Linda Lavin

Actor, Singer, Producer
Linda Lavin was barely off the bus from the College of William and Mary when she landed her first professional New York engagement in the chorus of the off-Broadway revival of the Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!" (1960). Two ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1937 in Portland, Maine, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Manhattan Night 2016 (Movie)

Norma Segal (Actor)

Mom 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Bakery in Brooklyn 2016 (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

Bones 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Intern 2015 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

A Short History of Decay 2014 (Movie)

Sandy Fisher (Actor)

Sean Saves The World 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

Shari (Actor)

The Back-Up Plan 2010 (Movie)

Nana (Actor)

The O.C. 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sopranos 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice 1976 - 1985, 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Conrad Bloom 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Whitewash 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

I Want to Go Back Home 1989 (Movie)

Lena Apthrop (Actor)

Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Place to Call Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Barney Miller 1974 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A Matter of Life and Death 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Linda in Wonderland 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The $5.20 an Hour Dream 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin's Christmas in California 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King's Final Warning 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Morning After 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Woman's Child (TV Show)

Actor

At Home in Utopia (TV Show)

Narrator

Best Friends For Life (TV Show)

Actor

Collected Stories (TV Show)

Actor

Lena: My 100 Children (TV Show)

Actor

Like Mom, Like Me (TV Show)

Actor

Maricela (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Flour Babies 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

The Sunset Gang 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Linda Lavin was barely off the bus from the College of William and Mary when she landed her first professional New York engagement in the chorus of the off-Broadway revival of the Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!" (1960). Two years later she made her Broadway debut in "A Family Affair," but she really came to prominence in 1966 for her work in the musical revue "The Mad Show" and as the show-stopping Sydney singing the Strouse-Adams score's best song, "You've Got Possibilities," in the Robert Benton-David Newman musical "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman." A role in Alan Arkin's off-Broadway revival of Jules Feiffer's black comedy "Little Murders" and her Tony-nominated turn in Neil Simon's "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (both 1969) proved Lavin was more than just a musical actress, as did her participation in Paul Sills' experimental "Story Theatre" (1970), but with the downturn in NYC's theater fortunes during the early 70s, she decided to try her luck in California.

Relationships

Steve Bakunas Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 14, 2005

David Lavin

Father

Lucille Lavin

Mother

Ron Leibman Actor

Husband
Co-starred in NYC stage production of "Cop Out" Married 1969 Divorced 1981

Kip Niven Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 22, 1982 Divorced 1991; Niven sought half of Lavin's $11 million in assets during divorce settlement, for alimony and child support for his teenage daughter and son from his first wife who died in 1981 car accident; judge did not award any of her assets to him

Jim Niven

Step-Son
Son of Kip Niven and his first wife who died in a car accident in 1981

Kate Niven

Step-Daughter
Daughter of Kip Niven and his first wife who died in a car accident in 1981

EDUCATION

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg , Virginia 1959

Milestones

2012

Acted opposite Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in the comedy feature "Wanderlust"

2011

Starred in the off-Broadway and Broadway production of "The Lyons"

2010

Reprised role as the celebrated fiction writer in the Broadway production of "Collected Stories"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Play

2004

Guest starred on the Fox drama "The O.C." as Sandy Cohen's (Peter Gallagher) mother

2002

Reprised her role for a PBS production of "Collected Stories"

2000

Co-starred with Tony Roberts and Michelle Lee in the off-Broadway and Broadway production of "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"; earned a Tony nomination

1999

Starred opposite Samatha Mathis in the L.A. stage production of "Collected Stories"

1998

Returned to series TV playing the widowed mother of the title character on the NBC sitcom "Conrad Bloom"

1997

Appeared in the stage revival of "The Diary of Anne Frank"; received a Tony Award nomination

1996

Executive produced and starred opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the Family Channel movie "Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden"

1995

Co-starred in the off-Broadway show "Death Defying Acts"

1995

Portrayed Annette Funicello's mother Virginia in "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story" (CBS)

1993

Assumed stage role of Gorgeous in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Sisters Rosensweig"

1992

Executive produced and starred as Edie Kurland on the short-lived ABC series "Room for Two"

1990

Received an Emmy nomination as executive producer for "Flour Babies" (CBS); also directed

1990

Replaced Tyne Daly as Mama Rose in the Broadway revival of "Gypsy"

1986

Re-teamed with Simon for her Tony winning role in "Broadway Bound"

1984

Made her feature film debut in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

1983

Made producing debut with "Another Woman's Child" (CBS); also starred

1980

Began directing episodes of "Alice"

1980

Starred in the CBS TV-movie "The $5.20 an Hour Dream"

1976

Starred as Alice Hyatt on the CBS sitcom "Alice"; also sang the theme song; earned an Emmy nomination in 1979 and a Golden Globe nomination in 1981

1975

Landed recurring role as Detective Janice Wentworth on "Barney Miller" (ABC)

1974

Appeared in the TV-movie "The Morning After" (ABC)

1969

Received a Tony nomination for her supporting role in Neil Simon's "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers"

1966

Toured with the national company of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"

1966

Gained notice for her appearance in the Broadway musical "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"

1966

Made TV debut in the NBC made-for-TV movie "Damn Yankees," playing Gloria Thorpe

1962

Made Broadway debut in the musical "A Family Affair"

1960

Made off-Broadway debut in the revival of the Gershwin musical "Oh, Kay!"

Formed Big Deal Films Inc.

Was a member of the Compass Players in the late 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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Lavin taught master classes for New York University's Performing Arts Division.

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In 1997, she founded The Linda Lavin Foundation in Wilmington, NC, which focused upon eleven- to fourteen-year-old girls.

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