Linda Purl Biography (1955-)

Born September 2, 1955, in Greenwich CT; daughter of Raymond and Marcie Purl;married Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1982 (divorced, 1984); married Alexander Cary (a writer); children: (second marriage) one son. Addresses: Agent: Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Actress, singer
Birth Details
September 2, 1955
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Doreen Post, The Secret Storm, CBS, 1973-74
  • Gloria, Happy Days (also known as Happy Days Again), ABC, 1974-75
  • Betsy Bullock, Beacon Hill, CBS, 1975
  • Molly Beaton, The Young Pioneers, 1978
  • Ashley Pfister, Happy Days (also known as Happy Days Again), ABC, 1982-83
  • Weekends, ABC, 1983
  • Charlene Matlock, Matlock, NBC, 1986-87
  • Kate Del'Amico, Under Cover, Fox, 1991
  • Brett Robin, Robin's Hoods, syndicated, 1994
  • Claire, Port Charles (also known as Port Charles: Fate), 2000
  • Movies
  • Laurie Mathews, Bad Ronald, ABC, 1974
  • Molly Beaton, Young Pioneers, ABC, 1976
  • Deborah Randal, Pioneer Trail (also known as Oregon Trail),NBC, 1976
  • Laura Gorman, Having Babies (also known as Giving Birth), ABC, 1976
  • Alice Roosevelt, Eleanor and Franklin, ABC, 1976
  • Molly Beaton, Young Pioneers' Christmas, ABC, 1976
  • Anne Macarino, Black Market Baby (also known as A Dangerous Love and Don't Steal My Baby), ABC, 1977
  • Hailey Atkins, Little Ladies of the Night (also known as Diamond Alley), ABC, 1977
  • Jennifer Scott, Women at West Point, CBS, 1979
  • Virginia Rae Hensler, Like Normal People, ABC, 1979
  • Sharon Muir, A Last Cry for Help, ABC, 1979
  • Emaline Nevada "Vada" Holtz, The Flame Is Love, NBC, 1979
  • Brenda Farrell, The Night the City Screamed, ABC, 1980
  • Title role, The Adventures of Nellie Bly (also known as The Amazing Nellie Bly), NBC, 1981
  • Annie Gilson, Money on the Side, ABC, 1982
  • Sarah, Midas Valley, ABC, 1985
  • Arlene Robbins, Outrage! CBS, 1986
  • Eve Harper, Pleasures, ABC, 1986
  • Shellane Victor, Dark Mansions, ABC, 1986
  • Susan Andrews, In Self Defense (also known as Hollow Point), ABC, 1987
  • Cassie Robbins, Addicted to His Love (also known as Sisterhood), ABC, 1988
  • Beverly Rossmore, Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs, CBS, 1988
  • Lauren Hall, Web of Deceit, USA Network, 1990
  • Kate Del'Amico, Before the Storm, ABC, 1991
  • Kate Del'Amico, Spy Games, ABC, 1991
  • Jane Adams, Secrets (also known as Danielle Steel's "Secrets"), NBC, 1992
  • Norma, Body Language, USA Network, 1992
  • Maryanne Bellman, Accidental Meeting, USA Network, 1994
  • Helen Davis, Incident at Deception Ridge (also known as Terrorat Deception Ridge), USA Network, 1994
  • Ellie Porter, Born Free: A New Adventure, ABC, 1996
  • Jean Dalton, The Absolute Truth, CBS, 1997
  • Joan Wolrod, Holy Joe (also known as Man of Miracles), CBS,1999
  • Miniseries
  • Mavis Eaton, Testimony of Two Men, syndicated, 1977
  • Nydia, The Last Days of Pompeii, ABC, 1978
  • Deirdre O'Manion, The Manions of America, ABC, 1981
  • Episodic
  • Alicia, "The Spoilers," The Waltons, CBS, 1974
  • Lucas Tanner, NBC, 1974
  • Sons and Daughters, CBS, 1974
  • Ruth Martin, "The Hostage," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1975
  • Medical Center, CBS, 1975
  • Serpico, ABC, 1976
  • Terry Shannon, "Murder at the Oasis," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1985
  • Crystal Wendle, "Mourning among the Wisterias," Murder, She Wrote,CBS, 1988
  • Nicky DeSilva, Jack's Place, ABC, 1992
  • Laura Ann Callan, "Dead Eye," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993
  • Kelly Harris, "Who Killed the Legal Eagle?" Burke's Law, CBS,1994
  • Susan Bell, Burke's Law, CBS, 1994
  • Barbara Cortino, Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1997
  • Lynn Maxfield, Crisis Center, NBC, 1997
  • Sally Buckall, "Flights of Angels," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998
  • Also guest on the Merv Griffin Show.
  • Specials
  • Bobbie Jean Shaw, State Fair, 1976
  • Shelley Hewitt, I Do, I Don't, 1983
  • Life's Most Embarrassing Moments, 1984
  • Judith Lumley, Day to Day, CBS, 1987
  • Laura, The Sad Professor, PBS, 1989
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1991
  • Circus of the Stars and Sideshow (also known as The All New Circus of the Stars and Sideshow XVII), CBS, 1992
  • Detective, Story First: Behind the Unabomber, Lifetime, 1996
  • True Stories from Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998
  • Pilots
  • Kate Del'Amico, Under Cover (also known as The Company), Fox, 1991
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Title role, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Tokyo International Players, Tokyo, Japan, 1966
  • Helen Keller, The Miracle Worker, Tokyo International Players, Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, 1967
  • The Relapse, Tokyo International Players, 1967
  • Louis, The King and I (in Japanese), Imperial Theatre, 1968
  • Bet, Oliver, Imperial Theatre, 1968
  • Isobel, Hallelujah, CBS Workshop, Los Angeles, 1973
  • Fourth Floor Walk Up, CAST Theatre, Los Angeles, 1977
  • Spoon River Anthology, Theatre 40, Los Angeles, 1980
  • Sandy, Grease, San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, San Bernardino, CA, 1980
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, 1981
  • Nora, A Doll's House, Allied International Productions, MatrixTheatre, 1982
  • Ellen, The Man Who Could See through Time, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA, 1982
  • Prudence, Beyond Therapy, Los Angeles Public Theatre, Los Angeles,1984
  • Daisy, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, 1984
  • Betty, Snacks, Los Angeles, CA, 1984
  • Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Los Angeles Public Theatre, then Starlight Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Annie, The Real Thing, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Thea, Hedda Gabler, Mark Taper Forum, 1986
  • Elsa, The Road to Mecca, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1997
  • Karen, Dinner with Friends, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1998
  • Victoria Phillips, Getting and Spending, Helen Hayes Theatre, NewYork City, 1998
  • No. 9 Rue d'Antin, Pacific Resident Theatre, Venice, CA, 2000
  • Also appeared as Wanda, The Baby Dance, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, Long Wharf Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA,and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City; appeared as Mary, All the Way Home, as Barbara, Johnny on a Spot, in the title role, Nora,and as Lucy, Threepenny Opera, all Williamstown Theatre Festival; appeared as Bell, Tusitala, Berkshire Theatre Festival; appeared as Jane,Fallen Angels, Olney Theatre; and appeared in John Brown's Body, Lobero Stage Company.
  • Film Appearances
  • Amy, Jory, Avco-Embassy, 1972
  • Cheryl, Crazy Mama, New World, 1975
  • Ingenue, W.C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1976
  • Sheila Munroe, Visiting Hours (also known as The Fright, Get Well Soon, and Terreur a l'hopital central), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Loree, Leo and Loree, 1980
  • Kathy, High Country (also known as The First Hello), 1981
  • Laura McCalla, Viper, 1988
  • Jessie MacCarthy, Natural Causes, 1994
  • Dr. Ruth Young, Mighty Joe Young (also known as Mighty Joe), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Emily, Sunday, 1999
  • Jessica Michaels, The Perfect Tenant, Trimark, 2000
  • Made film debut in The Travelers (some sources cite Time Traveler).
  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, The Perfect Tenant, Trimark, 2000
  • Radio Appearances
  • Performed in Broken Glass, National Public Radio; Milford Haven, BBC; and Nora, National Public Radio.
  • Albums
  • Teaching English (spoken-word recording), Columbia, 1967
  • If We Could Turn Back Time (original soundtrack to the film Leoand Loree), 1980
  • Also recorded Alone Together, Varese Sarabande. Contributor to other albums, including The Burt Bacharach Album: Broadway Sings, ColePorter: A Musical Toast, George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration, and A Hollywood Christmas.

Further Reference


    • Linda Purl Web Site,

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