Linda Cristal

Linda Cristal (Spanish: [kɾisˈtal]; born Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges,[1] February 23, 1934)[2] is an Argentine-American actress. She appeared in a number of Western films during the 1950s, before winning a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1958 comedy film The Perfect Furlough.

Linda Cristal
Cristal as Victoria Montoya, 1967
Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges

(1934-02-23) February 23, 1934
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Years active1952–1992
Spouse(s)Robert W. Champion
(1958-1959) (divorced)
Yale Wexler
(1960-1966) (divorced) 2 children

From 1967 to 1971, Cristal starred as Victoria Cannon in the NBC series The High Chaparral.[3] For her performance she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970, and received two Emmy Award nominations.

Early years

The daughter of a French father and an Italian mother, Cristal was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her father was a publisher who moved the family to Montevideo, Uruguay, because of political problems. Her education came at Conservatoria Franklin in Uruguay.[1]


Cristal appeared in films in Argentina and Mexico before taking on her first English-language role as Margarita in the 1956 Western film Comanche.[1] Following her Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in The Perfect Furlough (1958), Cristal went on to roles in Cry Tough (1959), Legions of the Nile (1959), The Pharaohs' Woman (1960), and was asked by John Wayne to play the part of Flaca in his epic The Alamo (1960). In 1961 she had a key role in the western Two Rode Together.

Along with these and other film roles, Cristal appeared in episodes of network television series. She played a kidnapped Countess opposite Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood in a 1959 episode of Rawhide. She also had a role as a female matador in NBC's The Tab Hunter Show, the 1964 episode "City Beneath the Sea" on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and others.

Cristal semi-retired in 1964 to raise her two children. She was coaxed out of retirement when she became the last cast member to be added as a regular on the NBC series The High Chaparral (1967-1971). Her performance in the series, as Victoria Cannon, earned her two more Golden Globe nominations (winning Best Actress - Television Drama in 1968) and two Emmy Award nominations.[4][5]

Cristal worked sparingly after The High Chaparral, with a few television and film roles, such as the film Mr. Majestyk (1974) and the television miniseries Condominium (1980). She last appeared in the starring role of Victoria "Rossé" Wilson on the Argentine television series Rossé (1985).[6]

Personal life

Cristal's 1950 marriage was annulled after five days. On April 24, 1958, in Pomona, California, she married Robert Champion, a businessman. They divorced on December 9, 1959. In 1960, she married Yale Wexler, a former actor who worked in real estate. They divorced in December 1966.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Cuando levanta la niebla amiga de Silvia uncredited
1953 Fruto de tentación Julia uncredited
1953 El lunar de la familia Rosita
1953 La bestia magnifica (Lucha libre) uncredited
1953 Genio y figura Rosita
1954 Con el diablo en el cuerpo Emilia
1955 El 7 leguas Blanca
1955 La venganza del diablo uncredited
1956 Comanche Margarita
1956 Enemigos Chabela
1957 El diablo desaparece Laura
1958 The Last of the Fast Guns Maria O'Reilly
1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West Ellen Hardy
1958 The Perfect Furlough Sandra Roca
1959 Siete pecados Irene
1959 Cry Tough Sarita
1959 Legions of the Nile Cleopatra alias Berenice
1960 The Alamo Flaca
1960 The Pharaohs' Woman Akis
1961 Two Rode Together Elena de la Madriaga
1963 Slave Girls of Sheba Olivia
1968 Panic in the City Dr. Paula Stevens
1974 Mr. Majestyk Nancy Chavez
1975 The Dead Don't Die Vera LaValle
1977 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Annie


1959 Rawhide Louise Notes
1961 The Tab Hunter Show Gitana
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Melina Gounaris episode "City Beneath the Sea"
1967-1971 The High Chaparral Victoria Cannon
1971 Cade's County Celsa Dobbs episode "A Gun for Billy"
1974 El chofer Julia telenovela
1980 Condominium Carlotta Churchbridge film
1981 The Love Boat Evita Monteverde episode "The Duel"
1985 Rossé Victoria "Rossé" Wilson Argentina, lead character


  1. Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960Ð1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 112–113. ISBN 9781476662503. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. Lamparski, Richard (1989). Whatever became of-- ?. Crown Publishers. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-517-57150-7.
  3. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. "Linda Cristal". Golden Globe Awards. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 20 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. "Linda Cristal". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 20 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. Chicago Tribune: Linda Cristal Not The `Retiring` Type,; accessed December 23, 2014.
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