Linda Lavin Biography

(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Alice Hyatt’ in the TV Series ‘Alice’)

Birthday: October 15, 1937 (Libra)

Born In: Portland, Maine, United States

Linda Lavin is a veteran singer and actress from America. She is best recognized for portraying the title character in the TV series ‘Alice’. She is also known for making several stage performances in many Broadway and Off-Broadway projects like ‘Death Defying Acts’, ‘The Lyons’, ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’, ‘Broadway Bound’, ‘Gypsy’, and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’ to name a few. The actress has also acted in many movies including ‘Bakery in Brooklyn’, ‘The Intern’ and ‘The Back-up Plan’. Coming to Lavin’s awards and accolades, she received the ‘Tony Award’ for ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play’ for ‘Broadway Bound.’ The same performance also fetched her the ‘Drama Desk Award’ in 1987. In addition, the American actress has received the ‘Golden Globe Award’ twice under the category Best TV Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her work in ‘Alice.’ Besides these, she is also a two-time Obie Award awardee. In 2011, Lavin was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Quick Facts

Age: 86 Years, 86 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Steve Bakunas (m. 2005), Kip Niven (m. 1982–1992), Ron Leibman (m. 1969–1981)

father: David J. Lavin

mother: Lucille

siblings: Jocelyn Pollard

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Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females

U.S. State: Maine

Notable Alumni: College Of William & Mary

Ancestry: Russian American

City: Portland, Maine

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education: College Of William & Mary

Theatre Career
Linda Lavin started her career on stage in 1962 with a Broadway appearance in ‘A Family Affair’. After this, she had a role in the off-Broadway productions ‘Wet Paint’ and ‘The Mad Show’. She then appeared in a featured role in the 1966 musical titled ‘It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman’. In 1969, the actress performed in the plays ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ and ‘Little Murders’.
During 1986 and 1987, she played Kate in Simon's ‘Broadway Bound’. Soon after this, she made appearance in ‘Gypsy’. In the year 2000, she was cast as Marjorie in ‘The Tale of the Allergist's Wife’. In 2010, Lavin portrayed the character of Ruth Steiner in the play ‘Collected Stories’. She then appeared in Nicky Silver’s play titled ‘The Lyons’ in September 2011. Other notable stage works of the American actress include ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’, ‘Our Mother's Brief Affair’, ‘Candide’, and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’.
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Television & Film Career
In 1967, Linda Lavin made her first television appearance in ‘Damn Yankees’. Then after making guest appearances in a few programs, she was cast as Detective Janice Wentworth in the series ‘Barney Miller’. She then left the series to star in the title role in the sitcom ‘Alice’. After this, the actress had roles in ‘Room for Two’, ‘Conrad Bloom’ and ‘Sean Saves the World’.
In her TV career, Lavin did numerous telefilms including ‘The Morning After, ‘Another Woman's Child, ‘Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden’, ‘Lena: My 100 Children’ and ‘Best Friends for Life’, to name a few. Lavin also acted in several movies like ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’, ‘See You in the Morning’, ‘I Want to Go Home’ and ‘The Back-up Plan’.
Career in Cabaret & Recording
Linda Lavin has appeared in many cabaret and concert performances. In 2006, she performed with her cabaret act “The Song Remembers When" at Birdland (New York). Her recording titled ‘Possibilities’ was released in 2012.
Personal Life
Linda Lavin was born on October 15, 1937 in Portland, Maine, USA, to Lucille and David J. Lavin. She has a sister named Jocelyn Pollard. She studied at the Waynflete School and later graduated from the College of William & Mary.
Talking about the American artiste’s love life, she first married Ron Leibman in 1969. This marriage ended in a divorce. Her second marriage to Kip Niven also did not last forever. She later married her third husband Steve Bakunas in 2005. Lavin has no biological kids.


Golden Globe Awards
1980 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Alice (1976)
1979 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Alice (1976)

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