Linda Cristal (Spanish: [kɾisˈtal]; born Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges, February 23, 1934) is an Argentine-American actress. She appeared in a number of Western films during the 1950s, before winning a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1958 comedy film The Perfect Furlough.
Cristal as Victoria Montoya, 1967
Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges
February 23, 1934
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Spouse(s)||Robert W. Champion|
(1960-1966) (divorced) 2 children
From 1967 to 1971, Cristal starred as Victoria Cannon in the NBC series The High Chaparral. For her performance she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970, and received two Emmy Award nominations.
The daughter of a French father and an Italian mother, Cristal was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her father was a publisher who moved the family to Montevideo, Uruguay, because of political problems. Her education came at Conservatoria Franklin in Uruguay.
Cristal appeared in films in Argentina and Mexico before taking on her first English-language role as Margarita in the 1956 Western film Comanche. Following her Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in The Perfect Furlough (1958), Cristal went on to roles in Cry Tough (1959), Legions of the Nile (1959), The Pharaohs' Woman (1960), and was asked by John Wayne to play the part of Flaca in his epic The Alamo (1960). In 1961 she had a key role in the western Two Rode Together.
Along with these and other film roles, Cristal appeared in episodes of network television series. She played a kidnapped Countess opposite Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood in a 1959 episode of Rawhide. She also had a role as a female matador in NBC's The Tab Hunter Show, the 1964 episode "City Beneath the Sea" on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and others.
Cristal semi-retired in 1964 to raise her two children. She was coaxed out of retirement when she became the last cast member to be added as a regular on the NBC series The High Chaparral (1967-1971). Her performance in the series, as Victoria Cannon, earned her two more Golden Globe nominations (winning Best Actress - Television Drama in 1968) and two Emmy Award nominations.
Cristal worked sparingly after The High Chaparral, with a few television and film roles, such as the film Mr. Majestyk (1974) and the television miniseries Condominium (1980). She last appeared in the starring role of Victoria "Rossé" Wilson on the Argentine television series Rossé (1985).
Cristal's 1950 marriage was annulled after five days. On April 24, 1958, in Pomona, California, she married Robert Champion, a businessman. They divorced on December 9, 1959. In 1960, she married Yale Wexler, a former actor who worked in real estate. They divorced in December 1966.
|1952||Cuando levanta la niebla||amiga de Silvia||uncredited|
|1953||Fruto de tentación||Julia||uncredited|
|1953||El lunar de la familia||Rosita|
|1953||La bestia magnifica (Lucha libre)||uncredited|
|1953||Genio y figura||Rosita|
|1954||Con el diablo en el cuerpo||Emilia|
|1955||El 7 leguas||Blanca|
|1955||La venganza del diablo||uncredited|
|1957||El diablo desaparece||Laura|
|1958||The Last of the Fast Guns||Maria O'Reilly|
|1958||The Fiend Who Walked the West||Ellen Hardy|
|1958||The Perfect Furlough||Sandra Roca|
|1959||Legions of the Nile||Cleopatra alias Berenice|
|1960||The Pharaohs' Woman||Akis|
|1961||Two Rode Together||Elena de la Madriaga|
|1963||Slave Girls of Sheba||Olivia|
|1968||Panic in the City||Dr. Paula Stevens|
|1974||Mr. Majestyk||Nancy Chavez|
|1975||The Dead Don't Die||Vera LaValle|
|1977||Love and the Midnight Auto Supply||Annie|
|1961||The Tab Hunter Show||Gitana|
|1964||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Melina Gounaris||episode "City Beneath the Sea"|
|1967-1971||The High Chaparral||Victoria Cannon|
|1971||Cade's County||Celsa Dobbs||episode "A Gun for Billy"|
|1981||The Love Boat||Evita Monteverde||episode "The Duel"|
|1985||Rossé||Victoria "Rossé" Wilson||Argentina, lead character|
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