Linda Day

Linda Day (August 12, 1938 October 23, 2009)[1] was an American television director, working primarily in situation comedies.

Linda Day
Linda Gail Brickner

August 12, 1938
DiedOctober 23, 2009(2009-10-23) (aged 71)
Other namesLinda Day Varnum
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1976–2003

Day was born as Linda Brickner[2] in Los Angeles, the daughter of Roy Brickner, a film editor. At the age of 67, she married her childhood sweetheart, L. Steve Varnum, in Texas.[3][4]


Day started as a script supervisor on the Television film Victory at Entebbe, and on the soap opera parody Soap. She became an associate director for WKRP in Cincinnati in 1978, and began directing episodes of the show in 1980. Linda Day went on to direct a number of successful sitcoms in the 1980s[4] and '90s, including the pilot of Married With Children and 32 more episodes of the show.[4] Day also directed four episodes of the soap opera Dallas during what would become the show's "dream season" in 1985–86, when the events of the entire season were explained away as being a character's dream.[5]

In addition to a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series nomination,[6] she received a Humanitas Prize and was honored by the Directors Guild of America for paving the way for women in television; she directed more than 350 episodes[7] and 50 series.[1]


Linda Day died, aged 71, from cancer in Georgetown, Texas. She was survived by her husband, L. Steve Varnum; her daughter, Heidi Gutman, and her sister, Nancy Riley.



  1. Hollywood Reporter obituary Archived October 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Film Reference bio". 1938-08-12. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  3. "Marriage License Application Indexes". Texas Department of State Health Services. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. "Linda Day". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. "PASSINGS: Joel Murray, Linda Day Varnum". Los Angeles Times. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. "Director Linda Day Passes". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2017. In 1981, she earned an Emmy nomination for an episode of Archie Bunker’s Place.
  7. "Director Linda Day dies at 71". Variety. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2017. Pioneer helmed more than 350 episodes of TV
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