Linda Purl is an American actress and singer. Purl has appeared on Homeland (Elizabeth Gaines), True Blood (Barbara Pelt), The Office (Helene Beasley) and a guest on Designated Survivor. She has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies. Purl is well known for her roles in Matlock (Charlene Matlock) and Happy Days (Ashley Pfister). Born in Connecticut, Purl grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. Her studies continued at Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute. She was Founding Director of the California International Theatre Festival. Purl currently tours with her solo concerts Midnight Caravan – Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era and Up Jumped Spring.