Joanne Linville

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Joanne Linville
Joanne Linville in One Step Beyond (Moment of Hate).jpg
Beverly Joanne Linville

(1928-01-15) January 15, 1928 (age 93)
OccupationActress; Author
Years active1950–2005
(m. 1962; div. 1973)

Beverly Joanne Linville (born January 15, 1928) is an American actress. She and actress Irene Gilbert co-founded the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles in 1985.[1]


Early life[edit]

Linville was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 15, 1928.[citation needed] 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.[2]

Acting career[edit]

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 long-running 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".[3] In 1968, she played the Romulan commander in the Star Trek[4] episode "The Enterprise Incident". Other television appearances include Decoy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun Will Travel, Coronado 9, Checkmate, Adventures in Paradise, Empire, Gunsmoke (three episodes), Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Route 66, The Eleventh Hour, I Spy, Bonanza ("The Bridegroom"), The Fugitive, The F.B.I. (two episodes), The Invaders (two episodes), Felony Squad, Hawaii Five-O (three episodes: season one - "Once Upon a Time", parts I and II; season two, "Kiss the Queen Goodbye"), Kojak, Columbo: Candidate for a Crime, The Streets of San Francisco (two episodes), Nakia, Barnaby Jones, Switch, Charlie's Angels, CHIPS, Mrs. Columbo, Dynasty, and L.A. Law.

Linville also appeared in the made-for-TV movies House on Greenapple Road (1970), Secrets (1977), The Critical List (1978), The Users (1978), and The Right of the People (1986).[5] Linville played Janine Turner's character's mother in the television series Behind the Screen.[6] 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).[7]

Writing and teaching[edit]

Linville is also the author of an instructional/biographical book published in 2011 by Cameron & Company titled Joanne Linville's Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. She also has taught the course The Power of Language at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre in Los Angeles.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Linville was married to actor/director Mark Rydell from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Linville played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the television movie James Dean (2001). Rydell directed the film and also played Jack L. Warner.

Linville is not related to Larry Linville, also an actor.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. (2011-05-28). "Irene Gilbert dies at 76; cofounder of Stella Adler's Los Angeles acting academy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  2. ^ Adelson, Sue (October 17, 1974). "'Private' Actress Aids 'Public' Cause". Valley News. California, Van Nuys. p. 113. Retrieved November 9, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Rubin, Steven (2017). Twilight Zone Encyclopedia. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781613738917. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Joanne Linville". Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre-Los Angeles. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Marill, Alvin H. Movies Made for Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1986, pp. 88, 190, 351, 367, 434
  6. ^ Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present (4th edition). New York, Ballantine Books, 1988, p. 70
  7. ^ "Joanne Linville". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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