Linda Blair

Lowest Rated: 0% Repossessed (1990)
Birthday: Jan 22, 1959
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Although many people assume that The Exorcist (1974) was American actress Linda Blair's film debut, she had actually been working in commercials since age six. Blair was chosen from a field of 500 hopefuls for Exorcist because of her resemblance to the film's star, Ellen Burstyn. To the casual viewer, the film, which dealt with the Devil's possession of an innocent preteen girl, was hardly the sort of fare that any responsible parent would allow their child to appear in. But the Exorcist's director, William Friedkin, was careful to prearrange the special effects (head turning around, bloody body wounds, vomiting green bile) with the least amount of danger or trauma for Blair. From all reports, she handled the assignment like a trouper, though she balked at having her hair messed up for the purposes of the plot. Blair was nominated for an Academy Award for her Exorcist work, but this campaign was scuttled when it was learned that, not only had the girl been extensively doubled by a dummy, but her horrendous "Satan" voice, explicit obscenities and all, had been dubbed by adult actress Mercedes McCambridge. A major celebrity at 15, Blair was able for a while to parlay her Exorcist work into a series of demanding film and TV roles, most of which cast her as a much-abused victim. Her rape scene in the TV movie Born Innocent was so graphic that the network was forced to cut the scene when the film was rerun. In other appearances, Blair played a teen alcoholic, a kidnap victim, a heart-transplant patient on an endangered airliner, and her Exorcist role again in Exorcist II (1977). By this time, Blair was unable to maintain the equilibrium of her career, which degenerated into exploitative crime or girls-in-prison films. More recently, Blair was seen in Repossessed (1990), a ham-handed spoof of the film that made her famous.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
20% Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel Helen Harris 2018
75% An Affair of the Heart Actor 2012
No Score Yet imps* Actor 2009
No Score Yet I'm Rick James Actor 2007
No Score Yet All Is Normal Actor 2006
No Score Yet Teddy Scares Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Powder Puff Principle Actor 2006
No Score Yet Hitters Anonymous Actor 2005
No Score Yet UnConventional Actor 2004
No Score Yet Monster Makers Shelly Stoker 2003
No Score Yet The '70s: Bellbottoms to Boogie Shoes Actor 2001
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous Actor 2001
No Score Yet Rick Springfield: Behind the Image Actor 2000
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Actor $38.7M 2000
No Score Yet Prey of the Jaguar Lt. Cody Johnson 1997
79% Scream Obnoxious Reporter 1996
No Score Yet Double Blast Claudia 1994
No Score Yet Gang Boys Actor 1994
No Score Yet Sorceress Amelia Reynolds 1994
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Hannah Hawkes 1992
No Score Yet Dead Sleep Maggie Healey 1992
No Score Yet Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? Bambi Bembenek Jane Mader 1992
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith Actor 1991
No Score Yet Fatal Bond Leonie Stevens 1991
0% Repossessed Nancy Aglet 1990
0% Zapped Again Miss Mitchell 1990
No Score Yet Moving Target Actor 1989
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses Actor 1989
No Score Yet W.B., Blue and the Bean Nettie 1989
No Score Yet Bedroom Eyes II Sophie Stevens 1989
No Score Yet Bad Blood Evie Barnes 1989
No Score Yet The Chilling Actor 1989
No Score Yet Witchery Jane Brooks 1988
No Score Yet Silent Assassins Sara 1988
No Score Yet Up Your Alley Vickie Adderly 1988
No Score Yet Grotesque Lisa Kruger 1987
No Score Yet Nightforce Carla 1986
No Score Yet Savage Island (Banished Women) Daly 1985
No Score Yet Red Heat Christine Carlson 1985
No Score Yet Night Patrol Sue 1984
No Score Yet Savage Streets Brenda 1984
56% Chained Heat Carol Henderson 1983
56% Hell Night Marti Gaines 1981
No Score Yet Ruckus Jenny Bellows 1980
0% Roller Boogie Terry Barkley 1979
No Score Yet Wild Horse Hank Hank Bradford 1979
No Score Yet Stranger in Our House Rachel Bryant 1978
17% Exorcist II: The Heretic Regan MacNeil 1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe Chana Vilnofsky 1976
No Score Yet Sweet Hostage Doris Mae Withers 1975
29% Airport 1975 Janice Abbott 1974
No Score Yet Born Innocent Chris Parker 1974
85% The Exorcist Regan MacNeil 1973
No Score Yet The Sporting Club Barby 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Eli Roth's History of Horror
2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry
2016
Guest
  • 2017
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2014
88% Supernatural
2005
Diana Ballard
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
  • 1992
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Jenny
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jane Pascal
  • 1985

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