Linda Blair

Linda Blair

Her role as Regan Teresa MacNeil in 'The Exorcist' (1973)

Background:

Hollywood actress Linda Blair is famous for her signature role of the possessed
little girl Regan Teresa MacNeil in the William Friedkin’s horror thriller The
Exorcist (1973). Her performance in the movie won a Golden Globe Award and
received an Oscar nomination. Yet, her career gradually sank to the bottom. Her
turn as Officer Sue Perman in Night Patrol (1984) was given a Razzie Award.
Blair continued to appear in minor films like Nightforce (1987), The Chilling
(1989), Bedroom Eyes II (1991) and Prey of the Jaguar (1996). Recently, the
actress was seen in the thriller All Is Normal (2006), starring as Barbara. On
stage, Blair received a good response from audiences after playing Rizzo in the
1997 revival of “Grease.”

Outside the spotlight, the actress, who was the 36th actor in VH1’s “100
Greatest Kid Stars,” has her own clothing line called “Linda Blair’s Wild West
Collection.” The vegan actress also wrote a book titled “Going Vegan!”
Additionally, she is an active member of P.E.T.A., an organization protecting
animal rights. She has taken home numerous awards for her work as an animal
rights activist, as well as lent her name to help the worldwide effort in
stopping animal abuse. Blair actively participated in efforts to stop animal/pet
theft after one of her dogs was stolen. She also has more than 75 charities to
which she is devoted.

As for her private life, Blair was romantically involved with musician Rick
Springfield (born on August 23, 1949) before having a special relationship with
actor Wings Hauser (born on December 12, 1947), whom she met while filming
Bedroom Eyes II (1991). In 1994, the couple separated.


Young Model

Childhood and Family:

In St. Louis, Missouri, Linda Denise Blair was born on January 22, 1959, to
James Frederick Blair (job-placement executive) and Elinore Blair (real-estate
agent; died in 1994). With her parents and her siblings, Jimmy and Debbie, she
moved to Westport, Connecticut, at the age of 2.

Showing an interest in performing, Linda began modeling at age 6. During her
early teens, Linda won a Presidential Fitness Award. The animal lover, who once
dreamed of entering veterinary school, keeps chickens and horses as pets at her
home.


Night Patrol

Career:

Linda Blair had been a model since a very young age and had already appeared in
75 commercials and hundreds of magazine catalogues by the age of 12. She then
stepped into acting and made her small screen debut by taking the lead role of
Allyn Jaffe in the TV series “Hidden Faces” (1968). It was followed by a wide
screen debut in the drama The Way We Live Now (1970), where she was cast in the
supporting role of Sara Aldridge.

After a small part in The Sporting Club (1971), young Blair soon received her
breakthrough when she played her signature role of Regan Teresa MacNeil, a
possessed little girl, in The Exorcist (1973). Giving an impressive performance,
Blair won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as earned an Oscar
nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe nomination for Best
Newcomer. Blair’s role of Regan is on the 9th spot in American Film Institute’s
list of “The 100 Years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.” The William
Friedkin-directed horror thriller, which was based on William Peter Blatty’s
novel, is also considered one of the best horror movies.

Blair continued her victory and made her TV movie debut in the controversial
Born Innocent (1974), in which she convincingly portrayed Chris Parker, a young
runaway who is abused while in jail. Still on TV, she remarkably played the
title character in Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975). She also
nicely costarred as Chana Vilnofsky, opposite Kirk Douglas and Richard Dreyfuss,
in the made-for-TV thriller Victory at Entebbe (1976). After reprising her role
of Regan Teresa MacNeil in the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), she
starred as Rachel Bryant in Wes Craven’s TV thriller Stranger in Our House
(1978). Blair then played the leading role of Terry Barkley in the mediocre
musical romantic comedy Roller Boogie (1979) before appearing in the second-rate
drama action Ruckus (1981). On TV, the actress guest starred in the series
“Fantasy Island” (1982) and “The Love Boat” (1982).

Subsequent to her role as the imprisoned Carol Henderson in the little seen
movie Chained Heat (1983), Blair sank further when her performance as Officer
Sue Perman in the comedy Night Patrol (1984) handed her a Razzie for Worst
Actress. Receiving a Razzie for Worst Career Achievement, the actress appeared
in minor motion pictures like Red Heat (1985) and Nightforce (1987). She fared
better by starring as Vickie Adderly in Bob Logan’s low budgeted comedy Up Your
Alley (1988). The same year, Blair tried her hand as a producer in Grotesque
(1988), where she also had the leading role of Lisa. Following The Chilling
(1989), she costarred with Leslie Nielsen in Repossessed (1990), a spoof of her
famous film The Exorcist. Blair’s career did not seem to improve when she took
roles in Chuck Vincent’s Bedroom Eyes II (1991), Fatal Bond (1992, as Leonie
Stevens), Bad Blood (1993), her self-produced Skins (1994), Sorceress (1995) and
the action thriller Prey of the Jaguar (1996).

Blair made a stage appearance as Rizzo in a revival of “Grease” (1997) and
received positive reviews from the audience. She appeared on the small screen as
a guest star in the series “PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal” (1998, as
Rebecca Royce) and “Godzilla: The Series” (1999, as the voice of Alexandra
Springer). She had the regular role of Joni in the comedy series “L.A. 7,” which
featured the teen music group S Club 7 (2000), before disappearing from the
screen. Three years later, she reappeared as Shelly Stoker in the small screen
family movie Monster Makers (2003).

In 2005, Blair was cast in the supporting role of Brenda in the Monte
Young-helmed wide screen comedy Hitters Anonymous. The actress will also been
seen in All Is Normal (2006), taking the leading turn as Barbara. The thriller
was directed and written by Juliana Brafa and Todd G. Bieber.


Awards:

Razzie: Worst Actress, Night Patrol, 1986
Razzie: Worst Career Achievement Award, 1985
Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Exorcist, 1973
 
People need to understand; I may have been very innocent. Didn't understand the devil. Didn't understand any of that. You can only push a child so far. You have laws; number one. And number two; I had been doing this so long, I could say now that I don't want to do something. But after a certain while, they knew when they had pushed their luck with me, and that it was time to, you know, maybe back off.More Linda Blair quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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I didn't have a clue. I grew up Protestant in Connecticut at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. We didn't talk about the devil. That's Catholicism. And so, that was my safety net. And I always say, it's probably a good thing they didn't hire a Catholic child, who may have heard about the devil, the things that were in the closet. And no one wanted to discuss them.More Linda Blair quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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