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Linda Stirling (October 11, 1921 – July 20, 1997) was an American showgirl, model and actress. In her later years, she had a second career as a college English professor for more than two decades. She is most famous for her roles in movie serials.

Career

Born Louise Schultz in Long Beach, Californiamarker, her first role was as a model in The Powers Girl in 1943 and her first role in a serial was the title character in The Tiger Woman (1944). In 1946, she married Republic screenwriter Sloan Nibley. In 1947, she essentially retired from films to raise a family, although she later appeared in occasional episodes of television shows.

After he career as an actress ended, and her children had grown, Stirling enrolled at UCLA, eventually earning a BFA, an MA, and finally a PhD in English literature at the age of 50.

With her degree in hand, Stirling began a new career as a teacher of college English and Drama in the 1960s at Glendale Collegemarker in Glendale, Californiamarker between 1967 and 1990. In her later life, Stirling sought to distance herself in the classroom from her Hollywood past, but still remained active on the film convention circuit until the last years of her life. She also appeared in a documentary on Republic Pictures, the studio where she did the bulk of her work, in 1990, the year that her husband, who wrote many of her films, died. Stirling herself died of cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles, Californiamarker in 1997.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1943 The Powers Girl Model Alternative title: Hello Beautiful
1944 The Tiger Woman Tiger Woman/Rita Arnold Alternative title: Perils of the Darkest Jungle
The San Antonio Kid Ann Taylor
Strangers in the Night Cameo Appearance Uncredited
Sheriff of Sundown Lois Carpenter
Vigilantes of Dodge City Carol Franklin
Zorro's Black Whip Barbara Meredith/The Black Whip
1945 The Topeka Terror June Hardy
Sheriff of Cimarron Helen Burton
Manhunt of Mystery Island Claire Forrest Alternative title: Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine
Santa Fe Saddlemates Ann Morton
The Purple Monster Strikes Shelia Layton Alternative titles: D-Day on Mars
The Purple Shadow Strikes
The Cherokee Flash Joan Mason
Wagon Wheels Westward Arlie Adams
Dakota Entertainer Uncredited
1946 The Madonna's Secret Helen North
Passkey to Danger Cameo Appearance Uncredited
The Invisible Informer Eve Rogers
The Mysterious Mr. Valentine Janet Spencer
Rio Grande Raiders Nancy Harding
The Crimson Ghost Diana Farnsworth
The Magnificent Rogue Cameo Appearance Uncredited
That Brennan Girl Uncredited
Alternative title: Tough Girl;;
1947 Jesse James Rides Again Ann Bolton
The Pretender Flo Ronson
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Helen Blayne 1 episode
The Adventures of Falcon 1 episode
1954-1955 The Public Defender Betty 2 episodes
The Adventures of Kit Carson Various roles 3 episodes
1955 The Man Behind the Badge Nettie Perry 1 episode
Medic Ellen McClure 1 episode
1956 Cavalcade of America 1 episode
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Joan Laramie 1 episode
The Millionaire Martha 1 episode
1957 On Trial 1 episode
1959 The Real McCoys Mrs. Baker 1 episode


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