Harrison is most remembered for her role as NOVA in the films
"PLANET OF THE APES" and "BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES". Linda is no
stranger to the limelight of stardom and Hollywood. In Linda's hometown of Berlin,
Maryland, she started acting early in school in 1963 with the lead in the Senior Class
Play, "GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE". From there Linda went on the win several
local beauty pageants, including Miss Berlin in 1963, Miss Del-Mar-Va in 1964, Miss Ocean
City and Miss Maryland in 1965. In July of 1965, Linda was the first runner-up in the Miss
American Pageant in Long Beach, California.
Linda's big break came in August of 1965 when she went for a Personality Screen Test at
20th Century Fox with a 60-day option. In November of the same year, Linda was signed to a
seven year contract with 20th Century Fox. Several small roles came her way with the pilot
of "MEN AGAINST EVIL" , "WAY, WAY, OUT" with James Brolin, and "A
GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN" with Carl Reiner, which was directed by the legendary Gene
Kelly. Linda also appeared in an episode of "BATMAN" with Adam West. The late
sixties brought Linda in to the public eye when she was cast as NOVA in the cult science
fiction film classics, "PLANET OF THE APES", and "BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE
APES" with Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, and Kim Hunter.
Shortly after the Apes films, Linda married successful movie producer Richard Zanuck, son
of the legendary movie tycoon Darryl F. Zanuck, with whom she had two wonderful sons, Harrison and Dean, both also in the
movie picture business. Linda continued to act in TV shows such as "BRACKEN'S
WORLD" and "BARNABY JONES", and in the films "AIRPORT 1975",
"COCOON", and "COCOON: THE RETURN".
FILMS (Link to IMDB)
Way, Way, Out (1966) "Peggy" Dir. Gordon Douglas
A Guide for the Married Man (1967) "Miss Stardust" Dir. Gene Kelly
Planet of the Apes (1968) "Nova" Dir. Frank Schaffner
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) "Nova" Dir. Ted Post
Airport "Winnie" Dir. Jack Smight
Cocoon (1985) "Susan" Dir. Ron Howard
Cocoon: The Return (1988) "Susan" Dir. Daniel Petrie
Dunston Checks In (1996) Cameo Dir. Ken Kwapis
Run Away Bride (Summer 1999) - Cameo, Dir.Gary Marshall,
Shot in Linda's home town, Berlin Maryland.
Men Against Evil (1966) Guest Star Pilot
Batman (1966) "Cheerleader Episode: "The Joker Goes to School"
Bracken's World (1969-71) "Paulette" Series + Pilot
Barnaby Jones Guest Star Episode: "Alpha-Bravo War"
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