Linda Lavin won a Tony for her work in theater, but was best known for her Emmy-winning lead role in the television show Alice. After graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1959, Lavin began an acting career in Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, earning a Tony nomination for Last of the Red Hot Lovers in 1970. She made guest appearances on several television shows, then landed the title role for Alice, the TV adaptation of the movie Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, playing a widowed waitress with a young son. The show ran from 1976–1985 and earned her three Emmys, as well as giving her a chance to direct episodes. She then returned to the theater, winning a Tony for Broadway Bound in 1987, followed by Tony nominations for The Diary of Anne Frank in 1998, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife in 2001, Collected Stories in 2010, and The Lyons in 2012. After moving to Wilmington, North Carolina, she spent years improving life for local residents: rebuilding houses, donating a park, and creating the Red Barn Studio community theater. In 1997 she created the Linda Lavin Arts Foundation to help at–risk youth in Wilmington.
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