26, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland, USA, Linda Carroll
Hamilton is six
minutes older than her identical
twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren. They have an
older sister, Laura - a successful lawyer in Washington,
DC - and a younger brother
named John. Her birth
father, who was a general practitioner, died in a car
when Linda & Leslie were only five years
old. Leslie - residing in New Jersey - is
nurse who has done a stint as her sisters double in
Terminator 2: Judgment
Day (1991). Linda's
mother remarried; her stepfather was Chief of Police
Salisbury; he's retired now.
Linda's real dad suffered
from bipolar disorder, and though Linda was diagnosed
early, too, she refused any drug therapy. All her life
she has suffered from
a condition that propelled her to brilliance in the
state and to depths of despair in the melancholic
one. By the end of her 30's she
gave in and is now
on anti-depressants to control her illness.
But still during her childhood Linda suffered from the
fact that everybody saw her as
just one with her
sister. At the age of 16, this frustration lead to a
crisis: she cut her hair and eyelashes
and finally weighed about 167 pounds just to
from her sister. "I wanted to be ugly. I became
the intellectual, the thinker,
as opposed to my sister the cheerleader. I was voted
Although Linda began acting
at an early age, she never considered acting as a
career: she had plans to become an archeologist or possibly
a firefighter. For a
couple of years Linda also
studied classical piano and - while still being in high
school - had a summer job working in a local zoo as
a security guard.
Her love of acting continued to grow while working with
a children's theatre group in
Salisbury. Her steady
belief is that "acting decided to have its way
with me. I loved it;
I always loved it. I did children's
theater when I was young. No particular talent for it,
I might add. You know, I have a twin sister, so they
hired my twin sister and me to do
this play. I'm
sure they thought it was really cute to have the Hamilton
the same role. I discovered my passion
for acting then."
In high school she was the assistant to the drama coach
and even directed a play.
After graduating in 1974,
Linda enrolled in two acting classes at Washington College
in Chestertown, Maryland. There Linda performed in a
couple of student productions
like Prometheus Bound by John Million and Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine.
Soon after, she became involved with the Kent Players,
a community theatre group
based in Chestertown.
She played in a theatrical version of Henry Fielding's
Tom Jones, in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, Arthur Miller's A View From The
Bridge a musical adaptation of Oscar
Wilde's The Importance
of Being Ernest
called Ernest In
Love, and Looice.
In 1989, Linda returned to Washington College to receive
an Alumni Citation as
at the College's 207th commencement exercises.
After two years at Washington
College "... I decided I loved it [acting], and
to go to New York to study at an acting
school". So Linda and her then boyfriend
to New York in 1976, where she joined the famous Lee
Institute; there she studied Method
Acting and - among others - was taught by
After appearing in numerous student stage productions
such as Shakespeare's
Richard III, she made her
professional debut with a small role on the daytime
television drama Search for Tomorrow.
Because her then agency thought her unsuited to the
theatre, they encouraged Linda
to try her luck in
In 1979 she borrowed $ 2,000 and moved to California.
When she earned her first
role, a guest spot on
Shirley, she was down to her last $ 6.
Her first features for
television were Rape
and Marriage: The Rideout Case and
When Linda tried to make the down payment on her Venice
home in 1982, she
discovered that her then business
manager had embezzled $107,000 of her earnings.
The manager had also been stealing from his other clients,
sentenced to five years in prison.
"It was a nightmare, I had to borrow the down
payment." Because of frustration she began sniffing
cocaine. At her peak, she and a
friend would buy
an ounce and snort it until it was gone. "There
are drugs that
expand the soul, but cocaine is one
that just closes the heart. It's a very alone,
sort of shrinking drug. I quit on my own, but there
was a time when I feared
I would have to go in for
treatment. I really was in trouble." She needed
to get clean again.
On the other hand Linda met Bruce Abbott in 1982 on the set of her first motion picture
T.A.G. - The Assassination
Game. He played
a psychopath trying to kill her.
In real life they
married December 19, 1982.
Linda's first big break
was in 1984, when she played the part of Sarah Connor
James Cameron's The
1987 to 1989 she came to fame as
in TV's Beauty and the Beast. The show earned her
for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and People's Choice Award;
a Saturn and a Romy Award.
Linda and her Beauty co-star Ron Perlman are still
very close friends.
After having miscarried already, Linda got pregnant
again in 1989 and quit Beauty
due to her wish to be just there
for her family. October 4, 1989 Linda's and Bruce's
baby boy Dalton Bruce Abbott was born. Shortly after
their son's birth Linda and her
and got divorced by the end of 1989.
In March 1990 Linda was
offered to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator
2- Judgment Day. 13 weeks before production started, she began
military as well
as fitness training for her advanced
interpretation of the Sarah character.
When production finally started, Linda, who had gained
40 pounds during her
pregnancy, was a lean machine.
Though she weighed as much as she had in 1984
The Terminator, she was now all muscle, measuring about 14 percent body fat.
The new interpretation of Sarah Connor earned her MTV
Movie Awards for "best
as well as "most desirable female"; she also
Linda moved together with her T
director James Cameron.
Because of her continued heavy workout Linda suffered
two more miscarriages,
but February 15, 1993 Linda's
and James's daughter Josephine Archer Cameron
Early in 1994 Linda moved out with the kids to her own
place during preproduction
of Cameron's True
Lies. They were
together again at the movie's premiere.
For her made for TV movie
A Mother's Prayer (1995) Linda received a Cable
Award and a Golden Globe nomination. 1997's
Dante's Peak earned her a
July 26, 1997 Linda and
James Cameron married on a free weekend of Cameron's
Just some weeks after the 1998 Academy Awards the couple
December 1998 Linda filed for divorce
because of "irreconcilable differences".
Currently Linda and the
kids are living in Malibu.
Linda is a big football
fan (SF 49ers), smokes cigarettes and loves icecream.
In her freetime she reads a lot, likes playing Scrabble,
collects Santa Claus
and Easter Bunny figurines, is mad about horses and
most of all spends time
with her kids.