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Audra Lindley

Audra Lindley (1918-1997) was an American actress. Born on September 24, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the product 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-twenties to take her talent to the stage. Among her many Broadway plays were: "On Golden Pond", "Playhouse 90", "Long Day's Journey into Night", "Horse Heavens" and many others. She took time off to get married and raise five children. Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including a 6-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on NBC soap Another World.

Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfillfed Mrs. Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977) (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exagerrated hairstyle). The character and her husband Mr. Roper were so popular that they were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and film. One of her last notable roles was a character part in the lesbian romance film Desert Hearts (1985). Lindley wanted to retape one key scene. The director, Donna Dietch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. Lindley said that she would buy a portion of the film if Dietch let her do just that one take again. Dietch agreed, and Lindley kept her word (the film went on to become a cult classic and make a solid profit). Lindley garnered further parts of all sizes in various TV films and series, the last being a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Cybill. Lindley unexpectedly succumbed to leukemia on October 16, 1997, a "Cybill" script by her hospital bedside.


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Lindley unexpectedly succumbed to leukemia on October 16, 1997, a "Cybill" script by her hospital bedside. Her television work includes a production of Gypsy and her sitcom Bette. Lindley garnered further parts of all sizes in various TV films and series, the last being a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Cybill. Other films include Scenes From a Mall, For the Boys (for which she was again nominated for an Academy Award), Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives. Dietch agreed, and Lindley kept her word (the film went on to become a cult classic and make a solid profit). Her rendition of 1990's "From a Distance" also earned her a Grammy and is another of her most popular songs. Lindley said that she would buy a portion of the film if Dietch let her do just that one take again. Midler sang several of the film's songs including "Wind Beneath My Wings," which became one of Midler's most popular hits, receiving multiple Grammy Awards.

The director, Donna Dietch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. In 1988 she starred in the film Beaches. Lindley wanted to retape one key scene. She appeared in such other popular comedies as Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune and Big Business. One of her last notable roles was a character part in the lesbian romance film Desert Hearts (1985). In 1986, director Paul Mazursky cast her in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, beginning a successful comedic acting career. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and film. In her first film role, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Roper were so popular that they were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. She was tapped for the pseudobiographical role of the drug-addled rock music star in The Rose, modeled after Janis Joplin. The character and her husband Mr. Midler appeared in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, but it was her singing that made her a star. Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977) (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exagerrated hairstyle). He produced her first major album, The Divine Miss M (also the name by which she is known to her fans.). Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfillfed Mrs. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she majored in drama at the University of Hawaii, but got her start singing in gay bathhouses in New York City where, among others, she became friends with Barry Manilow, who was her piano accompanist.

Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including a 6-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on NBC soap Another World. Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is a singer, actress and comedienne. She took time off to get married and raise five children. Among her many Broadway plays were: "On Golden Pond", "Playhouse 90", "Long Day's Journey into Night", "Horse Heavens" and many others. Nothing panned out, and she went to New York in her mid-twenties to take her talent to the stage.

She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. Born on September 24, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the product of show business parents. Audra Lindley (1918-1997) was an American actress.

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