Lynda Day George

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Lynda Day George
Peter Graves Greg Morris Lynda Day George Mission Impossible 1972.JPG
George with Peter Graves and Greg Morris on Mission: Impossible in 1972.
Born Lynda Louise Day
(1944-12-11) December 11, 1944 (age 69)
San Marcos, Texas, U.S.
Years active 1961–1989
Spouse(s) Joseph Pantano (1963–1970) (one son)
Christopher George (1970-1983; his death) (one daughter)
Doug Cronin (1990-2010; his death)

Lynda Day George (born December 11, 1944, San Marcos, Texas) is an American television and film actress whose career spanned three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. She was a cast member on Mission: Impossible (1971–1973). She was also the wife of actor Christopher George.[1]

Biography[edit]

Originally known as Lynda Day, her career began with guest roles on many television series of the 1960s including Route 66, Flipper, The Green Hornet, Mannix, The Fugitive, The Virginian and Bonanza. She had her first major role in a short-lived 1970 television series, The Silent Force, and later starred in the television pilot for Cannon in 1971. That same year, she was cast as Lisa Casey in the critically acclaimed series Mission: Impossible, garnering a Golden Globe nomination in 1972 and an Emmy Award in 1973.[1][2] During the show's last season, she missed seven episodes because of her maternity leave and was temporarily replaced by Barbara Anderson.

She first met actor Christopher George when they starred together in the 1966 independent film The Gentle Rain. While working together again in the 1970 John Wayne film Chisum, they fell in love and were married on May 15, 1970.

Thereafter, she became Lynda Day George and co-starred in multiple television films with her husband over the next ten years, including The House on Greenapple Road (1970), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976) and Cruise Into Terror (1978). They also worked together in episodes of The F.B.I. (1970), Mission: Impossible (1971), McCloud (1975), Love Boat (1977), and Vega$ (1978). They guest-starred in television's Wonder Woman in 1976, with Lynda playing villain Fausta Grables, Nazi Wonder Woman.[1][3][4][5]

She continued her television work throughout the 1970s with guest roles on Police Story, Kung Fu, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Barnaby Jones. She played supporting roles in Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots.[1]

Her movie career is noted for several horror cult films in which she co-starred with husband Christopher including Day of the Animals (1977), Pieces (1982), and Mortuary (1983). She also co-starred with John Saxon in the 1980 horror film Beyond Evil.[1]

Christopher George died of a heart attack on November 28, 1983, at the age of 52.[6] She worked only sporadically after that, in guest roles on Fantasy Island (1984), Murder She Wrote (1985), Hardcastle and McCormick (1985), and Blacke's Magic (1986).[3] She was also a regular guest on religious television programs. In one of her final performances, Lynda reprised the role of Lisa Casey on an episode of the revived Mission: Impossible television series in 1989.[7] She officially retired from acting shortly thereafter.

Marriages[edit]

She was first married to Joseph Pantano (1963–1970) (divorced), with one son, Nicky. She left Pantano to marry Christopher George.[8] She was married to George from 15 May 1970 until his death, on 28 November 1983, and had one daughter. They filed suit to have her son from a previous marriage legally declared as Christopher's natural son. In 1990, Lynda George married Doug Cronin, who died of cancer 4 December 2010; they resided in Los Angeles, California.[3][9]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1961 : The Outsider : Kim
  • 1963 : Rockabye the Infantry (TV) : Connie Mahoney
  • 1964 : Flipper (TV) : Linda Granville
  • 1966 : The Gentle Rain : Judy Reynolds
  • 1967: El Virginiano (serie TV)
  • 1968 : It Takes a Thief ( A Matter of Royal Larceny): Samatha
  • 1968 : The Sound of Anger (TV) : Barbara Keeley
  • 1969 : Le Miroir de la mort (Fear No Evil) (TV) : Barbara
  • 1970 : The House on Greenapple Road (TV) : Lillian Crane
  • 1970 : Chisum : Sue McSween
  • 1970 : The Silent Force (série TV) : Amelia Cole
  • 1971 : Cannon (TV) : Christie
  • 1971 : The Sheriff (TV) : Almy Gregory
  • 1973 : Set This Town on Fire (TV) : Molly Thornburgh
  • 1973 : She Cried Murder (TV) : Sarah Cornell
  • 1974 : Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (TV) : Cathy More
  • 1974 : Panic on the 5:22 (TV) : Mary Ellen Lewis
  • 1975 : The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (TV) : Louise Kennelly
  • 1975 : Barbary Coast (TV) : Clio Du Bois
  • 1975 : Death Among Friends (TV) : Lisa Manning
  • 1976 : Le Riche et le Pauvre ("Rich Man, Poor Man") (feuilleton TV) : Linda Quales
  • 1976 : Twin Detectives (TV) : Nancy Pendleton
  • 1976 : Panique en plein ciel (Mayday at 40,000 Feet!) (TV) : Cathy Armello
  • 1976 : Wonder Woman (TV) : Fausta Grables
  • 1976 : Once an Eagle (feuilleton TV) : Marge Krisler
  • 1977 : Racines ("Roots") (feuilleton TV) : Mrs. Reynolds
  • 1977 : Murder at the World Series (TV) : Margot Mannering
  • 1977 : Day of the Animals : Terry Marsh
  • 1977 : It Happened at Lakewood Manor (TV) : Valerie Adams
  • 1978 : Cruise Into Terror (TV) : Sandra Barry
  • 1978 : The Amazing Captain Nemo (film): Mel Ferrer José Ferrer
  • 1978 : The Return of Captain Nemo (TV) : Kate
  • 1979 : Racquet : Monica
  • 1980 : Beyond Evil : Barbara Andrews
  • 1980 : Casino (TV) : Carol
  • 1982 : Le Sadique à la tronçonneuse (Pieces) : Mary Riggs
  • 1982 : La Grande Casse 2 (The Junkman) : Festival News Reporter
  • 1983 : Mortuary : Eve Parson
  • 1983 : Young Warriors : Beverly Carrigan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Lynda Day George". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Lynda Day George — Awards". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2007-07-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Lynda Day George — Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Rat Patrol Bios". klio.net. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Movies: Biography forLynda Day George". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Christopher George". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  7. ^ "The Girls of Mission: Impossible". missionimpossible.ugo.com. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  8. ^ Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973, By Tom Lisanti, Louis Paul, Eileen O'Neill, Published by McFarland, 2002, ISBN 0-7864-1194-5, ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8.
  9. ^ "Death and Memorial Notice: Douglas Phillip Cronin". www.peninsuladailynews.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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