Linda Lavin is an American singer and actress best known for playing the title character in the television sitcom Alice, from 1976-1985.
She also has a starring role as Sean's pushy mother, Lorna, in the television sitcom Sean Saves the World.
Lavin won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Broadway Bound in 1987. She is a six-time Tony Award nominee for her roles in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Collected Stories and The Lyons.
She was a twice-again winner of the Drama Desk Award and a two-time Golden Globe winner for her role as Alice on the TV series Alice, in which she starred for nine years. Her film credits include roles in The Back-Up Plan and Wanderlust.
Lavin was born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine and graduated from the College of William and Mary, which 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.
She and her husband and drummer, Steve Bakunas, created the Red Barn Studio, a 47-seat community theatre they built in Wilmington, North Carolina, for which they have also performed or directed a number of plays. Those productions include Doubt, Driving Miss Daisy, Speed-the-Plow, Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Collected Stories and Rabbit Hole.