Linda Blair, famed for her iconic role in the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, has opened up about her remarkable journey from Hollywood stardom to devoting her life to animal welfare.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Blair shared candid insights into what she describes as her ‘midlife crisis’ following the release of the groundbreaking film.
Instead of succumbing to the typical trappings of stardom, Blair found solace and purpose in championing the cause of animals.
Revealing the transformative experience, the Repossessed actress said, “In my 20s, I said, 'I really am struggling.' It was like, for some, a midlife crisis. But, for me, it was my life's calling, saying, 'What about me? The animals need help.'”
Blair, who had initially aspired to become a veterinarian, turned to modeling and commercials to fund her education.
However, fate had other plans for her when auditions for The Exorcist came around.
In 2003, she established The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused, neglected, and abandoned animals.
The foundation also focuses on providing proper nutrition, veterinary care, comfortable facilities, training, and socializing for the animals in its care.
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