Linda Blair is an American actress best known for her role as the possessed child, Regan, in the film The Exorcist (1973), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe. She reprised her role in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist (1973). Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and was nominated for the Academy Award. Over the next few years, she secured lead roles in a number of pictures, including the highly successful television films Born Innocent (1974) and Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975), as well as the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977). Out of the ’80s emerged lead roles in two cult classics: the women-in-prison film Chained Heat (1983) and the femme fatale vigilante action film Savage Streets (1984). She continued acting in numerous films throughout the ’80s and ’90s, including the Exorcist spoof Repossessed (1990). In 1997, she also took to the Broadway stage and starred as “Rizzo” in the revival of “Grease.”
In 2006, she guest starred on the tv series Supernatural playing the part of Detective Diana Ballard as she aids Sam & Dean Winchester in the Episode: “The Usual Suspects” which aired November 9th, 2006. She hosted Fox Family’s Scariest Places on Earth (2000-6). Linda has been a Hollywood icon for 40 years, but it is her first love of animals that has ultimately taken center stage in her life. She now runs the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused, neglected, and abandoned animals from the harsh streets of the Los Angeles area. She works and lives on the 2-acre rescue sanctuary full-time in California, which was featured on The Today Show in a segment titled “From Devil to Angel.”