Happy Birthday, Linda Evans
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.