Linda Purl

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Acclaimed actress Linda Purl portrays a leading role in 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.

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, “Matlock” in which she played Charlene Matlock opposite Andy Griffith, the long-running “Happy Days” opposite Henry Winkler, and the critically acclaimed “Undercover.” 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; Ali MacGraw and Will Patton; and “Mighty Joe Young.”

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.” Ms. Purl is an accomplished singer; she has recordings on five Varese Seraband albums.