Linda Manz - Updated May 2024

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Linda Manz

Linda Manz is a late American actress. Meanwhile, Linda Manz is known for playing the role of an adolescent girl Linda in Terrence Malick’s acclaimed period drama film “Days of Heaven” (1978).

Early Life

Linda Manz was born on the 20th of August 1961, in New York City, New York, the United States of America. She has a birth sign of Leo and at the age of 62 years old, she passed away. Moreover, she held American citizenship while her ethnicity and religious beliefs are still unknown.

She was born to her mother Sophie E. Manz and her father’s name is still unknown at the moment. By profession, her mother used to work as a cleaning woman in the Twin Towers in New York City. It seems Linda was the only child of her parents and she has not mentioned her siblings in interviews. She had a difficult relationship with her mother as a child growing up in Upper Manhattan.

Regarding her academic background, Linda has not provided proper information regarding her school, college, and qualifications. According to Wikipedia, she frequently ran away from home and attended several schools.

She was initially uninterested in acting, but as she later explained in 2011, it was her mother, who encouraged her to pursue a career as an actress. Her mother insisted that Linda attend a performing arts academy where she could learn to act and dance.


On the 14th of August 2020, she died at the age of 58, of complications from pneumonia and lung cancer.

Professional Career

At the age of 15 years old, Linda Manz was cast by Terrence Malick to play the young narrator in his second film “Days of Heaven” which was released in the year 1978. She portrays a streetwise orphan who joins her older brother and his lover in fleeing Chicago in 1916, finding work and then refuge with a wealthy Texas farmer.

Due to Terrence’s lengthy editing, the film was not released until 1978. Linda’s role was initially more minor, but Terrence was so impressed with her that he decided at the last minute to have her improvise an unscripted narration.

Linda Manz

Caption: The poster of the film, Days of Heaven (Source: Twitter)

Linda starred along with Ken Wahl in the 1979 teenage gang drama “The Wanderers,” which was directed by Philip Kaufman. She next appeared in “Dorothy,” a short-lived CBS series. Moreover, she then appeared in the 1979 television film “Orphan Train” as Sarah, one of many orphans relocated from eastern orphanages to farms in the West and Midwest in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Moreover, she rose to prominence as the lead in Dennis Hopper’s influential cult film “Out of the Blue” (1980). In Dennis’s drama, she played Cebe, a troubled Elvis-obsessed teen who hides her vulnerability with a punk attitude.

She broadcasts statements like “Kill all hippies!” and “Subvert normality!” over a CB radio. Primal Scream sampled her voice in their 2000 song “Kill All Hippies.” She starred in the 1981 television film “Longshot,” alongside Leif Garrett and Ralph Seymour. Moreover, she appeared as a robber in “The Snow Queen,” an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre in 1985. Moreover, she had disappeared from the industry by the mid-1980s.

Awards and Net Worth 2024

Linda Manz received the Stinker Award for Worst Fake Accent: Female for her role in “Days of Heaven” in 1978 and earned a nomination for the same award for “The Wanderers” in 1979.

At the time of her passing, her net worth was estimated at around $250k, accumulated through her acting career.

Relationship Status

Talking about her personal life, Linda Manz married Bobby Guthrie in 1985. Bobby works as a camera operator, and the couple settled in Lake Hughes, about 80 miles outside of Los Angeles. Michael, Christopher, and William are the couple’s three children.  Linda has successfully maintained her celebrity status by staying out of rumors and controversies throughout her professional and personal career.

Body Measurements

Linda Manz

Caption: Linda Manz playing a role in a movie (Source: IMDb)

Linda stands 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs an average. Moreover, she has a pair of dark brown eyes with light brown hair color. In addition, there is no more information about her other body measurements, shoe size, dress size, and many more.

Social Media

Linda Manz is no longer alive in this world and she is not active on any social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.