Linda Purl was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and raised in Japan, where she began performing at age seven. Having also studied in England and France, Purl returned to the U.S. in 1971 to star in the film "Jory" and attend the Lee Strasberg Institute and New York University. She then won a regular role on the very popular television series, "Happy Days."
Before "Matlock," Purl played a diversity of parts, ranging from Alice Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin," to a cadet in "Women At West Point," and a journalist in "The Amazing Nellie Bly." Her feature film roles include parts in " W.C. Fields and Me," "Time Travelers" and "High Country."