Linda Miller (actress)

Linda Mae Miller (née Gleason; born September 16, 1942) is an American film, stage, and television actress. The daughter of actor and comedian Jackie Gleason, Miller began working professionally as a child, later appearing on Broadway in a production of Black Picture Show (1975), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress.[1] She would go on to star in television and in feature films such as the drama One Summer Love, and the horror film Alice, Sweet Alice (both 1976).

Linda Miller
Miller in 1974
Born
Linda Mae Gleason

(1942-09-16) September 16, 1942
Alma materCatholic University of America
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)
Jason Miller
(m. 1963; div. 1973)
ChildrenJason Patric
Parent(s)

From her marriage to playwright and actor Jason Miller, she has one son, actor Jason Patric.

Life and career

Early life

Miller was born Linda Mae Gleason on September 16, 1942 in New York City,[2] the second child of actor Jackie Gleason and dancer Genevieve Halford. She began working in commercials and local stage productions beginning at age nine.[1][3] Through her father, she is of Irish ancestry.[4] She has one older sister, Geraldine.[3] Miller was raised Catholic by her parents; her mother was described by her sister as "more Catholic than the Pope."[5]

Miller attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she met playwright Jason Miller, then a graduate student.[6] The two were married in 1963,[6] and gave birth to a son, actor Jason Patric, in 1966.[7]

Film and stage career

Miller was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in 1975 for her role in the Broadway play Black Picture Show.[8] She had a regular role in the 1983 TV series The Mississippi,[9] and her film credits include roles in One Summer Love (1976), Alice, Sweet Alice (1976), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Night of the Juggler (1980) and 2 Little, 2 Late (1999). She also played Ann Beaulieu in the 1988 television movie Elvis and Me.

Another actress with the same name appeared in the 1967 film King Kong Escapes, the other Linda Miller was an American model living in Japan prior to acting in films.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1967 Strange Rampage Janis Payne
1976 One Summer Love Willa
1976 Alice, Sweet Alice Catherine Spages
1978 An Unmarried Woman Jeannette
1980 Night of the Juggler Barbara Boyd
1989 Private Debts Rhetta Francis Short
1990 Dark Romances Vol. 2 Marley's Mother Video
1999 2 Little, 2 Late Molly White
2000 The Claim Tobacco Chippie #2
2009 17 Again Female Janitor

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1977 Special Treat Mrs. Burke "A Little Bit Different"
1977 Husbands and Wives Helene Cutter Television film
1980 Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris Lili Connought Television film
1983–1984 The Mississippi Stella McMullen Main role
1985 Highway to Heaven Carol Fowler "The Secret"
1986 It's a Living Gloria Beebe "Nancy's Sister"
1987 Houston Knights "Mirrors"
1987 Mr. President "The Magnetic Presidency"
1988 Ohara Sarah Dillon "The Light Around the Body"
1988 Elvis and Me Ann Beaulieu Television film
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Cathy Jennings "Dream Come True"
1991 Equal Justice Judith "Do the Wrong Thing"
2000 Law & Order Jury Foreperson "Standoff"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Off. Douglas "Tuxedo Hill"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Morris "Undaunted Mettle"
2005 Black Tie Nights Candy's Boss "Dutch Treat"
2006 Conviction Foreperson "Downhill"
2008–2009 3Way Frankie "Friday Night Dykes", "LadyCops: Brotherly Love"
2009 Law & Order Sergeant "Great Satan"
2014 Too Many Cooks Veronica Van Cook Television short

Stage credits

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1975 Black Picture Show Jane Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play [2]

References

  1. The 29th Annual Tony Awards Playbill. New York City: Playbill. April 20, 1975. p. 20. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. "Linda Mae Gleason". Playbill. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. Pace, Eric (June 25, 1987). "JACKIE GLEASON DIES OF CANCER; COMEDIAN AND ACTOR WAS 71". The New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  4. Yudell, Cliff (December 28, 1980). "Famed funnyman shows a simpler, wiser side". The Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. p. 1.
  5. Darrach, Brad (July 13, 1987). "A Fond Goodbye to the Great One". People. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  6. Scott, Vernon (August 4, 1983). "Linda G. Miller -- Gleason's offspring -- in series". United Press International. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  7. Cedrone, Lou (1992) "Patric an articulate actor, until you ask about Julia", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, January 8, 1992, retrieved 2010-02-03
  8. "96 Candidates Picked for Tony Awards", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 27 March 1975, retrieved 2010-02-03
  9. Erickson, Hal Linda Miller profile, Allmovie.com; retrieved 2010-02-03.
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