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Actress Linda Hamilton is best known for her role as Sarah Connor in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day—films that essentially made her the first female action hero and earned her the title of "Body Of The Nineties."
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Linda Hamilton was born into a typical family on September 26, 1956, in Salisbury, Maryland, along with her twin sister, Leslie. She pursued acting while in college, moving to New York and taking acting lessons with director Lee Strasberg. Hamilton started out as a television actress and moved on to films. When she landed a role as Sarah Connor in The Terminator and its sequel,
Hamilton's career bloomed and placed her in the spotlight. Each of her two marriages, first to actor Bruce Abbot and then to director James Cameron, with whom she had worked on The Terminator and its sequel, ended in divorce. She continued acting, primarily in guest roles, on a number of television series.
She may have grown up in a seemingly typical white Anglo-Saxon family, but American actress Linda Hamilton spiced up her life and became a successful and well-known entertainer. She was born on September 26, 1956, in Salisbury, Maryland, along with her identical twin sister, Leslie. Hamilton’s father, physician Carroll Stanford Hamilton, died in a car accident when she was 5 years old.
Upon graduating from high school, Hamilton enrolled at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, she she spent two years before relocating to New York to study acting. There, she attended acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg, and landed a major role in the prime-time television soap opera Secrets of Midland Heights in 1980.
Hamilton's acting career took off in 1984, after she played the lead in Stephen King's Children of the Corn, and then alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as Sarah Connor in The Terminator. The movie was a commercial and critical success and made Hamilton one of Hollywood's first female action heroes. It also helped her land new roles, both in film and television. She starred in Black Moon Rising with Tommy Lee Jones, appeared as a guest-star in the television series Murder She Wrote and starred opposite Ron Perlman in the Beauty and the Beast—a critically acclaimed television series for which Hamilton received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
In 1991, Hamilton again played Sarah Connor in the Terminator sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a role for which she underwent intense physical training. "Her toning and muscles brought her the title of "Body Of The Nineties," and her character became a byword for invincibility," according to a February 2011 Daily Mail article. Hamilton's twin, Leslie, was her double in the film, for which Hamilton received two MTV Movie Awards (best female performance and most desirable female).
Following the success of the film, Hamilton, who had been chosen in 1990 by People magazine as one of the world's "50 Most Beautiful People," hosted Saturday Night Live. She returned to television in the latter half of the decade, playing a widowed mother diagnosed with AIDS in A Mother's Prayer in 1995. Hamilton won a CableACE Award for best dramatic performance and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance the following year.
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