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Linda Lavin Biography

Birth Name:
Linda Lavin
Birth Place:
Portland, Maine, United States
Profession
Actor, singer

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

  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1980Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner

Relationships