Actress Linda Harrison Is 76 — Look At Her Beauty Today


Actress Linda Harrison shot to fame for her role as Nova in the 1968 science fiction film classic “Planet of the Apes.” The role brought her to international stardom and was the beginning of an extremely successful career in Hollywood.

She followed up her role in the movie when she also starred in its first sequel, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes.” Additionally, Harrison was a regular cast member on the NBC series “Bracken’s World,” and appeared in a number of other movies and television series from the 1960s onwards.

A classic beauty, Harrison was first noticed for her stunning features but she managed to establish herself as a talented actress over the years. In an interview with The Forbidden Zone, Harrison spoke about wanting to be an actress ever since she was a little girl. She said: “I felt the need to do it, however that comes into your consciousness. It came into mine at a very young age.”

She appeared in beauty contests in her youth and that proved to be the stepping stone she needed to get her foot in the door in Hollywood. She said in the same interview:

“The beauty contests back then were really stepping stones. At that time, a lot of the people who won were taken to studios, given screen tests, and had a chance to be put under contract. It didn’t happen to that many people. Luckily for me, that was the route I was able to take.”

A true stunner back in her heyday, Harrison is still absolutely breathtaking today at 76 years old. She’s led a wonderfully successful life, and she is still acting in the industry. Read on to find out more about this accomplished actress.

Early Life

Linda Harrison (circa 1965), (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)Harrison was born on July 26, 1945, in Berlin, Maryland. She found a great interest in the arts during her childhood and her parents enrolled her in dance classes and aerobatics. Her family knew she had potential; her mother was interviewed in 1969 and said, “I knew she’d be a star when she was only five.” Described by her mom as “a little ham,” by the age of 6, Harrison had already performed on stage and enjoyed the experience.

By the time she was 11, she won the Delmarva Chicken Festival Talent Contest with an acrobatic performance. It was at the same festival six years later that the stunning teen won the beauty contest and was named “Miss Delmarva.” But beyond her beautiful looks, Harrison also had plenty of talent as an acrobatic dancer, and she had dreams of making it big as an actress and entertainer. According to her official website, Harrison first found a love for acting during her school years and was cast in the lead of her senior class play in 1963.

The budding actress went on to win several local beauty competitions, including Miss Berlin in 1963, and she was even the runner-up in the Miss America Pageant in Long Beach, California, in 1965. As she began competing in more beauty pageant competitions during this time, Harrison picked up simple jobs here and there to make ends meet as she focused on trying to figure out ways to professionally pursue her passions. Luckily for her, she was ultimately spotted by a talent scout.

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