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Linda Evans



While attending Hollywood High School, Linda Evanstad (born November 18, 1942) accompanied a nervous classmate to an audition for a Canada Dry TV commercial. Impressed by the brunette, wholesomely pretty Evans, the ad-agency director invited her to read as well. After this and two subsequent commercial spots, Evans began making the TV guest-star rounds on such series as Bachelor Father, Ozzie and Harriet, The Untouchables and The 11th Hour. Her fortunes improved when she cut the "stad" off her last name and dyed her hair blonde. As Linda Evans, she made her first important film appearance as kidnapped pop singer Sugar Kane in the 1963 confection Beach Blanket Bingo; that same year, she was signed to an MGM contract, though she spent much of it on loan-out to other studios. From 1965 to 1969, Evans was co-starred on the TV western The Big Valley as the ever-imperiled Audra Barkley. Thereafter, her life and career was under the strict guidance of her then-husband, actor/director John Derek. Once free of Derek's influence, Evans was compelled to virtually start all over again in such lower-berth film efforts as Mitchell (1975). When she was hired to play the long-suffering Krystle Carrington on the long-running (1981-89) nighttime serial Dynasty, Evans' comeback was full and complete.



Evans reprised her role as Krystle Carrington for Dynasty: The Reunion, a television series that aired in 1991. After working in a variety of made-for-television movies throughout the 1990s, Evans decided to retire from screen acting towards the end of the decade. However, the actress wouldn't disappear from television entirely, and neither would her legendary Dynasty persona (in 2005, actress Melora Hardin portrayed Evans herself for Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the production of Dynasty). The following year, Evans reunited with her Dynasty alumni for a non-fiction reunion special titled Dynasty: Catfights and Caviar. The actress appeared in -- and won -- the British television reality series Hell's Kitchen.



Evans enjoys the reputation of being one of Hollywood's nicest and most gracious actresses. A persuasive spokesperson, she has endorsed several commercial products and worked tirelessly on behalf of the pro-environment movement.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Childish Things
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Stepsister
  • Joan
1997
No Score Yet Linda Evans: The New You
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Judith Krantz's 'Dazzle'
  • Sylvie
1995
No Score Yet Derrick contre Superman
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
  • Kate Muldoon
1991
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler---The Adventure Continues
  • Actor
1983
55% The Hunter
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Tom Horn
  • Glendolene Kimmel
1980
No Score Yet Gambler: The Adventure Continues
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Avalanche Express
  • Elsa Lang
1979
No Score Yet Standing Tall
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Hunter
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Mitchell
  • Greta
1975
No Score Yet The Klansman
  • Nancy Poteet
1974
No Score Yet Confessions of Tom Harris
  • Pat
1969
80% Beach Blanket Bingo
  • Sugar Kane
1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways
  • Bridie Mellot
1965
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor
  • Alice Clinton
1963
No Score Yet Big Valley - Legend of a General
  • Actor
No Score Yet Big Valley - Explosion
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest

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