Acclaimed actress Linda Purl portrays leading role the American radio soap opera Milford-Haven.
Making her dramatic radio series debut in the original series created by her sister Mara Purl, Linda plays "Sally O'Mally", one of the show's central characters.
Hailing from Arkansas, "Sally" graduates from the school-of-hard-knocks and comes to Milford-Haven complete with a heavy Southern drawl, and a collection of Mama's unbeatable recipes, to open "Sally's Restaurant" which quickly becomes the focal point of the town's breakfast, lunch, and gossip.
U.S. theatre audiences have recently seen Linda bringing to life a tough, independent woman in "Road To Mecca" starring opposite Julie Harris at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. And many audiences remember her portrayal as another hard-bitten Southern girl in "The Baby Dance", in which she co-starred with Stephanie Zimbalist for successful runs in severel cities across the country, including the Pasadena Playhouse, and New York's Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre.
U.S. and U.K. audiences alike are used to seeing the versatile actress in a wide range of roles. She has starred in over 30 television movies, including Danielle Steel's "Secrets" opposite Christopher Plummer and Gary Collins, and the USA Cable Network's thriller "Body Language" with Heather Locklear. Other notable television films include "Women at Westpoint," "Like Normal People" with Shawn Cassidy, "The Manions of America" with Pearce Brosnan, and "Last Days of Pompei" with Sir Laurence Olivier.
Linda has also been the star of four U.S. television series, "Robin's Hoods" produced by Aaron Spelling where she played Brett Robin, "Matlock" in which she played Charlene Matlock opposiste Andy Griffith, the long-running "Happy Days" opposite Henry Winkler, and the critically acclaimed "Undercover" in which she played a CIA agent along with John Rhys-Davies.
Feature film credits include "Time Traveler" with Toshiro Mifune; "Crazy Mama" directed by Jonathan Demme; "V.I.P.E.R."; "Leo and Lorre" produced by Ron Howard; "Natural Causes" with Cary Tagawa, Ali MacGraw and Will Patton; and "Mighty Joe Young" to be released summer of `98.
Linda and her sister Mara grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where Linda was the only foreigner to study at the Toho Geino Academy, and where she performed "The King and I" in Japanese. Indeed theatre is her first love, and she is the recipient of six Drama-Logue Awards for Best Actress, and of two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in "A Doll's House" and "The Baby Dance". Other theatre credits include "The Merchant of Venice", "Beyond Therapy", "The Real Thing" and "Hedda Gabler", and the title role of Igmar Bergman's "Nora" in its U.S. premiere at the Williamstown Festival Theater.
Ms. Purl is an accomplished singer and has performed her cabaret at The Rose Tattoo, The Cinegrill, The Gardenia, and the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, as well as at 88's and Town Hall in New York. She has recordings on five Varese Seraband albums, with a new release slated for 1998.
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