Actress Linda Carlson Hart dead at 76 after ALS battle, family reveals

Friends, family, and fans are mourning the loss of an accomplished actress with a long resume in film and television.

According to Deadline, Linda Carlson Hart died in Gaylordsville, Connecticut, on Oct. 26 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Her death was confirmed in a statement by her family. She was 76.

An on-screen career that spanned decades

Hart was best known for appearances in the films The Beverly Hillbillies and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.

Her career began after she graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts in 1973 and included performances on Broadway. Several years later, she made her debut on television with a role on Westside Medical.

From there, she went on to secure roles on TV shows including Murder One, Newhart, Clueless, and The Pretender, among others. In the early 1990s, she landed some of her most memorable big-screen gigs.

Hart’s family shared some of her off-screen contributions in the statement announcing her death.

“Recognizing social and economic disparity, she funded scholarships at the Village for Children and Families in Hartford and at the Virginia Avenue Project in Los Angeles, where she also served as a board member and president,” her family explained. “Her goal was to help children reach their full potential and achieve their dreams, especially young women.”

A lasting legacy behind the scenes

The statement went on to describe her love of “entertaining with warm friendly dinner parties and expertly cooked meals,” noting that she maintained a number of interests, including “painting, decorating, travel, the NY Times crossword puzzle and family and friends.”

In addition to acting, her family noted that she was an “accomplished writer” with some of her works published by the New York Times.

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks the nervous system and leads to the loss of muscle control, as the Mayo Clinic explains.

In addition to her husband, James A.V. Hart, she is survived by her sister Janet Calon Ouren, brother James Hale Carlson, and four nieces and nephews. Her family asks that donations be made in her honor to the Village for Children and Families or the ALS Association.

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