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actor , Actress

Linda Lavin (born October 15, 1937) is an American actress who is better known to TV viewers for her role as waitress Alice Hyatt, the title character in the long-running CBS-TV sitcom series "Alice", from 1976-85. Linda is a recipient Sat. Review, Outer Critics Circle awards for Little Murders, Theater World award for Wet Paint.

Background

Ethnicity: Linda is of Jewish ancestry, on father's side of family

Lavin, Linda was born on October 15, 1937 in Portland, Maine. Daughter of David J. and Lucille (Potter) L.

Education

Bachelor, College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1959.

Career

Linda Lavin an American singer and actress. She is best known for playing the title character in the CBS-TV sitcom series "Alice" and for her stage performances, both on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

After acting as a child, young Linda joined the Compass Players in the late 1950s. She began acting on Broadway in the 1960s, earning notice in "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" in 1966 and receiving her first Tony Award nomination in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers in 1970. She moved to Hollywood in 1973 and began to work in television, making recurring appearances on the sitcom Barney Miller before getting the title role in hit comedy Alice, which ran from 1976 to 1985. She appeared in many telefilms and later in other TV work. She has also had roles in several feature films.

In 1987, she returned to Broadway, starring in "Broadway Bound" (winning a Tony Award), "Gypsy" (1990), "The Sisters Rosensweig" (1993), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1997–1998) and "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" (2000–2001), among others. In 2010, she appeared as Ruth Steiner in "Collected Stories", garnering her fifth Tony nomination. She starred in NBC's short-lived sitcom, "Sean Saves the World" in 2013 as Lorna.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Debut: (Off-Broadway) Oh, Kay!, 1960, (Broadway) A Family Affair, 1962. Appearances in revues Wet Paint, 1965, The Game Is Up, 1965, The Mad Show, 1966. With national touring company On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1966-1967.Member acting company Eugene O'Neil Playwrights' Unit, 1968. Other stage appearances include It's a Bird. It's a Plane.It's Superman, 1966, Something Different, 1967, Little Murders, 1969, Cop-Out, 1969, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, 1969 (Tony nominee), Story Theatre, 1970, The Enemy is Dead, 1973, Love Two, 1974, The Comedy of Errors, 1975, Dynamite Tonite!, 1975, Six Characters in Search of an Author, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1983-1984 season, Broadway Bound, 1986 (Tony award 1987), Gypsy, 1990, The Sisters Rosensweig, 1993, Death Defying Acts, 1995, The Diary of Anne Frank, 1997, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, 2000-2001, Hollywood Arms, 2002, The New Century, 2008 (Drama Desk award for Featured Actress in a Play, 2008). Film appearances: See You In The Morning, 1989, I Want to Go Back Home, 1989. (television series) Alice, 1976-1985 (Golden Globe award 1979).Star and producer: (television series) Room for Two, since 1992. Producer: (Public Broadcasting Service television miniseries) The Sunset Gang, 1991. (television mini-series) The Ring, 1996.Other television appearances on Phyllis, Family, Rhoda, Harry O, The O.C., 2004-2005. Television movies include: The Morning After, 1974, Like Mom, Like Me, 1978, A Matter of Life and Death, 1981, Another Woman's Child, 1983, A Place To Call Home, Lena: My One Hundred Children, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, 1995, Best of Friends for Life, 1996, For the Children: The Irvine Fertility Scandal, 1996, Conrad Bloom, 1998 (series). Producer, actress (television movie) Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden, 1995.

Connections

father:
David J.

mother:
Lucille (Potter) L.