Blair, Linda 1959–

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Blair, Linda 1959–


Full name, Linda Denise Blair; born January 22, 1959, in St. Louis, MO; daughter of James Frederick (an executive recruiter) and Elinore (a real estate agent; maiden name, Leitch) Blair. Avocational Interests: Animals, training and showing horses.

Career: Actress and producer. Falcon-Wolf Productions, affiliate. Worked as a model and appeared in several commercials and public service announcements; Linda Blair's Wild West Collection (clothing line), creator; designer of stage clothes for rock and roll musicians; performer in equestrian jumping events with her horse Northern Bound as part of a touring show, c. 1990–91. Actively involved with animal rights and charitable organizations, including Variety (a children's charity), Feed the Children, the Dolphin Research Center, Last Chance for Animals, and associations for the elderly, AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and the environment.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Horse Shows Association.

Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award, best supporting actress—motion picture, People's Choice Award, Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, and Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising female newcomer, all 1974, for The Exorcist; South American "favorite actress" award, 1977; Saturn Award nomination, best actress in a horror film, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1978, for Exorcist II: The Heretic; Alcoholics Anonymous Award, for Sarah T.—Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic; multiple "favorite actress" awards, Bravo magazine; named one of the 100 greatest kid stars, VH1, 2005; Blair's character Regan Teresa MacNeil was named one of the greatest screen heroes and villains, American Film Institute.


Film Appearances:

Sara Aldridge, The Way We Live Now, United Artists, 1969.

Barby, The Sporting Club, Avco-Embassy, 1970.

Regan Teresa MacNeil, The Exorcist (also known as William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist), Warner Bros., 1973, also released as The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet and The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen.

Janice Abbott, Airport '75, Universal, 1974.

Regan Teresa MacNeil, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner Bros., 1977.

Hank Bradford, Wild Horse Hank, Film Consortium of Canada, 1979.

Terry Barkley, Roller Boogie, United Artists, 1979.

Marti, Hell Night, Compass International Pictures, 1981.

Jenny Bellows, Ruckus (also known as Big Ruckus in a Small Town, The Loner, and Ruckus in Madoc Country), New World Pictures, 1982.

Carol Henderson, Chained Heat (also known as Das Frauenlager), Jensen Farley, 1983.

(In archive footage) Regan Teresa MacNeil, Terror in the Aisles, Universal, 1984.

Brenda, Savage Streets, Motion Picture Marketing, 1985.

Christine Carlson, Red Heat (also known as Red Heat—Unschuld hinter Gittern), Vestron Pictures, 1985.

Daly, Savage Island, Empire Entertainment, 1985.

Officer Sue Perman, Night Patrol, New World Pictures, 1985.

Carla, Nightforce, Vestron Pictures, 1987.

Doris, SFX Retaliator (also known as The Heroin Deal), 1987.

Lisa, Grotesque, Concorde Pictures, 1988.

Sara, Silent Assassins, Moviestore Entertainment, 1988.

Vickie Adderly, Up Your Alley, Curb/Esquire Films, 1988.

Jane Brooks, Witchery (also known as Ghosthouse 2, Witchcraft, La casa 4, and Malefiche presenze), FilmExport Group, 1989.

Mary Hampton, The Chilling (also known as Gamma 693), Hemdale Home Video, 1989.

Aunt Millie's Will, 1989.

Annette "Nettie" Ridgeway, Bail Out (also known as W. B., Blue and the Bean and Wings of Freedom), Vestron Video, 1990.

Dr. Sally Tyler, Moving Target (also known as Bersaglio sull'autostrada), Laguna Productions, 1990.

Miss Mitchell, Zapped Again!, Nelson Entertainment, 1990.

Nancy Aglet, Repossessed, New Line Cinema, 1990.

Sophie Stevens, Bedroom Eyes II, Vidmark, 1990.

Maggie Healey, Dead Sleep, Village Roadshow Production, 1991.

Leonie Stevens, Fatal Bond, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1992.

Phone (short film), Cowboy Films, 1992.

Evie Barnes, Bad Blood (also known as A Woman Obsessed and A Woman's Obsession), Platinum Pictures, 1993.

Amelia Reynolds, Sorceress (also known as Temptress II), Triboro Entertainment, 1994.

Maggie, Skins (also known as Gang Boys), Sunset Films International, 1995.

Lieutenant Cody Johnson, Prey of the Jaguar, Jfw Productions, 1996.

(Uncredited) Obnoxious reporter, Scream (also known as Scary Movie), Miramax, 1996.

Title role, Marina (short film), 1997.

Herself, Lisa Picard Is Famous (also known as Famous), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Herself, Queen of the Whole Wide World, 2001.

(In archive footage) A Decade under the Influence (documentary), IFC Films, 2003.

Herself, UnConventional (documentary), Revolution Earth Productions, 2004.

Brenda, Hitters Anonymous, Killer Parrot Films/VTA Florida, 2005.

Guest star, Diva Dog: Pit Bull on Wheels (short documentary), 2005.

Barbara, All Is Normal, Flexible Frame Productions, 2006.

Some sources cite an appearance in He's Having a Baby, c. 2001.

Film Work; Associate Producer:

Grotesque, Concorde Pictures, 1988.

Skins (also known as Gang Boys), Sunset Films International, 1995.

Television Appearances; Series:

Allyn Jaffe, Hidden Faces, NBC, 1968–69.

Walking after Midnight, beginning 1999.

Joni, S Club 7 (also known as L.A. 7 and S Club 7 in L.A.), Fox Family Channel (later known as ABC Family Channel) and BBC, c. 2000.

Host, The Scariest Places on Earth, Fox Family Channel (later known as ABC Family Channel), c. 2000–2002.

A Journey through Aesthetic Realms, i (Independent Television, formerly PAX TV), beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Herself, I Love the '70s, VH1, 2003.

(In archive footage) Regan Teresa MacNeil, The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (also known as The 100 Greatest Scary Moments from Film, TV, Advertising and Pop), Channel 4 (England), 2004.

(In archive footage) Regan Teresa MacNeil, The 100 Scariest Movie Moments, Bravo, 2004.

Herself, 100 Greatest Kid Stars, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Christine "Chris" Parker, Born Innocent, NBC, 1974.

Doris Mae Withers, Sweet Hostage, ABC, 1975.

Sarah Travis, Sarah T.—Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, NBC, 1975.

Chana Vilnofsky, Victory at Entebbe (also known as Terror in the Aisles), ABC, 1976.

Rachel Bryant, Stranger in Our House (also known as Summer of Fear), NBC, 1978.

Hannah Hawkes, Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride, NBC, 1992.

Jane Mader, Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (also known as The Heart of the Lie), ABC, 1992.

Professor Claudia Whyle, Double Blast, HBO, c. 1994.

Shelly Stoker, Monster Makers, The Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; as Herself; Specials:

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1977.

Circus of the Stars #7, CBS, 1982.

Celebrity Daredevils, ABC, 1983.

Circus of the Stars #8, CBS, 1983.

The Wildest West Show of the Stars, CBS, 1986.

America Picks the All-Time Favorite Movies (also known as America's Favorite Movies), ABC, 1988.

Fifteenth Annual Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1990.

The Secrets of Dick Smith, 1991.

The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994.

The Fear of God: The Making of "The Exorcist", BBC, 1998.

AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001.

History's Mysteries: Exorcising the Devil, History Channel, 2001.

The 70s: Bell-Bottoms and Boogie Shoes, The Learning Channel, 2001.

(Uncredited) Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s, 2002.

TV's Most Censored Moments, USA Network and Trio, 2002.

The Perfect Scary Movie, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 46th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1974.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1976.

The Horror Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1990.

Presenter, The Ninth Annual Genesis Awards, The Discovery Channel, 1995.

Presenter, Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 1999.

(In archive footage) Regan Teresa MacNeil, The 71st Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1999.

Presenter, The 14th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2000.

Presenter, The 2001 Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2001.

16th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1974.

Muffy, "Cold Feet," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Sara Jean Rawlins, "Shadow Games," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982.

Jane Pascal, "Murder Takes the Bus," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

Contestant, "Halloween Week," Win, Lose or Draw, NBC, 1988.

Lia, "La Strega," Monsters, syndicated, 1989.

"Former Child Stars," This Evening, syndicated, 1989.

The New Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1989.

Jenny Larson, "Jenny's Chance," MacGyver, ABC, 1990.

Guest, The Howard Stern Show, 1990.

Ida Mae, "Magnificent Seven," Married … with Children (also known as Not the Cosbys), Fox, 1992.

Robin's Hoods, syndicated, 1994.

Teddy Ray Thompson, "Self Defense," Renegade, USA Network and syndicated, 1996.

Voice of Selene, "Witchy Woman," Extreme Ghostbusters (animated), syndicated, 1997.

Guest, "Rick James," Behind the Music (also known as Behind the Music: Rick James, BtM, and VH1's "Behind the Music"), VH1, 1998.

Rebecca Royce, "All Hallow's Eve," Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (also known as Psi Factor), CanWest Global Television and syndicated, 1998.

Voice of Alexandra Springer, "S.C.A.L.E.," Godzilla: The Series (animated), Fox, 1999.

Herself, Linda Blair: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Ms. Hooper, "Mason-Dixon Memory," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX TV, 2000.

Herself, "Rick Springfield: Behind the Image," Biography (also known as A & E Biography: Rick Springfield), Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Linda Blair, Lifetime, 2001.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Tippi Hedren, Lifetime, 2001.

Panelist, The Conspiracy Zone (also known as TNN's "Conspiracy Zone with Kevin Nealon"), The National Network, 2002.

Herself, "Linda Blair," Biography (also known as A & E Biography: Linda Blair), Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Guest, Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, multiple episodes in 2003.

Guest, ALF's Hit Talk Show, TV Land, 2004.

Herself, Curse of the Exorcist: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Herself, Scream Queens: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Herself, "Child Stars II: Growing Up Hollywood," Biography (also known as A & E Biography), Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

Guest, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, 2005.

Guest, Street Smarts, 2005.

Appeared as a guest, The Test, FX Channel; and in The Uncle Floyd Show, syndicated, PBS, and other networks.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Rock Comedy, syndicated, 1982.

On Top All Over of the World, syndicated, 1985.

Host, The Scariest Places on Earth, Fox Family Channel (later known as ABC Family Channel), c. 2000.

Television Work; Series:

Creative consultant, The Scariest Places on Earth, Fox Family Channel (later known as ABC Family Channel), c. 2000–2002.

Stage Appearances:

It Had to Be You, Canadian production, 1995.

Betty Rizzo, Grease (musical), Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Appeared in Run for Your Wife, San Francisco, CA; and Women behind Bars, Los Angeles.



Hostess, How to Get Revenge, 1989.

Herself, Hollywood on Horses, 1989.

Heather, The Blair Bitch Project Starring Linda Blair (also known as The Blair Bitch Project), 1999.



(With Sunny J. Harris) Going Vegan!, Sunny Harris and Associates, 2001.



Draculina, February, 1998, pp. 2-6, 55.

Entertainment Weekly, March 21, 1997, p. 92.

Oui, October, 1982, pp. 21-36, 93.

People Weekly, November 29, 1993, p. 81; December 14, 1998, p. 12.

TV Guide, June 16, 2001, pp. 41-45.

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