Fast Facts

  • Mother was an accomplished opera singer in New York.
  • Went to college to become a French interpretor but instead chose to major in the performing arts.
  • Lived with Olympia Dukakis in New York when the two were struggling stage actors. 
  • Made her feature film debut in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).
  • In 1997, founded The Linda Lavin Arts Foundation, dedicated to the development of performing and visual arts.
  • Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City's Gershwin Theatre on January 24, 2011.
  • Taught master classes in acting and singing at New York University.

Awards

  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1970, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 2001, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1987, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 1998, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2010, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2012, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner

Relationships

  • Ron Leibman — Ex-husband
  • David J. Lavin — Father
  • Jocelyn Pollard — Sister
  • Kip Niven — Ex-husband
  • Lucille Potter Lavin — Mother
  • Steve Bakunas — Husband

College

  • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (BA in Theatre Arts, 1959)

Details

  • Birth Place: Portland, ME
  • Birthday: October 15, 1937, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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