Purl, Linda 1955-

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Purl, Linda 1955-


Born September 2, 1955, in Greenwich, CT; daughter of Raymond (a business executive) and Marcie Purl; married William Broyles, Jr. (a screenwriter and journalist; divorced); married Desi Arnaz, Jr. (an actor and singer), January 13, 1980 (divorced 1981); married Alexander Cary (a writer); children: (third marriage) Lucius Cary. Education: Attended Finch College; trained for the stage with Marguerite Beale, 1970-71, at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, 1972-74, with Milton Katselas, beginning in 1978, at the Toho Geino Academy, Japan, and with Robert Lewis. Avocational Interests: Painting, swimming, horseback riding, mountain climbing.


Agent—Don Buchwald & Associates, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actress and singer. Tokyo International Players, Tokyo, Japan, member; cabaret appearances include performances at the Gardenia, Roosevelt's Cinegrill, the Rose Tattoo, and the Jazz Bakery, all Los Angeles, and at Town Hall and 88's, both New York City; also a concert performer at various venues. Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Colorado Springs, CO, founder and founding executive director; and affiliated with the Rubicon International Theatre Festival. Affiliated with various charities, including the AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Haven House Domestic Abuse Shelter, Los Angeles.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Tokyo Music Festival awards, best song and best performance, 1974; Robby Award and DramaLogue Award, both best actress, 1981, for The Merchant of Venice; DramaLogue awards, best actress, 1982 (two awards), for A Doll's House and The Man Who Could See through Time, 1984, for Beyond Therapy, 1985, for Romeo and Juliet, and 1986, for The Real Thing; Connecticut Drama Critics Circle Award, outstanding performance in a play, c. 1990, for The Baby Dance.


Television Appearances; Series:

Doreen Post, The Secret Storm, CBS, 1973-74.

Betsy Bullock, Beacon Hill, CBS, 1974-75.

Gloria, Happy Days (also known as Happy Days Again), ABC, 1974-75.

Deborah Randal, The Oregon Trail (also known as Pioneer Trail and Westwaerts nach Oregon), NBC, 1977, also broadcast on BBC-2.

Molly Beaton, The Young Pioneers (also known as Young Pioneers and Los jovenes pioneros), ABC, 1978.

Ashley Pfister, Happy Days (also known as Happy Days Again), ABC, 1982-83.

Weekends, ABC, beginning 1983.

Charlene Matlock, Matlock, NBC, 1986-87.

Kate Del'Amico, Under Cover (also known as The Company), Fox, 1991.

Brett Robin, Robin's Hoods (also known as Robins Club, A toca de Robin, Les anges gardiens, and Mis cinco delincuentes), syndicated, 1994-95.

Claire Wright, Port Charles (also known as Port Charles: Desire, Port Charles: Fate, Port Charles: The Gift, Port Charles: Miracles Happen, Port Charles: Naked Eyes, Port Charles: Secrets, Port Charles: Superstitions, Port Charles: Surrender, Port Charles: Tainted Love, Port Charles: Tempted, Port Charles: Time in a Bottle, and Port Charles: Torn), ABC, 2000.

Sarah Novelli, First Monday, CBS, 2002.

Host of a program on NHK-TV (National Educational Network), Tokyo, Japan, beginning c. 1962.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Alice Roosevelt, "Eleanor and Franklin," ABC Theatre, ABC, 1976.

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.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Laurie Mathews, Bad Ronald, ABC, 1974.

Laura Gorman, Having Babies (also known as Giving Birth), 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.

Emmaline Nevada "Vada" Holtz, The Flame Is Love (also known as Rakkauden liekki), NBC, 1979.

Jennifer Scott, Women at West Point, CBS, 1979.

Sharon Muir, A Last Cry for Help, ABC, 1979.

Virginia Rae Hensler, Like Normal People, ABC, 1979.

Brenda Farrell, The Night the City Screamed, ABC, 1980.

Nellie Bly, The Adventures of Nellie Bly (also known as The Amazing Nellie Bly), NBC, 1981.

Annie Gilson, Money on the Side, ABC, 1982.

Arlene Robbins, Outrage!, CBS, 1986.

Eve Harper, Pleasures, ABC, 1986.

Susan Andrews, In Self Defense (also known as Hollow Point), ABC, 1987.

Beverly Rossmore, Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs (also known as Spie, pasticci & bugie and Spione, ueberall Spione), CBS, 1988.

Cassie Robbins, Addicted to His Love (also known as Sisterhood), ABC, 1988.

Lauren Hall, Web of Deceit, USA Network, 1990.

Kate Del'Amico, Before the Storm (also known as Undercover 2—Operation C-Waffe; consists of re-edited episodes of Under Cover), ABC, 1991.

Kate Del'Amico, Spy Games (consists of re-edited episodes of Under Cover), ABC, 1991.

Jane Adams, Secrets (also known as Danielle Steel's "Secrets"), NBC, 1992.

Norma, Body Language, USA Network, 1992.

Helen Davis, Incident at Deception Ridge (also known as Terror at Deception Ridge), USA Network, 1994.

Maryanne Bellman, Accidental Meeting, USA Network, 1994.

Ellie Porter, Born Free: A New Adventure (also known as Born Free 2, A historia de Elza—Parte 2, and Foedd fri 2—Lejonet Elsa blir stor), ABC, 1996.

Jean Dalton, The Absolute Truth, CBS, 1997.

Joan Wolrod, Holy Joe (also known as Man of Miracles, O homem dos milagres, and Par miracle), CBS, 1999.

Narrator, The Griffin and the Minor Canon (animated), West Virginia Public Broadcasting, 2002.

Dr. Christy Blanchard, Frozen Impact (also known as Cataclysme), PAX TV, 2003.

Katherine Norris, Stranger at the Door (also known as Un etranger parmi nous), Lifetime, 2004.

Kirsten Sorenen, Criminal Intent (also known as Amour et premeditation), Lifetime, 2005.

Laci Collins, Maid of Honor (also known as Dama de honor and Damigella d'onore), Lifetime, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Shelley Hewitt, I Do, I Don't, 1983.

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments, 1984.

Herself, Circus of the Stars and Sideshow (also known as The All New Circus of the Stars and Sideshow XVII and Circus of the Stars #17), CBS, 1992.

Detective, Story First: Behind the Unabomber, Lifetime, 1996.

True Stories from Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998.

Herself, Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Alicia, "The Spoilers," The Waltons, CBS, 1974.

Diane, "Thirteen Going on Twenty," Lucas Tanner, NBC, 1974.

Julie, "The Pregnancy," Sons and Daughters, CBS, 1974.

Kim, "Us against the World," Medical Story, NBC, 1975.

Leslie, "Street Girl," Medical Center, CBS, 1975.

Ruth Martin, "The Hostage," Hawaii Five-O (also known as McGarrett), CBS, 1975.

Magda, "Sanctuary," Serpico, ABC, 1977.

Vanessa, "The Heartbreaker," The Waltons, CBS, 1977.

Student, "The Girl Who Always Said No," What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, NBC, 1978.

Lisa Tate, "Revenge," Alfred Hitchcock Presents (also known as Alfred Hitchcock esittaeae, Alfred Hitchcock presenta, Alfred Hitchcock presente, and Alfred Hitchcock zeigt), NBC, 1985.

Terry Shannon, "Murder at the Oasis," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

"Call Me Grandma/A Gentleman of Discretion/The Perfect Divorce/Letting Go: Part 1," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985.

Crystal Wendle, "Mourning among the Wisterias," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988.

Laura, "The Sad Professor," Trying Times, PBS, 1989.

(In archive footage) Charlene Matlock, "The Kidnapper," Matlock, NBC, 1990.

Nicky DeSilva, "The Last Time I Saw Paris," Jack's Place, ABC, 1992.

Kate Richards, "Her Life as a Dog," The Hidden Room (also known as La chambre secrete), Lifetime, 1993.

Laura Ann Callan, "Dead Eye," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

Kelly Harris, "Who Killed the Legal Eagle?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Lynn Maxfield, "It's a Family Affair," Crisis Center, NBC, 1997.

Barbara Conway (some sources cite role as Barbara Cortino), "Crusader," Walker, Texas Ranger (also known as Walker), CBS, 1998.

Sally Buckall, "Flights of Angels," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998.

Joan, "Conspiracy," Crossing Jordan (also known as Untitled Tim Kring Project), NBC, 2003.

Diane Moore (2005), "Schadenfreude," Cold Case (also known as Anexihniastes ypothesis, Caso abierto, Cold case—affaires classees, Cold Case—Kein Opfer ist je vergessen, Doegloett aktak, Kalla spaar, Todistettavasti syyllinen, and Victimes du passe), CBS, 2005.

Herself, "Being Bad behind the Scenes," TV Land Confidential (also known as TV Land Confidential: The Untold Stories), TV Land, 2005.

Also appeared in other programs, including Merv Griffin Show, NBC, syndicated, and CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Bobbie Jean Shaw, State Fair, 1976.

Deborah Randal, The Oregon Trail (also known as Pioneer Trail and Westwaerts nach Oregon), NBC, 1976.

Molly Beaton, The Young Pioneers (also known as Young Pioneers, Los jovenes pioneros, and Wildes neues Land), ABC, 1976.

Molly Beaton, The Young Pioneers' Christmas (also known as Young Pioneers' Christmas and La Navidad de los jovenes pioneros), ABC, 1976.

Sarah, Midas Valley (also known as ABC Thursday Night Movie), ABC, 1985.

Shellane Victor, Dark Mansions, ABC, 1986.

Judith Lumley, "Day to Day," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1987.

Kate Del'Amico, Under Cover (also known as The Company), Fox, 1991.

Sarah Novelli, First Monday, CBS, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Time Travelers, c. 1964 (some sources cite 1966).

Rose Allen, Aru heishi no kake (also known as One Soldier's Gamble and The Walking Major), 1970.

Amy, Jory, Avco-Embassy, 1972.

Cheryl, Crazy Mama, New World Pictures, 1975.

Ingenue, W. C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1976.

Loree, Leo and Loree (also known as Starmakers), United Artists, 1980.

Sheila Munroe, Visiting Hours (also known as The Fright, Get Well Soon, and Terreur a l'hopital central), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980.

Kathy, High Country (also known as The First Hello), 1981.

Voice of Delilah, Samson & Delilah (short animated film), 1985.

Laura McCalla, Viper (also known as Codename Viper, Codigo Vibora, Dossier Viper, and Tuhon tuojat), Fries Entertainment, 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 Pictures, 2000.

Sandy Bilings, Fear of the Dark, Screen Media, 2002.

Film Work:

Associate producer, The Perfect Tenant, Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Joe Egg, 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, Japan, 1967.

The Relapse, Tokyo International Players, Tokyo, Japan, 1967.

Bet, Oliver! (musical), Imperial Theatre, 1968.

Louis, The King and I (musical), Imperial Theatre, 1968.

Isobel, Hallelujah, CBS Workshop, Los Angeles, 1973.

Fourth Floor Walk Up, CAST Theatre, Los Angeles, 1977.

Sandy, Grease (musical), San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, San Bernardino, CA, 1980.

Spoon River Anthology, Theatre 40, Los Angeles, 1980.

Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, 1981.

Ellen, The Man Who Could See through Time, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA, 1982.

Nora, A Doll's House, Allied International Productions, Matrix Theatre, 1982.

Betty, Snacks, Los Angeles, 1984.

Daisy, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (musical), San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, 1984.

Prudence, Beyond Therapy, Los Angeles Public Theatre, Los Angeles, 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.

Bell, Tusitala, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1988.

Jane, Fallen Angels, Olney Theatre, Olney, MD, 1989.

Wanda, The Baby Dance, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Other Stage, Williamstown, MA, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, and Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, all 1990, and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Lucy Brown, The Threepenny Opera (musical theatre), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 1992.

Title role, Nora, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 1993.

Mary Follet, All the Way Home, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 1995.

Barbara Webster, Johnny on a Spot, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 1997.

Elsa, The Road to Mecca, Long Wharf Theatre, 1997.

John Brown's Body, Lobero Stage Company, c. 1997.

Karen, Dinner with Friends, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1998.

Victoria Phillips, Getting and Spending, Old Globe, San Diego, CA, and Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, both 1998.

Regina Giddens, The Little Foxes, Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura, CA, c. 1999-2000.

No. 9 rue d'Antin, Pacific Resident Theatre, Venice, CA, 2000.

Aunt Polly, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (musical), Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Rubicon Theatre Company, 2003.

Phaidra, Hippolytos, Getty Villa, Barbara & Lawrence Fleischman Theater, Pacific Palisades, CA, 2006.

Mrs. Van Daan, The Diary of Anne Frank, Rubicon Theatre Company, 2007.

Appeared in other productions, including an appearance as the title role, Camille (musical); and an appearance in Hallelujah Hallelujah, off-off-Broadway production.

Stage Work:

Producer, The Baby Dance, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Other Stage, Williamstown, MA, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, and Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, all 1990, and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Radio Appearances:

Voice of Sally O'Mally, Milford-Haven, U.S.A., BBC Radio 5 and syndicated, beginning c. 1992.

Performed in Broken Glass, National Public Radio; and in Nora, L.A. Theatre Works, National Public Radio.



Alone Together, Varese Sarabande, 1998.

Out of This World (Live), LML Records, 2005.

Albums; with Others:

Teaching English (spoken word recording), Columbia, 1967.

Song "If We Could Turn Back Time," Leo and Loree (soundtrack), c. 1980.

George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration, MCA, 1994.

A Hollywood Christmas, MCA Special Products, 1996.

Cole Porter: A Musical Toast, Varese Sarabande, 1997.

The Burt Bacharach Album: Broadway Sings the Best of Burt Bacharach, Varese Sarabande, 1998.



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