Linda Purl Biography: Age, Net Worth, Parents, Instagram, Wikipedia, Height, Movie

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye February 22, 2024

Linda Purl is an American actress and singer who has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1970s.

She is best known for her Happy Days, Matlock, and The Office roles. She has also appeared in films such as The Long Riders, The Great Santini, and The Man Who Loved Women.

She is also an accomplished jazz singer and has released several albums. She is currently in a relationship with actor Patrick Duffy.


  • Full name: Linda Purl
  • Date of birth: September 2, 1955
  • Age: 68 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress and singer
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm)
  • Parents: Raymond Charles Arthur Purl and Marshelline “Marshie” Purl
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Desi Arnaz Jr. (m. 1980; div. 1981), William Broyles Jr. (m. 1988; div. 1992), Alexander Cary (m. 1993; div. 1999), James Vinson Adams (m. 2006; div. 2011)
  • Children: Lucius Cary (son, born in 1995)
  • Relationship status: Dating Patrick Duffy (since 2020)
  • Net worth: $10 million (estimated)

Early Life & Education

Linda Purl was born on September 2, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut, to Raymond Charles Arthur Purl, an actor and manager, and Marshelline “Marshie” Purl, a Broadway actress and singer.

She is of English, Irish, and German descent. She spent her childhood in Japan, where her father worked as an executive for IBM.

She attended the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo and learned to speak fluent Japanese.

She also trained in acting at the Toho Geino Academy and performed in several plays and movies, including the Japanese version of The King and I.

She returned to the United States at age 15 and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City, where she studied with Robert Lewis, one of the founders of the Actors Studio.

She also attended Wykeham Rise School, a boarding school for girls in Connecticut, and graduated in 1973. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.

Personal Life

Linda Purl has been married and divorced four times. Her first husband was Desi Arnaz Jr., the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, whom she married in 1980 and divorced in 1981.

Her second husband was William Broyles Jr., a screenwriter and former editor of Newsweek, whom she married in 1988 and divorced in 1992.

Her third husband was Alexander Cary, a British writer and producer, whom she married in 1993 and divorced in 1999.

Her fourth husband was James Vinson Adams, a former sheriff’s deputy, whom she married in 2006 and divorced in 2011.

She has one son, Lucius, with her third husband, Alexander Cary. Lucius was born in 1995 and is also an actor. She is currently in a relationship with Patrick Duffy, an actor best known for his roles in Dallas and Step by Step.

They met in 2019 through mutual friends and started dating in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have been living together in Eagle, Idaho, since 2021.


Linda Purl made her film debut in Jory (1973), a western drama starring Robby Benson. Her first major movie role was in Crazy Mama (1975), a comedy directed by Jonathan Demme and co-starring Cloris Leachman and Don Most.

She also appeared in films such as The Long Riders (1980), a western about the James-Younger gang; The Great Santini (1980), a drama based on the novel by Pat Conroy and starring Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner; and The Man Who Loved Women (1983), a romantic comedy directed by Blake Edwards and starring Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews.

She is more widely recognized for her television roles, especially in Happy Days, Matlock, and The Office.

She played two roles on Happy Days: Richie’s occasional girlfriend, Gloria, in season two (1974) and Fonzie’s steady girlfriend, Ashley, in season ten (1982-1983).

She starred as Ben Matlock’s daughter, Charlene Matlock, for the first season of the television series Matlock (1986-1987). She played Pam Beesly’s mother, Helene, in The Office (2009-2010).

She has also guest-starred or had recurring roles in many other television shows, such as The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Murder, She Wrote, Robin Hoods, Under Cover, Reba, Homeland, True Blood, and Designated Survivor.

She is also an accomplished jazz singer and has released several albums, such as Alone Together (1985), Out of This World Live (2005), Midnight Caravan (2010), and Up Jumped Spring (2017). She has performed at various venues, such as Feinstein’s at the Regency, the Catalina Jazz Club, and the Metropolitan Room.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @lindapurl
  • Twitter handle: @Linda_Purl


  • Jory
  • Crazy Mama
  • The Waltons
  • Happy Days
  • The Long Riders
  • The Great Santini
  • The Man Who Loved Women
  • Matlock
  • Robin’s Hoods
  • Reba
  • The Office
  • Homeland
  • True Blood
  • Designated Survivor


  • Alone Together
  • Out of This World Live
  • Midnight Caravan
  • Up Jumped Spring

Net Worth

Linda Purl has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

She has earned her wealth from her acting and singing career, as well as from endorsements and appearances.

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