What the Hell Happened to Linda Hamilton?
There are very few actresses who have played iconic roles in action movies. Linda Hamilton is one of them. But immediately following the biggest success of her career, Hamilton stopped working. When she did work, it was usually as a guest star on a TV show. She basically terminated her movie career at its peak.
What the hell happened?
Like most actresses, Hamilton paid her dues on TV. Hamilton had a small role in a 1979 TV movie called Night-Flowers. In 1980, she had a guest spot on Shirley Jones’ sitcom, Shirley. She also appeared in the TV movie, Reunion and starred opposite Mickey Rourke in another rape-themed TV movie, Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (pictured).
In 1980, Hamilton got a regular gig on the short-lived nighttime soap, Secrets of Midland Heights. Hamilton played a teen who gets mixed up with a college jock played by Lorenzo Lamas. The show was intended to be Peyton’s Place for the 80’s.
Check out the bio on Hamilton above:
She continued her studies at Washington College and there vowed to lose the fifty extra pounds she’d been dragging around since adolescence. A vegetarian diet did the trick. She went from 165 to 115, shucked her fat character-actress roles and turned herself loose on New York City as a svelte and stunning ingenue.
That’s about half of her bio dedicated to her weight! Wow.
Secrets of Midland Heights was cancelled after only 8 episodes. At the time, it was announced that the show would return in a retooled format. Instead, a new show emerged. King’s Crossing featured some of the same actors as Secrets of Midland Heights when it debuted in 1982. But the two shows were unrelated. Like Secrets, King’s Crossing was quickly cancelled.
In 1982, Hamilton made the leap to the big screen in the thriller, TAG: The Assassination Game.
The movie was about a group of college students who play a game in which competitors pretend to kill each other with toy dart guns. Bruce Abbott played the top-ranked contestant who takes the game too seriously. When a loser drops his gun and accidentally “kills” him, Abbott’s character goes off the deep end and starts killing his victims for real.
Hamilton played one of Abbott’s intended victims. The two actors met while filming and later married.
Later that year, Hamilton appeared in a TV movie called Country Gold.
Loni Anderson starred as a buxom, blonde haired country singer. I wonder who that could have been based on? Hamilton played Anderson’s younger rival.
Posted on June 15, 2014, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged beauty and the beast, children of the corn, entertainment, james cameron, linda hamilton, movies, the terminator. Bookmark the permalink. 76 Comments.