Linda Blair

Actor, Model
At the age of 13, actress Linda Blair found herself starring in one of the most influential films of all time and nominated for an Academy Award for her work in "The Exorcist" (1973), only to be typecast as a result of ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1959 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

An Affair of the Heart 2012 (Movie)

(Herself)

Pit Boss 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Supernatural 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Kid Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Scariest Places on Earth 2000 - 2002, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Tippi Hedren 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

S Club 7 in Hollywood 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN's Conspiracy Zone With Kevin Nealon 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rick Springfield: Behind the Image 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: Bell-Bottoms and Boogie Shoes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Scariest Places on Earth 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

He's Having a Baby 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Linda Blair: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen of the Whole Wide World 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gang Boys 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prey of the Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

Lt Cody Johnson (Actor)

Scream 1996 (Movie)

Obnoxious Reporter (Actor)

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Blast 1994 (Movie)

Professor Claudia Whyle (Actor)

Skins 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fatal Bond 1991 (Movie)

Leonie Stevens (Actor)

Fifteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Phone 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chilling 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bedroom Eyes II 1990 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Dead Sleep 1990 (Movie)

Maggie Healey (Actor)

Grotesque 1990 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Monsters 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Repossessed 1990 (Movie)

Nancy Aglet (Actor)

America Picks the All-Time Favorite Movies 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bail Out 1989 (Movie)

Nettie Ridgeway (Actor)

Moving Target 1989 (Movie)

Dr Sally Tyler (Actor)

Up Your Alley 1989 (Movie)

Vickie Adderly (Actor)

Witchcraft 1989 (Movie)

Jane Brooks (Actor)

Zapped Again 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Blood 1988 (Movie)

Evie Barnes (Actor)

Silent Assassins 1987 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Nightforce 1986 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

On Top All Over the World 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Patrol 1984 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

Red Heat 1984 (Movie)

Christine Carlson (Actor)

Savage Island 1984 (Movie)

Daly (Actor)

Savage Streets 1984 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Chained Heat 1982 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Hell Night 1980 (Movie)

Marti Gaines (Actor)

Roller Boogie 1979 (Movie)

Terry Barkley (Actor)

Stranger in Our House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Horse Hank 1979 (Movie)

Hank Bradford (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 (Movie)

Regan MacNeil (Actor)

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Janice Abbott (Actor)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

Regan (Actor)

The Sporting Club 1970 (Movie)

Barby (Actor)

The Way We Live Now 1969 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

16th Annual Genesis Awards (TV Show)

Actor

Born Innocent (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Faces (TV Show)

Actor

Monster Makers (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Comedy (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Hostage (TV Show)

Actor

Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Gang Boys 1997 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Grotesque 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (1)

Nightforce 1986 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Biography

At the age of 13, actress Linda Blair found herself starring in one of the most influential films of all time and nominated for an Academy Award for her work in "The Exorcist" (1973), only to be typecast as a result of the role that made her a star. Not only did "The Exorcist" launch Blair's career, it also redefined the horror film genre and perpetuated a cultural fascination with demonic possession. It also made such an indelible impression on audiences that it became difficult for her to be accepted in roles other than those of the quintessential girl in danger. Early works in this vein bore critical fruit, such as "Born Innocent" (NBC, 1974) and "Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic" (NBC, 1975). Then came the disastrous sequel "Exorcist II: The Heretic" (1977), followed by the ill-advised attempt at a course correction with "Roller Boogie" (1979). With subsequent, and increasingly exploitative efforts such as "Chained Heat" (1983) and "Savage Streets" (1984), it seemed Blair's cinematic destiny was sealed. A much publicized arrest on drug charges - later dropped - combined with erotic thrillers such as "Bedroom Eyes II" (1989) did not help matters. Still, a chance to perform on Broadway in a revival of "Grease," and animal rescue work with her own non-profit organization helped to balance out some of the earlier, regrettable film choices. A mixed blessing to be sure, Blair's participation in "The Exorcist" provided her with a fame that, while limited, allowed her to pursue other more personal interests and work steadily throughout a lengthy career.

Relationships

James Blair

Father

Elinore Blair

Mother
died 1994

Wings Hauser Actor

Companion
met when they worked together on "Bedroom Eyes II" (1990) got together about six months after the shoot was over no longer together (c. 1994)

Rick Springfield Actor

Companion
together from c. 1973 to 1975

Milestones

1997

Appeared as Rizzo in the Broadway revival of "Grease"

1996

Reunited with director Craven for a cameo appearance as an obnoxious reporter in "Scream"

1989

First collaboration with director Chuck Vincent on "Bad Blood" (later worked with him on "Bedroom Eyes II" 1990)

1983

Delivered her most persuasive adult performance to date as a tawdry, delightfully trashy sweater girl reminiscent of 1950s B heroines like Beverly Michaels and Mamie Van Doren in "Savage Streets"

1978

Starred as put-upon victim of witchcraft in Wes Craven's NBC movie "Stranger in Our House"

1976

Cast as Kirk Douglas' daughter in "Victory at Entebbe" (ABC)

1975

Portrayed title character in NBC movie "Sarah T.--Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic"

1974

TV-movie debut, "Born Innocent" (NBC), a sensationally promoted film about juvenile delinquency

1973

At age 13, played breakthrough role of Regan in "The Exorcist"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1969

Film acting debut in "The Way We Live Now"

Worked as child model (e.g., Sears Roebuck catalogue) and on TV commercials

Arrested for conspiracy to possess cocaine in 1977; Blair claimed that she was framed; eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in 1978

Grew up in Westport, Connecticut

Bonus Trivia

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Blair received an award from Alcoholics Anonymous for "her special contribution to this tragic problem" after starring in "Sarah T.--Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic"

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PEOPLE magazine in early 1994 reported that Blair raises money for charity by autographing cans of pea soup--used to simulate vomit in "The Exorcist"--for $5 and then donating the proceeds.

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In 1997, she produced a calendar called "Animals and Their Celebrities" to highlight the cause of pet theft. Blair was working to pass the Pet Safety and Protection Act bill, which will discourage dealers from purchasing stolen pets and selling them for use in medical research. An advocate of ending animal overpopulation, she urges people to spay and neuter their pets.

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She works closely with Variety, the children's charity, and campaigns for AIDS awareness, environmental protection and the rights of the elderly

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"For me, I watch it ["The Exorcist"] from a different point of view than most people. It was a lot of work. The two things that stand out strongest in my mind are Ellen Burstyn--she gave the most awesome performance; she deserved the Academy Award that year and she didn't get it--and Billy Friedkin [the director]. Watching him create shots stimulated my interest because he was so diferent than anybody I've worked with. Very demanding. Very difficult, but he was a perfectionist. And that's why the movie is, to this day, what it is. There are no mistakes in the movie. He demanded the best of everybody and he got it." --Linda Blair to VIDEOSCOPE

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