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      Dorothy Lyman

      Dorothy Lyman

      Highest Rated: 86% Ruby in Paradise (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Bullitt County (2017)

      Birthday: Apr 18, 1947

      Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

      Although she was best known for playing unsophisticated, gum-smacking blue-collar southern belles, actress and director Dorothy Lyman herself was very different. She grew up the daughter of a stockbroker in Minneapolis. In 1971, she got her start acting on the CBS soap "A World Apart," moving over to its sister show, "The Edge of Night," a year later to play the sinister Elly Jo Jameson. After a brief stint on "One Life to Live" and a longer run on "Another World," Lyman finally found a home on the popular ABC daytime drama "All My Children" as the fish-out-of-water beautician Opal Sue Gardner. Shortly after joining the show she was also cast in Vicki Lawrence's new "Carol Burnett Show" spin-off, "Mama's Family"; Lyman played Mama's daughter-in-law, Naomi. With "Mama's Family" Lyman found herself in a leading role on a respectably rated television show and stayed on for the series' entire six seasons. After "Mama's Family" went off air in 1990, Lyman jumped into directing, teaming up with Fran Drescher to helm over 70 episodes of "The Nanny" from 1993 to 1998. Lyman also made regular returns to the soap-opera genre, playing guest roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of Our Lives," and "As the World Turns." She won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Actress for her work on "All My Children."

      Highest rated movies

      Ruby in Paradise poster
      Ruby in Paradise
      Bad Hurt poster
      Bad Hurt
      Bullitt County poster
      Bullitt County




      No Score Yet 59% Vault Ma (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 69% Back Fork Susie (Character) - 2019
      50% 75% Bullitt County The Mrs. (Character) - 2017
      80% 70% Bad Hurt Mrs. Salisbury (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Split Ends Director,
      - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Northern Kingdom Nan (Character),
      - 2009
      No Score Yet 40% Dinner & Driving Rita (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story Dorothy (Character) - 1994
      86% 77% Ruby in Paradise Mildred Chambers (Character) $77.6K 1993
      No Score Yet 96% Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss Mom (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Summer Fantasy Dr. Nancy Brannigan (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 70% Night of the Juggler Nurse Jenny (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 300 Year Weekend Jean (Character) - 1971


      No Score Yet 85% Blue Bloods Elizabeth (Guest Star) 2022
      91% 80% The Blacklist Delaine Uhlman (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 63% FBI Jilly Peters (Guest Star) 2018
      95% 88% Elementary Belinda (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Principal Parker (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 67% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1999 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet V.I.P. Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reba Helen (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      22% No Score Yet Payne Director 1999
      No Score Yet 68% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star),
      1993 1995-1998
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Gloria Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Afterschool Special Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bodies of Evidence Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 0% Mama's Family Naomi Oates Harper (Character) 1983-1984 1986-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Sgt. Carol James Meyers (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 82% ALF Maura Norris (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1985