Linda Purl is known to television audiences of all ages. Currently on the mew CBS series
Reckless”, she is also known for the Emmy Award® winning show “Homeland” as Elizabeth Gaines and ongoing roles on True Blood as Barbara Pelt, The Office as Helene Beasley. Additional series roles include Charlene Matlock on Matlock Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, on Happy Days and the long running western series Young Pioneers. She has starred in over 40 made-for-TV movies. Linda tours in concert and has two solo CD’s in release.
Born in Connecticut, Linda grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. Her studies continued at LAMDA, Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute. Her performances on Broadway include the Tony nominated musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and The Baby Dance. Her theatre credits include such plays as Year of Magical Thinking, Romeo and Juliet, The Little Foxes, The Merchant of Venice, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hippolytus, A Glass Menagerie, The Road to Mecca; A Doll’s House, at such theaters as Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco, Imperial Theatre, Tokyo Japan.
She is the Founder of the California International Theatre Festival, which enjoyed its seven seasons in Southern California.