Recent television series running roles: Reckless, True Blood, (Barbara Pelt); The Office (Helene Beasley); Homeland (Elizabeth Gaines). She has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies, and is especially known for Charlene Matlock, Matlock and Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, Happy Days.
Broadway: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Getting and Spending. Off-Broadway: The Baby Dance; Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Regional (partial): Romeo and Juliet, Oliver, Grease, Same Time Next Year, On a Clear Day, Three Penny Opera, Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing, The Little Foxes, The Merchant of Venice, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Glass Menagerie, The Road to Mecca with Miss Julie Harris, A Doll’s House, The Year of Magical Thinking, Copenhagen…at such theatres as Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Laguna Playhouse, The Lensic Santa Fe, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival (six seasons); Theatre Princesse Grace, Monaco; Imperial Theatre, Japan. Partial film: Mighty Joe Young, The Walking Major; Leo and Loree; Sundays. Born in Connecticut, Purl grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. Her studies continued at Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute. She is Founding Director of the California International Theatre Festival. Purl currently tours with her solo concerts Midnight Caravan – Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era and Up Jumped Spring. Solo albums are Alone Together, Out of this World—Live Midnight Caravan and just released Up Jumped Spring. Past concert venue appearances include Lincoln Center Jazz, Feinstein’s in NY, Naples Philharmonic, Catalina Jazz Club in LA, Crazy Coqs in London, Club Raye in Paris and Satin Doll in Tokyo. www.lindapurl.com