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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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Her genre success overshadowed her impressive range, but Linda Hamilton enjoyed a remarkable and varied career. Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she became a movie star as Sarah Connor, the mother-to-be of humanity's last hope in James Cameron's action/sci-fi masterpiece, "The Terminator" (1984), and then won over an entirely new set of fans as a doomed lover in the lushly romantic urban fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" (CBS, 1987-1990) opposite Ron Perlman. Her impressive turn - and even more impressive muscular physique - as the ultimate warrior woman in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) ensured her a measure of cinematic immortality and marked her greatest professional triumph. She made headlines with her marriage to (and lucrative divorce from) James Cameron, and notched a series of well-received, award-winning TV-movie and voiceover roles, but made her biggest subsequent impact as a vocal advocate for mental illness issues when she publicly revealed her lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Hamilton was a talented, tough actress who deserved a bigger career beyond her iconic genre work, but made the most of the one she had.

Her genre success overshadowed her impressive range, but Linda Hamilton enjoyed a remarkable and varied career. Trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she became a movie star as Sarah Connor, the mother-to-be of humanity's last hope in James Cameron's action/sci-fi masterpiece, "The Terminator" (1984), and then won over an entirely new set of fans as a doomed lover in the lushly romantic urban fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" (CBS, 1987-1990) opposite Ron Perlman. Her impressive turn - and even more impressive muscular physique - as the ultimate warrior woman in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) ensured her a measure of cinematic immortality and marked her greatest professional triumph. She made headlines with her marriage to (and lucrative divorce from) James Cameron, and notched a series of well-received, award-winning TV-movie and voiceover roles, but made her biggest subsequent impact as a vocal advocate for mental illness issues when she publicly revealed her lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Hamilton was a talented, tough actress who deserved a bigger career beyond her iconic genre work, but made the most of the one she had.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Right Next Door (2013)
3.
 Refuge (2010)
4.
 In Your Dreams (2009)
5.
 Broken (2006)
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8.
 Smile (2005) Cast
9.
 Kid & I, The (2005)
10.
 Bailey's Mistake (2001) Liz Donovan
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Milestones close milestones

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Became involved with acting as a child; worked with children's theater groups
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While in college, appeared with the Kent Players, a community theater in Maryland
1976:
Moved to NYC
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Professional bow and TV acting debut on the daytime soap "Search For Tomorrow" in the late 1970s
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Played the young Elizabeth in an Actor's Studio production of "Richard II"
1979:
Moved to Hollywood
1979:
Primetime TV debut in a guest role on the NBC series "Shirley", starring Shirley Jones
1980:
Starred as Greta Rideout, a woman who accused her husband of marital rape, in the fact-based ABC movie "Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case"
1980:
TV series debut as regular, played one of the teens in the short-lived CBS primetime serial "Secrets of Midland Heights"
1982:
Had lead in the short-lived CBS primetime soap "King's Crossing"
1982:
Feature film acting debut, a lead in "TAG: The Assassination Game"; met first husband Bruce Abbott, who co-starred
1983:
Acted in "The Stone Boy"
1984:
Had recurring role on NBC's "Hill Street Blues" as Ed Marinaro's girlfriend
1984:
Breakthrough screen role, as Sarah Connor in "The Terminator", helmed by her future husband James Cameron
1986:
Stumbled on the big screen in "Black Moon Rising" and "King Kong Lives"
1987:
Played the female lead of Catherine Chandler, an attorney who was attacked and nursed back to health by the leonine Vincent (Ron Perlman) in the cult hit CBS romantic drama "Beauty and the Beast"; character was killed off in 1989 when the actress opted to leave the series; garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1989)
1991:
Reprised her signature role of Sarah Connor in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", again directed by Cameron
1995:
Offered a strong turn as a widow infected with HIV who seeks to find a suitable home for her young son in the affecting TV-movie "A Mother's Prayer" (USA Network)
1997:
Co-starred in the feature "Dante's Peak"
1998:
With Alfred Molina, portrayed a married couple who shelter Jewish children at their boarding school during WWII in the "Marie Taquet" segment of "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples" (Showtime)
2000:
Portrayed a journalist whose life is altered after an encounter with a notorious Parisian madam in the Lifetime movie "Sex & Mrs. X"
2000:
Played title part in L.A. stage production of "Laura"
2001:
Co-starred with Treat Williams and Jonathan Jackson in "Skeletons in the Closet"
2001:
Had featured role in the anthology film "A Girl Thing" (Showtime)
2005:
Cast in Tom Arnold's feature screenwriting debut "The Kid and I"
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Education

Washington College: Chestertown , Maryland -
Wicomico Junior High: Salisbury , Maryland -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -

Notes

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.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Bruce Abbott. Actor. Married on December 19, 1982; divorced in 1989; met while filming "TAG" (1982).
husband:
James Cameron. Director. Directed Hamilton in "Terminator" and "Terminator 2"; together from 1991-94 (end date approximate); reportedly separated for a period; reconciled and in March 1997 announced plans to marry; married on July 24, 1997; separated in May 1998; Hamilton filed for divorce on December 14, 1998 after she learned of Cameron's relationship with actress Suzy Amis.

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sister:
Laura Hamilton. Attorney. Older.
sister:
Leslie Hamilton Gearren. Registered nurse. Hamilton's identical twin born six mintutes after her; acted as sister's non-speaking double in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day".
brother:
John Hamilton. Physician. Younger.
son:
Dalton Abbott. Born on October 4, 1989 in Los Angeles, California; father, Bruce Abbott.
daughter:
Josephine Archer Cameron. Born on February 15, 1993; father, James Cameron.
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