Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973)
As the child star in one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, Linda Blair has experienced lasting effects from The Exorcist. Blair admits that when filming the movie at 13 years old, she didn’t really know what was going on. To her, it was simply acting. The real trauma occurred after The Exorcist’s release in 1973, when Blair found herself faced with a litany of questions about possession, faith, and Catholicism that she simply wasn’t prepared to answer. “To me The Exorcist was a work of fiction,” she later told Dread Central.