Linda Blair, 2007.
Born Linda Denise Blair, January 22, 1959. She is an
American actress and best known for her role as the possessed child
Regan in the 1973 movie
for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
She also starred in the 1977 movie
and has appeared in
many other movies and television shows since then. She is a
humanitarian and animal rights activist and has her own non-profit
organization called the
Blair WorldHeart Foundation, that tries to fight pet overpopulation
and animal cruelty. She is the co-author of the book
Quotes by Linda Blair:
|"The time that you put into a child, the
time that you put into an animal, youíll get that back tenfold.
And theyíll offer you their unconditional love and friendship
that will startle people."
|"It is my goal
to make changes in this country before I die on behalf of the
|"I hope to say I've done things to help
make a difference while I'm on this earth. Are animal issues
most important to me? Absolutely. I have an affinity with them,
but I also care about children and the elderly and always say
that the rest of everybody else can fend for themselves because
we're in a age where we can. And we're all able to do so."
|"a lot of people
donít realize that the animals are in trouble, itís an American
crisis. I saw it coming in 1997 when I started rescuing animals.
In 2003, I started the
Blair WorldHeart Foundation because I felt that the people
who had resources were not stepping up to the plate enough, to
get us out of this crisis. Therefore, I started the foundation
to speak out, for example, against dog fighting."
|"In 1988 I was reading an article on
pesticides, acid rain and how we farm animals and thatís what
made me go vegetarian. And itís certainly changed my life. ...
You just become much more aware of foods and the atrocities to
animals, what weíre doing to the animals, the planet; the fact
is that everything goes hand in hand. Environmentally, how we
farm animals affects the environment, affects the riverbeds,
affects the ocean, affects the air, and thatís what a lot of
people donít realize. So not only is it cruel for the animals
because itís called "factory farming," but itís also bad for the
planet. And of course the children are also suffering with
obesity and diabetes; itís at an all time high. And if thereís a
way just to continue to educate people and be an example so they
see thereís something to being a vegetarian, to what Iím saying.
Iím of course a vegan."
Quotes are from her
2000 interview with IGN Movies, her
2010 interview with Hollywood Chicago and her
2005 interview with The Supreme Master Ching Hai International