Linda Diane Thompson, or simply Linda Thompson, was born on 23rd May in the year 1950. The future actress drew her first breath in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was also raised by her parents, Sanford Abel Thompson and Margie Thompson. Into the bargain, she has an older brother, named Sam, and he worked as one of the bodyguards of Elvis Presley.


It is only known that Linda Thompson attended the Memphis State University, where she got a title of the Miss of the University in 1970.

Career Experience

Indeed, Linda Thompson’s career began thanks to her beauty, whereas she became the Miss Shelby County of 1969. She also held, among other titles, such titles as “Miss Okra”, “Memphis State’s Golf Queen”, “Miss Liberty Bowl”, and “MSU’s Homecoming Court.” A year later, she won the already-mentioned title of the Miss Memphis State University. In the same year, she obtained a third place in the fight for the title of Miss Tennessee pageant, which is a part of the nationwide contest. Two years later, in 1972, she obtained a title of the Miss Tennessee USA. When Linda Thompson headed to the whole-America contest, she, along with her best friend who was then her roommate, were introduced to Elvis Presley (look lower).

Later, in 1977, she started her acting career thanks to which she has become so renowned. In particular, Linda Thompson started to appear in different movies and TV shows, such as “Hee Haw”, a TV series, “Starsky and Hutch”, “Fantasy Island”, “Vega$”, “CHiPs”, “Beverly Hills, 90210”, and “The Fall Guy.” As the time went on, the career of Linda Thompson has progressed. She was a star of a couple of TV pilots like “Two for Two” and “Mars Base One”. Linda Thompson starred in several movies like “Original Intent” (1991), “Rabbit Test” (1978), and “The Bodyguard” (1992).

After all, Linda Thompson starred in 4 documentaries about the life of Elvis Presley which were released in the 1997-2004 period. Also, she took part in a reality show, named “Princes of Malibu”, which, however, did not last for long. Linda appeared in several other reality TV shows as well, including “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (from 2010 up to 2013) and “The Hills” (2009).

However, the largest chunk of her income she obtained thanks to her flair for songwriting. During her songwriting career, Linda Thompsons cooperated with such personalities like Jackie Evancho, David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Andreas Carlsson, Steve Dorff, Josh Groban, Richard Marx, and Kenny Rogers. Up to date, her net worth is believed to be equal to $25 million.

Personal life

Linda Thompson is remembered by many as a person who dated Elvis Presley after acquainting him at the Miss America contest. Their relationship, moreover, was depicted in a film named “Elvis and the Beauty Queen.” In 1981, however, the actress married Bruce Jenner, a famous decathlete then, whom she dated since 1980. The couple got two sons, Sam Brody Jenner and Brandon Jenner. However, the couple filed for divorce in 1986. Nowadays, by the way, Bruce Jenner is more known as Caitlyn Marie Jenner after he changed his sex.

Also, David Foster, a Canadian composer with whom Linda cooperated, had been her husband since 1991 up to 2005.


In addition, Linda Thompson published a book, titled “A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis’s Graceland to Bruce Jenner’s Caitlyn & Songs in Between.”

Last Modified: Apr 11, 2020

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