Linda Blair

BirthDay:

22 Jan 1959

BirthPlace:

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

BirthName:

Linda Denise Blair

Bio:

From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist (1973). Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role, but when it leaked how some parts of the role were not performed by her (the demonic voice was dubbed by Mercedes McCambridge, and eight seconds of a stunt dummy were used) that dream broke, and with that disappointment probably came the first blow to what looked like the beginning of an A-list career.

Over the next few years she had no trouble securing lead roles in a number of pictures, including the highly successful television films Born Innocent (1974) (the #1 TV movie of that year) and Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975), as well as the Exorcist sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977). However, when she was peer pressured into buying cocaine at the age of 18, it led to an arrest and subsequent sentencing to three years probation. The much-publicized drug bust caused Linda to be blacklisted in Hollywood, and her career was soon reduced to B-movies and occasional TV guest appearances only.

Although her career never returned to its former glory, Linda proved to be a good sport about embracing the change, and out of the '80s emerged lead roles in two cult classics: the women-in-prison film Chained Heat (1983) and the femme fatale vigilante action film Savage Streets (1984). She continued acting in numerous films throughout the '80s and '90s, including the Exorcist spoof Repossessed (1990). In 1997, she also took to the Broadway stage and starred as "Rizzo" in the revival of "Grease." She received widespread mainstream attention again in the 2000's with the theatrical re-release of the Exorcist, followed by a hosting job on the hit Fox Family TV series Scariest Places on Earth (2000), which ran for six years and followed Linda as she visited notorious "haunted" locations around the world.

Today Linda has been a Hollywood icon for 40 years, but it is her first love of animals that has ultimately taken center stage in her life. She now runs the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, a non-profit 501C3 tax deductible organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused, neglected, and abandoned animals from the harsh streets of the Los Angeles area, as well as from the overcrowded and overwhelmed city and county animal shelters. She works and lives on the 2-acre rescue sanctuary full-time in California, which was featured on The Today Show in a segment titled "From Devil to Angel." Of course, she also makes frequent appearances at horror fan conventions to celebrate the legacy of the Exorcist.
Filmography

Actor ( 136 credits )

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel (2016) Helen Harris
Satan Lives (2015) Herself
The Green Fairy (2015) Mrs. Lanfrey
Ok! TV (2013)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Whoa! (2013) Deborah Blackburn
An Affair of the Heart (2012) Herself
Tweet Out (2012) (1 episode, 2014)
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Visionado obligado (2011)  Regan MacNeil (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
Found Footage Festival Volume 5: Live in Milwaukee (2010) Herself (archive footage)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010)  Herself / ... (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Access Hollywood Live (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Pit Boss (2010)  Herself (12 episodes, 2010-2012)
I'm Rick James (2009) Herself
Imps* (2009) Jamie (segment "Don't") (archive footage)
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)  Herself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2014)
The Joy Behar Show (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Groovey.TV's Celebration of Badassery Interview Series (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
All Is Normal (2008) Barbara
The Doctors (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
WJZ-TV Eyewitness News (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Regan / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Regan MacNeil (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Jury Duty (2007)  Herself (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Teddy Scares (2006) Rita Mortis (voice)
The Powder Puff Principle (2006) School Board President
Child Star Confidential (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Diva Dog: Pit Bull on Wheels (2005) Guest Star
Hitters Anonymous (2005) Brenda
Supernatural (2005)  Det. Diana Ballard (1 episode, 2006)
A Journey Through Aesthetic Realms (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
ALF's Hit Talk Show (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Fox59 Morning News (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
UnConventional (2004) Herself
A Decade Under the Influence (2003) Herself (archive footage)
I Love the '70s (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Animal Tails (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Wayne Brady Show (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Beyond with James Van Praagh (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Good Day Live (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Test (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
S Club 7 in L.A. (2000)  Joni Witherspoon / ... (9 episodes, 2000)
Scariest Places on Earth (2000)  Herself - Host (15 episodes, 2000-2006)
Street Smarts (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Chicken Soup for the Soul (1999)  Ms. Hooper (1 episode, 2000)
Happy Hour (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
Walking After Midnight (1999) (unknown episodes)
Godzilla: The Series (1998)  Alexandra Springer (1 episode, 1999)
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Herself (10 episodes, 2000-2003)
The 11 O'Clock Show (1998)  Herself - Special Guest (1 episode, 1999)
The Greatest (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
History's Mysteries (1998)  Herself (1 episode)
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 1997)
Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)  Selene (1 episode, 1997)
Behind the Music (1997)  Herself (2 episodes, 1998)
Marina (1997) Marina
Scream (1996) Obnoxious Reporter (uncredited)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996)  Rebecca Royce (1 episode, 1998)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
The RuPaul Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 1997)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (4 episodes, 1999-2004)
Sorceress (1995) Amelia Reynolds
Day & Date (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
Skins (1994) Maggie Joiner
Extra (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Robin's Hoods (1994)  Carla Patelle (1 episode, 1994)
Imágenes prohibidas (1994)  Regan MacNeil (archive footage) (1 episode, 1994)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Hollywood Beat (1993)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2005)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
Phone (1993)
Renegade (1992)  Teddy Ray Thompson (1 episode, 1996)
Fatal Bond (1991) Leonie Stevens
The Chuck Woolery Show (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
KTLA Morning News (1991)  Herself (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
Repossessed (1990) Nancy Aglet
Dead Sleep (1990) Maggie Healey
The Howard Stern Show (1990)  Herself (1 episode, 1990)
The Chilling (1989) Mary Hampton
Bedroom Eyes II (1989) Sophie Stevens
Bad Blood (1989) Evie Barnes
Up Your Alley (1989) Vickie Adderly
Aunt Millie's Will (1989)
Moving Target (1988) Sally Tyler
Witchery (1988) Jane Brooks
Grotesque (1988) Lisa
Silent Assassins (1988) Sara
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 1993)
Monsters (1988)  Lia (1 episode, 1989)
Inside Edition (1988)  Herself (2 episodes, 1996)
Married with Children (1987)  Ida Mae (1 episode, 1992)
Biography (1987)  Herself (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Win, Lose or Draw (1987)  Herself (5 episodes, 1988)
SFX Retaliator (1987) Doris
The New Hollywood Squares (1986) (1 episode, 1989)
Red Heat (1985) Christine Carlson
Savage Island (1985) Daly
MacGyver (1985)  Jenny Larson (1 episode, 1990)
The Start of Something Big (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 1985)
Attitudes (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
Night Patrol (1984) Officer Sue Perman
Savage Streets (1984) Brenda
Murder, She Wrote (1984)  Jane Pascal (1 episode, 1985)
Puttin' on the Hits (1984)  Herself - Judge (1 episode, 1985)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
Chained Heat (1983) Carol Henderson
Thicke of the Night (1983)  Herself (1 episode, 1983)
Laugh Trax (1982) (1 episode, 1982)
Tattletales (1982)  Herself (5 episodes, 1982)
2 on the Town (1982)  Herself (1 episode, 1982)
Hell Night (1981) Marti Gaines
Battlestars (1981)  Herself (5 episodes, 1982)
Ruckus (1980) Jenny Bellows
The John Davidson Show (1980)  Herself (1 episode, 1981)
News 4 New York (1980)  Herself (1 episode, 1981)
Wild Horse Hank (1979) Hank Bradford
Roller Boogie (1979) Terry Barkley
Dance Fever (1979)  Herself - Judge (1 episode, 1982)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Regan MacNeil
Fantasy Island (1977)  Sara Jean Rawlins (1 episode, 1982)
The Love Boat (1977)  Muffy (1 episode, 1982)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (5 episodes, 1979-2000)
Sammy and Company (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 1975)
Airport 1975 (1974) Janice Abbott
The Uncle Floyd Show (1974)  Herself (1 episode, 1982)
The Exorcist (1973) Regan
The Sporting Club (1971) Barby
The Way We Live Now (1970) Sara Aldridge
Hidden Faces (1968)  Allyn Jaffe (unknown episodes)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1974)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Herself (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Herself (1 episode, 1974)
Today (1952)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2003-2012)

Producer ( 2 credits )

Skins (1994) associate producer
Grotesque (1988) associate producer