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Linda Purl

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Appeared in
2 episodes (see below)
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Biographical Information
Date of birth
September 2, 1955 (1955-09-02) (age 61)
Date of death
Place of birth
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Place of death
External Links
[{{{website}}} Official Site]
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Linda Purl, born September 2, 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut, is an American actress who plays the role of Barbara Pelt on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut on the episode "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" in the series' fifth season, Linda plays the role of the werewolf mother of Debbie Pelt. Looking for answers relating to her daughter's disappearance, Barbara is a guest starring actress who appears once more on the subsequent episode, "We’ll Meet Again", in the same season.


Linda Purl was born in Connecticut and raised in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. At the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, she played the role of "Louis" in "The King and I" (in Japanese), "Bet" in "Oliver" and the role of "Helen Keller" in "The Miracle Worker".

She then went to England to study under Marguerite Beale, before returning to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute and, later, with Robert Lewis. Her stage credits include: The Broadway musical, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; "Getting and Spending", which ran on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.



  • Homeland (2011)
  • Lie to Me (2010)


  • True Blood (2012)
  • The Office (2009-2011)
  • Criminal Minds (2010)
  • Desperate Housewives (2010)
  • Bones (2009)


Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Finally" "Save Yourself"

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