BY DANITA STEINBERG
Role in the horror community: Actress
Claim to fame: The Exorcist, OF COURSE. She was only thirteen when she began filming and most of what you see in the film is her. Some of the voices were dubbed and a stunt double was used for about eight seconds of screen time. Beyond that, however, a thirteen year old girl channelled Satan in the most convincing possessed performance of all time.
Weapon of choice: Child protégée acting chops. As I said, she did the whole possessed by Lucifer thing better than anyone before or after her and she did it in one of the inarguably best horror films ever made. What more do you need?
Why she’s bloody brilliant: She embraces her childhood claim to fame, all with a sense of humour. Yes, she starred in The Exorcist II: The Heretic, and yes, it was terrible. But can you really blame her for wanting to ride those coattails for a while longer? Then she did a handful of campy B-films in the 1980s like Chained Heat and Hell Night. Yes, please. What would the 80s be without a few cheesy flicks under your belt?
Linda Blair doesn’t take herself too seriously. She knows she will always be known as Regan from The Exorcist and she’s never tried to escape that. She did a few cameos on the spooky TV shows Extreme Ghostbusters, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, and Supernatural. And do you guys remember in 2000 when she hosted the AWESOME show The Scariest Places on Earth? It was really some of the first ghost hunting on television. Linda’s creepy voiceover narration was by far the best part of the show. That shiz gave you chills!
Danita loves musicals, Bette Midler, sandwiches, Real Housewives, great horror films, and The Golden Girls. She’s a barista, bookworm, cinephile, and celebrity stalker. If she’s at home, she’s in her pajamas. Follow her on Twitter @danita_35.