Linda “Flash” Francis, casting director who booked more than three dozen feature films and TV series, died May 10 from congestive heart failure at her Los Angeles home. She was 50.
She began her career at the Mark Taper Forum, where she was trained in casting by Gordon Hunt. She joined Mike Fenton’s office and helped cast “Fatso,” then followed that with casting of the TV series “Fame” and several Ken Russell films including “Crimes of Passion,” for which Kathleen Turner garnered a 1984 New York Critics Circle best actress nom.
She also cast significant roles for Robert Englund in “Dead and Buried,” John Diehl for “Angel,” Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton for “Children of the Corn,” James Spader in “Tuff Turf,” Sherilyn Fenn for “Two Moon Junction,” Jennifer Tilly in “Far From Home,” Dermot Mulroney in “Samantha” and Linden Ashby in “The Perfect Bride.”
She is survived by her parents.
A memorial service will be held Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at 7460 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046.