Linda Cristal, the Argentine-born actress who performed Victoria Cannon, spouse of Leif Erickson’s stoic, heroic rancher Big John Cannon on NBC’s standard 1967-71 Western “The High Chaparral,” died in her sleep at her Beverly Hills residence Saturday. She was 89.
Her demise was reported to the New York Times by son Jordan Wexler.
Cristal had constructed a profession as an actress in the course of the 1950s in Mexico’s movie trade when she was forged in an English-speaking position in 1956’s “Comanche,” directed by George Sherman and starring Dana Andrews.
Film and TV credit all through the late 1950s and early 1960s included roles in “Rawhide,” “Seven Sins,” “The Alamo,” “The Tab Hunter Show” and “Iron Horse,” amongst others. For her efficiency in Blake Edwards’ 1958 comedy “The Perfect Furlough,” she shared a New Star of the Year Golden Globe Award with Tina Louise and Susan Kohner.
Her highest-profile position arrived in 1967 with the hour-long Western “The High Chaparral,” a collection that ran for 4 seasons and starred, along with Erickson and Cristal, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow and Mark Slade.
Subsequent credit embrace “Barnaby Jones,” “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” She joined the forged of the cleaning soap “General Hospital” for a yr in 1988.
Cristal is survived by sons Jordan Wexler, Gregory Wexler, and two grandchildren.