Ooh-La-La -- It's Bob Hope's Fun Birthday Spectacular From Paris' Bicentennial 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)
Considered one of the most beautiful women on television for more than 20 years, actress Linda Evans personified elegance, style and grace. Getting her start in commercials, Evans quickly segued into television work, landing an early guest appearance on the sitcom "Bachelor Father" (CBS/NBC/ABC, 1959-1962). She instantly became one of TV's most desirable actresses when she was cast opposite film legend Barbara Stanwyck on the Western melodrama, "The Big Valley" (ABC, 1965-69). Her marriage to actor-director John Derek - a notorious collector of stunning actresses - confirmed her sex-symbol status, although Derek's eventual desertion of Evans for the much younger ingénue, Bo Derek, was a bitter lesson in the nebulous value of physical beauty. After a decade of infrequent work on television and in films like the action-thriller "Avalanche Express" (1979), she returned in grand style on the opulent primetime soap "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89). As Krystle Carrington, the gorgeous wife of fabulously wealthy oil magnate, she lent an air of class to the garish proceedings, even when embroiled in vicious catfights with the conniving Alexis (Joan Collins). In the post-"Dynasty" years, Evans gradually entered into semi-retirement as an actress, although occasional reunion specials and a memoir kept her in the hearts and minds of her loyal fans. Known for her personal virtues as well as her alluring visage, Evans lent credence to the idea the character and beauty need not be mutually exclusive.