Linda Evans

Linda Evans

American actress
Linda Evans

Linda Evans was born on November 18, 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA as Linda Evanstad. She is an actress, known for Dynasty (1981), Mitchell (1975) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Big Valley. She was previously married to Stan Herman and John Derek.

Spouse (2)


Stan Herman (4 July 1975 - 1979) (divorced)

John Derek (1968 - 1974) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)


Platinum blonde hair

Sparkling blue eyes

Voluptuous figure

Seductive deep voice

Trivia (33)


Attended Hollywood High School with Stefanie Powers.

Engaged to Patrick Curtis (1960-1962).

Partner of Linda Evans Fitness Centers (15 locations) which eventually closed after she left the partnership in 2004 and began working with another fitness chain.

As a teenager, she guest starred in a 1960 episode of Bachelor Father: A Crush on Bentley (1960) as a girl who develops a crush on John Forsythe's character. Some 21 years later, she co-starred on the television series Dynasty (1981) as Forsythe's wife and was friends with him until his death in 2010.

Her real last name, Evanstad, is of Norwegian origin.

Ex-stepmother of Sean Catherine Derek.

Joan Rivers once said that Linda Evans "is one of the only people in the business I've never heard anything negative about".

Cohabited with Yanni (1989-1998).

In 1959, she was voted an "Honorary Colonel" at the Hollywood Legion Post 43 on a gala night that featured upcoming female stars. Another girl in the group that same night was Barbara Parkins.

Because to her character's name on Dynasty (1981), she starred in an advertising campaign for Crystal Light beverages, starting in 1984.

In 2006, Evans reunited with her Dynasty (1981) castmates for the non-fiction reunion special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar (2006).

Regularly listed as one of the most beautiful women in America, she appeared in Playboy magazine at the behest of then-husband John Derek in 1971. Those photos were published a second time in 1982 when she was turning forty.

In 2009, she won the fourth series of the British reality television series Hell's Kitchen (2004).

Former Miss Golden Globe.

Barbara Stanwyck, her television mother on The Big Valley (1965), always called her "Audra" after her character Audra Barkley, even after the series ended. She claims she learned much about acting from Stanwyck.

Her singing vocals in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) was dubbed by Jackie Ward (known at the time as Robin Ward), who was one of the most popular studio singers of the 1960s-1970s.

Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. [August 1987]

Her best friends are Sean Catherine Derek and Bunky Young. When Linda retired from acting and moved to Washington state, Sean and Bunky moved there too.

Became a step-grandmother at age 26 when her nineteen-year-old stepson Russell Derek and his wife Lynette had a girl, Alyce, on June 28, 1969.

She was one of the guests at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Cohabited with George Santo Pietro (1981-1984).

Dated Lee Majors after his separation from Farrah Fawcett in 1979, and financier Dennis Stein (an ex-fiancé of Elizabeth Taylor) in the mid-eighties.

Was approached by David Jacobs to star on Dallas (1978), when she was under contract with Lorimar.

Daughter of professional dancers Alba (1904-1958) and Arlene Evanstad (1917-1969). Both of her parents died from cancer.

Lives in Lakewood, WA.

Drove Ursula Andress to the hospital on the night she gave birth to hers and Harry Hamlin's son Dimitri Hamlin. Linda's personal assistant Bunky Young located Harry on the set of King of the Mountain (1981) and brought him there in time for the occasion.

Two sisters: Carol (older) and Kathy (younger).

Met future husband John Derek right after the pilot for The Big Valley (1965) aired. Derek called the show's producers to ask if he could photograph Evans. She moved in with him by the end of 1965 and scaled back her career considerably during their eight years together as a couple. They separated on Christmas day 1973 following the disclosure of his affair with Bo Derek, who had turned 17 just a month earlier.

Describes John Derek and Yanni as the two great loves of her life.

Is a member of Ramtha (J.Z. Knight)'s School of Enlightenment.

Arrested for DUI in her home state of Washington. After extensive blood tests the ticket was amended to reckless driving. Went unpublicized for 3 years until dash cam footage surfaced online in March 2017. [May 2014]

Her second husband, Stan Herman, died of leukemia in 2002.

Turned down the role of Cindy in A Swingin' Summer (1965).

Personal Quotes (10)


A whole family would be absurd now. But one child would be wonderful.

[on Aaron Spelling]: Aaron Spelling went further than anyone has ever gone for television.

After Dynasty (1981), I wanted a reality check. I wanted to get in touch with real life, you know? That kind of world is kind of outrageous.

All my life, I kind of had the strangest career because whenever I fell in love, I stopped working.

[When she won on Hell's Kitchen (2005)]: I'm glad I did it, I volunteered to be here and I said I wanted to learn and I'm going to learn.

[When she was battling menopause and depression]: For the first time in my life, I understood what it was like to not be totally in control of my life. I am in a downward spiral to hell, it just got worse and worse. It was like all the lights were down low.

[Who paid tribute to John Forsythe]: A man who may come into work everyday so magical. This show was so serious and he was funny personally. We'd be fighting and people would be strangling each other and he made me laugh, all day long, who'll ever be forever grateful to him for that.

[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with John Forsythe, who played Blake Carrington]: Well, he gave me my first speaking part ever when I was 15, Bachelor Father (1957), and I had a crush on him! I played his niece's friend, and he wrote on the script, "You are going to be somebody someday." And I brought that on the set of Dynasty (1981), about the third year I found it, and I said, "John, look what you wrote.".

[Of John Forsythe]: When I did meet him in Bachelor Father (1957), it was a show called Crush on Bentley, and his niece that was Bachelor Father, of and I were the same age, 15 years old (Noreen Corcoran). We did the show and I had a crush on Bentley, and in the end, he fixes me up with these football players, and it was so sweet getting to know him, then, and he signed my script, because it was my first speaking part and he put on it, "Linda, you're going to be somebody someday and I found it when I was doing Dynasty," and brought on the set and say, "See John, you were psychic, you knew this was going to happen." It was so easy when I saw him when I walked on the set of Dynasty (1981). He looked at me and he said, "Mine Linda Evans, did how you're grown and how's your mother, Arlene?". And he remembered my mother's name. He remembered my real name - which is Evanstad. MGM Studios later changed it to Evans. I said, "Oh John, it's going to be so easy to love you in this part and it was Heaven to work with him, absolute Heaven, he had the most delicious sense of humor." He would make me laugh, all day long and we had so much drama, and on the script of Dynasty, and fights and things that we had to do with people, and he would constantly just joking/laughing, saying, "Come on, you can do this?". And we have to go out to get some awards and I was afraid to get up and in-front of people, when I was in junior high school - from that day, I was so shy and get up to do a book report, and he would encourage me and take my hand and walk up with me, he was extraordinary. We remained friends until he died, I talked to him like three weeks before he passed, and we talked all the time.

[on David Janssen, who died of a heart attack on February 13, 1980]: To this day, I still miss that guy; he was one of a kind.

Salary (2)


Dynasty (1981) $40,000 per episode (season 5)

Dynasty (1981) $52,000 per episode (season 6)

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Linda Evans was born on Wednesday, 18 November 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Her full name at birth was Linda Evenstad. She is best known as an actress. Evans' country of citizenship (nationality) is American. Linda attended high school at David Glasgow Farragut High School in Chicago, IL. For university, she studied at Howard University in Washington, DC. Her religion is listed as Baptist. She is 5' 8" (173 cm) tall and weighs 154 lbs (70 kg) with a voluptuous build. She has blue eyes and blonde hair (color). Her net worth is reported to be $30,000,000 US dollars. Linda Evans is 81 years old and her zodiac star sign is Scorpio.

You can find people similar to Linda Evans by visiting our lists Actresses from Hartford, Connecticut and Actresses from Los Angeles.

Full name at birth
Linda Evenstad
Claim to fame
her roles as Audra Barkley in the 1960's ABC Western drama television series The Big Valley and Krystle Carrington in the 1980s ABC primetime soap opera Dynasty
Date of birth
18 November 1942
Place of birth
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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5' 8" (173 cm)
154 lbs (70 kg)
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Plantinum Blonde Hair
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Net worth
$30,000,000 USD
High school
  • David Glasgow Farragut High School in Chicago, IL
  • Hollywood High School
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Howard University in Washington, DC
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I wanted to be able to go shopping without people looking to see if I really was one of the world's 10 most beautiful women. I longed to be myself.
  • As a teenager, she guest-starred on the sitcom "Bachelor Father" (1957) starring John Forsythe playing a girl who develops a crush on Forsythe's character. Some twenty years later, she co-starred on "Dynasty" (1981) playing "Crystal Carrington", who was married to Forsythe's character, oil magnate "Blake Carrington".
  • Ex-stepmother of Sean Catherine Derek.
  • Owner of Linda Evans Fitness Centers (15 locations)
  • Friend of Bo Derek.
  • Engaged to Patrick Curtis (1960-1962).

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