Cristal as Victoria Montoya, 1967
Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges
February 23, 1934
|Died||June 27, 2020|
Robert W. Champion
Linda Cristal (Spanish: ; born Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges, February 23, 1934) was 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.
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.
1 Early years
3 Personal life
6 External links
The daughter of a French father and an Italian mother, Cristal was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. Her father was a publisher who moved the family to Montevideo, Uruguay, because of political problems. Her education came at Conservatorio Franklin in Uruguay.
Leif Erickson and Cristal in The High Chaparral
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.
It was announced on June 28th 2020, by Linda’s son, Jordan Wexler, that she had passed away on June 27th 2020, at the age of 86.
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