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 acting mentors were the late [Barbara Stanwyck] and the late [John Forsythe].
Actor [John Forsythe] took her under his wing, since she was 38. She had been friends with him before she co-starred with him on [Dynasty (1981).
Credits [Barbara Stanwyck] and [John Forsythe] as her favorite acting mentors/best friends.
Evans met [John Forsythe] on an episode of the sitcom [Bachelor Father (1957)], which was: [Bachelor Father: A Crush on Bentley (1960)], where Evans's character had a crush on Forsythe's character. This marked her debut, as an actress, on television. Some 20 years later, Evans would be reunited with Forsythe on [Dynasty (1981)], playing Forsythe's younger wife.
As an actress, she was highly influenced by [Barbara Stanwyck] and [John Forsythe].