Linda Carlson

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Linda Carlson
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Carlson with Ernest Thompson and James Sloyan, 1977.
Born (1945-05-12) May 12, 1945 (age 72)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–2009
Spouse(s) Philip Charles MacKenzie (divorced)
Jim ( –present)

Linda Carlson (born May 12, 1945) is an American actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Carlson attended the University of Iowa, where she received a bachelor's degree in speech and dramatic arts. She went on to teach for several months at a high school in Flint, Michigan, before moving to New York City, where she attended the NYU School of the Arts and received a master's degree.[1] She broke into professional theater with the Negro Ensemble Company in New York, then spent a season at the Repertory Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] She went on to appear at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Canada's Manitoba Theatre Center in Winnipeg, and at the McCarter Theatare in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1]


In the episode "Hotel Oceanview" of the series WKRP in Cincinnati, which premiered on November 29, 1980, Carlson played a woman attracted to station salesman Herb Tarlak (Frank Bonner). He is deeply shaken when she tells him that they were on the football team together in high school, she having since undergone a sex change.

On the series Newhart, Carlson had a recurring role as Bev Dutton, the manager of the small Vermont television station where Bob Newhart hosted a Sunday afternoon interview program.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to actor-director Philip Charles MacKenzie, whom she met at NYU.[1] They eventually divorced.[2] She went on to marry a former Marine Corps tank officer turned IT specialist, Jim Hart.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Linda Carlson: 'Total Star'". The Evening News. Newburgh, New York. August 14, 1977. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Carlson, Linda (October 11, 2012). "First the Proposal, Then Remodeling". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 

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