Listening To: Introducing Linda Lawson

"Building on the TV exposure she was starting to get in the late-'50s, Linda landed several prominent roles in the '60s. Early in the decade the most popular shows she was on included "Richard Diamond, Private Detective," "Wagon Train," and "The Real McCoys." Of these roles the best were probably "Adventures in Paradise," in which Linda was a regular as a bar owner, and the "I Can Take Care of Myself" episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," in which Linda was the only guest star in the long history of that series to sing. In '60 she got her first movie role in the low-budget murder mystery "The Threat." Linda recorded her "Introducing Linda Lawson" LP that same year and played nightclubs in L.A. The noir-ish "Night Tide" came a year later. More mid-'60s TV appearances ("The Virginian," "Bonanza") followed, plus two more movies: the Audie Murphy Western "Apache Rifles" in '64 and the William Castle chiller "Let's Kill Uncle" in '66. The birth of her second daughter in '66 precipitated five years of semi-retirement that ended briefly in '71."

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