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|Also Known As:||Linda Carroll Hamilton||Died:|
|Born:||September 26, 1956||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Salisbury, Maryland, USA||Profession:||actor|
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, Hamilton garnered a lot of media attention during the historic 2009 Oscar race, which saw James Cameron and his global blockbuster "Avatar" (2009) up against his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow and her indie hit "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Hamilton was interviewed frequently about her unique vantage point on the race, especially involving the much-ballyhooed Best Director category (where Bigelow would eventually best Cameron). She kept busy professionally, however, with voiceover and supporting roles. When the story broke that Hamilton would join the sixth-season cast of the Mary-Louise Parker hit "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005- ) as an eco-conscious lesbian marijuana-grower, fans cheered, hoping that it would lead to a higher future profile for the actress.eACE Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe.She reprised her Sarah Connor role for a theme-park adventure rideâ¿¿s accompanying mini-movie, and returned to the big screen with a supporting role in the little-seen political thriller "Shadow Conspiracy" (1997), starring Charlie Sheen as a trusted White House advisor who attempts to foil an assassination attempt against the president. Hamiltonâ¿¿s next feature, "Danteâ¿¿s Peak" (1997), generated more attention...
, Hamilton garnered a lot of media attention during the historic 2009 Oscar race, which saw James Cameron and his global blockbuster "Avatar" (2009) up against his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow and her indie hit "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Hamilton was interviewed frequently about her unique vantage point on the race, especially involving the much-ballyhooed Best Director category (where Bigelow would eventually best Cameron). She kept busy professionally, however, with voiceover and supporting roles. When the story broke that Hamilton would join the sixth-season cast of the Mary-Louise Parker hit "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005- ) as an eco-conscious lesbian marijuana-grower, fans cheered, hoping that it would lead to a higher future profile for the actress.eACE Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
She reprised her Sarah Connor role for a theme-park adventure rideâ¿¿s accompanying mini-movie, and returned to the big screen with a supporting role in the little-seen political thriller "Shadow Conspiracy" (1997), starring Charlie Sheen as a trusted White House advisor who attempts to foil an assassination attempt against the president. Hamiltonâ¿¿s next feature, "Danteâ¿¿s Peak" (1997), generated more attention than anything she had done since the last "Terminator" movie. A by-the-book disaster flick about a rumbling volcano threatening a small Pacific Northwest town, "Danteâ¿¿s Peak" benefited from good performances from Hamilton as the townâ¿¿s mayor (she won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress) and Pierce Brosnan as the geologist sent to warn an unbelieving populace. The actress rounded out 1997 with an episode on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), playing a woman who accidentally leaves a message on Frasierâ¿¿s answer machine and is surprised to find him meeting her at the airport.
In her personal life, 1997 was a propitious year, when her on-again, off-again relationship with James Cameron became official as the two wed. Again, their strong personalities â¿¿ he a driven workaholic unable to give less than 110% to his films, and she, struggling to balance motherhood, a career, a marriage and her fight with mental illness â¿¿ clashed, and while Cameronâ¿¿s "Titanic" (1997) was an iceberg-sized triumph with critics and moviegoers, it also fatally wounded their troubled marriage. She accompanied Cameron to the Oscars the following year where he made headlines for sweeping the awards and making his controversial "King of the World" speech, but rumors of trouble abounded. In her own career, she filmed several movies-of-the-week, including "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples" (Showtime, 1998), a historical drama about non-Jews risking their lives to save victims from the Holocaust; "Point Last Seen" (CBS, 1998), an adaptation of Hannah Nyalaâ¿¿s book in which Hamilton plays the head of a search-and-rescue team with a troubled past on a mission to save a nine-year-old girl lost in the desert; and "On the Line" (ABC, 1998), where she starred as a female LAPD detective transferred to an all-male robbery/homicide division. She then appeared in another feature, "The Secret Life of Girls" (1999), a black comedy set in 1973 about a teenager (Majandra Delfino) dealing with finding a boyfriend as well as with her dadâ¿¿s infidelity. After voicing characters on episodes of "Disneyâ¿¿s Hercules" (ABC, 1998-99) and "Batman Beyond" (The WB, 1999-2001), she starred in the made-for-TV movie "The Color of Courage" (USA Network, 1999), a historical drama based on a true-story about a black couple (Lynn Whitfield and Roger Guenveur Smith) driven from their new neighborhood by the all-white residents, thanks to a lawsuit that was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court. Hamilton won a Best Actress Golden Satellite Award for her role.
Hamilton and Cameron divorced in 1999, and the actress famously received a "Titanic"-sized settlement. She would later discuss in detail how her mental illness had strained her marriage to Cameron as well as her ability to work and enjoy life â¿¿ oftentimes she became paralyzed with fear over imagined disasters befalling her children. Despite all the years she spent in therapy, Hamilton still struggled with depression-related issues as well as with an addiction to alcohol and compulsive behavior. Frustrated with the variety of diagnoses doctors had given her, and worried that relying on medication would dull the strength and fire that made her so unique as an actress, Hamilton finally managed to get her medical issues under control, extensively researching what she faced and accepting a doctorâ¿¿s diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Balancing a physical regiment of exercise and healthful eating with a personally tailored medical regiment of medicine and therapy, Hamilton was able to take control of her mental illness and reclaim her life and health. She would later discuss how she had lost her marriages and effectively 20 years of her life to her mental illness before a desire to become healthy for her children spurred her to fight her demons head-on.
Back in front of cameras, Hamilton portrayed a magazine writer who experiences a sexual reawakening after an interview with a famous Parisian madam in the drama "Sex & Mrs. X" (Lifetime, 2000), and filmed a small role as a woman with a crush on her coworker (Treat Williams) in the psychological thriller "Skeletons in the Closet" (2001), for which she won a Video Premiere Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hamilton also continued her involvement with voiceover work with a recurring vocal role as Dr. Ozma Furbanna on the childrenâ¿¿s animated series, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (ABC, 2000-01). After starring in part three of "A Girl Thing" (Showtime, 2001), a four-part miniseries featuring women confiding their lifeâ¿¿s major transitions to a psychiatrist (Stockard Channing) with troubles of her own, Hamilton was featured in the made-for-TV movies "Baileyâ¿¿s Mistake" (ABC, 2001), about a widowed woman and her two children left with only a mysterious magical island off the coast of Maine, and "Silent Night" (Hallmark, 2002), the true story of a German mother and her 12-year-old son who invite American and Nazi soldiers to share Christmas Eve dinner in their mountain cabin in 1944. Hamilton also tackled the occasional stage role, including a well-reviewed turn as executed spy Ethel Rosenberg in a Los Angeles production, and politely declined an offer to reprise Sarah Connor yet again in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003).
When she felt that she had her mental illness fully under control, Hamilton went public in 2004 with her battle, giving multiple interviews about her experience and sharing the information and resources she had collected. She was widely praised for her unflinching honesty discussing the often-stigmatized subject of mental illness, and showed great warmth and compassion for others fighting the same fight. Back on screen, she played a supporting role in the dramatic feature "Smile" (2005), about an American teenager (Mika Boorem) who sees firsthand how Operation Smileâ¿¿s corrective facial surgery helps a Chinese teenager, and appeared in the meta-curiosity "The Kid & I" (2005), about a down-and-out actor (Tom Arnold) hired to write a sequel to "True Lies" (1994). Hamilton then went to Shreveport, LA to film the action/drama miniseries "Thief" (FX, 2006), playing Andre Braugherâ¿¿s high-level handler, whose murder fueled the storyline. Although she appeared mostly in little-seen projects, the actress continued to work, getting attention for her role as a tough-as-nails American security expert intent on recovering a missing shipment of Viagra in the Irish comedy "Holy Water" (2009). The same year, she upped her star profile a bit by providing the opening narration for "Terminator Salvation" (2009), although the minimal involvement of Hamilton, Schwarzenegger and Cameron proved that the franchiseâ¿¿s torch had definitely been passed.
At peace with her permanent connections to ex-husband Cameron
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Like her father, Hamilton has suffered from a bipolar disorder. After her diagnosis as a youngster, she reportedly refused drug therapy but relented in 1996 and began taking medication for the condition.
According to Hamilton, she began using cocaine in 1982 when she discovered her business manager had embezzled over $100,000 from her. She underwent rehab and stopped using in 1985.
"Linda Hamilton has taken on the totally shut face of males of the genre. Often her eyes are masked by hair or dark glasses. She has the square jaw, the hidden eyes. No makeup. Short, square unpolished nails. She has those very full-blown lips in the contemporary mode ... but they are bare and pale and certainly not sexual tools. This is a new standard of beauty.
She has made herself the power body, the arms and shoulders packed with muscle, the straight thick waist, the boy hips, no ass, the bosom so small it does not require a bra. She does the entire movie in an undershirt."---From "Here Come the Hardbodies" by Julie Baumgold in New York, July 29, 1991.
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