Linda Lavin

Lowest Rated: 18% The Back-up Plan (2010)
Birthday: Oct 15, 1937
Birthplace: Not Available
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.


Highest Rated Movies



43% Bakery in Brooklyn (My Bakery in Brooklyn) Isabelle 2017
36% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) Norma 2016
60% The Intern Patty $60.9M 2015
67% A Short History Of Decay Sandy Fisher 2014
59% 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
No Score Yet In a New Light '92 Actor 1992
50% 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
82% The Muppets Take Manhattan Herself 1984
No Score Yet Matter of Life and Death Joy Ufema 1981


No Score Yet Madam Secretary
June O'Callaghan
  • 2018
13% 9JKL
  • 2018
  • 2017
86% Mom
  • 2016
96% The Good Wife
F. Joy Grubick Joy Grubick
  • 2015
  • 2014
22% Sean Saves the World
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • 2009
72% The O.C.
Nana Cohen Sophie "Nana" Cohen The Nana
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Ursula Sussman
  • 2002
92% The Sopranos
Dr. Wendy Kobler
  • 2002
100% The Muppet Show
  • 1979
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Det. Janice Wentworth
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Rhoda
  • 1974


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