Times Staff and Wire Reports

Linda Day Varnum, 71, a former TV director who was nominated for an Emmy Award for an episode of the comedy series “Archie Bunker’s Place” in 1981, died Oct. 23 in Georgetown, Texas, after battling leukemia and breast cancer, her family announced.

As Linda Day, she had many directing credits in the 1980s and ‘90s, including the pilot of the comedy series “Married With Children” in 1987 and 32 more episodes of the show.

Among the other series she directed were “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Who’s the Boss,” “Dallas,” “Gimme a Break!,” “Kate and Allie,” “Unhappily Ever After,” “Clueless” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

She was born Linda Brickner on Aug. 12, 1938, in Los Angeles to Sylvia and Roy Brickner, a film editor. She attended UC Santa Barbara and worked as a script supervisor before directing.

In 2002, she reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Steve Varnum, and they were married.