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Linda Evans

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Born: Linda Evenstad

November 18, 1942

Hartford, Connecticut

Spouse(s): John Derek (1968-1974)

Stan Herman (1976-1981)

Awards won:

Golden Globe Awards

Best Actress - Drama Series

1982 Dynasty

Linda Evans (born Linda Evenstad on November 18, 1942, in Hartford, Connecticut) is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy nominated American actress known primarily for her roles on television. At twenty-three, the blonde Evans rose to fame as Barbara Stanwyck's daughter and the sister of Richard Long, Peter Breck, and Lee Majors, Audra Barkley, on the 1960s Western, The Big Valley (1965-1969). The Big Valley was among the last of the productions of Four Star Television. It aired on ABC. Later, Evans was John Forsythe's younger compassionate wife, Krystle Carrington, on the 1980s ABC prime-time television soap opera, Dynasty (1981-1989).


Evans's first guest-starring role was on an episode of Bachelor Father. In real-life, Evans said that she actually had a crush on Forsythe. This led her to co-starring with him on Dynasty, more than two decades later. She actually had an undoubtable on- and off-screen chemistry with Forsythe, and even appeared on various talk shows for most of the 1980s. She's almost 25 years Forsythe's junior.

Before then, she co-starred opposite longtime actress Barbara Stanwyck on The Big Valley. During the series' last season, she had less screen time with the actress, due to her marriage with Derek.

Due to her character's name on Dynasty, she started a successful ad campaign for Crystal Light beverages, starting in 1984. She was also recently spoofed in a scene on one episode of Family Guy.

Evans was the one who filmed Evel Knievel's jump over the fountains of Caesars Palace on New Year's Eve, 1967.

Evans has been married twice. She was first married to actor and film producer John Derek from 1968 to 1974, his subsequent re-marriage to lookalike actress Bo Derek providing gossip columnists with considerable material for years. Evans' second marriage was to Stan Herman, a property executive, from 1976 to 1981. Evans dated musician Yanni from 1989 until 1998. She dated Willie Tanner in the early 1960's.

Regularly listed as one of the most beautiful women in America, she appeared in Playboy magazine at the behest of her then husband John Derek in 1971, those photos published a second time in 1982 when she was turning forty.

Although always stunning, Evans had acquired a kind of seasoned, soulful sincerity in her acting by the 1970s which would, ultimately, make her perfect casting in the role of kind and sensitive wife of a Colorado billionaire on Dynasty.

During the 1980's, Linda Evans and her Dynasty co-star, Joan Collins, became easily the two most celebrated female TV stars of the decade, displaying a near-perfect on-screen adversarial chemistry, particularly during the early seasons of the show. Many considered this historical fictional enmity metaphoric for the "two sides of Everywoman".

Evans would win a Golden Globe award in 1982 for Best Actress in a Drama Series (tying with Barbara Bel Geddes ), and 5 People's Choice Awards as Favorite Actress in a Drama Series in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986. Evans was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead actress in a Drama Series in 1983.

For her contribution to the television industry, Linda Evans has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.

Evans resides in Lakewood, Washington and owns a small chain of fitness centers.

In the 1990s, Evans hosted infomercials for Rejuvenique, a mask for toning facial muscles. In 2005, she was one of the guests at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

In 2006 Evans starred in Legends opposite former Dynasty rival, Joan Collins.

Evans was wary of joining her old co-star on stage for a long tour and, indeed, Collins and Evans did not get along during the production. According to Collins, who wrote about their experience on the road in the U.K. Daily Mail, Collins claimed that Evans never reciprocated party invites during "Dynasty", and kept her distance from Collins during the series' run; Collins asserts that she agreed for the producers to approach Evans for "Legends" against her better judgment (as Evans had never acted on stage before) and further said that Evans was too physical during their on-stage stunts during Legends. In the article, Collins called her Linda "The Lips" Evans, a reference to the latter's collagen-enhanced lips, and said claims tried to be nice to Evans during the run, even helping with her stage fright. The article was entitled, "Why I'll Never Work With Linda Evans Again."[citation needed]

On the other hand, Miss Collins continually repeats the tale of how, during filming of their famed 1983 lilypond catfight on "Dynasty", she was supposedly knocked unconscious by Evans and woke up in the hospital with a concussion — the only problem with this story is that no one connected to the series has any such recollection of that occurring.

In fact, Evan's reputation as a professional is well-documented. Even caustic comedienne Joan Rivers said of Linda Evans in 1992, that's Evans "is one of the only people in the business I've never heard anything negative about."

Evans is a follower of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment.


Evans was referenced in popular animated TV show Family Guy; the following conversation takes place between Stewie and Olivia:

Stewie: Well, fine! Refuse my offer. Get booted out of this place (acting school) and wind up like Linda Evans.

(Flash to supermarket scene)

Intercom: Linda Evans, we have a spill in Aisle 9. Linda Evans, spill in Aisle 9.

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1. The Stepsister (1997) (TV) .... Joan Curtis Shaw Canfield

2. Dazzle (1995) (TV) .... Sylvie Norberg Kilkullen

... aka Judith Krantz's 'Dazzle' (USA: complete title)

3. The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV) .... Kate Muldoon

4. Dynasty: The Reunion (1991) (TV) .... Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington

5. She'll Take Romance (1990) (TV) .... Jane McMillan

... aka I'll Take Romance (USA)

6. "Dynasty" .... Krystle Carrington / ... (201 episodes, 1981-1989)

- The Wedding (1989) TV episode .... Krystle Carrington

- The Last Hurrah (1989) TV episode .... Krystle Carrington

- Every Picture Tells a Story (1988) TV episode .... Krystle Carrington

- Alexis in Blunderland (1988) TV episode .... Krystle Carrington

- Body Trouble (1988) TV episode .... Krystle Carrington

(196 more)

7. The Last Frontier (1986) (TV) .... Kate Hannon

8. "North and South, Book II" (1986) (mini) TV mini-series .... Rose Sinclair

... aka Love and War (USA: subtitle)

9. Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983) (TV) .... Kate Muldoon

10. "The Love Boat" .... Jessica (4 episodes, 1981-1982)

- Spoonmaker Diamond, The/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Part 1 (1982) TV episode

- Spoonmaker Diamond, The/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Part 2 (1982) TV episode

- Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Part 1 (1981) TV episode .... Jessica

- Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Part 2 (1981) TV episode .... Jessica

11. Bare Essence (1982) (TV) .... Bobbi Rowan

12. Tom Horn (1980) .... Glendolene Kimmel

13. Avalanche Express (1979) .... Elsa Lang

14. Standing Tall (1978) (TV) .... Jill Shasta

15. Nowhere to Run (1978) (TV) .... Amy Kessler

... aka Winner Take All

16. "Hunter" (1977) TV series .... Marty Shaw (unknown episodes, 1977)

17. Hunter (1976) (TV)

18. "The Rockford Files" .... Audrey Wyatt / ... (2 episodes, 1975)

... aka Jim Rockford, Private Investigator (USA: syndication title)

- The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975) TV episode .... Audrey Wyatt

- Claire (1975) TV episode .... Claire Prescott

19. Mitchell (1975) .... Greta

20. "McCoy" (1 episode, 1975)

- The Big Ripoff (1975) TV episode

21. The Big Rip-Off (1975) (TV)

22. "McMillan & Wife" .... Nicole (1 episode, 1975)

... aka McMillan (USA: sixth season title)

- Night Train to L.A. (1975) TV episode .... Nicole

23. The Klansman (1974) .... Nancy Poteet

... aka KKK

... aka The Burning Cross

24. "Harry O" .... Marian Sawyer (1 episode, 1974)

- Guardian at the Gates (1974) TV episode .... Marian Sawyer

25. Nakia (1974) (TV) .... Samantha Lowell

26. "Mannix" .... Lorna (1 episode, 1974)

- The Ragged Edge (1974) TV episode .... Lorna

27. "Banacek" .... Cherry Saint-Saens (1 episode, 1974)

- Rocket to Oblivion (1974) TV episode .... Cherry Saint-Saens

28. "McCloud" .... Geri March (1 episode, 1973)

- Butch Cassidy Rides Again (1973) TV episode .... Geri March

29. Female Artillery (1973) (TV) .... Charlotte Paxton

30. Childish Things (1969) .... Pat Jennings

... aka Confessions of Tom Harris (Philippines: English title) (USA: reissue title)

31. "The Big Valley" .... Audra Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

- Point and Counterpoint (1969) TV episode (credit only) .... Audra Barkley

- Flight from San Miguel (1969) TV episode .... Audra Barkley

- Danger Road (1969) TV episode (credit only) .... Audra Barkley

- Town of No Exit (1969) TV episode (credit only) .... Audra Barkley

- The Other Face of Justice (1969) TV episode (credit only) .... Audra Barkley

(107 more)

32. "My Favorite Martian" .... Sally Farrow (1 episode, 1965)

... aka My Favourite Martian (Australia)

- Martin's Favorite Martin (1965) TV episode .... Sally Farrow

33. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) .... Sugar Kane

34. "Wagon Train" .... Martha Temple (1 episode, 1965)

... aka Major Adams, Trail Master

- Herman (1965) TV episode .... Martha Temple

35. Those Calloways (1965) .... Bridie Mellott

36. Twilight of Honor (1963) .... Alice Clinton

... aka The Charge Is Murder (UK)

37. "The Lieutenant" .... Nan Hiland (1 episode, 1963)

- The Two Star Giant (1963) TV episode .... Nan Hiland

38. "The Eleventh Hour" .... Joan Clayton (1 episode, 1963)

- Where Ignorant Armies Clash (1963) TV episode .... Joan Clayton

39. "The Untouchables" (1 episode, 1962)

- The Ginnie Littlesmith Story (1962) TV episode

40. "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" .... Shirley / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1962)

... aka Ozzie and Harriet

- Making Wally Study (1962) TV episode (as Linda Evenstad) .... Shirley

- The Randolph's Niece (1962) TV episode (as Linda Evenstad) .... Shirley

- Mr. Kelly's Important Papers (1961) TV episode (as Linda Evenstad)

- The Girl That Loses Things (1961) TV episode .... Linda

- A Sweater for Rick (1960) TV episode .... Mary

41. "Bachelor Father" (1 episode, 1960)

- A Crush on Bentley (1960) TV episode


1. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) (performer: "He's My New Love", "He's My Fly Boy")

Other works:

Appeared on TV Special "Bob Hope's Star-Studded Spoof of the New TV Season - GRated - With Glamour, Glitter & Gags", with Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Ricky Schroeder, Billy Barty, Anthony Geary - 3 October 1982.

Shot the famous slow-motion footage of stuntman Evel Knievel crashing during a 1968 stunt in Las Vegas. This footage has appeared in many documentaries, and was featured in a pain-reliever commercial Knievel made in the 1980s. Evans ended up filming the ill-fated stunt because her husband at the time, John Derek, had been hired by Knievel to shoot a documentary of the jump and had his wife operate one of the cameras as a cost-cutting measure.

In 1962, she starred in a pilot for adventure series about the life of a teenaged girl who lives in a mountain ranch called, "Buttons", but the series was never produced. The pilot co-starred Jim Davis and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams.

Print ads for Clairol's Ultress hair color (1989).

Theater tour of North America, in the play "Legends!" opposite her "Dynasty" (1981) co-star, Joan Collins (2006-07.


Date of Birth

18 November 1942, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name

Linda Evanstad


5' 8" (1.73 m)


Stan Herman (1976 - 1981) (divorced)

John Derek (1968 - 1974) (divorced)

Attended Hollywood High School with Stefanie Powers.

Engaged to Patrick Curtis (1960-1962).

Dated Yanni [1989 - January 1998]

Owner of Linda Evans Fitness Centers (15 locations)

As a teenager, she guest-starred on the sitcom "Bachelor Father" (1957) starring John Forsythe playing a girl who develops a crush on Forsythe's character. Some twenty years later, she co-starred on "Dynasty" (1981) playing "Crystal Carrington", who was married to Forsythe's character, oil magnate "Blake Carrington".

Measurements: 34-24-34 (self-described 1968), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Her real last name, Evanstad, is of Norwegian origin.

She was one of the guests at Prince Charles' and Camilla Parker-Bowles' wedding.

Friend of Bo Derek.

Ex-stepmother of Sean Catherine Derek.

Personal Quotes

A whole family would be absurd now. But one child would be wonderful.

Aaron Spelling went further than anyone has ever gone for television.

After "Dynasty" (1981), I wanted a reality check. I wanted to get in touch with real life, you know? That kind of world is kind of outrageous.

All my life I kind of had the strangest career because whenever I fell in love, I stopped working.

Where Are They Now

(2000) Touring the country speaking on womens aging issues

(October 2006) Begins an eight-month theater tour of North America, in the play "Legends!" opposite her "Dynasty" (1981) co-star, Joan Collins.

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