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Linda Purl

 
Birth Place:
Greenwich, CT, USA
Bio:
Purl has been a regular performer (and was in the original cast) of international touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners. In November 2007, she appeared at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of Sinden's British Theatre Season, Monaco. In 2008, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: September 02, 1955 (66)

Birth Place: Greenwich, CT, USA

Bio:
Purl has been a regular performer (and was in the original cast) of international touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners. In November 2007, she appeared at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of Sinden's British Theatre Season, Monaco. In 2008, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Aunt Polly
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Victoria Phillips

Photos

Linda Purl, Nicolas King Photo

Linda Purl, Nicolas King

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Deborah Grace Winer, Mark Waldrop, Linda Purl, David Engel Photo

Deborah Grace Winer, Mark Waldrop, Linda Purl, David Engel

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11/11/2021
Judy Rice, Linda Purl, Nancy McCall McGraw Photo

Judy Rice, Linda Purl, Nancy McCall McGraw

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Eric Yves Garcia, Linda Purl, Russ Wooley Photo

Eric Yves Garcia, Linda Purl, Russ Wooley

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Linda Purl, Lee Roy Reams Photo

Linda Purl, Lee Roy Reams

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Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Aunt Polly

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Victoria Phillips

Linda Purl Biography

Purl has been a regular performer (and was in the original cast) of international touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners. In November 2007, she appeared at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of Sinden's British Theatre Season, Monaco.

In 2008, Purl opened at the Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, Ohio in a production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, playing Amanda.

After playing a small role in Jory (1973), Purl's first major movie role was in Jonathan Demme's 1975 comedy, Crazy Mama. Subsequent movie appearances have included W.C. Fields and Me (1976), Young Pioneers' Christmas (1976), Leo and Loree (1980), Visiting Hours (1982), The High Country (1984), Viper (1988), Natural Causes (1994), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Perfect Tenant (2000), and Fear of the Dark (2003).

Purl has played several roles in television series, starting with The Secret Storm – a daytime "soap opera" drama (1973–1974). In 1978, she appeared as newlywed Molly Beaton in the ABC western drama series The Young Pioneers, set in the Dakota Territory of the 1870s and based on the novels of Rose Wilder Lane. She also acted alongside Shaun Cassidy in the 1979 TV movie Like Normal People. Also in 1979, she starred in "Women at West Point." On Happy Days she played two different roles: Richie's occasional girlfriend Gloria in season two of the show (1974) and Fonzie's steady girlfriend Ashley eight seasons later (1982–1983). She also played secret agent Kate Del'Amico in the short-lived series Under Cover and played Brett Robin in the 1994–1995 series Robin's Hoods.

She has also featured in many movies made for television, including Testimony of Two Men, The Night the City Screamed, Little Ladies of the Night, and Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs. She voiced Delilah in a 1985 direct-to-video episode of The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible.

Purl appeared in an all-star cast in the well-regarded historical-biographical TV mini-series Eleanor and Franklin in 1976, broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network. Here she portrayed Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.

As a guest star, Purl appeared in a 1974 episode of the long-running Hawaiian-locale Hawaii Five-O called "The Hostage", as teenage babysitter "Ruth" held captive by a deranged veteran. She played two different roles on The Waltons; early in its run, in 1974 when she played sophisticate Alicia in the season three episode "The Spoilers", and in the season five episode "The Heartbreaker" (1977), when she played Mary Ellen's sister-in-law (and Jason's love interest) Vanessa and sang a couple songs in the episode. In 1981, she starred in Manions of America. In 1984, she played Nydia, the blind flower girl in the miniseries "The Last Days of Pompeii". In 1985, she appeared in a Murder, She Wrote episode entitled "Murder at the Oasis". In 1988, she again made an appearance on Murder, She Wrote in the episode "Mourning Among The Wisterias" and in 1993, appeared for a third time on the series in "Dead Eye". In the first season of Matlock (1986–1987), (starring long-time comedy actor Andy Griffith, now in a usually-dramatic role), Purl played Charlene, Ben Matlock's lawyer daughter. She was cast in the series First Monday (2002) as Sarah Novelli, a real estate agent and Justice Joseph Novelli's wife.

Purl appeared in the role of Pam Beesly's mother on NBC's The Office TV series, starting with the season six episode "Niagara" in 2009–2010. Purl appeared in several more episodes throughout the series and was a romantic interest for Steve Carell's character. In May 2010, she made a guest appearance on Desperate Housewives. In 2011, Purl made guest appearances on Showtime's Homeland, playing Elizabeth Gaines. She played Barbara Pelt, mother of Debbie Pelt, in two episodes of HBO's True Blood in 2012. In 2017, Purl appeared in one episode of Designated Survivor, playing an old college supervisor of President Kirkman who assists in appointing nominees to the Supreme Court in the episode "The Ninth Seat".






Linda Purl News

The Hollywood Museum to Present an Industry Moms Mother's Day Exhibit Photo The Hollywood Museum to Present an Industry Moms Mother's Day Exhibit
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 23, 2022

“For most, our mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.  Our mother’s love is unconditional and only grows stronger over a lifetime,” says Donelle Dadigan (Founder/President of the Hollywood Museum).

Rubicon Theatre Company Opens Its 2022-2023 Season With Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Photo Rubicon Theatre Company Opens Its 2022-2023 Season With Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2022

RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY, Ventura's non-profit professional theatre company, opens the company's 2022-2023 Season on April 29 with an exclusive engagement of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 by Anna Deveare Smith.

BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Richmond Theatre Photo BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Apr 12, 2022

Not to be confused with the 2002 film of the same name, Catch Me If You Can is a small ensemble thriller that debuted on Broadway in 1965. Based on a French play by Robert Thomas, this American version, written by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, is a potentially entertaining evening, but fails to captivate and excite.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Heads To Milton Keynes Photo CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Heads To Milton Keynes
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2022

Dallas legend Patrick Duffy (The Man from Atlantis; Step by Step) and Linda Purl (Happy Days; Homeland) fly in from Hollywood to star alongside Gray O' Brien (Peak Practice; Coronation Street), leading the cast in this exciting new production of the classic Broadway thriller.

Patrick Duffy Comes to Darlington in March Photo Patrick Duffy Comes to Darlington in March
by Stephi Wild - Jan 31, 2022

Dallas legend Patrick Duffy (The Man from Atlantis, Step by Step) and Linda Purl (Happy Days, Homeland) fly in from Hollywood to star alongside Gray O’ Brien (Peak Practice, Coronation Street), leading the cast in an exciting new production of the classic Broadway thriller Catch Me If You Can.

MetropolitanZoom Will Host Free Online Fan Appreciation Party Photo MetropolitanZoom Will Host Free Online Fan Appreciation Party
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 13, 2022

MetropolitanZoom creator Bernie Furshpan will be joined by Mrs. Furshpan, Joanne, in a fee online celebration of the fans that have MetropolitanZoom a hit.

Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl, and Gray O'Brien Will Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN  UK Tour In Photo Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl, and Gray O'Brien Will Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN UK Tour In 2022
by Stephi Wild - Dec 17, 2021

Dallas legend Patrick Duffy (The Man from Atlantis; Step by Step) and Linda Purl (Happy Days; Homeland) fly in from Hollywood to star alongside Gray O' Brien (Peak Practice; Coronation Street), leading the cast in this new production of the classic Broadway thriller.

BWW Review: Linda Purl Gets Birdland Theater IN THE MOOD With Sensational SONGS FOR J Photo BWW Review: Linda Purl Gets Birdland Theater IN THE MOOD With Sensational SONGS FOR JUMPING BACK INTO LIFE!
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 14, 2021

Linda Purl was packing them in at Birdland Theater last Sunday and if she had had a few more nights at the club, she would have continued to, for the entire run.

Photos: Linda Purl's latest concert at the Birdland Theater Photo Photos: Linda Purl's latest concert at the Birdland Theater
by Kevin Alvey - Nov 11, 2021

Linda Purl brings 'In The Mood: Songs For Jumping Back Into Life' to Birdland Theater Nightclub in NYC.

BWW Interview: Linda Purl of IN THE MOOD: SONGS FOR JUMPING BACK INTO LIFE! at Birdla Photo BWW Interview: Linda Purl of IN THE MOOD: SONGS FOR JUMPING BACK INTO LIFE! at Birdland Talks about Music, Life and Riding the Waves
by Ricky Pope - Nov 3, 2021

Linda Purl has the kind of career that actors dream of. Since she began in the 70s on the daytime drama Secret Storm, she has rarely had a period in which she was not working. She has appeared in films like Crazy Mama, Visiting Hours, Mighty Joe Young, and Fear of the Dark. She has appeared on Broadway in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and Off-Broadway in The Baby Dance. With over 50 television movies to her credit, she is a perennial presence on the small screen. She has had recurring roles on Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, The Office, Homeland, and The Oath, among dozens of others. She has the distinction of having played two different characters on the classic sitcom Happy Days. In Season 2, she played Richie Cunningham's girlfriend Gloria. Eight seasons later she played the Fonz's fianceé, Ashley.

Linda Purl Videos

VIDEO: Crackle Shares Trailer for New Original Scripted Series THE OATH VideoVIDEO: Crackle Shares Trailer for New Original Scripted Series THE OATH
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 16, 2018

Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks' free, ad-supported streaming network, today released the trailer and key art for the network's new scripted original drama series THE OATH, at the bi-annual gathering of television critics in Pasadena. T

VIDEO: Crackle's New Drama THE OATH from 50 Cent Drops Trailer VideoVIDEO: Crackle's New Drama THE OATH from 50 Cent Drops Trailer
by Emily Bruno - Nov 30, 2017

Crackle, a Sony Network, today announced a March 8th premiere for its new scripted original drama, THE OATH starring Ryan Kwanten (TRUE BLOOD), Cory Hardrict (AMERICAN SNIPER,GRAN TORINO), Arlen Escarpeta (THE MAGICIANS), Katrina Law (TRAINING DAY), J.J. Soria (ANIMAL KINGDOM, THE FOSTERS) and GAME OF THRONES alum, Sean Bean. The free ad-supported network also released new art as well as the teaser trailer.


Linda Purl Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Linda Purl been in?
Linda Purl has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Linda Purl been in?
Linda Purl has not appeared in the West End