Linda Blair is a 58-year old American actress and animal rights activist. She started as a child model but is best known for her role as the possessed child, Regan, in the controversial but legendary 1973 horror movie The Exorcist, for which she won a Golden Globe. Linda continued acting in films throughout the 80s and 90s, including Wes Craven’s and in the American horror franchise Scream. However, nowadays Linda is an animal rights activist and humanitarian. She supports PETA, Feed The Children and runs the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, an organization that rescues abused animals.
When the St. Louis-born actress appeared on Oprah’s popular sequence Where Are They Now? she spoke about how her activism started with a little help from a friendly pit bull she met by way of a chance encounter.
“Despite the fame and global attention I’ve had I’ve returned to my first love, caring for animals. It certainly wasn’t the most direct route but I arrived here nevertheless! I have found my true passion in life,” the actress said at The Hollywood Show convention.
One day a pit bull inspired Linda Blair to start an organization for animal welfare. The dog was following the actress to her home and at the beginning, she was terrified by it. Especially because the media had painted a picture of the breed as vicious and scary. However, soon after she locked herself in the house, she realized that the dog was not attacking her. It was actually asking for help.
Linda brought some water to the dog and felt an immediate connection with it. Now, she rescues animals that are abandoned on the streets and her organizations count on people for charity. Good Samaritans can bring blankets, crates, transportation, medical, food, toys, and anything that will help these dogs to stay healthy and happy.