She’s one of the most iconic soap stars of all time. While smash-hit US show, “Dynasty” ended more than 25 years ago, actress Linda Evans is still synonymous with her role as the glamorous Krystle Carrington, a character who - along with her on-screen nemesis Alexis, played by Joan Collins - has become cemented in small screen history.
Africa. I just wasn’t prepared for its beauty or intensity. Being on safari there was truly one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Just being in nature, in a place where life began…truly mind blowing! I’ve been back several times since and I’m still in awe of it.
Either from reading something in a magazine or from a friend - one of those two things. Usually someone will say to me: “that place was spectacular” and I’ll think, “oh, I’ll try that”. I remember one of the things I turned down after “Dynasty” - mainly because I was so tired after nine years! - was a trip to Jerusalem and Egypt. I never ended up going to either of those places and I know it would have been unbelievable. I’m devastated that I turned it down. Obviously since then they’ve both changed quite a lot! Missed opportunities.
I always take a lot of books - I love to read. Interestingly enough, while I’m in show business I don’t often watch movies.
Staying at home! While I was making “Dynasty” I bought an old villa by a lake in Washington State as a weekend getaway, but soon after leaving the show I left my house in Beverly Hills and moved here. I’ve been here more than 30 years now and I just love it. I have 70 acres, which includes an organic garden, fruit trees, chickens and a dog and cats. I’ve got a really nice little life here.
How do you choose between Paris or Rome? I can’t! I love the history, the food, the culture and the people. I’ve actually had a bit of a thing for France since I was at school. I remember my first cookbook was Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and that’s where my passion started. Food is such an important part of my life and when you travel, the food you eat is even more memorable.
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I don’t watch movies really - or a lot of television, surprisingly. Part of what I love about the movies is going to a theatre and eating popcorn. So I usually read and sleep, rather than watching in-flight movies.
Eating on a private yacht while cruising around the Mediterranean. I was with my girlfriends and I remember there were two chefs - one English and one Italian. We had these amazing English breakfasts and then fresh seafood caught off the side of the boat for dinner every night as the sun was setting. Exquisite.
To travel - and indeed live - with your heart. Do less thinking and planning ahead and more feeling - it’s a much more natural way of living.
I’m going to South America this year, which I’m really looking forward to. I haven’t made any plans as yet, but my friends and I are looking at options. It’s a place I’ve wanted to go for a long time. Also, I would dearly love to come back to Australia. I was there in the late-80s filming an Australian mini-series and I remember the magical desert. Phenomenal.
Linda’s new memoirs, “Recipes for Life” is out now. For more information see: www.lindaevansofficial.com
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