Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfilled and sexually frustrated Helen Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977) (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exaggerated hairstyle). The character and her husband Mr. Roper (played by late actor, Norman Fell) were so popular that they were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and film. One of her last notable roles was a character part in the lesbian-themed film Desert Hearts (1985). Lindley wanted to retape one key scene. The director, Donna Dietch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. Lindley said that she would buy a portion of the film if Dietch let her do just that one take again. Dietch agreed, and Lindley kept her word (the film went on to become a cult classic and make a solid profit). Lindley garnered further parts of all sizes in various TV films and series, the last being a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Cybill.
Lindley unexpectedly succumbed to leukemia on October 16, 1997 at the age of 79, a Cybill script by her hospital bedside.
Audra Lindley Facts
|Birthday||September 24, 1918|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Date of death||October 16, 1997 (age 79)|