Beverly Joanne Linville is an American actress.

Acting careerEdit

Linville's motion picture credits include The Goddess (1958), Scorpio (1973), Gable and Lombard (1976), A Star Is Born (1976) and The Seduction (1982).

In 1959, Linville appeared on the long running CBS daytime drama The Guiding Light as Amy Sinclair, a run away 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".[2] In 1968, she played the Romulan Commander in the Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident".

Other television appearances include Decoy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun Will Travel, COronado 9, Checkmate, Adventures in Paradise, The Twilight Zone, Empire, Gunsmoke (three episodes), Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Route 66, The Eleventh Hour, I Spy, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The F.B.I. (two episodes), The Invaders (two episodes), Felony Squad, Hawaii Five-O (three episodes: season 1, ep. 19 and 20 - "Once Upon a Time", part I and II; season 2, ep 49 = "Kiss the Queen Goodbye"), Kojak, 'Columbo: Candidate for Crime, The Streets of San Francisco (two episodes), Nakia, Switch, Charlie's Angels, 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).[3]

Linville played Janine Turner's character's mother in the television series Behind the Screen.[4]

Joanne Linville and George Grizzard starred in "I Kiss Your Shadow", the final episode of the television series Bus Stop. The episode was based on the short story by Robert Bloch. In his book Danse Macabre, Stephen King nominated this episode as "...the single most frightening story ever done on TV." King wrote that Bus Stop was "...a straight drama show... The final episode, however, deviated wildly into the supernatural, and for me, ..."I Kiss Your Shadow" has never been beaten on TV—and rarely any where else—for eerie, mounting horror."[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Linville was married to actor/director Mark Rydell from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. They have two children, actor Christopher Rydell and actress Amy Rydell.

Linville played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the television movie James Dean. Mark Rydell directed the film and also played Jack L. Warner. Amy Rydell played Christine White, Dean's girlfriend in New York.[6]


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  2. The Passersby
  3. Marill, Alvin H. Movies Made for Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1986, pp. 88, 190, 351, 367, 434
  4. 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
  5. King, Stephen. Danse Macabre. New York, Berkley Books, 1981, p. 219, footnote