Linda Cristal 1931 – 2020

Hollywood Reporter: Linda Cristal, the Golden Globe-winning actress who portrayed Victoria Cannon, the wife of Leif Erickson’s character, on the 1967-71 NBC Western The High Chaparral, has died. She was 89.

On the big screen, Cristal appeared in The Last of the Fast Guns (1958), The Alamo (1960), Two Rode Together (1961) and in Mr. Majestyk (1974).

She went on to appear on 96 episodes of The High Chaparral as the strong-willed daughter of a powerful Mexican rancher and young wife of Erickson’s “Big John” Cannon. She was nominated for two Globes, winning in 1970, and two Emmys, for her performance.

Her résumé also included the films The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958) and Panic in the City (1968), a run on the soap opera General Hospital and guest-starring stints on such TV shows as Rawhide, Bonanza, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Barnaby Jones and Fantasy Island.

She was married to industrialist Robert W. Champion, half-brother of dancer Gower Champion, from 1958-59 and to actor Yale Wexler, with whom she had sons Gregory and Jordan, from 1960-66.

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