Aspiring Actress. Born the youngest of television and radio host Art Linkletter's five children. She made her television debut in a 1952 cereal commercial with her father and sisters. At the age of 10, she appeared in the television documentary, 'Disneyland '59.' At 17, she married 19-year-old Grant Conroy, but the marriage was quickly annulled, and she never lived with him. The following year, she appeared on 'The Red Skelton Hour.' In 1969, she and her father recorded the spoken piece 'We Love You, Call Collect.' On the morning of 4 October 1969, she apparently jumped from her 6th floor kitchen window. She succumbed to injuries some 90 minutes later at the USC Medical Center, the preliminary cause of death was given as 'multiple traumatic injuries.' Her father immediately insisted that she had not killed herself, but was under the influence of LSD. Despite later toxicology reports refuting any evidence of drugs in her system at the time of her death, her father's utter conviction that his daughter's death was drug-related motivated him to become a crusader in the war against illegal drugs, and turned the erroneous details of her death into an urban legend. Investigating Los Angeles homicide detectives, however, were convinced she had not been under the influence, but in a 'despondent, depressed emotional state.' In 1970, she won a posthumous Grammy for 'We Love You, Call Collect,' which had peaked at #42 on the Billboard charts.
Bio by: Iola
Darling, we loved you so much