Audra Lindley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Audra Marie Lindley (September 24, 1918 – October 16, 1997) was an American actress, most famous for her role as landlady Helen Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers. Born in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the daughter of show business parents. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. Nothing panned out, and she went to New York in her mid-20s to work in theater. Among her many Broadway plays were: On Golden Pond, Playhouse 90, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Horse Heavens. She took time off to get married and raise five children. Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including the role of Sue Knowles on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow, and a six-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on the NBC soap opera Another World. She also had regular roles as Meredith Baxter's mother in the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie, as well as Lee Grant's best friend in Fay. Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfilled and sexually frustrated Helen Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977). (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exaggerated hairstyle.) The character and her husband, Mr. Roper (played by Norman Fell), were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television ...

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One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Episodic look at the life of a minister and his family as they move from one parish to another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Martha Scott  •  Beulah Bondi  •  Gene Lockhart

Episodic look at the life of a minister and his family as they move from one parish to another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Martha Scott  •  Beulah Bondi  •  Gene Lockhart

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elaine May
CAST:  Charles Grodin  •  Jeannie Berlin  •  Mitchell Jason  •  Augusta Dabney

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elaine May
CAST:  Charles Grodin  •  Jeannie Berlin  •  Mitchell Jason  •  Augusta Dabney

The Relic (1997)

A homicide detective teams up with an evolutionary biologist to hunt a giant creature that is killing people in a Chicago museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Linda Hunt  •  James Whitmore

A homicide detective teams up with an evolutionary biologist to hunt a giant creature that is killing people in a Chicago museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Linda Hunt  •  James Whitmore

Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

A Beverly Hills housewife in the middle of a divorce tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Kanew
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Craig T. Nelson  •  Betty Thomas  •  Mary Gross

A Beverly Hills housewife in the middle of a divorce tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Kanew
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Craig T. Nelson  •  Betty Thomas  •  Mary Gross

Cannery Row (1982)

A depressed section of Monterey, California is the backdrop for an offbeat romantic comedy about a pair of mismatched lovers. Doc is a lonely marine biologist and former baseball star. Suzy is a scrappy, abrasive drifter who can't even succeed as a prostitute. Add ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David S. Ward
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Debra Winger  •  Audra Lindley  •  Frank McRae

A depressed section of Monterey, California is the backdrop for an offbeat romantic comedy about a pair of mismatched lovers. Doc is a lonely marine biologist and former baseball star. Suzy is a scrappy, abrasive drifter who can't even succeed as a prostitute. Add ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David S. Ward
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Debra Winger  •  Audra Lindley  •  Frank McRae

Bridesmaids (1989)

Four very different women, best friends during high school many years earlier, gather in the small town where they grew up for a reunion as bridesmaids in preparation for a wedding for a fifth friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lila Garrett
CAST:  Shelley Hack  •  Sela Ward  •  Stephanie Faracy  •  Brooke Adams

Four very different women, best friends during high school many years earlier, gather in the small town where they grew up for a reunion as bridesmaids in preparation for a wedding for a fifth friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lila Garrett
CAST:  Shelley Hack  •  Sela Ward  •  Stephanie Faracy  •  Brooke Adams

Sudden Death (1995)

When a man's daughter is suddenly taken during a championship hockey game – with the captors demanding a billion dollars by game's end – he frantically sets a plan in motion to rescue her and abort an impending explosion before the final buzzer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Powers Boothe  •  Dorian Harewood  •  Raymond J. Barry

When a man's daughter is suddenly taken during a championship hockey game – with the captors demanding a billion dollars by game's end – he frantically sets a plan in motion to rescue her and abort an impending explosion before the final buzzer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Powers Boothe  •  Dorian Harewood  •  Raymond J. Barry

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Milton Katselas
CAST:  Candy Clark  •  Marjoe Gortner  •  Stephanie Faracy  •  Dixie Harris

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Milton Katselas
CAST:  Candy Clark  •  Marjoe Gortner  •  Stephanie Faracy  •  Dixie Harris

The New Age (1994)

Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find meaning to their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Tolkin
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Judy Davis  •  Patrick Bauchau  •  Adam West

Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find meaning to their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Tolkin
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Judy Davis  •  Patrick Bauchau  •  Adam West

Dangerously They Live (1941)

A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Nancy Coleman  •  Raymond Massey  •  Lee Patrick

A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Nancy Coleman  •  Raymond Massey  •  Lee Patrick

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988)

A woman suddenly disappears after an early morning walk, and her husband is accused of murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Satlof
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William Katt  •  David Hasselhoff

A woman suddenly disappears after an early morning walk, and her husband is accused of murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Satlof
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William Katt  •  David Hasselhoff

Absolute Strangers (1991)

A husband tries to keep his comatose wife alive by allowing doctors to terminate her pregnancy. Hearing about this, anti-abortion protesters start a legal campaign to gain legal custody of the fetus.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Henry Winkler  •  Jennifer Hetrick  •  Patty Duke  •  Richard Kiley

A husband tries to keep his comatose wife alive by allowing doctors to terminate her pregnancy. Hearing about this, anti-abortion protesters start a legal campaign to gain legal custody of the fetus.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Henry Winkler  •  Jennifer Hetrick  •  Patty Duke  •  Richard Kiley

Sisters and Other Strangers (1997)

A woman (Joanna Kerns), at odds with her eccentric sister (Debrah Farentino) over a real-estate deal, becomes the prime suspect when the latter is found dead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Young
CAST:  Joanna Kerns  •  Debrah Farentino  •  George Grizzard  •  Audra Lindley

A woman (Joanna Kerns), at odds with her eccentric sister (Debrah Farentino) over a real-estate deal, becomes the prime suspect when the latter is found dead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Young
CAST:  Joanna Kerns  •  Debrah Farentino  •  George Grizzard  •  Audra Lindley

The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1994)

The Corpse had a Familiar Face is a 1994 American TV-Movie with Elizabeth Montgomery, playing Edna Buchanan, a Miami's criminal journalist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joyce Chopra
CAST:  Elizabeth Montgomery  •  Dennis Farina  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Audra Lindley

The Corpse had a Familiar Face is a 1994 American TV-Movie with Elizabeth Montgomery, playing Edna Buchanan, a Miami's criminal journalist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joyce Chopra
CAST:  Elizabeth Montgomery  •  Dennis Farina  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Audra Lindley

Best Friends (1982)

When a professional couple, who have lived and worked together for many years, finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpected difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Barnard Hughes

When a professional couple, who have lived and worked together for many years, finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpected difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Barnard Hughes

Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

A TV reporter arrives in the quiet town of Stepford to launch an investigation into why the town has the lowest divorce and crime rates in America. However, she begins to notice some bizarre behavior in the women of the town, discovering that Stepford is not as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fuest
CAST:  Don Johnson  •  Sharon Gless  •  Julie Kavner  •  Audra Lindley

A TV reporter arrives in the quiet town of Stepford to launch an investigation into why the town has the lowest divorce and crime rates in America. However, she begins to notice some bizarre behavior in the women of the town, discovering that Stepford is not as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fuest
CAST:  Don Johnson  •  Sharon Gless  •  Julie Kavner  •  Audra Lindley

Taking Off (1971)

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Lynn Carlin  •  Buck Henry  •  Linnea Heacock  •  Georgia Engel

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Lynn Carlin  •  Buck Henry  •  Linnea Heacock  •  Georgia Engel

Spellbinder (1988)

When Jeff and his friend rescue a young beautiful woman (Kelly Preston) from an apparently abusive boyfriend, the trouble starts. Jeff unknowing becomes involved with Miranda (Kelly) and the web of intrigue that follows her. Miranda is on the run from the witches ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janet Greek
CAST:  Tim Daly  •  Kelly Preston  •  Rick Rossovich  •  Audra Lindley

When Jeff and his friend rescue a young beautiful woman (Kelly Preston) from an apparently abusive boyfriend, the trouble starts. Jeff unknowing becomes involved with Miranda (Kelly) and the web of intrigue that follows her. Miranda is on the run from the witches ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janet Greek
CAST:  Tim Daly  •  Kelly Preston  •  Rick Rossovich  •  Audra Lindley

Desert Hearts (1985)

The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donna Deitch
CAST:  Helen Shaver  •  Patricia Charbonneau  •  Audra Lindley  •  Andra Akers

The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donna Deitch
CAST:  Helen Shaver  •  Patricia Charbonneau  •  Audra Lindley  •  Andra Akers

Sunday Drive (1986)

Two identical cars pull up to a restaurant, one belonging to a childless couple who are taking care of their niece and nephew while their parents are away, who are out on a Sunday drive. The other belonging to a guy who is on his way to meet his fiance and to begin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Cullingham
CAST:  Tony Randall  •  Hillary Wolf  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Audra Lindley

Two identical cars pull up to a restaurant, one belonging to a childless couple who are taking care of their niece and nephew while their parents are away, who are out on a Sunday drive. The other belonging to a guy who is on his way to meet his fiance and to begin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Cullingham
CAST:  Tony Randall  •  Hillary Wolf  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Audra Lindley
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