Happy Birthday, Linda Evans

Linda Evans at an event (Creative Commons)

Blonde beauty, Linda Evans, turns 68 today.

She was born Linda Evenstad in Hartford, Conencticut, the second of three daughters to a couple who were professional dancers.

When Linda was six months old, the family moved from Hartford to North Hollywood. To bring her out of her shell, her parents insisted that she take drama at schoollittle did they know what the outcome would be. When she started her professional career, she changed her last name to "Evans."

Evans' first guest-starring role was on an episode of Bachelor Father, which starred her future series' lead, John Forsythe. She would co-star with him on Dynasty, as the wife of an oil multimillionaire more than two decades later. Before then, she co-starred opposite longtime actress Barbara Stanwyck on The Big Valley.

During the 1980s, Linda Evans and her Dynasty co-star, Joan Collins, became the two most celebrated female television stars of the decade, displaying great on-screen adversarial chemistry. She, of course, the good girl; Joan, the power-bitch.

For her role as Krystle, Evans was nominated five times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series (every year from 1982 to 1986), winning in 1982 in a tie with Barbara Bel Geddes of rival soap, Dallas. Evans won five Peoples Choice Awards as Favorite Actress in a Drama Series in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead actress in a Drama Series in 1983. Not a bad decade.

Regularly listed as one of the most beautiful women in America, she appeared in Playboy magazine in 1971, those photos published a second time in 1982 when she was turning forty.For her contribution to the television industry, Linda Evans has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.The small-screen queen has been married twice (thats it?). She was first married to actor and film producer John Derek from 1968 to 1974. (Derek left Evans for Bo Derek, who was 30 years his juniorouch!) Evans' second marriage was to Stan Herman, a property executive, from 1976 to 1981. In 1989 she dated new age musician, Yanni, and the relationship lasted until 1998.
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