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Linda Harrison

Here is an ultra-lounge exotica song, chosen to illustrate the beauty of cult actress Linda Harrison, who starred in "Planet of the Apes".
Linda Harrison (born in 1945) is an American model and actress. She was born in Berlin, Maryland. She won many successive beauty contests as a teenager (like Miss Berlin in 1963, Miss Del-Mar-Va in 1964, Miss Ocean City and Miss Maryland in 1965), which permitted her to began a modeling career in New York, as she studied acting in high school from around '63. At twenty years of age, Linda got the chance to screen test for 20th Century Fox, with resulted in a seven years contract. Her official acting career began in 1965 for the movie "The Fat Spy", alongside many small appearances on television, most memorably as a cheerleader for two 1966 Batman episodes having the Joker as main villain. The same year, Linda could be seen in "Way... Way Out", a sci-fi comedy with Jerry Lewis containing a cameo by Boris Karloff as the original Frankenstein Monster! "A Guide for the Married Man" was a big comedy hit in 1967, where Linda was seen for about five minutes in the almost non-speaking role of Miss Stardust (with a blonde hairstyle). But who cares, as her remarkable beauty was more telling than any line of dialogue. She starred as Paulette Douglas, a starlet under contract to a major movie studio, in the short-lived (Sept. 1969-Dec. 1970) NBC tv series "Bracken's World". Of course, she remains best known for her role as Charlton Heston's sexy female mate "Nova" in the 1968 film "Planet of the Apes", and its 1970 sequel "Beneath the Planet of the Apes". (She also had a cameo in Tim Burton's 2001 remake "Planet of the Apes".) This role made her a cult star. 35 years later, she remains an enthusiastic guest at many sci-fi conventions, as many more popular actresses of the time are completely ignored! She posed for a classical and memorable Cosmopolitan magazine cover, becoming fast friends with its legendary editor Ellen Gurley Brown, who would eventually become godmother to Linda's two sons (Harrison and Dean), during her marriage to producer Richard D. Zanuck (from 1968 to 1978). The boys were the main reason why Linda disappeared from screens for the next few years, as we next saw her in "Airpot '75", under the oddly changed name of Augusta Summerland. Linda came very close to obtain the lead female role for Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" in 1975, as her husband was the producer. But it was the wife of Zanuck's boss that got the role! Later she appeared (under her original name) in 1985's "Cocoon" and its sequel "Cocoon: The Return" in 1988. In 1995, Linda came back for Walter Hill's "Wild Bill", a story about Wild Bill Hickok. The entire Planet of the Apes series got re-issued on DVD, giving renewed exposure to the person of Linda Harrison and her immortal role, as it should. She is also the first actress to play a live-action version of "Wonder Woman", which she did in a failed 1967 pilot for a Wonder Woman television series. Linda now lives in California and remains a frequent guest at many conventions.
Enjoy Linda Harrison's natural beauty!

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