Linda Cristal, ‘Excessive Chaparral’ and ‘Common Hospital’ actress, dies at 89

Linda Cristal, the Argentine-born actress who performed Victoria Cannon, spouse of Leif Erickson’s stoic, heroic rancher Huge John Cannon on NBC’s widespread 1967-71 Western “The Excessive Chaparral,” died in her sleep at her Beverly Hills house Saturday. She was 89.

Her demise was reported to The New York Instances by son Jordan Wexler.

Cristal had constructed a profession as an actress throughout the 1950s in Mexico’s movie business when she was solid in an English-speaking function in 1956’s “Comanche,” directed by George Sherman and starring Dana Andrews.

Movie and TV credit all through the late 1950s and early 1960s included roles in “Rawhide,” “Seven Sins,” “The Alamo,” “The Tab Hunter Present” and “Iron Horse,” amongst others. For her efficiency in Black Edwards’ 1958 comedy “The Good Furlough,” she shared a New Star of the 12 months Golden Globe Award with Tina Louise and Susan Kohner.

Her highest profile function arrived in 1967 with the hourlong Western “The Excessive Chaparral,” a collection that ran for 4 seasons and starred, along with Erickson and Cristal, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow and Mark Slade.

Subsequent credit embody “Barnaby Jones,” “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” She joined the solid of the cleaning soap “Common Hospital” for a 12 months in 1988.

Cristal is survived by sons Jordan Wexler, Gregory Wexler, and two grandchildren.

Linda Cristal, new Hollywood star of the Perfect Furlough poses for camera at her hotel room after arrival from the West Coast.
Linda Cristal selling her first English-speaking function in 1956’s “Comanche.”Bettmann Archive

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