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Linda Lavin is a Actor and Executive producer American born on 15 october 1937 at Portland (USA)

Linda Lavin

Linda Lavin
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Nationality USA
Birth 15 october 1937 (85 years) at Portland (USA)

Linda Lavin (born October 15, 1937) is an American singer and actress. She is known for playing the title character in the sitcom Alice and for her stage performances, both on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

After acting as a child, Lavin joined the Compass Players in the late 1950s. She began acting on Broadway in the 1960s, earning notice in "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" in 1966 and receiving her first Tony Award nomination in Last of the Red Hot Lovers in 1970. She moved to Hollywood in 1973 and began to work in television, making recurring appearances on the sitcom Barney Miller before getting the title role in hit comedy Alice, which ran from 1976 to 1985. She appeared in many telefilms and later in other TV work. She has also had roles in several feature films.

In 1987, she returned to Broadway, starring in Broadway Bound (winning a Tony Award), Gypsy (1990), The Sisters Rosensweig (1993), The Diary of Anne Frank (1997–1998) and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (2000–2001), among others. In 2010, she appeared as Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories, garnering her fifth Tony nomination. She starred in NBC's short-lived sitcom, Sean Saves the World in 2013 as Lorna.


Lavin has been married three times. Her first marriage to Ron Leibman ended in divorce in 1980. Her second marriage to Kip Niven, who played the boyfriend of Beth Howland's character, Vera Louise Gorman-Novak, ended in divorce in 1992. While Lavin has no biological children, she was stepmother to the children of her second husband, and is stepmother to those of her third and current husband, artist/musician Steve Bakunas, whom she married in 2005. The couple had resided in Wilmington, North Carolina where they were committed community members working together to rehabilitate impoverished neighborhoods including renovating many homes, donating a park to the city and creating a community theater, the Red Barn Studio. In 1997, Lavin founded The Linda Lavin Arts Foundation in Wilmington, "to promote and foster the advancement of the performing and visual arts, with special emphasis on arts in education. Her foundation has created a theater program called Girl Friends, whose purpose is to raise the self-esteem of at-risk teenage girls of the inner city."

In Wilmington, she was a stage director. One of her directorial credits was a 1998 production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, updated to a Brazilian jazz style. In both Wilmington and New York she teaches master classes in acting and singing.

In September 2012 Lavin announced that she intended to sell her home in Wilmington and return to New York City. Lavin and Bakunas have lived in New York City since circa 2013-2014.

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David Wain
David Wain
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Nancy Meyers
Nancy Meyers
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Frank Oz
Frank Oz
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Ken Marino
Ken Marino
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Linda Lavin (15 films)

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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, 1h29
Directed by Katt Shea
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Teen movie
Actors Sophia Lillis, Laura Slade Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Andrea Anders, Linda Lavin, Josh Daugherty
Roles Flora
Rating57% 2.864592.864592.864592.864592.86459
Après la mort de sa femme, Carson Drew décide de quitter Chicago pour commencer une nouvelle vie avec sa fille, Nancy Drew, dans la petite ville de River Heights. Mais Nancy n'est pas vraiment heureuse à l'idée de quitter la ville car pour elle, petite ville signifie pas d'excitation, pas d'aventures et aucune chance de faire la différence.
Manhattan Night, 1h53
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Steven Berkoff, Linda Lavin
Roles Norma
Rating61% 3.0972853.0972853.0972853.0972853.097285
Une femme engage un journaliste réputé, Porter Wren, pour qu'il enquête sur la mort de son époux. Leur liaison et l'enquête mettent en danger la famille du journaliste, manipulé par la mystérieuse veuve...
The Intern
The Intern (2015)
, 2h1
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, Reid Scott, Zack Pearlman
Roles Patty
Rating71% 3.55113.55113.55113.55113.5511
70-year-old widower Ben Whitaker (Robert De Niro), a retired executive at a phone directory company, applies to a senior citizen intern program after retirement has gotten too boring for him. The company he applies to is About the Fit, a fast-growing e-commerce fashion company, whose founder and CEO Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) had previously agreed to a community outreach program where seniors will intern at the firm. Ben impresses everyone and is one of four hired.
A Short History of Decay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Benjamin King
Roles Sandy Fisher
Rating58% 2.903112.903112.903112.903112.90311
It is a comedy from an original script by Michael Maren, about a failed Brooklyn writer, Nathan Fisher, played by Bryan Greenberg, who visits his ailing parents in Florida. His mother (Lavin) has Alzheimer's and his father (Yulin) has recently had a stroke.
Wanderlust (2012)
, 1h38
Directed by David Wain
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Åkerman, Lauren Ambrose
Roles Shari
Rating55% 2.7994952.7994952.7994952.7994952.799495
George and Linda Gergenblatt are an urban married couple who purchase a micro-loft in New York after much hesitation. George is expecting a promotion while Linda is trying to sell a documentary to HBO. Soon after purchasing their home, George learns that his company has folded, overnight, while HBO rejects Linda's documentary. With both out of work, they are forced to sell their apartment and drive to Atlanta to live with George's arrogant brother Rick and his wife Marisa after Rick offers George a job.
The Back-Up Plan, 1h40
Directed by Alan Poul
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Eric Christian Olsen, Anthony Anderson, Linda Lavin, Michaela Watkins
Roles Nana
Rating53% 2.660342.660342.660342.660342.66034
Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) has given up on finding the man of her dreams and decided to become a single mother and undergoes artificial insemination. The same day she meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) when they both try to hail the same taxi. They run into each other twice more at a farmers market and a pet store. Stan convinces Zoe to go on a no-obligations date. Zoe is still uncertain whether she is pregnant or not and if she should tell Stan. The night she takes the test, Stan takes her for a romantic dinner in a garden. Things don't turn out as well as planned when he spills the wine and a fire occurs. At the end of the night Stan asks her to come to his farm during the weekend and Zoe finds out that she is pregnant.
Ghost Town
Ghost Town (2008)
, 1h42
Directed by David Koepp
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Ghost films
Actors Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Billy Campbell, Kristen Wiig, Aasif Mandvi
Rating66% 3.3493.3493.3493.3493.349
The film begins as married New York City businessman Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) is accidentally killed while trying to buy an apartment for his mistress. Shortly afterward, cynical dentist Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) has a near-death experience while under general anesthetic during a colonoscopy. When he recovers, he is able to see and communicate with ghosts who populate the area. The ghosts annoy Bertram by asking him to help them with personal business that was left unfinished when they died. Frank promises to keep the other ghosts away if Bertram will break up an engagement between Frank's widow Gwen (Leoni), a professional Egyptologist, and Richard (Billy Campbell), a human-rights lawyer who Frank says is dishonest. Bertram eventually agrees to the deal and tries to woo Gwen away from Richard. Bertram's past rudeness to Gwen makes this difficult, but he attracts her interest by analyzing the teeth of a mummified Egyptian Pharaoh that she has been studying.
The Ring
The Ring (1996)
, 3h
Directed by Armand Mastroianni
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Nastassja Kinski, Michael York, Rupert Penry-Jones, Carsten Norgaard, Tim DeKay, Jon Tenney
Roles Ruth Liebman
Rating71% 3.586983.586983.586983.586983.58698
During World War II, a young German woman is separated from her family and imprisoned by the Nazis. After being freed she falls in love with a German officer and they get married. When Berlin falls to the Russians, and her husband is killed, she flees to the United States, carrying her unborn child. All the while, she does not giving up hope that she will find her family, tied together by her mother's ring. At the end, the paint and ring of her mother lead the two siblings met again.
Whitewash (1994)
, 25minutes
Directed by Michael Sporn
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about racism
Actors Ruby Dee, Linda Lavin
Roles Ms. Steunberg (voice)
Rating72% 3.635153.635153.635153.635153.63515
Whitewash uses animation to tell the story of a young black girl's encounter with racism. On their way home from school, Helene and her brother are attacked by a group of white thugs who beat him up and spray-paint her face white.
See You in the Morning, 1h59
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige, Farrah Fawcett, Drew Barrymore, Lukas Haas, David Dukes
Roles Sidney
Rating58% 2.9021152.9021152.9021152.9021152.902115
While Beth Goodwin (Alice Krige) is a happily married mother of two children, living with a pianist (David Dukes), psychiatrist Larry Livingstone (Jeff Bridges) is living in New York with wife Jo (Farrah Fawcett) and their two young children. Three years later, Beth’s husband Peter suddenly becomes paralyzed in his hands and commits suicide, leaving Beth and the children heartbroken. Larry is abandoned by his wife and two children, who have moved to London since the split.
I Want to Go Home, 1h40
Directed by Alain Resnais
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes La bande dessinée
Actors Gérard Depardieu, Laura Benson, Ludivine Sagnier, Linda Lavin, Micheline Presle, Caroline Silhol
Roles Lena Apthrop
Rating54% 2.7034352.7034352.7034352.7034352.703435
Joey Wellman, an American cartoonist from Cleveland now largely forgotten at home, visits France with his partner Lena to attend an exhibition in Paris about the comic strip (bande dessinée) which features his work. He also hopes to be reconciled with his daughter Elsie who has been a student in Paris for two years, in flight from the American culture of which she sees her father as a typical example. Elsie is naively infatuated with French literature, and is trying to secure an introduction to the brilliant university professor Christian Gauthier, an expert on Flaubert but also an enthusiast for comic books. The meeting of father and daughter goes badly, but Elsie is persuaded to join Joey and Lena for the weekend at the country house of Gauthier's mother, Isabelle. During a comic-themed masquerade party, all of the characters are made to reconsider their present and past relationships.
The Muppets Take Manhattan, 1h34
Directed by Frank Oz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Children's films
Actors Jim Henson, Art Carney, Frank Oz, Louis Zorich, Julianna Donald, Linda Lavin
Roles Kermit's Doctor
Rating67% 3.397593.397593.397593.397593.39759
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets graduate from Danhurst College by entertaining their fellow graduates with their theatrical production of Manhattan Melodies. Upon the suggestion of taking the show to Broadway, the Muppets proceed with the idea, certain they will become stars instantly. Arriving in Manhattan, the group meet producer Martin Price but soon discover he is a con artist named Murray Plotsky upon the arrival of the police. Plotsky is arrested, leaving the Muppets’ hopes dashed. They try other theatrical producers but has no success, their morale and finances taking a nosedive.
Like Mom, Like Me, 1h40
Directed by Michael Pressman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Linda Lavin, Kristy McNichol, Max Gail, Stacey Nelkin, Clark Brandon, Lawrence Pressman
Roles Althea Gruen
Rating60% 3.0042853.0042853.0042853.0042853.004285
Althea is the mother of teenager Jennifer. Althea's husband leaves her; this has a horrible influence on her relationship with her daughter. When Althea starts to date other men, Jennifer can't accept this. Meanwhile, Althea is irritated by Jennifer taking over her own habits.