Linda Lavin Biography

Date of Birth: October 15, 1937 (78)
Birth Place: Portland, ME, USA
Gender: Female

Linda Lavin won a Tony Award, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ and Helen Hayes Awards, for her performance in BROADWAY BOUND in 1987. She is a five-time Tony nominee for her roles in THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, and most recently, COLLECTED STORIES.



She was a two-time Golden Globe winner for her role as Alice on the TV show “Alice”. Most recently she was seen off-Broadway in OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR, and OTHER DESERT CITIES, for which she earned Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Award nominations.



Her recent film credits include roles in "The Back-Up Plan" and "Wanderlust."



Linda was born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine and graduated from the College of William and Mary, which recently conferred on her a Doctor of Arts degree. She started her stage career in the chorus of musicals and credits her great friend and mentor, Harold Prince, with changing her life by casting her in her first speaking role on a New York stage and other roles thereafter. When not touring her concert act with her musical director, Billy Stritch, or promoting her new CD, entitled "Possibilities," she and her multi-talented husband and drummer, Steve Bakunas, manage the Red Barn Studio, a 47-seat community theatre they built in Wilmington, North Carolina, for which they have also performed or directed nine plays in the past three years, among them DOUBT, DRIVING MISS DAISY, SPEED-THE-PLOW, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, COLLECTED STORIES and RABBIT HOLE. They also have a beagle/jack named Mickey and a wonderful life.

Linda Lavin Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
- 2016 - Legend of Off Broadway Honoree
Linda Lavin
 
- 2015 - Legend of off-Broadway Honoree
Linda Lavin
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
 
Drama League Awards - 2012 - Distinguished Performance Award
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
 
Obie Awards - 2012 - Performance
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
 
Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Linda Lavin, Other Desert Cities
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Linda Lavin, Other Desert Cities
 
The Lortels - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress
Linda Lavin, Other Desert Citites
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Linda Lavin, The New Century
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Linda Lavin, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Actress - Play
Linda Lavin, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play
Linda Lavin, The Diary of Anne Frank
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Featured Actress - Play
Linda Lavin , The Diary of Anne Frank
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Linda Lavin, The Diary of Anne Frank
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play
Linda Lavin, The Diary of Anne Frank
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Actress - Play
Linda Lavin, Death Defying Acts
 
Obie Awards - 1995 - Performance
Linda Lavin, Death Defying Acts
 
The Lortels - 1995 - Outstanding Lead Actress
Linda Lavin, Death Defying Acts
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Linda LavinBroadway Bound
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - Best Actress
Linda Lavin, Broadway Bound
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Linda Lavin , Broadway Bound
 
Tony Awards - 1970 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Linda Lavin, Last of the Red Hot Lovers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1969 - Outstanding Performance
Linda Lavin, Little Murders
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1969 - Best Performance
Linda Lavin, Little Murders
Linda LavinCop-Out
 
Theatre World Awards - 1965 - Performance
Linda Lavin, Wet Paint

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