were looking at.

    • Linda: You wouldn't believe how often people ask me to make my head spin around.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Linda Blair Review.

    9.7
    Unfortunately, I was unable to view the episode of Linda Blair on \\\"Supernatural\\\" however, I have had the opportunity to meet her when she was in Houston several years ago. She was so down-to-earth and had a very accessible personality, I felt after several minutes that we had been friends forever. I don\\\'t know if everyone gets that feeling when they get to Put their arms around a star, but boy I sure did. Linda told me that she didn\\\'t really feel that films and television was her biggest and foremost concern right now, she has put her career on hold and make at least a gues appearance now and then. Although she has done a couple of films that I am looking for to seeing. \\\"All is normal\\\" is the latest film I am waiting to see. Keep going Linda, You ARE making a difference in the world.!.moreless
  • It's a damn shame she doesn't act as much anymore.

    10
    Linda Blair. What can I say? I've seen a handful of her films and thought she was a good actress but the Exorcist converted me over to being one of her biggest fans. Her extreme portrayal of talent at such a young age was mind boggling. She gave one of the best onscreen performances not just by a child actor but any actor ever! She was so moving,beautiful,emotinal,and heart breaking in The Exorcist. That film is the best film of all time...at true masterpeice with a chilling plot, real locations, wonderful music,daring speical effects and the top notch acting of Linda Blair.moreless
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