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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 September 1956Salisbury, Maryland, USA
Birth NameLinda Carroll Hamilton
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Linda Carroll Hamilton was born on September 26, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland, USA. Following Wicomico High School, she studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, before moving on to acting studies in New York. In New York, she attended acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg. Her first roles were small roles in television series, with her biggest break coming with her role as Sarah Conner in The Terminator (1984). She became well-known to the public from her role on the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987), until her appearance in the blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) brought her greater fame, which she did not capitalize on. Other films include Mr. Destiny (1990), Silent Fall (1994) and Dante's Peak (1997). She has also starred in several acclaimed made-for-TV movies.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steinar Bang <steinarb@falch.no>

Spouse (2)

James Cameron (26 July 1997 - 16 December 1999) (divorced) (1 child)
Bruce Abbott (19 December 1982 - 28 December 1989) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently portrays women who endure in spite of great hardship or tragedy

Trivia (26)

Daughter: Josephine Cameron (b. 15 February 1993). Father is James Cameron.
Son: Dalton Abbott (b. 4 October 1989). Father is Bruce Abbott.
Linda is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Linda went to Wicomico Junior High in Salisbury, Maryland, with her identical-twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren.
She reprised her Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) character, Sarah Connor, for the theme-park attraction T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996), a short film shot in a new 3-D process that makes the film appear to jump out at you.
While Hamilton was attending Washington College, the acting professor told her that she had no hope of earning a living as an actress.
After her role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), she learned that she made such an impression as the pumped and ferociously tough Sarah Connor that she was typecast into being offered only roles for similarly tough characters.
Turned down a chance to reprise the role of Sarah Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
Her identical twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was Linda's double in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Leslie is seen when Sarah is remembering playing with John at the park and when the T-1000 is impersonating her.
Sprained her ankle prior to filming The Terminator (1984) and it never quite healed right due to all the running she had to do in the film.
She divorced second husband James Cameron after discovering he was having an affair with actress Suzy Amis during the making of the movie Titanic (1997). Her divorce from him was the second-most expensive divorce next to that of Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving. Hamilton stood to take half of Cameron's earnings - close to $50 million.
Auditioned for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), which went to Kate Mulgrew.
Good friends with former Beauty and the Beast (1987) co-star Ron Perlman. They reunited in the theater play "Love Letters" (1990), and in the post-Vietnam war drama Missing in America (2005).
Has appeared on television and revealed that she suffered from bipolar disorder. She said that her condition had destroyed her marriage to her first husband, Bruce Abbott, abusing him verbally and physically, and that it also had ruined her marriage to second husband James Cameron. Linda said that it was her love for her two children that finally forced her to seek treatment, and she began taking medication. That was 10 years ago, and Linda says that she will always be grateful that she chose treatment and regrets the pain that her illness caused those she loves.
In the original screenplay of The Terminator (1984), the character she played, Sarah Connor, was 19 years old. It was decision of James Cameron to make the character somewhat older to fit into Hamilton's age. In real life, Linda was 27 when filming started and turned 28 before the film was released.
Talked about 20 years of treatment for being bipolar on the October 14, 2005 show of Larry King Live (1985).
Has worked with both actors who were the main heroes of the Predator movies: Arnold Schwarzenegger in two Terminator movies (The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)), and Danny Glover in Missing in America (2005).
Is perhaps best known for her roles as Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and as Catherine Chandler in Beauty and the Beast (1987).
James Cameron offered her the role of Molly Brown in Titanic (1997) (ultimately played by Kathy Bates), but she declined.
Was considered for the role of Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995), which went to Nicole Kidman.
Read for the role of Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men (1992), which went to Demi Moore instead.
She was a method acting student at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
A former manager of hers embezzled $100,000 of her money.
At one stage in her life, she was addicted to cocaine.
Her father died in a car crash when she was five.
Ex-sister-in-law of Mike Cameron and John David Cameron.

Personal Quotes (8)

My heart is so light that it's amazing. I get to play all this grief, all this loss, all this disaster and chaos. It's hysterically funny. I am very light. I keep saying I'm Lucy Ricardo trapped in somebody else's body.
At the 1997 Oscars, about then-husband James Cameron: "My husband is the sexiest man in the world."
Talking about the development of the Sarah Connor character from the Terminator films: "A woman who grows and transforms on screen is always a wonderful thing to play. Sarah went from a vulnerable, normal girl to someone who finds all of her deep reservoirs of strength and comes through it all."
About her reaction to Arnold Schwarzenegger being cast as the Terminator in the original film: "I didn't take Schwarzenegger very seriously as an actor at that time. I said, 'Oh Lord, why cast a man who looks like a machine as a machine? Cast somebody who's very thin to do these superhuman acts.' And I was wrong. He was used tremendously effectively, and he was served very well by that film."
[Talking about James Cameron after their divorce]: I love him as much as I ever did. But that doesn't mean that the heartache wasn't huge and I haven't suffered. I knew how Jim was when I married him and I love him still.
[on her marriage to James Cameron] He was all brain and work and I was all heart and living. He had guns next to his side of the bed and I had crystals and fertility symbols next to mine. We were just really not meant to be together. Nowadays we just tease and play and have a lot of respect for each other. I think the man is an extraordinary director. He is a complete genius.
[why she turned down Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)] They offered me a part. I read it and knew my character arc was so complete after the first two, but in the third one it was negligible. She died halfway through and there was no time to mourn her. It was all so disposable so I said no thank you.
[1991: On leaving Beauty and the Beast (1987) to devote time to motherhood] It was a leap of faith. One never knows what one is doing in my opinion. I just have to trust in the perfection of my instincts: that wherever I am or wherever I'm going to go is exactly where I'm supposed to be. I do believe that in my life -- it's very comforting.

Salary (1)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) $1,000,000

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