Easily the sexiest woman ever to live with a Caveman (my fiancé excluded), MEARS was happy to announce the successful completion of our private signing with Planet of the Apes star Linda Harrison. To promote the MEARS Toy division, Linda Harrison was a featured signer at the MEARS Toy booth at the Chicago Toy Show in St. Charles, IL.
On Sunday, October 27th, 2013, Linda Harrison signed 180 (6 different exclusive poses) limited edition Black & White 16×20 photos. Each print was hand developed, and is the finest image offered to feature Linda as Nova, the iconic beauty from Planet of the Apes which costarred Charlton Heston.
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. The film stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter, James Whitmore, James Daly, and Linda Harrison. It was the first in a series of five films made between 1968 and 1973, all produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and released by 20th Century Fox.
The film tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future. Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute creatures wearing animal skins.
The film was released on February 8, 1968, in the United States and was a commercial success, earning a lifetime domestic gross of $32, 589, 624. The film was groundbreaking for its prosthetic makeup techniques by artist John Chambers, and was well received by critics and audiences, launching a film franchise, including four sequels, as well as a short-lived television show, animated series, comic books, and various merchandising. In particular, Roddy McDowall had a long-running relationship with the Apes series, appearing in four of the original five films (absent, apart from a brief voiceover, from the second film of the series, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in which he was replaced by David Watson in the role of Cornelius), and also in the television series.
Linda Harrison was born on July 26, 1945 in Berlin, MD. A born beauty, Linda won the 1956 Delaware Ms. Chicken Contest, in support of a local restaurant. In 1965 she won the Miss Maryland Beauty Pageant, which earned her a trip to California for the Miss America pageant, where she finished first runner up. Shortly after, she entered acting, and soon landed the role of Nova.
Linda was a fan favorite at the Toy Show, happily signing autographs and posing for pictures for all that attended. To commemorate her career, MEARS had Linda sign 100 index cards and 180 of the limited edition oversized photos to be sold at a later date.