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Audra Lindley portrayed the sexually-frustrated landlord's wife Helen Roper on 'Three's Company,' which ran for eight seasons between 1976 until 1984.
'Three's Company' followed the lives of three single roommates, Jack Tripper (John Ritter), Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), their living arrangement and sexual exploits. At the time of the show's debut in 1976, co-ed living was still somewhat taboo and the trio told the landlord Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) that Jack was gay, while the landlord's wife Helen (Audra Lindley) knew what 'the kids' were doing.
Lindley and Fell went on to star in the spinoff 'The Ropers,' which ran between 1979 and 1980 on ABC, which showed the couple moving from their 'Three's Company' home to live in the fancier Cheviot Hills community and sold the building. The new owner's brother Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) took over as the landlord. The critically-panned series was cancelled after one season. The Ropers appeared again on one episode of 'Three's Company' in 1981.
Following her 'Three's Company' run, Lindley appeared in the films 'Revenge of the Stepford Wives,' 'Best Friends,' 'Desert Hearts' and 'Troop Beverly Hills.'
She also portrayed Phoebe Buffay's grandmother on 'Friends' and her final role was as Cybill Shepherd's mother on 'Cybill.'
Lindley was married to Dr. Hardy Ulm from 1943 until their divorce in 1960. They had five children together. The actress later married actor James Whitmore in 1972 and divorced in 1979.
Lindley died of leukemia on October 16, 1997.
(Pictured: Audra Lindley appears in a promotional photo for 'Three's Company. / Audra Lindley appears in a still from the 1982 film 'Cannery Row.')
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