Linda Purl is an American actress. Purl has been a regular performer of international touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners. In November 2007, she appeared at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of Sinden’s British Theatre Season, Monaco. She best known for her roles as Ashley Pfister (Fonzie’s girlfriend) on Happy Days (she originally played Gloria as Richie’s date in season 2 episode 6), Sheila Munroe horror film Visiting Hours, Pam Beesly’s mother Helene in The Office, and Ben Matlock’s daughter Charlene Matlock for the first season of the television series Matlock. Purl launched a jazz music career after leaving Matlock and has released several albums of music, including Out of This World – Live. Purl opened at the Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, Ohio in a production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, playing Amanda.

Birth Name

Linda Purl







Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Linda Purl was born on the 2nd of September 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States.


She’s currently 68 years old.

Sun Sign







Linda graduation from Finch College. Then enrolled Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Family Details

  • Father – Ray Purl
  • Mother – Marshie Patton
  • Siblings – Mara Purl (Sister)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Linda Purl has dated –

  • Desi Arnaz Jr.
  • William Broyles Jr.
  • Alexander Cary

  • Patrick Duffy Since 2020, Purl has been in a relationship with Patrick Duffy.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
  • In centimeters – 165 cm
  • In meters – 1.65 m


  • In Kilograms – 60 kg
  • In Pounds – 132 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 33-23-35
  • Bust – 33 inches
  • Waist – 23 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32A

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Linda became known for Played Charlene Matlock on the show Matlock and starred as Dr. Ruth Young (1998) film Mighty Joe Young. She started her career with a role on Guiding Light. In the 1975, She had her first major movie role comedy Crazy Mama, where she played Cheryl, a woman on the run with her mother and grandmother.

Film Debut

In 1970, Purl had her first film onscreen role in the movie, Aru heishe no kake as Rose Allen and she made her theatrical film debut as Norma Suffield in the thriller movie, Body Language (1992).

Television Debut

In 1973, Linda landed her first role in television by appearing as Doreen Post in the series, The Secret Storm.

Linda Purl Net worth

Linda Purl has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2024.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Linda Purl

  • Purl was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, to chemical-industry executive Raymond Charles Arthur Purl and Marshelline “Marshie” Purl. She has a sister, Mara.
  • The girls’ grandmother, Beatrice Saville, was a founder of the Actors’ Equity Association. At age five, Purl moved with her family to Japan, where her father worked for Nippon Unicar.
  • She spent her childhood there, and trained in acting at the Toho Geino Academy. While at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, Purl performed in several plays, gaining the role of Louis in The King and I, Bet in Oliver!, and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.
  • Furthermore, she was discovered by Toho and appeared in several films. At age 15, Purl returned to the United States.
  • After playing a small role in Jory Purl’s first major movie role was in Jonathan Demme’s 1975 comedy, Crazy Mama. Linda Purl has played several roles in television series, starting with The Secret Storm – a daytime “soap opera” drama (1973–1974).
  • She has also featured in many movies made for television, including Testimony of Two Men, The Night the City Screamed, Little Ladies of the Night, and Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs. She voiced Delilah in a 1985 direct-to-video episode of The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible.
  • She launched a jazz music career after leaving Matlock and has released several albums of music, including Out of This World – Live.
  • Purl has been a regular performer (and was in the original cast) of international touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners.
  • In November 2007, Linda appeared at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of Sinden’s British Theatre Season, Monaco.


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