Linda Carlson Hart of Gaylordsville, CT passed away Tuesday night October 26, 2021, after battling ALS. Linda was born May 12th, 1945 in Knoxville, TN.
Known in the entertainment industry as Linda Carlson, she spent several decades working in theater, commercials, television and movies. Her theater credits include appearances both on and off Broadway and numerous seasons at repertory theaters throughout the US and Canada. In film, she is best known for her work in “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1993) and “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” (1992). Linda started performing in high school at Edina, MN and continued her formal education in drama, graduating with an BA from the University of Iowa. She was granted a full scholarship to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with an MFA. Also an accomplished writer, she has been published in the NY Times. 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 goal was to help children reach their full potential and achieve their dreams, especially young women.
Linda was famous for entertaining with warm friendly dinner parties and expertly cooked meals. Her various interests included painting, decorating, travel, the NY Times crossword puzzle and family and friends.
In addition to her husband James A. V. Hart, she is survived by her sister Janet Calson Ouren (Reno, NV), her brother James Hale Carlson (Missoula, MN) and four nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may pay their respects Wednesday, November 3rd from 6-8 PM at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.
Donations may be made in Linda’s name to the Village for Children and Families or the ALS Assoc.