Joanne Linville

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AmericanBorn Beverly Joanne Linville

American actress

Born on January 15, 1928 in Bakersfield, California , United States

Died on June 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California , United States

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Beverly Joanne Linville (January 15, 1928 – June 20, 2021) was an American actress. She later taught at the Stella Adler Academy, Los Angeles. Linville guest-starred as a Romulan Commander on Star Trek: The Original Series.

...   Beverly Joanne Linville (January 15, 1928 – June 20, 2021) was an American actress. She later taught at the Stella Adler Academy, Los Angeles. Linville guest-starred as a Romulan Commander on Star Trek: The Original Series.


Early life
Linville was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 15, 1928. She attended high school in Long Beach, California, and worked as an oral surgeon's assistant before studying acting. While she studied with Stella Adler, she danced professionally to pay her tuition.

Acting career
Linville's motion-picture credits include The Goddess (1958), Scorpio (1973), Gable and Lombard (1976), A Star Is Born (1976), The Seduction (1982), and James Dean (2001).
In 1959, Linville appeared on the CBS daytime drama The Guiding Light as Amy Sinclair, a runaway drug addict whose daughter was nearly taken from her as part of an illegal adoption scam ring. Linville starred in two television presentations of One Step Beyond— as Aunt Mina in the episode "The Dead Part of the House" (1959) and as Karen Wadsworth in the episode "A Moment of Hate" (1960).
In 1961, she starred in the Twilight Zone episode "The Passersby". Also in 1961, she was in the second episode of The Defenders with William Shatner.
In 1968, she guest-starred as a Romulan commander in Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident". In this episode she falls for Spock after taking him aboard her spaceship for violating Romulan territory. She offers Spock an opportunity to command a ship of his own if he agrees to lead some Romulans on board the Enterprise and bring it to Romulus. Spock pretends to go along with her in order to steal the cloaking device from her ship, and he is successful. In the aftermath, however, Spock tells her that although “military secrets are the most fleeting of all”, he hopes that what they exchanged between them is “something more permanent”. This role earned Linville cult status, and remains her best-known performance.
Her other television appearances include Decoy (in the premiere episode), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun Will Travel, Coronado 9, Checkmate, Adventures in Paradise, Empire, Gunsmoke (three episodes), Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Gunsmoke, Route 66, The Eleventh Hour, I Spy, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The F.B.I. (two episodes), The Invaders (two episodes), Felony Squad, Hawaii Five-O (three episodes), Kojak, Columbo: Candidate for Crime, The Streets of San Francisco (two episodes), Barnaby Jones, Switch, Charlie's Angels, CHiPs, Mrs. Columbo, Dynasty, and L.A. Law.
She appeared in the made-for-TV movies House on Greenapple Road (and the resulting series Dan August) (1970), Secrets (1977), The Critical List (1978), The Users (1978), and The Right of the People (1986). Linville played the mother of Janine Turner's character in Behind the Screen. Linville and George Grizzard starred in "I Kiss Your Shadow", the final episode of the television series Bus Stop.
Linville portrayed Valeria in the Broadway production Daughter of Silence (1961). Linville played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the television movie James Dean (2001), directed by her former husband Mark Rydell, who also played Jack L. Warner.

Writing and teaching
Linville retired from acting in the 1980s to concentrate on teaching. She wrote Joanne Linville's Seven Steps to an Acting Craft, which was published in 2011 by Cameron and Company.
She taught "The Power of Language" course at the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles in 1985. One of her students was Mark Ruffalo, who wrote that she "does not theorise about great acting. She is great acting".

Personal life
Linville was married to actor/director Mark Rydell from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Linville had two children with Rydell: Amy and Christopher, both actors.
Linville was also an amateur tennis player, and appeared at charity events where people were invited to pay $100 to challenge her in a game.

Linville died on June 20, 2021, aged 93.


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External links
Joanne Linville at IMDb
Joanne Linville at Rotten Tomatoes
Joanne Linville at AllMovie
Joanne Linville at the Internet Broadway Database
Joanne Linville at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


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