The Exorcist ♦ The Exorcist II ♦ Supernatural ♦ The Heretic
Internationally known for her portrayal of the 14-year-old girl in The Exorcist, Linda Blair already had a full career in modeling and commercials in NYC. At the age of five, Linda began working as a model for such well-known stores as Sears, JCPenney, and Macy’s. She also became the “Cinderella” girl, whose beautiful pictures from around the country appeared in the NY Sunday Times Magazine. Her first commercial was for Downey fabric softener, which led to a career of over 75 commercials, including ones for Welch’s Grape Jelly, Guldens Mustard, Ivory Soap, cereals, and toys. She became the “Heidi” girl for a young girl’s doll.
Although you would think Linda would’ve been kept busy, the little girl dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Her late mother, Elinore Blair, who passed away in June of 1994, believed strongly that Linda should pursue all of her interests, including gymnastics, modern dance, tap dance, piano lessons, sailing, sewing, and artwork; she even won the Presidential Physical Fitness Award in school. Linda’s great passion became horses. She began riding at about six years old and started showing in the larger horse shows at age ten. Later, Linda became a successful junior rider, qualifying for the year end indoor horse shows with a variety of her horses. Linda also completed a successful tour with her now retired horse, Northern Bound, in the Amateur Owner jumper division in 1990-1991. She has hopes of putting together a motion picture that portrays the sport of Grand Prix show jumping with her company, Falcon-Wolf Productions.
The Exorcist, which was released in December, 1973, changed Linda’s life forever. She made such famous TV movies as Born Innocent, Sarah T.—Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (Linda won the AA Award for special contribution to this tragic problem), Sweet Hostage (with Martin Sheen), which has become many people’s favorite movie of Linda’s, and Summer of Fear, directed by Wes Craven. Her movies have ranged from roller skating in Roller Boogie to starring with Richard Burton in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Kirk Douglas and Elizabeth Taylor played her parents in Victory at Entebbe, along with a major celebrity cast including Anthony Hopkins. Though known for dramatic work, Blair has made a breakthrough in the comedy world. She starred in Up Your Alley with Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic) and her outrageous spoof on herself in Repossessed, starring Leslie Nielson.
In 1993, she went to the Philippines and filmed Double Blast, a kid’s martial arts movie which ran on cable in April of 1995. In 1994, she finished acting in and co-producing the movie Skins. The film speaks out against racism and violence on the streets. It also stars Wings Hauser, who wrote and directed the film as well. In the fall of 1994, Linda made a guest appearance on Aaron Spelling’s TV show, Robin’s Hoods. The year before, she starred with Bobcat Goldthwait in Married With Children, where they played Peg Bundy’s cousins.
In April and May of 1995, Linda went to Canada to do a two-character romantic-comedy for the stage. The play It Had To Be You also starred Eddie Mekka from Laverne & Shirley. Linda has performed onstage in three different pieces, all comedies: In L.A. with Sally Kellerman; Women Behind Bars; and, in San Francisco, Run For Your Wife, starring Murray Langston and Pat Paulson. She also has several other projects that she is currently putting together with her company, Falcon-Wolf Productions.
Linda appears regularly on the Genesis Awards, aired on the Animal Planet on the Discovery Channel, given to news media and documentaries that have exposed the horrible crimes against animals and do their reporting with honesty and courage. In 1991, Linda raised a hundred thousand dollars to save the Dolphin Research Center, Flipper’s original home in Florida. She has donated much time to the homeless and, in 1993, raised over three thousand dollars by signing autographs for Feed The Children; it was called “Linda Blair’s Mid West Flood Relief Fund” for the flood victims. She is the spokesperson for such organizations as Last Chance for Animals and ECHO (the Earth Communications Office). In 1995, Linda hosted an awards show, Metro Teen Aids, in our nation’s capital for teen AIDS awareness.
She has appeared in Washington for the Cancer Society and was a spokesperson for the Diabetes Assoc. in 1982. Linda also works with Variety, the children’s charity, which helps all children in their time of need around the world. In December, 1995, the AMC Theaters in Burbank, California, hosted an evening for the children where Linda gave out presents with Santa Claus. They also went around to several hospitals giving out presents. In 1998, Linda produced and hosted a private party for the children in the hospital in Los Angeles. She believes strongly in helping the youth in America and faithfully donates autographed items to celebrity auctions, helping those in need.
In 1995, in Washington D.C., Linda and thousands of people marched on the nation’s capital for the “March For The Animals.” The march brought in people from around the world to help raise the public’s awareness for the horrible atrocities that animals are suffering on a daily basis. The news media barely mentioned Linda’s attendance, though she spoke passionately at both the press conference and the march, along with Dr. Jane Goodall, Speaker Howard Lyman (cattle rancher turned vegetarian), the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Peter Gerard from The National Alliance For Animals, and many other groups. It ran on CNN in Europe but not in America. Other celebrities at the march were actresses Tippi Hedren, Rue McClanahan, and James Cromwell from the movie, Babe.
Linda spoke on her issue of “Pet Theft Awareness,” which she and LCA made a national campaign, and they need everyone’s help! She never wants anyone to suffer her same loss and have their companion animal stolen and sold to scientific research.
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