Linnea Quigley

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Linnea Quigley
Born Linnea Barbara Quigley
(1958-05-27) May 27, 1958 (age 57)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Other names Barbara Gold, Jessie Dalton, Linnea La Stray, Pamela Peck, Jesse Dalton, Elizabeth MacIntosh
Occupation Actress, film producer, model, singer, author
Years active 1978–present
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Spouse(s) Steve Johnson (special effects artist) (1990-1992)

Linnea Barbara Quigley (born May 27, 1958) is an American actress, film producer, model, singer, animal rights activist, and author. She is best known as a B-movie actress and is considered a scream queen due to her frequent appearances in low-budget horror films during the 1980s and 1990s.


Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa, to Dorothy and William Heath Quigley, a chiropractor and psychologist.[1] They all moved to Los Angeles in 1976 where she landed a job at Jack LaLanne's health spa. When her friends encouraged her to try modeling, she started going to auditions and taking acting and guitar playing classes.[2] After getting a few extra parts she got her first role in a Charles Band produced movie Fairy Tales. She began appearing in more movies such as Don't Go Near the Park with Meeno Peluce or the cult slasher classic Graduation Day, a part she got replacing the original actress who refused to do nude scenes. In 1981 the producer and director Jim Feazell decided to shoot some additional footage for a re-release of his unsuccessful 1975 psychological thriller Wheeler. In one of the scenes Linnea played a waitress menaced by a truck driver. The movie was re-released under the title "The Hurting" and later changed to "Psycho from Texas".[3]

Besides modeling and auditioning for movies, Linnea also auditioned for bands and later formed a band The Skirts with her friend Haydee Pomar. They practiced in the basement of the punk rock club The Masque[4] and their music got featured in some of Linnea's later movies. The song "Santa Monica Blvd. Boy" was released on Mystic Records' 1983 compilation "The Sound of Hollywood Girls".

Quigley was a Playboy Flashdancer. Her picture appears in the December 1983 Playboy issue with Flashdancers, Tamara Rawlings, Marine Jahan, Demetria Garrett, Kim Arrow and Kathleen Carr.

Acting career[edit]

Quigley is best known for her role in The Return of the Living Dead (1985) (directed by Dan O'Bannon). She has also starred in dozens of other horror films including Savage Streets (with Linda Blair), Silent Night, Deadly Night, Nightmare Sisters, Creepozoids, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Night of the Demons (the 1988 original and the 2009 remake), and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Quigley is the author of two books about her career as a B-movie actress, Chainsaw and I'm Screaming as Fast as I Can. She has been called the "Queen of the B's".

Linnea co-starred with Daniel Baldwin in Stripperland (2011). She played in David DeCoteau's movies 1313: Cougar Cult (2012) and 3 Scream Queens (2014) and Charles Band's web series Throphy Heads (2014) with Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer. In 2012, Quigley guest appeared in Massachusetts death metal band Sexcrement's music video entitled "Trucker Bombed."

Personal life[edit]

Quigley is a vegan.[5] Aside from her acting career, she has also been a member of a band called The Skirts in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


Title Year Role Notes
Wheeler 1975 Barmaid
Deathsport 1978 Courtesan (uncredited)
Fairy Tales Dream Girl
Auditions Sally Webster
Don't Go Near the Park 1979 Bondi's Mother
Summer Camp Pam Credited as Barbara Gold
Stone Cold Dead First Victim (undredited)
Graduation Day 1981 Dolores
Nice Dreams Blondie Group #2
The Black Room 1983 Milly
Still Smokin' Blonde in Spa (undredited)
Get Crazy Groupie (undredited)
Young Warriors Ginger
Simon & Simon Bobbi TV series; season 3, episode 8: "The Bare Facts"
Nudes in Limbo Model (uncredited)
Savage Streets 1984 Heather
Silent Night, Deadly Night Denise
Party Games for Adults
Fatal Games Athlete
Kidnapping Girls Agency 1985 Cathy Messenger Credited as Jessie Dalton
Return of the Living Dead Trash
Scorpion 1986 Lea Johns - The Scorpion Credited as Jessie Dalton
Avenged Carol 'C.C.' Chambers Credited as Jessie Dalton
Sweethearts Cupid's Corner Host Credited as Pamela Peck
Beverly Hills Girls Linnea Credited as Linnea La Stray
Creepozoids 1987 Bianca
Treasure of the Moon Goddess Lu De Belle
Nightmare Sisters Melody
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama 1988 Spider
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Samantha
Dead Heat Zombie Go-Go Girl (uncredited)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Soul from Freddy's Chest
Night of the Demons Suzanne
Vice Academy Didi / Fluffer
Assault of the Party Nerds 1989 Bambi Direct-to-video
American Rampage Paris Girl - Elizabeth MacIntosh
Dr. Alien Rocker Chick #2
Deadly Embrace Michelle Arno Direct-to-video
Witchtrap Ginger Kowolski
Murder Weapon Dawn
Sexbomb Phoebe Love Credited as Linnea
Robot Ninja Miss Barbeau
Blood Nasty Wanda Dance
The Girl I Want 1990 Teri
Vice Academy Part 2 Didi
Diggin' Up Business Mona
Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout Herself
Virgin High 1991 Kathleen
The Guyver Scream Queen
Innocent Blood 1992 Nurse
Blood Church
Beach Babes from Beyond 1993 Sally
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings 1994 Nadine
Vampire Hunter
Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting Detective 1995 Bambi
Stripteaser Waitress
Jack-O Carolyn Miller
Burial of the Rats Rat Woman TV film
Fatal Frames 1996 Wendy Williams
Sick-o-pathics Scream Queen Segment "Commercial: Dr. Riker's Hair Lotion"
Hollywood Cops 1997 Ryder
Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula 1998 Tere Direct-to-video
Boogie Boy Gretchen
Death Mask Angel Wilson
Curse of the Lesbian Love Goddess Direct-to-video
The Killer Eye 1999 TV Shower Girl (uncredited)
Animals Dana Miles-Evans
Moving Targets District Attorney
Kolobos Dorothy
Play It to the Bone Overdosed Hooker (uncredited)
Sex Files: Pleasureville 2000 Texas Lilly
Blind Target Serena Erwin
Horrorvision 2001 Photo Model (uncredited)
The Monster Man Aunt Ruth Direct-to-video
Venice Beach
Kannibal Georgina Thereshkova Direct-to-video
Scream Queen 2002 Malicia Tombs Direct-to-video
Charlie and Sadie 2003 Sadie Direct-to-video
Zombiegeddon Principal Russo Direct-to-video
Corpses Are Forever Elli Kroger Direct-to-video
The Rockville Slayer 2004 Mary Burns
Super Hero Central L.Q. Direct-to-video
Frost Sandra
Wolfsbayne 2005 Nikki
The Naked Monster Deaf Girl
Lost Girls Faith
Hoodoo for Voodoo 2006 Queen Marie
Whispers from a Shallow Grave TV Announcer (voice)
Voices from the Grave Sara Graves
Each Time I Kill 2007 Aunt Belle
Pretty Delia Short film
The Adventures of Ace X and Kid Velvet 2008 L.Q. Direct-to-video
Spring Break Massacre Deputy Michelle Hendricks Direct-to-video
The Notorious Colonel Steel Tommy
Legend Has It Al's Mother Direct-to-video
Vampitheatre 2009
Strangers Online Mary
RiffRaff Cousin Julie
It Came from Trafalgar Marilyn Doe
Night of the Demons Ballerina Lady
La Femme Vampir Faith
Collapse 2010 Mrs. Bell
Bloodstruck Johnny's Mother
La Femme Vampir Volume 2 Faith Direct-to-video
Diary of Death Mamma TV series
Night on Has Been Mountain Cameo Appearance
Liquid Memories Hooker's Mom (voice) Short film
Dead End Alex
Stripperland 2011 Grandbo Direct-to-video
Where the Dead Go to Die 2012 Sophia's Mom (voice)
1313 Cougar Cult Clara Direct-to-video
The Voices from Beyond Sara Graves
Girls Gone Dead Willie
Caesar and Otto's Deadly XMas Donna Blackstone
GrindHouse 2wo Ilsa
Stella Buio Stella Buio Short film
Manson Rising Rosemary LaBianca
The Trouble with Barry 2013 Linnea
Post Mortem, America 2021 Lucille
Blood River Agnes Jones
Miss Strangelove Queen of the Dead
Virginia Obscura 2014
They Came from the Ether Widow Ann
Trophy Heads Herself
Disciples Raine/The Seraph Direct-to-video
A Blood Story Margaret Renke
Terror Toons 3 Richmond
Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper Flight Attendant
Demonica Gypsy Woman
The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose Esmerelda
3 Scream Queens Alexis
Crazy Fat Ethel Pam (rumored)
Hunters Susan
Cabaret Diabolique 2015 Amy
Blood Wings TBA


In 1979 prior to appearing in films, Quigley played guitar with an all-girl band, Mad Whistle, started by ASCAP singer and songwriter Lucrecia Sarita Russo. Russo's then-husband, Jeffrey Spry of Felony, The Gangsters of Rock, appeared in a Quigley film, Graduation Day. In the early 1980s, Quigley started her own all-girl band called the Skirts which she re-formed in 2003. Quigley appeared in various music videos for bands such as Revolting Cocks, Motorhead, and the Ramones.

  • Miami Dice Anthology (2012) (performer: "What I Want to Do" and "Strange Days")
  • Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011) (music)
  • Linnea Quigley and the Bi-Polar Bears-Surfboards and Chainsaws (2002) (performer: "This Chainsaw's Made For Cutting", and "Santa Monica Blvd. Boy")
  • Scream Queen (2002) (performer: "This Chainsaw's Made For Cutting")
  • Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990) (performer: "Santa Monica Blvd. Boy")
  • Nightmare Sisters (1987) (performer: "Santa Monica Blvd. Boy")
  • Beverly Hills Girls (1986) (performer: "Strange Ways")
  • The Sound of Hollywood Girls (1983) (Santa Monica Blvd. Boy)
  • The Skirts (1980's) ("Hard Life to Live", "Answers", "Maybe", Santa Monica Boulevard Boy", "Strange Ways")


  1. ^,,20116133,00.html
  2. ^ Dawson, Jim and Weiss, Brice. "The Scream Queen Speaks!", CHIC, August 1991.
  3. ^ Dawson, Jim and Weiss, Brice. "The Scream Queen Speaks!", CHIC, August 1991.
  4. ^ Barsky, Larry. "The Naked Truth About Linnea Quigley", Fangoria Horror Spectacular, January 1990.
  5. ^ "MovieViral Interview with Linnea Quigley - Dragon Con 2013". YouTube. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 

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