Biography

Linda Blair was born on January 22, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri started out in the business since she was 5 years old by modelling for such well known stores as Sears, J.C. Penny's & Macy's etc. She then appeared in over 75 TV commercials first appearing in a Downey Fabric Softener and then appeared in Welch's Grape Jelly, Guldens Mustard, several Ivory Soap commercials, cereals, toys & she became noted for the "HEIDI" girl for a young girl's doll all in New York City.

She had many dreams of becoming a veterinarian and has a huge interest in gymnastics, modern dance, tap dance, piano lessons, sailing, sewing, and artwork and even winning the Presidential Physical Fitness Award in school. 

She always loved horses which was a huge passion for her and started riding them at the age of 6 and was in the larger horse shows by the age of 10. When she was older she began became a successful Jr. Rider, qualifying for the year end indoor horse shows with a variety of her horses. She carried on with that through her whole life apart from acting and hopes one day has hopes of putting together a motion picture that portrays the sport of Grand Prix show jumping with her company Falcon-Wolf Productions.

She got her first taste of regular acting in 1968 by appearing as a regular in the short-lived crime-drama mystery TV series Hidden Faces playing the role of Allyn Jaffe on CBS.

She then got the feel of being in film's by having minor roles in The Way We Live Now and The Sporting Club. But then she landed a good supporting role by playing the 12-year old Regan-the possessed child in the shocking box-office horror smash The Exorcist when it went to theatre's by the fall of 1973. Apparently she got was about set to take the Academy Award for that role, but when it leaked how little of the possessed child she actually had been (dubbed voice by Mercedes McCambridge, and substantial use of a dummy) that dream broke, and with that disappointment probably came the first blow to what should have been a sure road to stardom. She also received death threats after the release of the film but the person doing so was never caught and apparently Linda has never seen the film before in her life after she finished acting in it.

After the success of the film Linda landed leading roles in many movies of the week and was remembered for her challanging role as Sarah in Sarah T-Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic which went overly well on ABC-TV and won an AA Academy Award for special contribution to this tragic problem that focused on teenage alcoholics. She also starred in Born Innocent, Summer of Fear and a favourite for Blair fans Sweet Hostage with Martin Sheen.

During her movies of the week she also had a supporting role as Janice Abbott in the critically acclaimed motion picture Airport 1975 starring Charlton Heston, Karen Black and George Kennedy.

She then reprised her role Regan in Exorcist 2: The Heretic which then she was blossoming into a scream queen along with Jamie Lee Curtis, but however the film was nowhere near as successful but however afterwards she then landed leading roles in cult film's such as Roller Boogie, Wild Horse Hank, Hell Night, Ruckus, Chained Heat and Savage Streets.

She also guested in TV shows such as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Murder She Wrote.

She also used to date former rock idol Rick Springfield during this time but separated because of bad rumours in their business.

Her movie career wasn't doing as well later on as most of her motion pictures weren't making it to theatre's at all and weren't very well done and went direct-to-video instead like Nightforce, Witchery, Zapped Again! and Sorceress. However she did star in an Exorcist spoof in 1990 that received a quick theatrical release called Repossessed (With Leslie Nielsen and Ned Beatty) by playing the Nancy Aglet.

In 1993 she went to the Philippines and filmed Double Blast, a kid's martial arts movie, which ran on cable in April of 1995.

She also wanted to experience the true craft of acting and pursued theatre for a while bny starring in stage productions like It Had to Be You (Starring Laverne & Shirley's Eddie Mekka) in Canada for two months, Women Behind Bars with Sally Kellerman both in L.A. and SanFrancisco, Run For Your Wife (Starring Murray Langston and Pat Paulson) and was remembered for her role as Rizzo in the musical Broadway production of Grease.

Linda has done many animal and other sorts of campaigns such as being a regular in the TV series GENESIS AWARDS, which aired on the Animal Planet on the Discovery Channel. She also did fundraising for campaigns like Dolphin Research Center (Flipper's original home in Florida), Linda Blair's Mid West Flood Relief Fund, Last Chance for Animals and ECHO (the Earth Communications Office). Linda also hosted an awards show Metro Teen Aids in our Nation's capital for teen AIDS awareness. 

She hasn't been as active as an actress lately but still does the odd gig as during the new millenium she was a semi-regular in the MTV show S Club 7 of L.A. and hosts the Fox Family Channel's series The Scariest Places on Earth which is a documentary and she goes world wide to interview several people who they claim have been in haunted houses, haunted castles and ritual grounds and graveyards.

Shel also starred in a family film with Adam Baldwin called Monster Makers and is in production for an upcoming film called Cyber Meltdown but whether the film will be successful or not is unknown.

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