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Linda Lavin

Lowest Rated:   18% The Back-up Plan (2010)
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Making her stage bow at age five in a community production of Alice in Wonderland, Linda Lavin spent the next ten years studying piano under the watchful eye of her stage mother. After majoring in theater arts at William and Mary College, Lavin appeared in stock in New Jersey, then weathered the chorus-audition rounds in New York, making her off-Broadway debut in a 1960 revival of Oh, Kay (1960). Two years later, she reached Broadway in A Family Affair. She went on to play Lois Lane (a la Ethel Merman) in the short-lived 1965 Broadway musical It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, and when that show folded she starred in the off-Broadway production Wet Paint, which earned her a Theatre World Award. The musicomedy review The Mad Show followed, then Lavin was selected by director Alan Arkin to play Patsy Newquist (one of her favorite roles, and one that earned her the New York Critics' Outer Circle Award) in Jules Feiffer's Little Murders (1968). She subsequently played all the female roles in 1969's Cop-Out (another of her favorites) and Elaine Navazio in Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers. From 1968 onward, Lavin made periodic trips to Hollywood. Her work as detective Janice Wentworth during the 1975-76 season of TV's Barney Miller led to a supporting role in the pilot episode of the proposed series Jerry. CBS nixed Jerry but signed Lavin to a development deal, which of course developed into her ten-season (1976-85) hitch as waitress Alice Hyatt in the popular sitcom Alice. Recalling that her counterpart in the 1975 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore was an aspiring singer, Lavin inked her Alice contract on the assumption that the producers would permit her to sing--which they did, on practically every other network program except Alice. Returning to Broadway after her series folded, Lavin won a Tony award for her performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, and also starred in Gypsy and The Sisters Rosensweig. She also made a brief return to TV as Edie Kurland in the one-season comedy Room for Two (1992). Linda Lavin was at one time married to actor Ron Leibman.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
43% Bakery in Brooklyn (My Bakery in Brooklyn)
  • Isabelle
2017
30% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne)
  • Norma
2016
61% The Intern
  • Patty
$60.9M 2015
67% A Short History Of Decay
  • Sandy Fisher
2014
60% Wanderlust
  • Shari
$17.3M 2012
18% The Back-up Plan
  • Nana
$37.5M 2010
No Score Yet Collected Stories
  • Ruth Steiner
2002
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'
  • Ruth Liebman
1996
44% See You in the Morning
  • Sidney
1989
No Score Yet I Want to Go Home
  • Lena Apthrop
1989
No Score Yet Miracle Down Under (Bushfire Moon) (The Christmas Visitor)
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet A Place to Call Home
  • Actor
1987
81% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Herself
1984
No Score Yet Matter of Life and Death
  • Joy Ufema
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mom
2013
  • Phyllis
  • 2016
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • F. Joy Grubick Joy Grubick
  • 2015
  • 2014
22% Sean Saves the World
2013-2014
  • Lorna
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2009
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Nana Cohen Sophie "Nana" Cohen The Nana
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Ursula Sussman
  • 2002
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Dr. Wendy Kobler
  • 2002

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