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Audra Marie Lindley (September 24, 1918 – October 16, 1997) was an American actress, most famous for her role as landlady Helen Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the daughter of show business parents. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. Nothing panned out, and she went to New York in her mid-20s to work in theater. Among her many Broadway plays were: On Golden Pond, Playhouse 90, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Horse Heavens. She took time off to get married and raise five children. Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including the role of Sue Knowles on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow, and a six-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on the NBC soap opera Another World. She also had regular roles as Meredith Baxter's mother in the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie, as well as Lee Grant's best friend in Fay.

Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfilled and sexually frustrated Helen Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977). (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exaggerated hairstyle.) The character and her husband, Mr. Roper (played by Norman Fell), were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and in film, such as Revenge of the Stepford Wives in 1980 and as Fauna, the owner of the "Bear Flag Restaurant," a Monterey, CA brothel portrayed in the 1982 film Cannery Row. In 1982, she appeared in the film Best Friends starring Goldie Hawn and Burt Reynolds.

One of her last roles was a character part in the lesbian-themed film Desert Hearts (1985). Lindley wanted to reshoot one key scene. The director, Donna Deitch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. Lindley said that she would buy a portion of the film if Deitch let her do just that one take again. Deitch agreed, and Lindley kept her word.

Lindley garnered further parts of all sizes in various TV films and series, including playing Phoebe Buffay's grandmother on Friends, and her last, a recurring role as Cybill Shepherd's mother on the CBS sitcom Cybill. She had also played Shepherd's mother in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid.

Lindley died from leukemia on October 16, 1997, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with a Cybill script by her hospital bedside.

She was married to and divorced from Dr. Hardy Ulm (1943–1960); they had five children. She later married and divorced James Whitmore (1972–1979)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Audra Marie Lindley (September 24, 1918 – October 16, 1997) was an American actress, most famous for her role as landlady Helen Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the daughter of show business parents. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. Nothing panned out, and she went to New York in her mid-20s to work in theater. Among her many Broadway plays were: On Golden Pond, Playhouse 90, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Horse Heavens. She took time off to get married and raise five children. Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including the role of Sue Knowles on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow, and a six-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on the NBC soap opera Another World. She also had regular roles as Meredith Baxter's mother in the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie, as well as Lee Grant's best friend in Fay.

Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfilled and sexually frustrated Helen Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977). (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exaggerated hairstyle.) The character and her husband, Mr. Roper (played by Norman Fell), were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and in film, such as Revenge of the Stepford Wives in 1980 and as Fauna, the owner of the "Bear Flag Restaurant," a Monterey, CA brothel portrayed in the 1982 film Cannery Row. In 1982, she appeared in the film Best Friends starring Goldie Hawn and Burt Reynolds.

One of her last roles was a character part in the lesbian-themed film Desert Hearts (1985). Lindley wanted to reshoot one key scene. The director, Donna Deitch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. Lindley said that she would buy a portion of the film if Deitch let her do just that one take again. Deitch agreed, and Lindley kept her word.

Lindley garnered further parts of all sizes in various TV films and series, including playing Phoebe Buffay's grandmother on Friends, and her last, a recurring role as Cybill Shepherd's mother on the CBS sitcom Cybill. She had also played Shepherd's mother in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid.

Lindley died from leukemia on October 16, 1997, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with a Cybill script by her hospital bedside.

She was married to and divorced from Dr. Hardy Ulm (1943–1960); they had five children. She later married and divorced James Whitmore (1972–1979)

Description above from the Wikipedia article Audra Lindley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 41

Birthday 1918-09-24

Day of Death 1997-10-16

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1997 Sisters and Other Strangers as Irene Connelly
1997 The Relic as Dr. Matilda Zwiezic
1995 Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan as Jean/Edna's mother
1994 Friends (2 episodes) as Frances
1994 The Corpse Had a Familiar Face as Monica/Edna's mother
1994 Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart as Katherine Kendrick
1991 Absolute Strangers as Anne Zusselman
1989 Tales from the Crypt (1 episode) as Anita
1989 Troop Beverly Hills as Frances Temple
1989 Bridesmaids as Lulu
1988 Spellbinder as Mrs. White
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake as Mrs. Chaney
1987 Stamp of a Killer as Granny
1986 Sunday Drive
1986 Matlock (1 episode)
1985 Desert Hearts as Frances Parker
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1982 Best Friends as Ann Babson
1982 Cannery Row as Fauna
1980 Revenge of the Stepford Wives as Barbara Parkinson
1979 Pat Boone and Family Christmas Special as Herself
1979 The Ropers (28 episodes) as Helen Roper
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? as Ceil Ryder
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode) as Portia Fairchild (1 episode) (2 episodes) as Mrs. Worth (1 episode) as Anita Wolfe
1977 Three's Company (55 episodes) as Helen Roper
1975 Fay (10 episodes) as Lillian
1975 The Bob Crane Show (1 episode)
1974 The Canterville Ghost as Mrs. Otis
1974 Chico and the Man (1 episode)
1972 The Heartbreak Kid as Mrs. Corcoran
1972 Bridget Loves Bernie (24 episodes)
1971 Taking Off as Ann Lockston
1964 Another World (1668 episodes)
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1958 Naked City (4 episodes)
1958 From These Roots (343 episodes) as Laura Tompkins
1951 Search for Tomorrow (260 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (3 episodes)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (4 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (2 episodes)
1941 Dangerously They Live as Nurse

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