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Linda Blair

Linda Blair

American actress
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist (1973).Wikipedia
BornJanuary 22, 1959
HometownSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Net worth$2 million
Height5'2" (1.57m)
ParentsElinore Blair, James Blair
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Venice awards William Friedkin

The Venice Film Festival have paid tribute to American film director, William Friedkin, presenting him with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award. According to the festival’s organisers, Friedkin has made major contributions to US cinema without receiving the recognition he is due. Despite directing a host of classics – including ‘Cruising’ and ‘The French Connection’ – the director will be forever venerated for ‘The Exorcist’. Widely considered one of the most terrifying films of all time, this prestige horror famously features the demonic possession of a 12 year old girl, played by Linda Blair. ‘The Exorcist’ earned 10 Academy Award nominations, grossing over $441 million worldwide, and in a news conference ahead of the ceremony, Friedkin shared his learnings with some robust advise for future film-makers: “What is my advice to young people? If you’re in cinema school, leave immediately. Leave. Go out, get a small camera, make your film, edit it at home, put in on a website and do it yourself. Don’t worry about criticism. Just let the audience see your work.” Known affectionately as the wild-man of 70s cinema, Friedkin was famous for on-set tantrums, frequenting prostitutes and firing up to 70 people in one day. Cast and crew on his last film – ‘Killer Joe’, which aired at the Venice festival in 2011 – have since confirmed that the 77 year-old veteran director is as bombastic as ever.

AWARDS

YearAssociationsCategoryWorkResult
1974Academy AwardActress in a Supporting RoleThe ExorcistNominated
1974Golden GlobeBest Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureThe ExorcistWinner
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