LINDA MILLER (リンダ・ミラー)
The only actress among an elite group of KONG leading ladies to regularly make convention appearances, Linda Miller is best known for her starring role in Toho’s KING KONG ESCAPES.
Upon graduating high school, Linda moved to Japan with her family in 1965, where she enrolled in a charm school for young women. The Tokyo school also served as a modeling agency, supplying Western talent for advertising and commercials in Japan. She soon began appearing on television in ENGLISH FOR MILLIONS (百万人の英語) with James B. Harris, a 30-minute language program utilized to teach English in Japanese schools.
Linda was regularly featured on the cover of popular magazines such as Josei Seven and Mademoiselle, as well as in numerous print advertisements for Noritake China, which garnered interest from producer Arthur Rankin. Rankin cast her as Lieutenant Susan Watson in KING KONG ESCAPES (キングコングの逆襲 ), opposite co-stars Rhodes Reason and Akira Takarada. Widely distributed in the USA and throughout the world, the Toho sci-fi film cemented Linda’s place in popular culture as she joined the prestigious ranks of King Kong’s cinematic leading ladies.
She had a supporting role in another Japanese/USA co-production, THE GREEN SLIME (ガンマー第 3 号 宇宙大作戦) for Toei and MGM, the cast of which was almost entirely comprised of American and European actors. Linda also guest-starred in a TV episode of SEVEN FACES of MAN (七つの顔の男), an hour-long detective series produced by Toei in late 1967.
Linda moved to Los Angeles in 1968 where she continued to work in the entertainment business for several years. She had a guest appearance on the television series MY THREE SONS under the name of Leslie Michaels, since another actress by the name of Linda Miller was already a member of the Screen Actors Guild. By the early 1970s, she retired from acting to pursue a career in real estate.