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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 June 1947Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameLinda Robinson
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The adventurous Canadian-born actress, who would invariably be known as the brunette dish who replaced Diana Rigg on the highly popular The Avengers (1961) spy series, was born Linda Robinson on June 18, 1947, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The second of four children of a math and physics teacher, she made a move to England in 1965 and initially studied dance and voice. A teen apprentice at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, her professional career took off abruptly in another direction, away from the theatre lights, when the 20-year-old was chosen (out of over 200 hopefuls) to succeed Ms. Rigg's "Emma Peel" as Patrick Macnee's new female TV partner. Despite her equally luscious looks and a set of beautiful, crystal blue orbs, Linda had major boots to fill following Ms. Rigg's departure and the stay was not long or all that heralded. Fans and critics alike loved "Emma Peel"; as a result, neither were all that kind to the rather inexperienced Linda, who eventually returned to her theatre roots to weather out the storm. Out of the limelight for much of the 1970s with maybe a few TV and supporting film roles, including Valentino (1977) and The Greek Tycoon (1978), coming her way, Linda made the trek to America, Broadway to be exact, and won a Theatre World Award for her fine performance in "Steaming" in 1982. Immediately following came rave reviews for the Drama Desk Award-winning comedy farce "Noises Off" and a more poised, mature Linda was back on her own terms. As a transatlantic player working in the U.S., her native Canada and in England, she went on to perform with the prestigious Royal Shakespearean and Old Vic theatre companies. By the late 1980s, she was appearing with more frequency on the big screen in such lesser-known films as Walls of Glass (1985), Sweet Liberty (1986), The Other Sister (1999) and Half Past Dead (2002). TV credits include guest work on Law & Order (1990) and St. Elsewhere (1982) and, as a regular cast member, on the series Marblehead Manor (1987), the daytime soap One Life to Live (1968) and The Hoop Life (1999). Although she has yet to gain the same kind of attention (and controversy) she did as a 20-year-old, her career has been consistently rewarding over the last three decades. Outstanding stage work in "Shirley Valentine" (1993), "The Sisters Rosenzweig" (1995) and "Amy's View" (2000) have added to her value as an artist. Married four times (divorced from third husband producer/newsman Bill Boggs), she has one son, Trevor, and resides in New York City. Married Canadian filmmaker Gavin Mitchell, 20 November 2005.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (4)

Gavin Mitchell (20 November 2005 - present)
Bill Boggs (18 November 1984 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Barry Bergthorson (1964 - 1965) (divorced)
Cyril J. Smith (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Dated Frank Sinatra who was godfather to her son, Trevor. Met Sinatra through her then boyfriend, Harry Guardino.
Moved to London at 16 to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts on scholarship
Her professional career launched abruptly at age of 20 when she was picked to replace Diana Rigg in The Avengers (1961).
Lives in New York City with son Trevor Boggs.
She is the only female lead of the TV show The Avengers (1961) not to appear in a James Bond film, Honor Blackman was in Goldfinger (1964), Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley were both in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
Linda personally chose the The Avengers (1961) character name of Tara King ("Tara" from Gone with the Wind (1939) and "King" from King & Country (1964)).
She shortened her married name from her first husband, Barry Bergthorson, for her stage moniker.
Younger stepsister of actress Susan Clark. They were both on Emily of New Moon (1998).
Stepsister-in-law of Alex Karras.
Ex-stepsister-in-law of Robert L. Joseph.
She was awarded the 1993 Drama Logue Award for Performance in "Money and Friends" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on replacing Diana Rigg in The Avengers (1961)] I win battles on the fact that I am a woman. The clothes are all feminine - silk and chiffon. And we are bringing back the bosom. The dresses will have plunge neck lines.
[on Patrick Macnee] An absolute gentleman. Patrick took me under his wing. And by that time...well, I think he didn't even want to do it anymore.. But they threw some money at him and said that it wouldn't be forever...just a couple more years. Patrick was just charming and delightful.

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