Hollywood celebrity Linda Evans celebrated a big anniversary last year – under the probably equally famous name Krystle Carrington: It was the 40th birthday of the start of the hit series “Denver Clan”. The cult soap opera made Evans famous in the role of Blake Carrington’s angelic blonde wife. The soap opera about the rivalry between the two rich families Carrington and Colby and their oil companies in the state of Colorado also became popular in Germany and Austria. It was about money, power and sex – 218 episodes long. The role earned Evans a Golden Globe.
Country life with garden and dog
That’s all a long time ago. Evans will celebrate her 80th birthday next Friday, November 18th. The actress has long since retired from show business, apart from small guest roles. She lives far from Hollywood on a rural estate in Washington State. The TV icon still shows her fans with a perfectly styled blonde hairstyle. Evans posts pictures of her country house or with a dog in the garden on Instagram. She shares life wisdom and occasionally glamor shots from the old days. Fans from all over the world react with nice comments, many of them in German.
Evans, once courted as one of America’s most beautiful women, has had a tumultuous life. Her father died when she was 15. According to her website (www.lindaevansofficial.com), she took acting classes as a teenager to overcome her shyness.
Hollywood became aware of the pretty, brunette student through a commercial. She dropped the last letters of her family name, Evanstad, dyed her hair blonde, and landed the lead in the hit TV western, The Big Valley, in 1965. At 25, Evans married actor and director John Derek, whose marriage to Bond girl Ursula Andress had recently ended. Just a few years later, Derek met and fell in love with a 16-year-old starlet who later became Bo Derek. Evans’ second marriage to a real estate agent in the 1970s also didn’t last long. In the 1990s she was with the “New Age” musician Yanni. All relationships remained childless.
The “Denver Clan” star later cleaned up the image of the perfect glamor queen in interviews. She had depression for years, then chronic back pain, Evans said in 2016 on the television show “Entertainment Weekly”. In an interview with the magazine “People” in 2021, she also spoke about serious life crises. “I really had to fight my way back.”