'Exorcist' Star Possessed by 'Supernatural'

Supernatural (tv program)Crime, Law and JusticeCrimeThe Exorcist (movie, 1973)Linda BlairThe CW (tv network)Jared Padalecki

Linda Blair, best known as the little girl in "The Exorcist," will once again delve into dark, unearthly forces.

The actress will make a special guest appearance on The CW's "Supernatural" opposite Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, reports "Extra."

In the episode, which airs Thursday, Nov. 9, Blair plays Diana Ballard, a "sharp and sexy" Baltimore detective who arrests Dean and Sam Winchester on suspicion of murder.

The guest appearance is part of Blair's career resurgence, which "Extra" profiles in a series of segments entitled "A Star Is Reborn" beginning Tuesday night, Sept. 19.

Blair, 47, is best known as the head-spinning, vomit/expletive-spewing Regan MacNeil in the 1973 horror film "The Exorcist." The chilling role changed her life: she received an Oscar nomination and death threats; studios typecast her in troubled/abused teen roles; and the scrutiny and pressure led her to life in the fast lane and the eventual self-destruction of her career.

The roles she received after that time had degenerated into mainly exploitative fare. In 2000, Blair joined the cast of the teen pop show "S Club 7 in L.A." to balance her resume of heavily paranormal/mystery projects. Blair is also well known for her support of animal rights.

"Supernatural" returns for its second season on Thursday, Sept. 28.

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