Linda Cristal 1931 – 2020

Linda Cristal: born Marta Victoria Moya 23 February 1931, Buenos Aires Argentian; died 27 June 2020, Beverly Hills CA.

New York Times: Linda Cristal, an Argentine-born actress who played Victoria, the regal, fiery wife of the rancher Big John Cannon on the 1960s television series “The High Chaparral,” died on Saturday at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 89.

Ms. Cristal had made nearly a dozen films in Mexico before arriving in Hollywood to take her first English-speaking role, in the Dana Andrews film “Comanche” (1956), playing the kidnapped daughter of a Spanish aristocrat in Mexico. She went on to make several westerns before appearing in Blake Edwards’s knockabout comedy “The Perfect Furlough” (1958).

For her performance in that movie as Sandra Roca, “the Argentine Bombshell ” — the dream date chosen by the serviceman Tony Curtis in an Army publicity stunt — Ms. Cristal won the “New Star of the Year” award at the Golden Globes, an honor she shared with Tina Louise and Susan Kohner.

After a modest film career, followed by guest roles on television, Ms. Cristal auditioned for “The High Chaparral,” a western developed by David Dortort, the creator and producer of “Bonanza.”

The series ran from 1967 to 1971, with Ms. Cristal playing the daughter of Don Sebastián Montoya, a powerful rancher on the Mexican side of the Arizona border. Ms. Cristal won a Golden Globe in 1970 as best actress in a drama series for her work on the show.

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