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Linda Blair

Linda BlairAKA Linda Denise Blair

Born: 22-Jan-1959
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Head spins in Exorcist

Linda Blair began working as a model when she was five years old. Her cherubic face was seen in innumerable TV commercials and magazine ads in the mid-1960s, in campaigns for everything from Sears and Penny's to Downey fabric softener, Welch's grape jam, and Ivory soap. At 9, she was cast as a Senator's daughter on a short-lived daytime soap opera, Hidden Faces. In her first film, The Way We Live Now in 1970, she had a small role as the daughter in a broken marriage.

In her most famous role, 13-year-old Blair played an adolescent possessed by demons in The Exorcist with Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow. After that, she made girl-in-peril films and, later, woman-in-peril exploitation films. In Airport 1975 she was the sick girl who required a kidney transplant, in Born Innocent she was raped with a broom handle in the shower at juvenile hall; in Sweet Hostage, she was kidnapped by escaped lunatic Martin Sheen; in Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic she played a young lush with a crush on Mark Hamill; in Chained Heat she served time in a prison for beautiful topless women, and in Savage Streets she violently avenged the rape of her younger sister. In slightly more mainstream films, Blair did all her own skating in Roller Boogie with Mark Goddard and spoofed The Exorcist in Repossessed with Leslie Nielsen.

She dated singer Rick James in the 1980s, and his hit "Cold-Blooded" is said to be inspired by Blair. She made her Broadway debut in 1997, briefly replacing Lucy Lawless as Betty Rizzo in Grease. She is active with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Of course the levitating bed, projectile vomit, spontaneous flesh wounds, voice of Satan, and other scary moments from The Exorcist were done with special effects. Still, even today Blair says, "You wouldn't believe how often people ask me to make my head spin around."

Father: James Frederick Blair (executive headhunter)
Mother: Elinore (real estate agent, d. Jun-1994)
Brother: Jimmy
Sister: Debbie
Boyfriend: Rick Springfield (musician, dated 1973-75)
Boyfriend: Rick James (musician and actor, dated in 1980s)
Boyfriend: Wings Hauser (actor, dated 1990-94)

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Media and Arts Advisory Board
    Golden Globe 1974 for The Exorcist
    Conspiracy to possess cocaine (1977), charge reduced
    Drug Possession: Amphetamine 1977, charge dropped
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Cocaine

    S Club 7 in L.A. Joni Witherspoon (2000)
    Hidden Faces Allyn Jaffe (1968-69)

    An Affair of the Heart (14-Apr-2012) · Herself
    Prey of the Jaguar (1996) · Cody Johnson
    Sorceress (4-Jan-1995)
    Repossessed (14-Sep-1990)
    Dead Sleep (May-1990)
    Zapped Again! (14-Apr-1990)
    Bedroom Eyes II (31-Jan-1990)
    The Chilling (1989)
    Witchery (8-Dec-1988)
    Grotesque (9-Sep-1988)
    Silent Assassins (10-Jun-1988)
    Up Your Alley (1988)
    Nightforce (1987)
    Red Heat (28-May-1985)
    Night Patrol (16-Nov-1984)
    Savage Streets (Oct-1984)
    Chained Heat (27-May-1983)
    Ruckus (5-Feb-1982)
    Hell Night (28-Aug-1981) · Marti
    Roller Boogie (21-Dec-1979) · Terry Barkley
    Wild Horse Hank (1979)
    Stranger in Our House (31-Oct-1978)
    Exorcist II: The Heretic (17-Jun-1977) · Regan
    Victory at Entebbe (13-Dec-1976)
    Sweet Hostage (10-Oct-1975)
    Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (11-Feb-1975)
    Airport 1975 (18-Oct-1974) · Janice
    Born Innocent (10-Sep-1974)
    The Exorcist (26-Dec-1973) · Regan

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