Linda Purl


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Linda Purl was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and raised in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. At the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, she played the role of "Louis" in "The King and I" (in Japanese), "Bet" in "Oliver" and the role of "Helen Keller" in "The Miracle Worker". She then went to England to study under ... See full bio »

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Mighty Joe Young Dr. Ruth Young
(1998)
Visiting Hours Sheila Munroe
(1982)
Fear of the Dark Sandy Bilings
(2003)

Filmography

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  The Swing of Things (filming)
Sherry Fairfax-Rothstein
  Claire-ity (TV Series)
Suzanne Mercer
 2019 The High Life (TV Series)
Jane Gold
- Pilot (2019) ... Jane Gold
 2018 Code Black (TV Series)
Madeline Mandel
- Change of Heart (2018) ... Madeline Mandel
 2018 The Oath (TV Series)
Gwenn
- Allegiance (2018) ... Gwenn
- Payback (2018) ... Gwenn
- Snag (2018) ... Gwenn
- Consequences (2018) ... Gwenn
- The Deal (2018) ... Gwenn
 2017 Designated Survivor (TV Series)
Julia Rombauer
- The Ninth Seat (2017) ... Julia Rombauer
 2016 Bender
Mrs. Thomas
 2014 Reckless (TV Series)
Barbara Fortnum
- And So It Begins (2014) ... Barbara Fortnum
- Fifty-One Percent (2014) ... Barbara Fortnum
- Deep Waters (2014) ... Barbara Fortnum
- Blind Sides (2014) ... Barbara Fortnum
 2014 Major Crimes (TV Series)
Doris
- Flight Risk (2014) ... Doris
 2009-2013 The Office (TV Series)
Helene Beesly
- Customer Loyalty (2013) ... Helene Beesly (voice)
- Threat Level Midnight (2011) ... Helene Beesly
- The Search (2011) ... Helene Beesly (voice)
- Christening (2010) ... Helene Beesly
- Sex Ed (2010) ... Helene Beesly
 2012 Stalked at 17 (TV Movie)
Lauren
 2012 True Blood (TV Series)
Barbara Pelt
- We'll Meet Again (2012) ... Barbara Pelt
- Whatever I Am, You Made Me (2012) ... Barbara Pelt
 2011 Homeland (TV Series)
Elizabeth Gaines
- Marine One (2011) ... Elizabeth Gaines
- Achilles Heel (2011) ... Elizabeth Gaines
- Semper I (2011) ... Elizabeth Gaines
 2010 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Meredith Spencer
- In the Red (2010) ... Meredith Spencer
 2010 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Colleen Everson
- Our Darkest Hour (2010) ... Colleen Everson
 2010 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Lillian Allen
- A Little Night Music (2010) ... Lillian Allen
 2009 The Seer (Short)
Dr. Rachel Holly
 2009 Bones (TV Series)
Mrs. Diana Annenburg
- The Doctor in the Den (2009) ... Mrs. Diana Annenburg
 2008 Jack Salmon (Short)
Abigail Salmon
 2006 Maid of Honor (TV Movie)
Laci Collins
 2005 Criminal Intent (TV Movie)
Kirsten Sorensen
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Diane Moore 2005
- Schadenfreude (2005) ... Diane Moore 2005
 2004 Stranger at the Door (TV Movie)
Kathleen Norris
 2003 Fear of the Dark
Sandy Bilings
 2003 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Joan
- Conspiracy (2003) ... Joan
 2003 Frozen Impact (TV Movie)
Dr. Christy Blanchard
 2002 First Monday (TV Series)
Sarah Novelli
- Family Secrets (2002) ... Sarah Novelli
- Showdown (2002) ... Sarah Novelli
- Strip Search (2002) ... Sarah Novelli
- Unprotected Speech (2002) ... Sarah Novelli
- Court Date (2002) ... Sarah Novelli
 2002 The Griffin and the Minor Canon (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2000 Port Charles (TV Series)
Claire Wright
- Episode #1.775 (2000) ... Claire Wright
- Episode #1.773 (2000) ... Claire Wright
- Episode #1.769 (2000) ... Claire Wright (credit only)
- Episode #1.777 (2000) ... Claire Wright
- Episode #1.772 (2000) ... Claire Wright
 2000 The Perfect Tenant
Jessica Michaels
 1999 Sunday (Short)
Emily
 1999 Holy Joe (TV Movie)
Joan Wolrod
 1998 Mighty Joe Young
Dr. Ruth Young
 1998 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Sally
- Flights of Angels (1998) ... Sally
 1998 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Barbara Conway
- Crusader (1998) ... Barbara Conway
 1997 The Absolute Truth (TV Movie)
Jean Douglas
 1997 Crisis Center (TV Series)
Lynn Maxfield
- It's a Family Affair (1997) ... Lynn Maxfield
 1996 The Story First: Behind the Unabomber (TV Movie)
Detective
 1996 Born Free: A New Adventure (TV Movie)
Eleanor Porter
 1994-1995 Robin's Hoods (TV Series)
Brett Robin
- Labors of Love (1995) ... Brett Robin
- If Looks Could Kill (1995) ... Brett Robin
- Seems Like Old Times (1995) ... Brett Robin
- Rock and a Hard Place (1995) ... Brett Robin
- Hell Hath No Fury (1994) ... Brett Robin
 1994 Incident at Deception Ridge (TV Movie)
Helen Davis
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Kelly Harris
- Who Killed the Legal Eagle? (1994) ... Kelly Harris
 1994 Natural Causes
Jessie MacCarthy
 1994 Accidental Meeting (TV Movie)
Maryanne Bellmann
 1993 The Hidden Room (TV Series)
Kate Richards
- Her Life as a Dog (1993) ... Kate Richards
 1985-1993 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Laura Callan / Crystal Wendle / Terry Shannon
- Dead Eye (1993) ... Laura Callan
- Mourning Among the Wisterias (1988) ... Crystal Wendle
- Murder at the Oasis (1985) ... Terry Shannon
 1992 Body Language (TV Movie)
Norma
 1992 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Nicolette
- I See Cupid, I See France (1992) ... Nicolette
 1992 Secrets (TV Movie)
Jane Adams
 1991 Before the Storm (TV Movie)
 1991 Under Cover (TV Movie)
Kate Del'Amico
 1991 Under Cover (TV Series)
Kate Del'Amico
- The Wall (1991) ... Kate Del'Amico
- Sacrifices: Part II (1991) ... Kate Del'Amico
 1990 Web of Deceit (TV Movie)
Lauren Hale
 1990 Timeless Tales from Hallmark (TV Series)
Rapunzel
- Rapunzel (1990) ... Rapunzel (voice)
 1989 Trying Times (TV Series)
Laura
- The Sad Professor (1989) ... Laura
 1988 Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs (TV Movie)
Beverly
 1988 Viper
Laura Macalla
 1988 Addicted to His Love (TV Movie)
Cassie Robbins
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Judith
- Day to Day (1987) ... Judith
 1987 In Self Defense (TV Movie)
Susan Andrews
 1986-1987 Matlock (TV Series)
Charlene Matlock
- The Doctors (1987) ... Charlene Matlock (credit only)
- The Reporter (1987) ... Charlene Matlock (credit only)
- The Photographer (1987) ... Charlene Matlock (credit only)
- The People vs. Matlock (1987) ... Charlene Matlock
- The Therapist (1987) ... Charlene Matlock (voice)
 1986 Dark Mansions (TV Movie)
Shellane Victor
 1986 Samson and Delilah (Video short)
Delilah (voice)
 1986 Pleasures (TV Movie)
Eve Harper
 1986 Outrage! (TV Movie)
Arlene Robbins
 1985 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (TV Series)
Delilah
- Samson and Delilah (1985) ... Delilah
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lisa Tate
- Revenge (1985) ... Lisa Tate
 1985 Midas Valley (TV Movie)
Sarah Corey
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
Nydia
- Part 3 (1984) ... Nydia
- Part 2 (1984) ... Nydia
- Part 1 (1984) ... Nydia
 1974-1983 Happy Days (TV Series)
Ashley Pfister / Gloria
- Affairs of the Heart (1983) ... Ashley Pfister (credit only)
- Turn Around... And You're Home (1983) ... Ashley Pfister
- Babysitting (1983) ... Ashley Pfister
- May the Best Man Win (1983) ... Ashley Pfister (credit only)
- Wild Blue Yonder (1983) ... Ashley Pfister
 1982 Money on the Side (TV Movie)
Annie Gilson
 1982 Visiting Hours
Sheila Munroe
 1981 The Manions of America (TV Mini-Series)
Deirdre O'Manion
- Part III (1981) ... Deirdre O'Manion
- Part II (1981) ... Deirdre O'Manion
- Part I (1981) ... Deirdre O'Manion
 1981 The Adventures of Nellie Bly (TV Movie)
Nellie Bly
 1981 The High Country
Kathy
 1980 The Night the City Screamed (TV Movie)
Brenda Farrell
 1980 Leo and Loree
Loree
 1979 The Flame Is Love (TV Movie)
Emmaline Nevada 'Vada' Holtz
 1979 Like Normal People (TV Movie)
Virginia Rae Hensler
 1979 Women at West Point (TV Movie)
Jennifer Scott
 1979 A Last Cry for Help (TV Movie)
Sharon Muir
 1978 The Young Pioneers (TV Series)
Molly Beaton
- The Promise of Spring (1978) ... Molly Beaton
- A Kite for Charlie (1978) ... Molly Beaton
- Sky in the Window (1978) ... Molly Beaton
 1977 Black Market Baby (TV Movie)
Anne Macarino
 1977 Testimony of Two Men (TV Mini-Series)
Mavis Eaton
- Part I (1977) ... Mavis Eaton
- Part III (1977) ... Mavis Eaton
- Part II (1977) ... Mavis Eaton
 1974-1977 The Waltons (TV Series)
Vanessa / Alicia Hanover
- The Heartbreaker (1977) ... Vanessa
- The Spoilers (1974) ... Alicia Hanover
 1977 Little Ladies of the Night (TV Movie)
Hailey Atkins
 1977 Serpico (TV Series)
Magda
- Sanctuary (1977) ... Magda
 1976 Young Pioneers' Christmas (TV Movie)
Molly Beaton
 1976 Having Babies (TV Movie)
Laura Gorman
 1976 State Fair (TV Movie)
Bobbie Jean Shaw
 1976 W.C. Fields and Me
Ingenue
 1976 Young Pioneers (TV Movie)
Molly Beaton
 1976 Eleanor and Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
Alice Roosevelt (age 14-20)
- Episode #1.2 (1976) ... Alice Roosevelt (age 14-20)
- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... Alice Roosevelt (age 14-20)
 1976 The Oregon Trail (TV Series)
Deborah Randal
- Pilot (1976) ... Deborah Randal
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Kim
- Us Against the World (1975) ... Kim
 1975 Crazy Mama
Cheryl
 1975 Beacon Hill (TV Series)
Betsy Bullock
- The Pretenders (1975) ... Betsy Bullock
- The Test (1975) ... Betsy Bullock
- The Suitors (1975) ... Betsy Bullock
- The Million Dollar Gate (1975) ... Betsy Bullock
- The Speakeasy (1975) ... Betsy Bullock
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Leslie
- Street Girl (1975) ... Leslie
 1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Ruth
- The Hostage (1975) ... Ruth
 1974 Sons and Daughters (TV Series)
Julie Ashley
- The Pregnancy (1974) ... Julie Ashley
 1974 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Diane
- Thirteen Going on Twenty (1974) ... Diane
 1973 Jory
Amy Barron
 1970 Aru heishi no kake
Rose Allen
 1966 Time Travelers (TV Movie)
Farrington's Daughter
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Doreen Post (1973-1974)
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Other Works:

(2003-04) Stage: Appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's play, "The Sisters Rosenzweig," in a Bonnie Franklin's Classic Contemporary American Play production at the University of Judaism Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, with Bruce Weitz, Mimi Kennedy, Jane Fleiss, William Katt, Christopher Fairbanks, Eve Kagan and Jordan Belfi in the cast. ... See more »

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Trivia:

Attended high school at Wykeham Rise School for Girls in the Arts in Washington, Connecticut. After attending Finch College, she went to England to study under Marguerite Beale. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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