Linda Purl

  • Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Was raised in Japan and was the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy.
  • Also trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Lee Strasberg Institute.
  • Recorded jazz albums, including Out of This World, which featured a song with her ex-husband Desi Arnaz Jr.
  • Played two different characters on Happy Days: Richie's girlfriend Gloria in season 2, and Fonzie's girlfriend Ashley Pfister in season 10.
  • Appeared on Broadway in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending.
  • Founded the California International Theatre Festival.


  • Ray Purl — Father
  • Lucius Cary — Son
  • Desi Arnaz Jr. — Ex-husband
  • Alexander Cary — Ex-husband
  • Mara Purl — Sister
  • James Vinson Adams — Husband
  • Marshie Purl — Mother
  • William Broyles Jr. — Ex-husband


  • Attended Finch College, New York, New York, United States; attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England

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