Hamilton, Linda 1956–

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HAMILTON, Linda 1956


Full name, Linda Carroll Hamilton; born September 26, 1956, in Salisbury, MD; father, a physician; married Bruce Abbot (an actor), December 19, 1982 (divorced, 1989); married James Cameron (a director and writer), March 24, 1997 (divorced, 1999); children: (first marriage) Dalton, (second marriage) Josephine Archer. Education: Attended Washington College, Chesterton, MD; studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Addresses: Agent United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd. 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Writers & Artists Agency, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager Bobbie Edrick, Artist Circle Entertainment, 8955 Norma Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actress.

Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award nominations, best actress in a dramatic television series, 1988 and 1989, both for Beauty and the Beast; MTV Movie Awards, best female performance and most desirable female, Saturn Award, best actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1992, all for Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 1996, for A Mother's Prayer; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actressaction/adventure, 1998, for Dante's Peak; Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a miniseries or a motion picture made for television, 2000, for The Color of Courage; Video Premiere Award, best supporting actress, 2001, for Skeletons in the Closet.


Stage Appearances:

Reporter, Looice, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Young Elizabeth, Richard III, Actors' Studio Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Title role, Laura, Los Angeles, 2000.

Ethel Rosenberg, Worse than Murder: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Ventura Cort Theatre, Studio City, CA, 2002.

Film Appearances:

NightFlowers (also known as Night Angels ), 1979.

Susan, T.A.G.: The Assassination Game (also known as Tag: The Assassination Game, Everybody Gets It in the End, and Kiss Me, Kill Me ), New World, 1982.

Eva the Crescent Moon Lady, The Stone Boy, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1983.

Vicky Baxter, Children of the Corn (also known as Stephen King's Children of the Corn ), New World, 1984.

Sarah Connor, The Terminator, Orion, 1984.

Nina, Black Moon Rising, New World, 1986.

Amy Franklin, King Kong Lives, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986.

Sticky Fingers, 1988.

Ellen Burrows, Mr. Destiny, Buena Vista, 1990.

Sarah Connor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also known as T2, T2Terminator 2: Judgment Day, T2: Extreme Edition, T2: Ultimate Edition, Terminator 2Le jour du jugement dernier, and Terminator 2: le jugement dernier ), TriStar, 1991.

Herself, T2: More than Meets the Eye, 1993.

Karen Rainer, Silent Fall, Warner Bros., 1994.

Lauren Porter, Separate Lives, 1995.

Sarah Connor, T2 3D: Battle across Time (also known as T2: Terminator 2:3D and Terminator 2: 3D ), 1996.

Mayor Rachel Wando, Dante's Peak, Universal, 1997.

Amanda Givens, Shadow Conspiracy, Buena Vista, 1997.

Tina Conway, Skeletons in the Closet, Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Valerie, Wholey Moses, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lisa Rogers, Secrets of Midland Heights, CBS, 19801981.

Lauren Hollister, King's Crossing, ABC, 1982.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine Chandler, Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 19871989.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Greta Rideout, Rape and MarriageThe Rideout Case, CBS, 1980.

Anne Samoorian, Reunion, CBS, 1980.

Josie Greenwood, Country Gold, CBS, 1982.

Susan Decker, Secrets of a Mother and Daughter, CBS, 1983.

Elena Koslov, Secret Weapons (also known as Secrets of the Red Bedroom and Sexpionage ), NBC, 1985.

Kate, Club Med, ABC, 1986.

Claire Madison, Go toward the Light (also known as Go to the Light ), CBS, 1988.

Rosemary Holmstrom, A Mother's Prayer, USA Network, 1995.

Beth MacAlpine, The Way to Dusty Death, 1995.

Detective Jean Martin, On the Line, ABC, 1998.

Rachel Harrison, Point Last Seen, CBS, 1998.

Marie Taquet, "Marie Taquet," Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples, Showtime, 1998.

Tina, Skeletons in the Closet, 1998.

Anna Sipes, The Color of Courage, USA Network, 1999.

Ruby Sanford, Unglued (also known as The Secret Life of Girls ), 1999.

Voice of Dr. Stephanie Lake, Batman Beyond: The Movie (animated), 1999.

Joanna Scott, Sex & Mrs. X, Lifetime, 2000.

Liz Donovan, Bailey's Mistake, ABC, 2001.

Elisabeth Vincken, Silent Night, 2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Rachel Logan, "Unholy Alliances," A Girl Thing, Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, The Making of "Terminator, " 1984.

Herself, The Making of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day, " 1992.

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car, NBC, 1992.

Herself, The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, NBC, 1995.

Narrator, Robots Rising, The Discovery Channel, 1998.

Herself, Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey, NBC, 1999.

Herself, Other Voices: Creating "The Terminator, " 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

MTV's 1991 Video Music Awards, MTV and syndicated, 1991.

MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1992.

Presenter, The 17th Annual CableACE Awards, 1995.

Presenter, The Screen Actor's Guild Awards, 1997.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1998.

Television Appearances: Pilots:

Mattie MacGregor, Wishman, ABC, 1983.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sandy Valpariso, "Fuchs Me? Fuchs You!," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Sandy Valpariso, "Grace under Pressure," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Sandy Valpariso, "Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

Carol McDermott, "Menace, Anyone?," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1991.

Late Night with David Letterman, 1991.

Guest Caller Claire, "The Good Son," Frasier, NBC, 1993.

Laura, "Odd Man Out," Frasier, NBC, 1997.

Voice of Nemesis, "Hercules and the King for a Day," Disney's Hercules (animated; also known as Hercules ), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

Voice of Susan Maguire/Susan Wayne, "Chemistry," Batman: Gotham Knights (animated), Fox, 1998.

Voice of Nemesis, "Hercules and the Romans," Disney's Hercules (animated; also known as Hercules ), ABC and syndicated, 1999.

Voice of Dr. Stephanie Lake, "Meltdown," Batman Beyond (animated), 1999.

Voice of Dr. Furbanna, "The Beasts of Karn," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of Dr. Furbanna, "Millennial Bugs," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of Dr. Furbanna, "Return to Karn," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Herself, So Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2002.


Video Games:

Voice of Sarah Connor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991.

Taped Readings:

Martin Amis's Night Train, Dove, 1998.

Suzanne Finnamore's Otherwise Engaged, Random House Audiobooks, 1999.



People Weekly, May 11, 1998, p. 64.

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