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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 September 1918Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 16 October 1997Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from leukemia)
Birth NameAudra Marie Lindley
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Audra Lindley was born in Los Angeles, California, to a show-business family--her father, Bert Lindley, was a stage and film actor. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. After a while, however, she found stunt work not to her liking and went to New York in her mid-20s to take her talent to the stage. Among her many Broadway plays were "On Golden Pond", "Playhouse 90", "Long Day's Journey in to Night", "Horse Heavens" and many others. She was married twice--once to actor James Whitmore--and raised five children. She appeared in many films and TV shows, and is probably best known for her work as the zany, randy yet lovable wife of skinflint landlord Mr. Roper on the hit series Three's Company (1977) (the character were later spun off into their own sitcom, The Ropers (1979)). She died in the fall of 1997 while doing recurring work on shows Cybill (1995) and Nothing Sacred (1997), after a battle with leukemia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tommy R. Donovan <underdland@hotmail.com> (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

James Whitmore (July 1971 - 16 March 1979) (divorced)
Dr. Aaron Hardy Ulm Jr. (1943 - 1960) (divorced) (5 children)

Trivia (8)

Wore an auburn colored wig over her natural hair during her role as Helen Roper on Three's Company (1977) (1977-1979), and in the same role on the spinoff show, The Ropers (1979) (1979-1980).
After taping an episode of Cybill (1995), she admitted herself into a hospital as she felt mildly ill. Having been previously diagnosed with leukemia, and doing prescribed treatments, there was no immediate concern for her condition, as she was in high spirits during her stay. It was the following day when she unexpectedly died, and at her beside was the script for the next episode of Cybill (1995) in which she recently earned a recurring role.
Quit school at age fifteen.
Worked her way up as an extra, stand-in, stunt double and eventually contract player with Warner Brothers.
Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA. She is buried with her father, Bert Lindley. Her name does not appear on the marker.
Former stepmother of James Whitmore Jr., Steve Whitmore and Dan Whitmore.
Great-aunt of talent agent Amanda Chacon.
Survived by three of her five children: two daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Blalock of Laguna Beach, CA, Alice Ulm of New York and William Ulm of Santa Barbara, CA.

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