Beverly Joanne Linville (born January 15, 1928) is an American actress. She and actress Irene Gilbert co-founded the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles in 1985.
Linville was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 15, 1928. She attended high school in Long Beach, California, and worked as an oral surgeon's assistant before studying acting. While she studied with Stella Adler, she danced professionally to pay her tuition.
Linville's motion-picture credits include The Goddess (1958), Scorpio (1973), Gable and Lombard (1976), A Star Is Born (1976), and The Seduction (1982).
In 1959, Linville appeared on the long-running CBS daytime drama The Guiding Light as Amy Sinclair, a runaway drug addict whose daughter was nearly taken from her as part of an illegal adoption scam ring. Linville starred in two television presentations of One Step Beyond— as Aunt Mina in the episode "The Dead Part of the House" (1959), and as Karen Wadsworth in the episode "A Moment of Hate" (1960). In 1961, she starred in the Twilight Zone episode "The Passersby". In 1968, she played the Romulan commander in the Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident". Other television appearances include Decoy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun Will Travel, Coronado 9, Checkmate, Adventures in Paradise, Empire, Gunsmoke (three episodes), Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Route 66, The Eleventh Hour, I Spy, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The F.B.I. (two episodes), The Invaders (two episodes), Felony Squad, Hawaii Five-O (three episodes: season one - "Once Upon a Time", parts I and II; season two, "Kiss the Queen Goodbye"), Kojak, Columbo: Candidate for Crime, The Streets of San Francisco (two episodes), Nakia, Barnaby Jones, Switch, Charlie's Angels, CHIPS, Mrs. Columbo, Dynasty, and L.A. Law.
Linville also appeared in the made-for-TV movies House on Greenapple Road (1970), Secrets (1977), The Critical List (1978), The Users (1978), and The Right of the People (1986). Linville played Janine Turner's character's mother in the television series Behind the Screen. Linville and George Grizzard starred in "I Kiss Your Shadow", the final episode of the television series Bus Stop. The episode was based on the short story by Robert Bloch. In his book Danse Macabre, Stephen King nominated this episode as "...the single most frightening story ever done on TV." King wrote that Bus Stop was "...a straight drama show... The final episode, however, deviated wildly into the supernatural, and for me, ..."I Kiss Your Shadow" has never been beaten on TV—and rarely any where else—for eerie, mounting horror."
Linville portrayed Valeria in the Broadway production Daughter of Silence (1961).
Writing and teaching
Linville is also the author of an instructional/biographical book published in 2011 by Cameron & Company titled Joanne Linville's Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. She also has taught the course The Power of Language at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre in Los Angeles.
Linville was married to actor/director Mark Rydell from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Linville played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in the television movie James Dean (2001). Rydell directed the film and also played Jack L. Warner.