- Born into a show-business family; dropped out of high school to work as a stand-in and stuntwoman (usually involving horseback stunts).
- Followed several successful stints on Broadway (On Golden Pond) with appearances on soap operas, including a six-year stay as the evil Aunt Liz on Another World.
- Wore a wig for the role of witty landlord's wife Helen Roper on ABC's Three's Company and its short-lived spin-off, The Ropers.
- Juggled three sitcom roles on three networks in 1976, adding Doc (CBS) and Fay (NBC) to her workload while on Three's Company.
- Played Cybill Shepherd's mother twice—in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid and again 25 years later on the CBS sitcom Cybill. A Cybill script was at Lindley's bedside at the time of her death.
- 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- William Ulm — Son
- Bert Lindley — Father
- Hardy Ulm — Ex-husband
- Elizabeth Blalock — Daughter
- James Whitmore — Ex-husband
- Alice Ulm — Daughter
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