Born 92 years ago today: the beautiful Audra Lindley. Decades before she rocked a red wig and a muu-muu as Three's Company's sex-starved landlady Helen Roper, she turned heads as a stand-in and a stuntwoman. And as an actress, this marvelous woman was a chameleon. Her body of work on stage, film and TV is as stunning as she was laugh-out-loud funny as Mrs. Roper. I'll never forget the time I got to spend with her--especially the screening we attended of Dangerous Minds (eat your heart out, Norman Fell)--and how deeply sad I was to hear we'd lost her. She was the bomb.
Some of the many faces of Audra Lindley:
As Liz Matthews in Another World
As Cybill Shepherd's mom in The Heartbreak Kid
As Meredith Baxter's mom in Bridget Loves Bernie.
With then-husband James Whitmore in the play The Magnificent Yankee.
With Deborah Winger in Cannery Row.
As Goldie Hawn's mother-in-law in Best Friends
In the lesbian-themed film Desert Hearts
As Lisa Kudrow's grandmother in Friends
In her final role, as Cybill Shepherd's mom (again) in Cybill
As America's sexiest landlady, once and forever.