Linda 1985
Linda McFly
Biographical information
Date of birthSeptember 15, 1966[1]
Age (1885)Not yet born
Age (1955)Not yet born
Age (1985)19
Age (2015)49
Physical description
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Behind-the-scenes information
Played byWendie Jo Sperber
Voiced byWendie Jo Sperber
"On Marty's left [at the dinner table] sat Linda, nineteen, who was cute in a kind of sleazy way, partly because she invariably wore too much eye shadow. Marty tried to remember when he had last seen her without either purple or green eyelids, and he finally gave up."
—From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 34)

Linda McFly is the middle child, and only daughter, of George and Lorraine McFly. She was born in 1966 in Hill Valley, California and is the younger sister of Dave and elder sister of Marty. She graduated from Hill Valley High School in 1984.


Linda took after her mother in that she liked boys, and was always wondering how to get a boyfriend. She liked wearing eye shadow — a lot — and had thick glasses. She did not like to be the "answering service" for her family on the phone, but otherwise very little is known about her.

By 1985, she did not appear to be doing much with her life. It is unknown whether she was in college or if she had a job, but she did not have a boyfriend as of 1985. Linda had heard the story of how her parents fell in love "a million times", judging the circumstances around how they first met ridiculous due to her maternal grandfather hitting her father with a car, yet still could not remember the name of the dance, which she recalled as the "Fish Under the Sea" dance, which is somewhat understandable as the dance occurred three decades ago and her expression of "a million times" is likely intentional sarcasm at being subject to hear redundancy of the romance of her parents. However, she did correctly state that the dance was the same night as the infamous electrical storm that hit the clock tower, which seemed more plausible to remember than the dance as the storm made its mark in Hill Valley history, and was a key point for the Hill Valley Preservation Society.

After Marty changed the events of the past and returned, her parents were much more confident, and so was Linda. She now had a job at a boutique, and had gained the attention of multiple boys — including Paul (whether this was the same Paul who played guitar in Marty's band, The Pinheads, is unknown), Greg and Craig. She appeared a lot happier, she no longer wore glasses (presumably wearing contact lenses instead), and her dress sense was much improved in this reality.

Marty did not see Linda during his few hours in 1985A, but heard Biff refer to her in an argument with Lorraine. In the alternate 1985, Biff had been stepfather to the McFly kids after George's death in 1973. Biff threatened that if Lorraine left him, his revenge on Linda would be to "cancel all her credit cards" (he implied that she had financial problems as he said "she can solve her problem with the bank by herself"), as well as to have her put in jail. It was implied that Linda was likely living beyond her means having a rich stepfather; however, Biff did not care for Linda the same way her true father, George, did and would easily threaten to cut her off. The statement about her problems with the bank meant Biff was probably bailing her out, albeit grudgingly, in 1985A.

Marty restored the second timeline by taking the almanac from Biff in 1955, but did not see Linda again until his return to 1985 (after spending several more days in 1955 and in 1885). Marty spoke with his sister briefly as she and the rest of the family were on their way to Sunday brunch. Linda was surprised to see Marty's cowboy outfit and wondered why he had worn it "to the lake", where had been Marty's original plan for spending the weekend.

In the 1986F timeline, George mentions that Linda (along with Dave) left Hill Valley a long time ago, arguably being scared away as her younger brother Marty was run out of town by the Tannen Mob.

In the 1986G timeline, George mentions that Linda left the oppression of First Citizen Brown's Hill Valley and moved into an all women's boarding house.

It remains unclear as to whether Linda was still living in Hill Valley in 2015, by which time she was aunt to Marty Jr. and Marlene.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Linda McFly was portrayed by the late Wendie Jo Sperber (1958-2005), who had worked with Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis in their three prior films. Sperber died of breast cancer on November 29, 2005 aged 47.
  • The character may have originally been named Laura before her name was finally fixed as Linda.[2]
  • Linda and Dave are not mentioned, nor seem to exist in the short Back to the Future: The Story.
  • In the commentary for Back to the Future Part II, Bob Gale suggested that had Linda appeared in 1985A, she would probably have been a hooker. However, Wendie Jo Sperber was unavailable for work when Part II was being filmed in 1988, because she was pregnant.
  • Linda was more prominently mentioned in the draft script for Part II, where she would have been seen in 2015 and in 1967. Notes in the draft script describe her as "2 1/2" in September 1967, making her 21 rather than 19 in October 1985, suggesting that she was twenty years old when she graduated high school in 1984.
  • When George mentions in 1986G that Linda has moved into an all women's boarding house (see Biography above), this was a likely in-joke reference to Wendie Jo Sperber's time on the TV show Bosom Buddies. Another idea had been to say she became a flight attendant in reference to her lesser known film Stewardess School.




  1. Back to the Future novelization
  2. Back from the Future: A Celebration of the Greatest Time Travel Story Ever Told by Brad Gilmore clearly mentions on page 39 that "Wendie Jo Sperber played the sister of Marty McFly, Laura." However, this could simply be an error.

The McFly Family
Marty McFly | George McFly | Lorraine Baines McFly | Jennifer Parker | Seamus McFly | Maggie McFly
Dave McFly | Linda McFly | Martin McFly, Jr. | Marlene McFly | Arthur McFly
The Brown Family
Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown | Clara Clayton-Brown | Jules Brown | Verne Brown | Einstein
The Tannen Family
Biff Tannen | Buford Tannen | Griff Tannen | Irving "Kid" Tannen
The Strickland Family
James Strickland | Roger Strickland | Irene Strickland | Edna Strickland | Gerald Strickland
Other Individuals
Match, Skinhead & 3-D | Goldie Wilson | Douglas J. Needles | Marcus Irving