Linda Blair
Actress, producer, animal rights activist
Linda Blair
Linda Denise Blair is an American actress. Blair is best known for her role as the possessed child, Regan, in the 1973 film The Exorcist, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, winning one. She reprised her role in 1977's Exorcist II: The Heretic.
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What Your Birth Order Can Tell You About Your Love Life
Huffington Post - 30 days
Does birth order have any bearing on how your love life plays out? A little, experts say.  “Early experiences do lay down the foundation for how we act throughout our lives and romantic lives,” said Linda Blair, a psychologist and the author of Birth Order: What Your Position in the Family Really Tells You About Your Character.  “Of course, when it comes to human psychology, there are no ‘universal’ rules, nor are there characteristics that are true for everyone,” the Telegraph columnist said.  As Blair noted, how you were raised and whether your parents split up or stayed together have greater influence on your adult relationships than birth order ― and any match can go the distance if partners respect and communicate with one another. But as any older child/youngest child couple can tell you, your birth order does play a role in how you give and receive love. Below, Blair and other experts on birth order offer a few examples. Oldest children tend to be intelligent ...
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William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dead At 89
Huffington Post - about 1 month
William Peter Blatty, who wrote The Exorcist and won an Oscar for the screenplay adaptation of the horror story, has died. He was 89.  William Friedkin, who directed the film version of “The Exorcist” in 1973, announced the author’s death on Twitter Friday. William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) January 13, 2017 Blatty died Thursday in a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, from a form of blood cancer, his wife, Julia Alice Blatty, told The Associated Press. Blatty’s chilling story of a Catholic priest attempting to rid a young girl of a demonic spirit was a best-seller after his earlier novels, mostly comedic, had failed to reach a wide audience, according to The Guardian. Set in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, “The Exorcist” captivated readers with the increasingly strange and unsettling occurrences happening around the main character, Regan MacNeil, and ...
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Linda Blair on good, evil and 'The Exorcist'
Fox News - 5 months
Played possessed 12-year-old
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Universal Studio's Halloween Hororr Nights: Opening Night
Huffington Post - 5 months
Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights kicked off not with a bang, but with screams and terror. Visitors descended upon the sold out evening on Septmeber 16, 2016 and put their fears to the test by subjecting themselves to extreme horror situations such as walking through haunted mazes where real-life actors in dressed in costumes accosted and scared them. Meanwhile, the opening night red carpet brought out such folks as horror filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannel, musician Slash and actors Seth Green, Jon Heder and Elizabeth Reaser. While Linda Blair, best known for her role as the possessed child in the 1973 film The Exorcist, walked the red carpet..... .......her alter ego was terrorizing visitors in the "The Exorcist: The Possession of Regan MacNeil" haunted maze: When it was Blair's turn to enter the maze, she enjoyed some bonding time with her character. Horror filmmaker Eli Roth also came out to the event. This year, Roth took over the Terror Tra ...
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21 Times That Celebrity Dads Shared The Messy Side Of Parenting
Huffington Post - 8 months
When you're dealing with diaper blowouts, baby vomit and utter exhaustion, any reluctance to talk about the messy parts of parenting tends to fly out the window.  Even famous parents know this to be true. In honor of Father's Day, here are 21 spot-on quotes from celebrity dads who are more than happy to discuss the down and dirty of fatherhood.  1. On newborn bodily fluids: "I've never had more poop on my person." -- Justin Timberlake 2. On kid germs: "Kids are like buckets of disease. Last week I got a flu that I caught because my daughter coughed into my mouth." -- Louis C.K. 3. On dad style:  "Every dad should own cargo pants because they have a lot of pockets. Pacifiers and bottles and diapers and wet wipes and crackers and little toy dinosaurs and candy for treats for any child that has behaved or when you’re trying to bribe them. Yeah, cargo pants." -- Taye Diggs 4. On frightening bodily fluids: "They vomit a lot. For a second, I thought I needed ...
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Advice for Parents Who Suck
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Prior to having a baby, I was always so annoyed by other people's disruptive, unruly kids in public spaces. Now that I'm a mom, nothing has changed. I love my daughter. Live for her, actually. She is the absolute best thing ever... to ME. Just as I am sure that your kid is the best thing ever... to YOU. I emphasize the last part of that phrase because I think some people completely lose sight of this. Fact: Not everyone (or anyone) gives a crap about your kids the way you do. Or at all. Not even other parents. Make no mistake, I have been that person who can't get her kid to stop being loud, or to stop throwing any and all table contents on a restaurant floor, or running up to complete strangers, attempting to steal a pair of glasses off of their face. And, I am fully aware that a child's behavior is not always a direct result of one's parenting style. There are many factors that contribute to the way a kid is acting. However, this does not make your child any less ann ...
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The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Is Good Reason to Be Thankful this Thursday
Huffington Post - about 1 year
America has 8 million animals in their shelters, and only half of those make it out alive. Troubling statistics like these, which only seem to multiply each year, were enough to keep Emmy nominated producer, and avid dog-loving activist, Michael Levitt awake at night. So he took action with the most powerful medium in the world - television - and made history in the process. Last Thanksgiving day, FOX broadcast Levitt's creation, the first ever prime time dog adoption special. Hosts Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank (who also Executive Produces with Levitt) along with a who's who of film, music and TV stars, helped inspire more than 4,500 dog adoption applications. This Thursday (FOX 8pm - 10pm) marks the welcome return of Levitt and Swank's All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration, an uplifting two hour spectacular, which is fast becoming as much of an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition as Macy's Parade. In the middle of producing this year's show, I managed to sneak a few minutes in with M ...
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Everything You Need To Know About Parenting in 12 Jimmy Fallon Quotes
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This article originally appeared on Fatherly: Ask 10 comedians who the nicest guy in comedy is and 9 of them will say "Jimmy Fallon" (and the tenth is just f---ing with you). But, while his gig hosting The Tonight Show requires him to hear all sorts of celebrities-with-kids stories, he has plenty of his own as the father of 2-year-old Winnie and 9-month-old Franny. So, when he gets the chance, he gushes to anyone who will listen. Like cab drivers. The guy likes parenting so much, he wrote a book about it. Here are a few bits of parenting wisdom he's picked up and, yes, he cracks himself up when he tells them. On His Diaper Changing Technique "So, I don't breath through my nose, I totally plug my nose, 'Oh my god, cute baby! So cute.' And then, I have these wipes and I wipe and I wipe -- I wipe too much. At this point they're going all over the baby, I make sure there's nothing even around the baby. Then I put this diaper rash thing on that I also use, so I save money." ...
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The Home Office Worker's Tale
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I sat down to work a couple weeks ago, ready to tick off the first in a long to-do list of items stretching through the week to come. It was a Sunday, but I had a lot to do, so I resolutely turned on my computer, opened a document, and -- watched as the screen went blue. It was a serene hue, just slightly darker than a robin's egg, but the feeling in my gut as white code zipped across it was nothing like serenity. I run my own business. I have a computer repair place I trust, but no on-call IT staff, and it was a Sunday, after all. From what I could tell, this was a spectacular crash. An hour of frantic booting and rebooting, phone calls and "system restore," and I had to face the truth: My computer was one with the angels. I didn't waste a lot of time wondering what to do next. I'm a writer, after all, and my computer ranks right on top of my "can't live without" list. I marched off to J&R and bought myself a new one. I was back at my home office, setting it up, within hour ...
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Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I first met Jerry Stahl at the Los Angeles Book Fair, back when it was held at UCLA in Westwood, the second happiest place on earth. It was blazing hot, and Jerry was sitting in a booth trying to promote his book, squirming like a bug under a microscope as all the happy peppy people passed by. He looked like something out of a Kafka novel written by William Burroughs, a writer about to be transformed into a junky cockroach. Which is basically how I felt, having been in a booth trying to promote my own book next to Hollywood legend Janet Leigh, who was signing her new memoir, and had a line of adoring fans snaking around the block. While I sat there sweating like an amateur smuggler being interrogated at customs while a hundred bags of junk clogs his colon. Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it. I should, for the sake of full disclosure, admit that he ...
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Most Americans 18-29 Years Old Believe in Demon Possession, Shows Survey
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Are Americans becoming less religious? While church affiliation is probably declining, don't expect the atheist revolution anytime soon: Over one half (63 percent, to be exact) of young Americans 18-29 years old now believe in the notion that invisible, non-corporeal entities called "demons" can take partial or total control of human beings, revealed an October 2012 Public Policy Polling survey that also showed this belief isn't declining among the American population generally; it's growing. Throughout last year, triumphal atheists and secularists had celebrated (and many of the religiously-inclined bemoaned) a 2012 survey, from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which showed an increase, especially among young adults, in the number of Americans who declared no specific religious affiliation: a chunk of the population now up to almost 20 percent according to the survey. These Americans were dubbed the "nones." The Pew survey finding was interpreted by some observers (who ...
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'Witches of East End' review: campy fun
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The series, inspired by the novel by Melissa de la Cruz and premiering Sunday night, is so overloaded with wacky plot twists, your head will be spinning like Linda Blair by the time the first episode comes to its predictable conclusion. Freya is engaged to hunky rich boy Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter, "The Mentalist") but is having hot and steamy dreams about a dark-haired stranger who turns out to be Dash's dark-haired brother, Killian (Daniel DiTomasso, "Beauty and the Beast"). [...] she's not telling Freya and Ingrid about their heritage. Oh, and there's also the shape-shifter who extricates a guy from a painting so the guy can take one of the witches back into a photograph from the 1920s so he can avenge his own death.
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Sex, Violence and Devils: Ten Books That Shocked the World
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I was a kid, I had a very forward thinking science teacher who assigned the seventh grade class a very provocative book. Brave New World, it was called. I went home that night and told my (equally forward thinking, it turned out) mother about the assignment -- and she dutifully went to the store the next day to buy the book for me. Not every parent behaved so well. One of my friends' mothers -- let's call her Nutty -- not only refused to buy Aldous Huxley's classic, but also made several furious calls to the faculty to protest this "outrageous" assignment. "It's anti-religious," she claimed. It also had sex in it, she said (now I was really interested), and some worrisome politics. My mother called it "satirical." Nutty had other words for it. "It's shocking," she declared. I'm proud to report that my mother took Nutty on, defended our teacher, and made sure a roomful of seventh graders would not be Huxley-deprived. More important, she ensured that I'd never be put off a book ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Linda Blair
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 52
    She appeared in the 2011 Rick Springfield documentary Affair of the Heart, and was a panelist in a 2011 episode of The Joy Behar Show. In 2012 Blair appeared at a pre-taped 84th Academy Awards ceremony honoring makeup artist Dick Smith, who had created the iconic makeup for Blair in The Exorcist.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010 she appeared as herself on the cable series Pit Boss and Jury Duty.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 50
    She appeared in the 2009 documentary Confessions of a Teenage Vigilante, discussing her role as Brenda in Savage Streets (1984).
    More Details Hide Details The documentary was included as a bonus feature on the 2009 DVD release of the film.
  • 2008
    Age 49
    In 2008, she appeared at the 18th annual Malaga Fantasy and Horror Film Festival to accept a lifetime achievement award for her work in the horror genre.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    She also appeared in critic Mark Kermode's 1998 BBC documentary "The Fear of God" (which Kermode directed and hosted), included as a special feature on the DVD of The Exorcist.
    More Details Hide Details Most of Kermode's linking scenes to camera were removed from the DVD version to shorten the running time. The version shown on BBC TV in 1998 was shown intact.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    In 1997, she appeared in a documentary for Channel 4 in the UK entitled "Didn't You Used to be Satan?", which served as a biography of her life to that point and how the film The Exorcist had dominated her career and life.
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    In 1997, she appeared in a Broadway revival of Grease.
    More Details Hide Details She was cast as a regular in the BBC television show, L.A. 7 (2000). She hosted Fox Family's Scariest Places on Earth (2000–06). 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. Blair also became an animal rights activist and humanitarian, working with PETA, Feed the Children, Variety, the Children's Charity, and other organizations. Blair also devotes time to a non-profit organization she organized, the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, which works to rescue abused, neglected and mistreated animals. She commenced to follow a vegan diet, and was a co-author of the book Going Vegan! Towards the end of the 1970s, Blair encountered trouble with law enforcement authorities as she was charged with drug possession and conspiracy to sell drugs. She pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of conspiracy to possess cocaine, in exchange for three years' probation. Blair was also required to make at least 12 major public appearances to tell young people about the dangers of drug abuse.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    Blair later worked in numerous films, mostly comedies, including the Exorcist send-up Repossessed in 1990, and a cameo role in Scream (1996).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 21
    Blair's career took a new turn in the 1980s, as she starred in a film in 1980 entitled Ruckus along with actor Dirk Benedict.
    More Details Hide Details She also starred in a number of successful low-budget horror and exploitation films, including Hell Night (1981), Chained Heat (1983) and Savage Streets (1984).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 16
    Between these two films, she appeared in Born Innocent (1974), Airport 1975 (1974), Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975) and Sweet Hostage (1975) opposite Martin Sheen.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born on January 22, 1959.
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