Linda Carlson Dies: ‘Newhart’, ‘Murder One’ Actor Was 76


Linda Carlson, who starred in the short-lived 1970s TV series Westside Medical and Kaz before becoming a familiar recurring actor on Newhart, Steven Bochco’s Murder One and the television adaptation of Clueless, died Oct. 26 in Gaylordsville, CT. She was 76.  Her family said the cause of death was ALS.  Born in Knoxville, TN, Carlson moved to New York to attend graduate school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and soon after began appearing Off Broadway and, in 1973, on Broadway in the Otto Preminger-directed revival of Erich Maria Remarque’s Full Circle.  Carlson made her TV debut in 1977’s Westside Medical, playing Dr. Janet Cottrell for the 13-episode run. The following year she co-starred in the legal drama Kaz, with Ron Leibman playing attorney Martin “Kaz” Kazinsky.    Numerous g …

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