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      Linda Purl

      Linda Purl

      Highest Rated: 92% Crazy Mama (1975)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Visiting Hours (1982)

      Birthday: Sep 2, 1955

      Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

      Bringing an undeniable worldliness to many of her roles, Linda Purl's unique upbringing offered her an invaluable asset in her career as a performer. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1955, Purl's family moved to Japan when she was only five. Raised there until the age of fifteen, Purl performed in several plays at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo during her youth, including "The King and I," "Oliver!" and "The Miracle Worker." After returning to the U.S. to attend Wykeham Rise School, a private boarding school for the performing arts, she studied at Finch College and later at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Purl had already broken into professional acting by this time, having appeared in a number of projects such as "The Walking Major" (1970), a joint Japanese-American production also released under the title "Aru Heishi no kake." She would land her big break in American movies with a role in Jonathan Demme's "Crazy Mama" (1975), soon going on to appear in the cult hit slasher "Visiting Hours" (1982). Purl took on the role of Charlene, daughter of the title character on the legal drama "Matlock" (NBC, 1986-1995) for the show's first season, and found further success in the legal genre co-starring on "Robin's Hoods" (USA, 1994-95). Purl turned her attention to the Broadway stage in 1998, starring in the original cast of "Getting and Spending," and later in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." She would continue to appear in film and TV projects, notably guest starring on shows like "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010) and "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011-). In 2018, Purl appeared on the medical drama "Code Black" (CBS, 2015-).

      Highest rated movies

      Crazy Mama
      W.C. Fields and Me
      Bad Ronald
      Mighty Joe Young
      Visiting Hours

      Photos

      Linda Purl at arrivals for THE OATH Premiere, Sony Studios, Culver City, CA March 7, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection JORY, Robby Benson, Linda Purl, 1972 VISITING HOURS, Linda Purl, 1982 TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved The Office, Steve Carell (L), Linda Purl (R), 'Threat Level Midnight', Season 7, Ep. #17, 02/17/2011, ©NBC The Office, Linda Purl (L), John Krasinski (R), 'Christening', Season 7, Ep. #7, 11/04/2010, ©NBC BORN FREE: A NEW ADVENTURE, Linda Purl, 1996. © Columbia TriStar Television Reckless, Linda Purl, 'Blind Sides', Season 1, Ep. #4, 07/20/2014, ©CBS The Office, Steve Carell (L), Linda Purl (R), 'Niagara, Part 1', Season 6, Ep. #4, 10/08/2009, ©NBC The Office, Linda Purl (L), Steve Carell (R), 'Roy's Wedding', Season 9, Ep. #2, 09/27/2012, ©NBC Reckless, Linda Purl, 'Fifty-One Percent', Season 1, Ep. #10, 08/31/2014, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 95% Paul's Promise Minnie Holderfield (Character) $140.4K 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story Unknown (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 12% The Swing of Things Sherry Fairfax-Rothstein (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 29% Bender Mrs. Thomas (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 48% Stalked at 17 Lauren (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 52% Maid of Honor Laci Collins (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Intent Kirsten Sorensen (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger at the Door Kathleen Norris (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 35% Frozen Impact Dr. Christy Blanchard (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 39% Fear of the Dark Sandy Bilings (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 12% The Perfect Tenant Jessica Michaels (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 62% Holy Joe Joan Wolrod (Character) - 1999
      54% 40% Mighty Joe Young Dr. Ruth Young (Character) $50.6M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Absolute Truth Jean Douglas (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 60% Born Free: A New Adventure Eleanor Porter (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Deception Ridge Helen Davis (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Accidental Meeting Maryanne Bellmann (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Natural Causes Jessie MacCarthy (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 58% Secrets Jane Adams (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 33% Body Language Norma (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Cover Kate Del'Amico (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Before the Storm Unknown (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spy Games Kate Del'Amico (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Web of Deceit Lauren Hale (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Addicted to His Love Cassie Robbins (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Viper Laura Macalla (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs Beverly (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Self Defense Susan Andrews (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Court Martial Charlene Matlock (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outrage! Arlene Robbins (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Mansions Shellane Victor (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pleasures Eve Harper (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Don Charlene Matlock (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Days of Pompeii Nydia (Character) - 1984
      14% 24% Visiting Hours Sheila Munroe (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Money on the Side Annie Gilson (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Nellie Bly Nellie Bly (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Country Kathy (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leo and Loree Loree (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flame Is Love Emmaline Nevada `'Vada'` Holtz (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very Special Love Virginia Rae Hensler (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Like Normal People Virginia Rae Hensler (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women at West Point Jennifer Scott (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Last Cry for Help Sharon Muir (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night Hailey Atkins (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Market Baby Anne Macarino (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dangerous Love Anne Macarino (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Us Against the World Kim (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Pioneers Molly Beaton (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Pioneers' Christmas Molly Beaton (Character) - 1976
      67% 62% W.C. Fields and Me Ingenue (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 100% Eleanor and Franklin Alice Roosevelt (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Having Babies Laura Gorman (Character) - 1976
      92% 39% Crazy Mama Cheryl (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oregon Trail Deborah Randal (Character) - 1975
      60% 56% Bad Ronald Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jory Amy Barron (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Walking Major Rose Allen (Character) - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Lucy (Guest Star) 2023
      No Score Yet 81% Code Black Madeline (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 100% The Oath Gwenn Hammond (Character) 2018
      71% 53% Designated Survivor Julia Rombauer (Guest Star) 2017
      38% 87% Reckless Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 78% Major Crimes Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      81% 89% The Office Helene (Guest Star) 2009-2011 2013
      85% 86% Homeland Elizabeth Gaines (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Meredith Spencer (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Lillian Allen (Guest Star) 2010
      90% 83% Bones Mrs. Diana Annenburg (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      21% No Score Yet First Monday Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      20% No Score Yet Crisis Center Lynn Maxfield (Guest Star) 1997
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Kelly Harris (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Terry Shannon (Guest Star) 1985 1988 1993
      100% No Score Yet Under Cover Kate Del'Amica (Character) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Charlene Matlock (Character) 1986-1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1985
      18% No Score Yet The Last Days of Pompeii Unknown (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Ashley Pfister (Guest Star) 1974 1982-1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Manions of America Unknown (Character) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1974 1977