Joanne Linville, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ Actress, Dies at 93

by Keeli Parkey
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Joanne Linville, an actress known for her work on such popular television shows as “Star Trek” and “The Twilight Zone,” has passed away.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress was 93 years old at the time of her death on Sunday, June 20. She was given the name Beverly Joanne Linville when she was born on Jan. 15, 1928. She was born in Bakersfield, California, but she grew up in Venice, California.

Joanne Linville’s first film role, according to IMDb.com, came in 1950. She played a showgirl in the film “Copper Canyon.” Two years later, she appeared in an episode of “Guiding Light.” From 1954 until 1958, she appeared in six episodes of “Studio One.”

Her role in “The Twilight Zone” took place in 1961. In this episode of the famous anthology television series, Linville played a Southern belle whose husband had passed away. The episode was titled, “The Passersby” and it was set during the Civil War. It first aired on television on Oct. 6, 1961.

Seven years later, Joanne Linville appeared in the original “Star Trek” television series, which starred William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. Her episode was title “The Enterprise Incident” and it aired on Sept. 27, 1968. In this episode, she played a Romulan leader.

These were not the only television appearances Joanne Linville made during her career. She also acted in such shows as “Gunsmoke,”Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Columbo,” “L.A. Law,” “The United States Steel Hour,” and “Have Gun – Will Travel.”

Her career wasn’t just limited to the small screen. She also acted in such films as “The Goddess” in 1958, as well as “Scorpio” in 1973. and in the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born.” This film starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Joanne Linville Also Wrote a Book About Acting and Helped Start an Acting School

Joanne Linville learned the craft of acting from the famous acting teacher Stella Adler. Adler is famous for teaching acting through “The Method.” The most well-known of her students was Marlon Brando.

It was during the 1980s that Linville and Adler joined forces to start an acting school named after Adler. She also used what she had learned about acting to write the book, “Seven Steps to an Acting Craft.” The book was published in 2011.

Her last acting credit came in 2016. She appeared in an episode of the series “Starship Excelsior.”

Joanne Linville was married to director Mark Rydell from 1962 until 1973. She worked for him in the 2001 television film “James Dean.” Rydell directed the film that starred James Franco in the title role. She played Hedda Hopper, a gossip columnist, in the film.

The couple had two children. Both of them – Christopher and Amy – chose acting as their profession. Linville also left behind three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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