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Linda Cristal (pronounced "Cree-stal", IPA [kristal]);[1] born Marta Victoria Moya Burges;[1] February 23, 1934,[1] Rosario, Argentina[1]) is an Argentine-American actress. She has appeared in a number of Western films during 1950s, before winning a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1958 comedy film The Perfect Furlough. She went on to roles in Cry Tough (1959), Legions of the Nile (1959), The Pharaohs' Woman (1960), The Alamo (1960), Two Rode Together (1961), Slave Girls of Sheba (1963), and Panic in the City (1968).

Linda Cristal
Linda Cristal 1967
Cristal as Victoria Montoya, 1967
Born Marta Victoria Moya Burges
(1934-02-23) February 23, 1934 (age 83)
Rosario, Argentina
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–1992
Spouse(s) Robert W. Champion
(1958-1959) (divorced)
Yale Wexler
(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 in 1968 and 1971.[2][3]


Life and careerEdit

Leif Erickson and Cristal in The High Chaparral

Her first English-language role was the part of Margarita in the 1956 Western film Comanche, directed by George Sherman and starring Dana Andrews. In 1960, John Wayne asked her to play the part of Flaca in his epic The Alamo. In the 1960-61 television season, Cristal appeared as a female matador in NBC's The Tab Hunter Show. In 1961, she starred with James Stewart in the western Two Rode Together. She guest-starred in the 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode "City Beneath the Sea." She semi-retired from the business after that to raise her two children.

She was coaxed out of retirement when she became the last cast member to be added to the NBC series The High Chaparral (1967-1971). She later appeared in such popular television series as Bonanza, Barnaby Jones, and The Love Boat. After that, she took occasional roles such as the 1974 Charles Bronson action film, Mr. Majestyk.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
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
1956 Comanche Margarita
1956 Enemigos Chabela
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 Siete pecados Irene
1959 Cry Tough Sarita
1959 Legions Of The Nile Cleopatra alias Berenice
1960 The Alamo Flaca
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


Year Title Role Notes
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"
1974 El chofer Julia telenovela
1980 Condominium Carlotta Churchbridge miniseries
1981 The Love Boat Evita Monteverde episode "The Duel"


  1. ^ a b c d Lamparski, Richard (1989). Whatever became of-- ?. Crown Publishers. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-517-57150-7. 
  2. ^ "Linda Cristal". Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Linda Cristal - Television Academy". Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune: Linda Cristal Not The `Retiring` Type,; accessed December 23, 2014.

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