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Linda Emond
Name Linda Marie Emond
Birthplace New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date of Birth May 22, 1959 (age 58)
Role on Gossip Girl

Headmistress Queller

Linda Marie Emond (born May 22, 1959) is an American stage, film and television actress. Emond received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Life (x) 3 (2003), Death of a Salesman (2012) and Cabaret (2014).


Emond was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was raised in Orange County, California, and attended Loara Elementary, Ball Junior High and Loara High Schools (where she was homecoming queen). She graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton in 1982. She earned an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Her first performance on stage was in high school as Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.


Her first professional stage performance, for which she earned her Equity card, was in On the Verge at The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle during her last semester of graduate school.

She worked extensively in Chicago where she went on to be nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards, winning it twice for her performances as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and Paulina in The Winter’s Tale.

She debuted on the New York stage in the Off-Broadway play Nine Armenians in 1996 at the Manhattan Theatre Club for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

She has performed in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul in three separate productions, the first at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2001, receiving a nomination for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Featured Actress, and winning both the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actress and the 2002 Obie Award for Performance. She appeared in the same play at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2004.

In 2011, she appeared off-Broadway in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures  as “Empty”, a part that was written for her.

She was cast as "Elaine" in Craig Lucas's The Dying Gaul at the Vineyard Theater in 1998. She played the role of Queen Hermione in The Winter's Tale at the Public Theater production of Shakespeare in the Park in July 2010. In regional theatre, Emond has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in David Hare's The Secret Rapture in 1990 and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in The Cherry Orchard (2004) and A.R. Gurney's Far East(1998).

On Broadway, Emond appeared in productions of the musical 1776 (1997) as Abigail Adams, and in Yasmina Reza's play Life x 3 (2003), for which she was nominated for the 2003 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play and for which she won the Outer Critics Circle Award. She starred as Linda Loman in the 2012 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and as Fraulein Schneider in the 2014 revival of Cabaretand received Tony nominations for both performances.

Emond's film and television roles include Simone Beck in Julie & Julia (2009), Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) a made-for-television Lifetime film, and as Abigail Adams in American Experience: John and Abigail Adams for PBS. In 2009, she played Mary Ann McCray in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television presentation of A Dog Named Christmas. She has had recurring roles in such New York-based television series as The Good WifeLaw & Order: SVUGossip GirlWonderlandElementary, and The Knick.

She is also a voiceover actor, having narrated over 50 episodes of the Lifetime series Intimate Portrait. As an audiobook reader, Emond is the recipient of four Audiofile Earphones Awards and was named one of their Best Voices of the Year.

Emond co-starred in Indignation (2016), an adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel of the same name, playing Esther Messner, the mother of Logan Lerman's lead character.



Movie Role Year
God's Will Gwyneth 1989
Pollock Martha Holmes 2000
Almost Salinas Nina Ellington 2001
A Gentlemen's Game Meredith Price 2002
City by the Sea Margery 2002
The Dying Gaul Dr. Marta Foss 2005
Dark Water Mediator (Edith Levine) 2005
North Country Leslie Conlin 2005
Trade Patty Sheridan 2006
Across the Universe Lucy's Mom 2007
Stop-Loss Ida King 2008
The Missing Person Megan Fullmer 2009
Julie & Julia Simone Beck 2009
A Bird of the Air Margie 2011
Oldboy Dr. Edwina Burke 2013
Jenny's Wedding Rose Farrell 2015
3 Generations Frances 2015
The Family Fang Miss Delano 2015
Indignation Esther Messner 2016
The Land Momma 2016
The Big Sick Dr. Cunningham 2017
Song to Song Judy 2017


Show Role Year(s) Notes
L.A. Law Dr. Emily Connor 1992 Episode: "Great Balls Afire"
Mann & Machine Monica Barker 1992 Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
Reasonable Doubts Pamela Reichel 1993 Episode: "Legacy"
I Can Make You Love Me Penny 1993 Television film
Law & Order Laura Cochran 1996 Episode: "Savior"
Feds June Leeds 1997 Episode: "The War Against Crime" (Pilot)
New York Undercover Nancy Carol 1997 Episode: "The Unthinkable"
Wonderland A.D.A. Strictler 2000 4 episodes
The Sopranos Dahlia 2000 Episode: "Big Girls Don't Cry"
Law & Order Carolyn Tyler 2000 Episode: "Panic"
Third Watch Francine Bradley 2000 Episode: "Duty"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Christine Fellowes 2002 Episode: "Anti-Thesis"
Law & Order: SVU Dr. Emily Sopher 2004-2014 7 episodes
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Dr. Emily Downey 2005 Episode: "Baby Boom"
Law & Order Rosalie Helton 2005 Episode: "Tombstone"
American Experience: John and Abigail Adams Abigail Adams 2006 Television film
Gossip Girl Headmistress Queller 2008-09 3 episodes
Georgia O'Keeffe Beck Strand 2009 Television film
A Dog Named Christmas Mary Ann McCray 2009 Television film
The Good Wife Judge Leora Kuhn 2010-12 3 episodes
Unforgettable Debi Moser 2011 Episode: "Check Out Time"
Elementary Dr. Candace Reed 2012 3 episodes
The Knick Anne Chickering 2015 3 episodes
The Blacklist Dr. Adrian Shaw 2016 2 episodes