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Born: September 2, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, singer

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This petite blonde player is capable of projecting both a delicate vulnerability and a sturdy strength. Linda Purl has had an active TV career since the early 1970s, frequently appearing in TV-movies to supplement several unsuccessful attempts at a series stardom. She is recalled as the divorcee who (temporarily) won the heart of The Fonz (Henry Winkler) on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1982-83) and more recently starred as a former assistant D.A. running a nightclub and helping offenders walk the straight and narrow in "Robin's Hoods" (syndicated, 1994-95).

This petite blonde player is capable of projecting both a delicate vulnerability and a sturdy strength. Linda Purl has had an active TV career since the early 1970s, frequently appearing in TV-movies to supplement several unsuccessful attempts at a series stardom. She is recalled as the divorcee who (temporarily) won the heart of The Fonz (Henry Winkler) on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1982-83) and more recently starred as a former assistant D.A. running a nightclub and helping offenders walk the straight and narrow in "Robin's Hoods" (syndicated, 1994-95).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stalked at 17 (2012)
2.
 Maid of Honor (2006)
3.
 Criminal Intent (2005)
4.
5.
 Fear of the Dark (2004)
6.
 Frozen Impact (2003) Dr. Christy Blanchard
7.
 Perfect Tenant, The (2000) Jessica Michael
8.
 Holy Joe (1999) Joan Wolrod
9.
 Mighty Joe Young (1998) Doctor Ruth Young
10.
 Absolute Truth, The (1997) Jean Dalton
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Born in Connecticut
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Moved to Japan with her family when her father was transferred there
1962:
Made TV debut hosting children's show from Tokyo, Japan
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Became member of the Tokyo International Players
1966:
Made professional stage debut playing Helen Keller in a Japanese production of "The Miracle Worker"
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Made feature film debut in "The Travelers" while still in Japan
1971:
Returned to USA
1972:
Appeared in feature film "Jory"
1973:
Appeared on the daytime soap "The Secret Storm"
1974:
Made TV-movie debut in "Bad Ronald"
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Had regular role of Gloria on the ABC sitcom "Happy Days"
1975:
Went on a crime spree in feature film "Crazy Mama"
1975:
Was regular on the CBS drama series "Beacon Hill"
1976:
Starred in TV-movies "The Oregon Trail" and "The Young Pioneers"
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Played an entirely different character, Ashley Pfister, girlfriend of Henry Winkler's Fonzie on "Happy Days"
1986:
Launched cabaret act at Los Angeles clubs
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Played the title character's daughter on the NBC legal series "Matlock"
1990:
Produced and starred in "The Baby Dance" at the Pasadena Playhouse
1991:
Off-Broadway debut in "The Baby Dance"
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Starred in syndicated series "Robin's Hoods"
1996:
Starred in "Born Free: A New Adventure" (ABC)
1998:
Broadway acting debut in "Getting and Spending"
2000:
Joined cast of the ABC daytime drama "Port Charles" playing a cancer patient who wants to die with dignity
2001:
Cast as Aunt Polly in the stage musical "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; played pre-Broadway tryout in New Haven, Connecticut
2002:
Had recurring role as the wife of a US Supreme Court justice on "First Monday" (CBS)
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Education

Finch College: New York , New York -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York - 1972 - 1974

Notes

Purl has received six Drama-Logue Awards for her stage work in Los Angeles.

She has an official Web site at www.lindapurl.net

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husband:
Desi Arnaz Jr. Actor, musician. Married in 1982; divorced.
husband:
William Broyles Jr. Screenwriter; journalist. Co-created TV series "China Beach"; won Oscar nomination for co-writing "Apollo 13"; divorced.
husband:
Alexander Cary. Writer. Third husband; father of Lucius; divorced.

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father:
Raymond Purl. Executive. With Union Carbide in Japan.
mother:
Marcie Purl.
son:
Lucius Cary. Born on February 6, 1995.

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