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Also Known As: Audra Marie Lindley Died: October 16, 1997
Born: September 24, 1918 Cause of Death: complications from leukemia
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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Sitcom star Audra Lindley was born into a show business family. Despite a frustrating first attempt in Hollywood, and a subsequent hiatus from Los Angeles and from acting, Lindley returned to the city to start her career over, working in several TV shows and TV movies. Lindley's first great success came in 1972, when she appeared on multiple episodes of "Bridget Loves Bernie" as Amy Fitzgerald, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for the part. Following this success, she made recurring appearances on several shows, including "Fay," "Doc," and "Pearl," before landing her most memorable role. The character Helen Roper first appeared on the sitcom "Three's Company" (for which Lindley was once again nominated for a Golden Globe) and was so popular that the spin-off, "The Ropers," was created in 1979. In addition to TV series, Lindley played memorable roles in TV movies such as 1980's "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" and 1982's "Cannery Row." In 1985 Lindley appeared in the independent film "Desert Hearts" which was well received at festivals and nominated for several awards. Her last role was that of Cybill Shepherdâ¿¿s mother, Virginia Sheridan, in the biopic "Cybill." Lindley died of leukemia in Los...

Sitcom star Audra Lindley was born into a show business family. Despite a frustrating first attempt in Hollywood, and a subsequent hiatus from Los Angeles and from acting, Lindley returned to the city to start her career over, working in several TV shows and TV movies. Lindley's first great success came in 1972, when she appeared on multiple episodes of "Bridget Loves Bernie" as Amy Fitzgerald, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for the part. Following this success, she made recurring appearances on several shows, including "Fay," "Doc," and "Pearl," before landing her most memorable role. The character Helen Roper first appeared on the sitcom "Three's Company" (for which Lindley was once again nominated for a Golden Globe) and was so popular that the spin-off, "The Ropers," was created in 1979. In addition to TV series, Lindley played memorable roles in TV movies such as 1980's "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" and 1982's "Cannery Row." In 1985 Lindley appeared in the independent film "Desert Hearts" which was well received at festivals and nominated for several awards. Her last role was that of Cybill Shepherdâ¿¿s mother, Virginia Sheridan, in the biopic "Cybill." Lindley died of leukemia in Los Angeles in 1997.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Relic, The (1997) Dr Zwiezic
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 Sudden Death (1995) Mrs Ferrara
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 Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (1994) Katherine Kendrick
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 New Age, The (1994) Sandi Rego
8.
 Just My Imagination (1992) Elizabeth Thompson
9.
 Absolute Strangers (1991) Anne Zusselman
10.
 Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Frances Temple
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Began her career making appearances on TV shows like "Playhouse 90", "Kraft Television Theatre," and "Robert Montgomery Presents"
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Had featured roles in the daytime serials "Search for Tomorrow," "The Edge of Night," and "From These Roots"
1962:
Made her Broadway debut in "Take Her, She's Mine"
1964:
Appeared as Liz Matthews on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"
1971:
Feature film debut, Milos Forman's "Taking Off"
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Co-starred as Mrs. Fitzgerald on the CBS sitcom "Bridget Loves Bernie"
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Played Lillian, the best friend of Lee Grant's "Fay" on the NBC sitcom
1976:
Joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Doc" as nurse Janet Scott
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Achieved TV stardom as Helen Roper, the nosy landlady, on the ABC sitcom "Three's Company"
1978:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Pearl"
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With Norman Fell, co-starred in the spin-off sitcom "The Ropers" (ABC)
1982:
Cast as Burt Reynolds' mother in "Best Friends"
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Appeared onstage opposite James Whitmore in "Handy Dandy"
1986:
Had a supporting role as the owner of a ranch in Las Vegas in the lesbian-themed "Desert Hearts"
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Played the mother of Edna Buchanan (Elizabeth Montgomery) in two TV movies based on the work of the Miami reporter
1995:
Played the grandmother of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) on the hit NBC sitcom "Friends"
1997:
Final feature, "The Relic"
1997:
Made one of her last TV appearances as a nun in an episode of the ABC drama "Nothing Sacred"
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husband:
James Whitmore. Actor. Second husband; divorced.

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father:
Bert Lindley. Actor.
mother:
Bessie Fisher. Actor.
son:
John.
daughter:
Elizabeth.
daughter:
Alice.
son:
William.
son:
Bert.
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