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Linda Harrison’s Biography
Linda Harrison was born in the State of Maryland in 1945, of remarkable dark beauty and very expressive eyes, worked as a model and was a beauty pageant participant winning a Miss United States title in 1965 in Long Beach, California. During the development of this contest, Harrison “was discovered” by a talent hunt from 20 Century Fox and proposed to become an actress signing a contract for 7 years.
After appearing with minor roles in some series and American comedies in 1966. He rose to fame thanks to his role as “Nova”, the primitive mute human that accompanies Colonel Taylor (Charlton Heston) in the popular movie The Planet of The Simians (1968) and its sequel Return to the Planet of the Apes (1970), where he only utters a word in the form of exclamation, famous in the history of fantasy cinema: “Taylor!”.
In the tests and trial shootings he met Richard D. Zanuck, a producer with whom he established a romantic relationship. Initially Harrison was going to play Zira, the doctor; but the role fell to Kim Hunter and Heston hesitated somewhat to confer Nova’s role to Harrison because of his shyness; but Heston gentilely collaborated with Harrison to establish a chemistry between the two characters, Taylor and Nova who pierced the screen.
In 1967, Harrison qualified a casting to interpret the Wonder Woman, one of the first attempts of TV, but the series did not prosper.
In 1969, Harrison married Zanuck and they had two children: Harrison and Dean Zanuck born in 1971 and 1972 respectively. The couple divorced on good terms in 1978.
He also participated in a cameo of the new version of the saga The Planet of the Apes by Tim Burton, in 2001 in conjunction with Charlton Heston in one of his last appearances in life. Other notable participations were made in the films Airport 75, Cocoon and Cocoon: the return made by Zanuck.
She was awarded the trophy of the Maria Honorífica awarded by the Sitges Film Festival (Spain), in recognition of her career in fantasy cinema in 2008. She currently lives semi-retired at her home in Maryland.
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