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"Tara Ra boom di ay!"

- as Tara King from The Avengers, The Forget-Me-Not (1968)

LINDA THORSON

Thorson is bidialectal, speaking in a Canadian/American accent when she is in North America, and a British accent when she is in the United Kingdom.

Canadian actress Linda Thorson (born Linda Robinson on June 18th 1947 in Toronto, Ontario). Thorson moved to the UK in 1965 to study acting and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on July 1st 1967.

Her professional career launched abruptly at age of 20 when she was picked to replace Diana Rigg in The Avengers (1967).

She is the only female lead of The Avengers not to appear in a James Bond film, Honor Blackman was in Goldfinger (1964), Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley were both in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She personally chose her The Avengers character name of Tara King. "Tara" from Gone with the Wind (1939) and "King" from King & Country (1964).

Thorson is best known for her role as Tara King but since then has appeared in character roles in many TV series and films as well as numerous dramatic and musical stage productions, including appearances on Broadway in Nell Dunn's Steaming and Michael Frayn's Noises Off! and starring alongside Michael Crawford and Anthony Valentine in the London West End hit show No Sex Please, We're British. She later appeared as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London, and played Hester Salomon in a UK tour of Equus opposite Simon Callow. In the summer of 2008, she appeared at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Gigi.

Her film and television work includes, Return of the Saint, The Greek Tycoon (1978), Blind Justice (1986), the cult horror film Curtains (1983), Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty (1986), and Marblehead Manor (1987), Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal, Emmerdale, the daytime drama One Life to Live, the Canadian series Emily of New Moon and Star Trek: The Next Generation where she played the female Cardassian starship commander Gul Ocett in the 6th season episode 'The Chase' (1993).

She is the younger stepsister of actress Susan Clark (they were both on Emily of New Moon in 1998) and stepsister-in-law of the late Alex Karras. Susan Clark and Alex Karras starred in the sitcom "Webster" with Emmanuel Lewis. Karras of course was Mongo in Blazing Saddles.

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