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Linda Purl

Linda Purl

Birthday: 1955-09-02 · Known For: Acting

34 Movies · 9 TV Series


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Personal Life

Purl has been married four times, all of which ended in divorce. Her first marriage was in 1980 to Desi Arnaz, Jr., son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz; the couple divorced a year later, in 1981. From 1988 to 1992, she was married to screenwriter William Broyles Jr. In 1993, she married screenwriter and producer Alexander Cary, Master of Falkland, with whom she has a son, Lucius (b. February 6, 1995). She and Cary divorced in 1999. Lastly, she was married to James Vinson Adams from 2006 to 2011.

Early Life

Purl was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, into a Jewish theatrical family, her mother, Marshelline "Marshie" (Patton), being a Broadway actress, her father, Raymond Charles Arthur Purl, an actor, and her grandmother Beatrice Saville a founder of the Actors' Equity Association. At age five, she moved to Japan, where she spent her childhood, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. While at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, Purl performed in several plays, gaining the role of Louis in The King and I, Bet in Oliver!, and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Furthermore, she was discovered by Toho and appeared in several films.At age 15, Purl returned to the United States. She attended high school at Wykeham Rise School, a private boarding school for girls, specializing in creative and performing arts, in Washington, Connecticut. While still in high school, she had a role on the soap opera The Secret Storm. After attending Finch College, Purl went to England to study under Marguerite Beale before returning to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and later with Robert Lewis.

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