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Birth name: Linda Denise Blair.
Born: January 22, 1959 St. Louis, Missouri USA.
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m).
Shoes size: 6 1/2.
Linda Blair biography (bio):
Linda Blair is an American actress most famous for her role as the possessed child in the 1973 film The Exorcist and the sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic.
Based on William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel, The Exorcist was directed by William Friedkin, who had recently won the Oscar for directing The French Connection. The cast included Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max Von Sydow and Kitty Winn. Blatty both produced the film and wrote the screenplay.
Blair gave a strong, credible performance as the young girl possessed by the devil, and was an integral part of the film's phenomenal success. The Exorcist opened in December 1973 and soon was more than a hit film—it was a media phenomenon. Lines at theaters went around the block, and people stood in line for hours to see the film if they didn't pass out or faint during the screenings. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Blair received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe and Peoples Choice award win. The film garnered a total of ten Academy Award nominations.
But on Oscar night, Best Picture went to George Roy Hill's film The Sting, and The Exorcist was virtually shut out, although it won awards for Blatty's screenplay and for Best Sound. Blair's chances for an Oscar were undeniably hurt by controversy that erupted when Mercedes McCambridge revealed to the press that she had supplied the voice for the demon, although Linda's voice was underlayed in the track, without getting screen credit, and another woman claimed to have been used as a body double for Blair in several scenes, which the director denies and calls the double's performance insignificant. The Best Supporting Female Actress Oscar that year went to 10-year old Tatum O'Neal for her performance in Peter Bogdanovich's Paper Moon.
In 2000, she appeared in the British teen show LA 7 featuring the popular pop group S Club 7, while starring in several independent movies. She also hosted Fox Family's series Scariest Places On Earth.
One of Blair's latest appearances was in the Supernatural episode "The Usual Suspects", where a brief homage was paid to her role in The Exorcist in the closing dialogue of the episode; Dean Winchester says that she "looks familiar" and then announces a craving for pea soup.
-Regan MacNeil in the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist.