Linda Purl Biography
Though born in Connecticut, Linda Purl grew up in Japan and went to the Toho Geino Academy, where she was the only foreigner to be accepted in the prestigious school. In Japan, she was seen in several productions at the Imperial Theatre, such as Oliver! The King and I and The Miracle Worker, where she played the character of Helen.
Then she left Japan and moved to England to further train as an actress under Marguerite Beale. After her training, Linda Purl moved back to the US and enrolled herself at the Lee Strasberg Institute and then also trained under Robert Lewis.
Linda Purls first major role was in the comedy film, Crazy Mama, by Jonathan Demme. Later on she was seen in the movie The High Country, Mighty Joe Young, Viper and others. She was also seen on television in The Young Pioneers, Little Ladies of the Night and others.
From the 60s to the 90s and even until the present, Linda Purl is one of the most active actresses in television in Hollywood. She was seen in most of the hits series on television including Hawaii Five-O, The Secret Storm, Happy Days, Matlock and others. This made her one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood.
In Happy Days, Linda Purl played two roles: Gloria, Ritchies girlfriend, and Ashley, Fonzies girlfriend. In 1979, she played opposite teen idol Shaun Cassidy in the movie made for television Like Normal People. She was also seen in the episode The Spoilers in the series The Waltons.
In 2006, Linda Purl was seen in Maid of Honor, in 2005 in Cold Case and Criminal Intent and in 2004 in Stranger at the Door. She was also seen in Crossing Jordan, Frozen Impact, First Monday, Fear of the Dark, Perfect Tennant and The Griffin and the Minor Canon.
Even while she was busy with acting, Linda Purl always tried to spend time to do her charity works, which includes supporting the AIDS Project Los Angeles, Haven House, the Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and others.