Actress Linda Carlson has died at the age of 76 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The Days of Our Lives star died at her home in Gaylordsville, Connecticut on October 26, her family has confirmed.

During her career, the actress appeared in a number of popular TV shows from the seventies through to the early noughties.

After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the actress made her TV debut in 1977’s Westside Medical, portraying Dr Janet Cottrell for the 13-episode run.

Elsewhere, Carlson starred in three seasons of the CBS series, Newhart. The actress played Dutton, who worked at Channel 8, home of the interview program Vermont Today, hosted by local author Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart).

She also appeared in Steven Bochco’s Murder One, and the television adaptation of Clueless.

On the big screen, Carlson portrayed Aunt Pearl on The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and was a nosey neighbor in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992).

Carlson appeared in numerous TV roles, including Cincinnati, legal drama Kaz, Scarecrow and Mrs King, Brothers and My Two Dads.

Carlson is survived by her husband James A. V. Hart, brother James Hale Carlson, sister Janet Ouren, and four nieces and nephews.

Donations in her name may be made to the Village for Children & Families or the ALS Association.

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