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


Actor (79)

An Affair of the Heart 2012 (Movie)


Pit Boss 2010 (Tv Show)


Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Supernatural 2006 (Tv Show)


100 Greatest Kid Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)


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


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


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


The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


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


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


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


He's Having a Baby 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

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


Queen of the Whole Wide World 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Gang Boys 1997 (Movie)


Prey of the Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

Lt Cody Johnson (Actor)

Scream 1996 (Movie)

Obnoxious Reporter (Actor)

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Double Blast 1994 (Movie)

Professor Claudia Whyle (Actor)

Skins 1994 (Movie)


Fatal Bond 1991 (Movie)

Leonie Stevens (Actor)

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


Phone 1991 (Movie)


The Chilling 1991 (Movie)


Bedroom Eyes II 1990 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Dead Sleep 1990 (Movie)

Maggie Healey (Actor)

Grotesque 1990 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Monsters 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)


Repossessed 1990 (Movie)

Nancy Aglet (Actor)

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


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)


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)


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


Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


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)


Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


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)


Wild Horse Hank 1979 (Movie)

Hank Bradford (Actor)

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


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)


Born Innocent (TV Show)


Hidden Faces (TV Show)


Monster Makers (TV Show)


Rock Comedy (TV Show)


Sweet Hostage (TV Show)


Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Producer (2)

Gang Boys 1997 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Grotesque 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (1)

Nightforce 1986 (Movie)

(Song Performer)


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.


James Blair


Elinore Blair

died 1994

Wings Hauser Actor

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

together from c. 1973 to 1975



Appeared as Rizzo in the Broadway revival of "Grease"


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


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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.


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.


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


"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