Linda Blair

Blair at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 3rd Annual Governor Awards, Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA, 11-12-11, s_bukley/

Birth Name: Linda Denise Blair

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 22, 1959

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Linda Blair is an American actress, animal rights activist, and author. She is known for her role as Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist franchise. She has also starred in the films Roller Boogie, Hell Night, Chained Heat, Savage Streets, Grotesque, and Repossessed, in the made-for-television movies Born Innocent, Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, and Stranger in Our House, and on the series L.A. 7; hosted the reality show Scariest Places on Earth; and appeared on Animal Planet’s Pit Boss. She founded nonprofit organization the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, serving rehabilitation and adoption of rescue animals.

She is the daughter of Elinore, a real estate agent, and James Frederick Blair, a Navy pilot, and executive recruiter. Linda was raised in Westport, Connecticut, from a young age, while her father worked in New York City. She was a child model and trained equestrian.

Linda’s maternal grandfather was Harold King Leitch (the son of Adam H. Leitch and Emma H. Dauler). Harold was born in Pennsylvania. Adam was the son of Scottish parents. Emma was the daughter of German parents.

Linda’s maternal grandmother was Florida Lois Irvine (the daughter of Alpheus Clark Irvine and Sarah Isabelle “Belle” English). Florida was born in Pennsylvania. Alpheus was the son of John Irvine and Angeline Johnston. Sarah was the daughter of John McClain English, who was from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and of Eliza Bowers.

Sources: Genealogy of Linda’s mother (throug her sister; focusing on her mother’s side) –

Linda’s maternal grandparents, Harold King Leitch and Florida Lois Irvine, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Linda’s maternal grandfather, Harold King Leitch, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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