Before she played Doogie Howser’s mom or appeared as a regular on Miami Vice, Belinda was one of the original troubled teens on the small screen. In the early 1970’s she appeared on most of the popular dramatic shows including The Rookies, The FBI, Owen Marshall, Cannon, Manix, Marcus Welby MD, Medical Center…and the list goes on. She also starred in two devil-worshipping related made-for-tv movies: Ritual of Evil (1970) and The Devil’s Daughter (1973). In addition to having a prolific acting career, Belinda is also a painter.
My favorite character she played in the 1970s was “Roberta” in the 1971 film The Todd Killings. This movie was loosely based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"). Belinda plays the vulnerable teenage girlfriend of a psychopath. More recently, another film was based on the Charles Schmidt murders and it too is worth watching: The Lost (2006, directed by Chris Sivertson)
Below is a video of Belinda in one of her first “adult” roles playing alongside Scott Jacoby in an episode of Marcus Welby MD entitled Jake’s Okay (1975). Belinda had appeared on early episodes portraying a different character as a teenager. This particular role is interesting because she seems to be falling for a teenage boy, rather than acting in a responsible “adult” manner. If anyone has read my comic Dirtbags, Mallchicks and Motorbikes, the first story in that book, Motorbikes, is based on this episode.