Linda Purl is an American actress. She had her career beginnings in the 1970s, first starring as Doreen Post in the CBS series The Secret Storm. She later starred as Betsy Bullock in the TV drama Beacon Hill. She also appeared in the films Jory and Crazy Mama. In the 1980s, she had roles in the films Leo and Loree, The High Country, and Visiting Hours. She then starred as Ashley Pfister in the ABC sitcom Happy Days. Purl became further known for her role as Charlene Matlock in the legal drama Matlock. More recently, she played Helene Beesly in The Office, Elizabeth Gaines in Homeland, and Gwenn Hammond in The Oath.