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Linda Blair



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% 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
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 Fatal Bond
  • Leonie Stevens
1991
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith
  • Actor
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 Night Force
  • Actor
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
57% 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
20% 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
86% The Exorcist
  • Regan MacNeil
1973
No Score Yet The Sporting Club
  • Barby
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
92% Supernatural
2005
  • Diana Ballard
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Jenny
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge

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