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Linda Hamilton

Hamilton at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 17, 2009.
Born Linda Carroll Hamilton
September 26, 1956 (1956-09-26) (age 53)
Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Bruce Abbott (1982-1989) (divorced) 1 son
James Cameron (1997-1999) (divorced) 1 daughter

Linda Carroll Hamilton (born September 26, 1956) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Catherine Chandler in the television series Beauty and the Beast.


Early life

Hamilton was born in Salisbury, Maryland to a physician father who died in a car accident when she was five.[1][2] Hamilton has an identical twin sister, one older sister and one younger brother. She has said that she was raised in a "very boring, white Anglo-Saxon" family, and "voraciously read books" during her spare time.[2] Hamilton went to Wicomico Junior High (now Wicomico Middle School) and Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Maryland, with her twin sister, Leslie. She studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, before moving on to acting studies in New York City. While attending Washington College, her acting professor told her she had no hope of earning a living as an actress. In New York she attended acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg.


Hamilton's acting debut came first with guest starring appearances on television, followed by a major role as Lisa Rogers in the prime-time soap opera Secrets of Midland Heights (1980).

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1982" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol 34, Hamilton made her film debut playing a lead role in the horror film Children of the Corn, even though this very article's Filmography lists her as a cast member in the 1982 film Tag: The Assassination Game. The movie, Children of the Corn, was panned by critics, but it made a profit at the box office, and had a strong cult following. Hamilton's next role was in The Terminator, costarring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1984. The movie was an unexpectedly huge commercial as well as critical success. Following The Terminator, Hamilton starred in Black Moon Rising, an action thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones. She then returned to television in the mystery comedy Murder, She Wrote, scoring favorable reviews. Hamilton then starred opposite Ron Perlman in the TV series Beauty and the Beast. The series was critically-acclaimed and she received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Hamilton left the series in 1989 and it ended in 1990.

Hamilton went back to the big screen with the sequel to The Terminator titled Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991. The film was a smash at the box office, grossing over $500 million, and becoming the highest grossing film of the year. Hamilton underwent intense physical training to emphasize the character's transformation from the first film. Her identical twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was Linda's double in Terminator 2. Hamilton received two MTV Movie Awards for her role in the film, one for Best Female Performance and the other for Most Desirable Female. Hamilton reprised this character, Sarah Connor, for the theme park attraction T2 3-D.

In 1990, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. Following the success of the Terminator series, Hamilton hosted Saturday Night Live. She then returned to television in A Mother's Prayer (1997) playing a mother who lost her husband and is diagnosed with AIDS. She earned yet another Golden Globe nomination. In 1996, Hamilton filmed two motion pictures that were released one week apart in 1997: Shadow Conspiracy with Charlie Sheen and Dante's Peak with Pierce Brosnan. Shadow Conspiracy flopped at the box office, but Dante's Peak grossed $180 million and was one of the biggest commercial hits of the year. Hamilton has since appeared on the television shows Frasier and According to Jim and has done more TV movies, including On the Line, Robots Rising, Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples, Point Last Seen, and The Color of Courage.

Hamilton and her Beauty and the Beast costar Ron Perlman reunited in the 2005 post-Vietnam war drama Missing in America.

In 2009, she returned as Sarah Connor in Terminator Salvation, in voice-overs only.

Personal life

Hamilton has been married twice.[3] Her first marriage was to actor Bruce Abbott, whom she wed on December 18, 1982. The couple had a son, Dalton, on 4 October 1989 but divorced shortly afterward. Her second marriage was to James Cameron, who directed her in the first two Terminator films. They had a daughter, Josephine Archer (b. 15 February 1993) before marrying on July 26, 1997.[4]

Hamilton appeared on the October 4, 2005 episode of Larry King Live to reveal that she suffered from bipolar disorder. She revealed that her condition destroyed her marriage to her first husband, Bruce Abbott, and she said that she abused him verbally and physically. Linda said that it was her love for her two children that finally forced her to seek treatment and she began taking medication in 1996. Hamilton says that she will always be grateful she chose treatment and regrets the pain it caused her loved ones. She's also stated that, despite internet rumors to the contrary, she was never married to Peter Horton.[3]


  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
    • 1992 – Won Saturn Award Best Actress for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
    • 1998 – Won Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress—Action/Adventure for Dante's Peak (1997)
  • CableACE Awards
    • 1995 – Won CableACE Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for A Mother's Prayer (1995) (TV)
  • DVD Exclusive Awards
    • 2001 – Won Video Premiere Award Best Supporting Actress for: Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
  • MTV Movie Awards
    • 1992 – Won MTV Movie Award Best Female Performance for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    • 1992 – Won MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Female
  • Satellite Awards
    • 2000 – Won Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for The Color of Courage (1999) (TV)


Year Film Role Notes
1979 Night-Flowers Stripper
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game Susan Swayze
1984 The Terminator Sarah Connor
Children of the Corn Vicky
The Stone Boy Eva Crescent Moon Lady on Bus
1985 Secret Weapons
1986 King Kong Lives Dr. Amy Franklin
Black Moon Rising Nina
1987 Beauty and the Beast Catherine Chandler TV Series (1987–1989)
1988 Go Toward The Light Claire Madison
1990 Mr. Destiny Ellen Jane
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Sarah Connor
1994 Silent Fall Karen Rainer
1995 Separate Lives Lauren Porter/Lena
1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time Sarah Connor At Universal Studios, Orlando. Narrator
1997 Dante's Peak Mayor Rachel Wando
Shadow Conspiracy Amanda Givens
Frasier Laura TV series (guest star season 4 Ep 24)
1998 On the Line Det. Jean Martin TV Movie
Point Last Seen Rachel Harrison TV Movie
1999 The Secret Life of Girls Ruby Sanford
2000 Skeletons in the Closet Tina Conway
Sex & Mrs. X Joanna Scott TV Movie
2002 Silent Night Elisabeth Vincken TV Movie
2003 Wholey Moses Valerie Short
2004 Jonah June Short
2005 Smile Bridget
Missing in America Kate
The Kid & I Susan Mandeville
2006 Thief Roselyn Moore TV series (guest star in two episodes)
Home by Christmas Julie Bedford TV movie
2007 Broken Karen
2009 Waters Rising Cory
The Line Carol TV series (guest star in two episodes)
Terminator Salvation Sarah Connor Voice role


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  3. ^ a b "CNN Larry King Live Interview with Linda Hamilton (transcript)". 2005-10-14. Retrieved 2008-01-02. "I was not married to Peter Horton, which is sort of all over the Web site that I've been married three times, so I look like -- but for some reason that's false information. I was never married to Peter Horton." 
  4. ^ "Forbes: Michael Jordan's Divorce Most Costly Ever". 2007-04-16.,2933,266343,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

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