Linda Cristal
Linda Cristal 1967
Cristal as Victoria Montoya in 1967
Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges

(1931-02-23)23 February 1931
Died27 June 2020(2020-06-27) (aged 89)
Years active1952–1992
Robert W. Champion
(m. 1958; div. 1959)
(m. 1960; div. 1966)

Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges[1] (23 February 1931 – 27 June 2020[2][3][4][5]), known professionally as Linda Cristal (Spanish: [kɾisˈtal]), was an Argentinian actress. She appeared in a number of Western films during the 1950s, before winning a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1958 comedy film The Perfect Furlough.

From 1967 to 1971, Cristal starred as Victoria Cannon in the NBC series The High Chaparral.[6] For her performance she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970, and received two Emmy Award nominations.

Early years

Rumored to be the daughter of a French father and an Italian mother (however, documents indicate they were Spanish: Antonio Moya and Rosario P.[5]), Cristal was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina on 23 February 1931.[citation needed] Her father was a publisher who moved the family to Montevideo, Uruguay due to political issues. She was educated at the Conservatorio Franklin in Uruguay.[1]


Leif Erickson and Cristal in The High Chaparral

Cristal appeared in films in Argentina and Mexico before taking on her first English-language role as Margarita in the 1956 Western film Comanche.[1] Following her Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in The Perfect Furlough (1958), Cristal went on to roles in Cry Tough (1959), Legions of the Nile (1959), The Pharaohs' Woman (1960), and was asked by John Wayne to play the part of Flaca in his epic The Alamo (1960). In 1961 she had a key role in the western Two Rode Together.[citation needed]

Along with these and other film roles, Cristal appeared in episodes of network television series. She played a kidnapped Countess opposite Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood in a 1959 episode of Rawhide. She also had a role as a female matador in NBC's The Tab Hunter Show. She also appeared in a 1964 episode, "City Beneath the Sea", on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and numerous other television episodes.[7][citation needed]

Cristal semi-retired in 1964 to raise her two children. She was coaxed out of retirement when she became the last cast member to be added as a regular on the NBC series The High Chaparral (1967-1971). Her performance in the series, as Victoria Cannon, earned her two more Golden Globe nominations (winning Best Actress – Television Drama in 1968) and two Emmy Award nominations.[8][9]

Cristal worked sparingly after The High Chaparral, with a few television and film roles, such as the film Mr. Majestyk (1974) and the television miniseries Condominium (1980). She last appeared in the starring role of Victoria "Rossé" Wilson on the Argentine television series Rossé (1985).[10]

Personal life

Cristal's 1950 marriage was annulled after five days. On 24 April 1958, in Pomona, California, she married Robert Champion, a businessman. They divorced on 9 December 1959. In 1960, she married Yale Wexler, a former actor who worked in real estate. They divorced in December 1966.[1]

Cristal died at her home in Beverly Hills, California on 27 June 2020, aged 89.[2][11]



Year Title Role Notes
1952 Cuando levanta la niebla amiga de Silvia Uncredited
1953 Fruto de tentación Julia Uncredited
1953 El lunar de la familia Rosita
1953 La bestia magnifica (Lucha libre) Uncredited
1953 Genio y figura Rosita
1954 Con el diablo en el cuerpo Emilia
1955 El 7 leguas Blanca
1955 La venganza del diablo Uncredited
1956 Comanche Margarita
1956 Enemigos Chabela
1957 El diablo desaparece Laura
1958 The Last of the Fast Guns Maria O'Reilly
1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West Ellen Hardy
1958 The Perfect Furlough Sandra Roca
1959 Siete pecados Irene
1959 Cry Tough Sarita
1959 Legions of the Nile Cleopatra alias Berenice
1960 The Alamo Flaca
1960 The Pharaohs' Woman Akis
1961 Two Rode Together Elena de la Madriaga
1963 Slave Girls of Sheba Olivia
1968 Panic in the City Dr. Paula Stevens
1974 Mr. Majestyk Nancy Chavez
1977 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Annie


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Rawhide Louise Episode: "Incident of a Burst of Evil"
1961 The Tab Hunter Show Gitana Episode: "Holiday in Spain"
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Melina Gounaris Episode: "City Beneath the Sea"
1967–1971 The High Chaparral Victoria Cannon 96 episodes
1971 Cade's County Celsa Dobbs Episode: "A Gun for Billy"
1974 Police Story Estrella Episode: "Across The Line"
1974 El chofer Julia telenovela
1975 The Dead Don't Die Vera LaValle TV movie
1979 ’’Barnaby Jones’’ Patricia Simmons Episode: "Homecoming for a Dead Man"
1980 Condominium Carlotta Churchbridge 2 episodes
1981 The Love Boat Evita Monteverde Episode: "The Duel"
1985 Rossé Victoria "Rossé" Wilson Argentina, lead character


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  3. ^ California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976
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  9. ^ "Linda Cristal". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 17 December 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  10. ^ Reichardt, Nancy M. (9 October 1988). "LINDA CRISTAL NOT THE 'RETIRING' TYPE". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  11. ^ Barnes, Mike (29 June 2020). "Linda Cristal, Actress on 'The High Chaparral,' Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 December 2021.