Adult actress cameo
Compare Snap Back, Staying Alive, Joker Immunity, Made of Iron, and Good Thing You Can Heal. Linda Melson Harrison (born July 26, 1945) is an American television and film actress, and director and producer, who is internationally renowned for her role as Nova, Charlton Heston's mute mate in the classic science fiction film Planet of the Apes (1968) and the first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes; she also had a cameo in Tim Burton's 2001 remake of the original.In October 1965, prior to the expiry of her option, Fox assigned Harrison as the date of studio attorney Harry E.Sokolov for the premiere of The Agony and the Ecstasy.
According to Ancestry.com, the Melson family were mid-17th century immigrants to Maryland from Melsonby St James in North Yorkshire.In addition to her strenuous round of classes, Harrison worked with a speech coach to eradicate her Eastern Maryland accent. " I was all of 20, and dressed in this really racy motorcycle outfit. To prepare Harrison for her few seconds onscreen, her Fox dance coach worked Harrison and her fellow cheerleaders early in the morning and on through the day.On March 8, 1966, immediately after her brief appearance on Batman, Harrison was filmed in ape makeup for a proposed film version of Pierre Boulle's satirical novel, Monkey Planet, later released as Planet of the Apes.No acting was involved; Harrison answered questions directed to her from off-camera, while speaking into the camera on various subjects.The test earned her Fox's standard 60-day option agreement, scheduled to expire in November 1965.
She was selected as Sokolov's date because "Harry was from Baltimore." Sokolov was also chief executive assistant to Fox's Vice President in Charge of Production, Richard D. At the post-premiere party, which she attended with her studio-assigned date, Harrison was thrilled to meet her longtime idol, Heston, with whom she would soon co-star in Planet of the Apes.