Linda Evans

Linda Evans

Nov. 18th, 1942
Born in
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
5' 8

Linda Evans' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Big Valley TV Show
The Big Valley
Dynasty TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Evans' first guest-starring role was on a 1960 episode of Bachelor Father, which starred her future screen husband, John Forsythe. She would co-star with him twenty years later on Dynasty. After several guest roles in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet between 1960–62, and guest appearances on TV series such as Wagon Train and Outlaws, Evans gained her first regular role in in 1965 in The Big Valley. Playing Audra Barkley, daughter of Victoria Barkley (played by Barbara Stanwyck), Evans was credited in the series until it ended in 1969, though she was only a semi-regular cast member during the last two seasons.
On December 31, 1967, Derek recruited his wife to operate one of his cameras after he had been commissioned by daredevil Evel Knievel to film his motorcycle jump of the fountains at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. It was Evans who captured the iconic images of Knievel's devastating crash as the jump failed.
Throughout the 1970s, Evans continued to appear on television largely in guest roles. She appeared in a slew of detective shows such as The Rockford Files, Mannix, Harry O, Banacek, McCloud, and McMillan & Wife. In 1976, she starred with James Franciscus in the espionage drama series Hunter, though the show only lasted for 13 episodes.
In 1980, Evans was cast as Krystle Carrington in Aaron Spelling's opulent new primetime soap opera, Dynasty. Intended as ABC Television's answer to the hit CBS series Dallas, the show first aired in January 1981. Although initially sluggish in the ratings, audience figures improved after the show was revamped and British actress Joan Collins was brought in to play opposite Evans and Forsythe as the evil Alexis Carrington. By the 1984-85 season, Dynasty was the number one show on American television, even outranking Dallas. Audiences became enthralled by the onscreen rivalry and infamous catfights between Krystle and Alexis, and Evans and Collins became the two of the most celebrated television stars of the decade. Evans was nominated five times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama series (every year from 1982 to 1986), winning in 1982 in a tie with Barbara Bel Geddes of rival soap Dallas. Evans also won five People's Choice Awards as Favorite Actress in a Drama Series in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead actress in a Drama Series in 1983.
After she left Dynasty in 1989 (only months before the series came to an end), Evans semi-retired from acting and only made occasional television appearances. Instead, she devoted her time to fitness issues and set up a small chain of fitness centers. In the 1990s, Evans hosted infomercials for Rejuvenique, a mask for toning facial muscles. She had previously written the "Linda Evans Beauty and Exercise" book in 1983.
In 1991, she returned to the role of Krystle Carrington for the TV miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. Following this, she appeared in three made-for-TV movies in the 1990s, but then retired from screen acting altogether in 1997.
In 2005, actress Melora Hardin portrayed Evans in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of Dynasty.
In 2006, Evans reunited with her Dynasty castmates for the non-fiction reunion special Dynasty: Catfights and Caviar. She then starred in the stage play Legends opposite her former Dynasty rival Collins.
In 2009 Evans appeared in and won the British TV program Hell's Kitchen, working under Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White.
Due to her character's name on Dynasty, Evans appeared in an ad campaign for Crystal Light beverages, starting in 1984.
Evans appeared in Playboy magazine at the behest of her then-husband John Derek in 1971. As she gained tremendous fame on Dynasty, the photos were published a second time in 1982.
Evans has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.

  • Best known by the public for her starring role as Krystle Carrington on _"Dynasty" (1981)_ (qv).
  • In 1959, she was voted an "Honorary Colonel" at the Hollywood Legion Post 43. A gala night that featured upcoming female stars. Another girl in the group that same night was Barbara Parkins.
  • 'Joan Rivers' (qv) once said that 'Linda Evans (I)' (qv) "is one of the only people in the business I've never heard anything negative about.".
  • (1989 - January 1998) Dated 'Yanni (I)' (qv)
  • Ex-stepmother of 'Sean Catherine Derek' (qv).
  • She was one of the guests at 'Prince Charles' (qv)' and 'Camilla Parker-Bowles' (qv)' wedding.
  • As a teenager, she guest starred in a 1960 episode of TV's _"Bachelor Father" (1957) {A Crush on Bentley (#4.5)}_ (qv) as a girl who develops a crush on 'John Forsythe (I)' (qv)'s character. Some twenty years later, she co-starred on the hit TV series _"Dynasty" (1981)_ (qv) as 'John Forsythe (I)' (qv)'s wife.
  • Measurements: 34-24-34 (self-described 1968), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

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