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Three's Company

Audra Lindley

Helen Roper

A show biz veteran, Audra Lindley was born into a family of actors. She got her start in Hollywood as a stand-in at an early age, and then became a stuntwoman specializing in horseback stunts. Lindley eventually moved to New York where she became a seasoned stage actress, appearing in numerous plays including Take Her, She's Mine, Long Day's Journey into Night, and On Golden Pond. Like many theater actors during the 1950s and 60s, Lindley made the move to TV soap operas, appearing in Search for Tomorrow (1962), The Edge of Night (1962), and Another World, where she played the role of meddling aunt Liz Matthews from 1964-1969. However, Lindley is best known for playing kooky, sex-starved Helen Roper on Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers (1977-1980), a role that garnered her a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination in 1979 (Lindley received her first Golden Globe Nomination in 1973 for her work in Bridgett Loves Birney). After The Ropers, Lindley appeared periodically on TV, most notably as Cybill Shepherd's mother on Cybill, a role she played up until her sudden death in 1997 at the age of 79 from complications related to leukemia. Lindley was married to actor James Whitmore, and had five children.

Character Bio

The women's liberation movement came about twenty years too late for Helen Roper, Stanley's long-suffering wife, but that's not stopping her from trying to get him to loosen up, live a little, and be a little more giving in the loving department! She enjoys having "the kids" in the building and is open to their freer way of looking at life, if only stuffy ole' Stanley could be too. Helen may seem a little kooky, with her wild kaftans and gaudy jewelry, but she knows what's going on upstairs and she's not telling Stanley. Because as much she loves him, it gives Helen a certain bit of satisfaction knowing that she's got one over on the old boy.

Three's Company TV Schedule

Friday
October 3
4:30am
The Money Machine
Furley replaces the trio's living room couch, which is great except that Jack and Janet hid money from a haywire ATM machine there.
TV-PG
5:00am
Out on a Limb
Anticipating a negative review from a food critic, Jack hastily shoots off an angry letter, then has to get it back.
TV-PG
Sunday
October 5
5:00am
Opening Night
A misprint of flyers for the opening of Jack's Bistro leaves the place empty on the big night.
TV-PG
5:30am
Cousin, Cuisine
As a favor to Felipe, the trio take in his beautiful cousin Maria.
TV-PG
6:00am
Up in the Air
Janet invites Jack to escort her to a party on a private island hosted by a wealthy man she wants to impress.
TV-PG
6:36am
A Night Not to Remember
Jack chaperones Janet on a date with a lecher from the office, but he gets so drunk that he passes out in her bed.
TV-PG
7:12am
Jack Goes to the Dentist
Terri's temperamental dentist boyfriend terrorizes Jack during an office visit.
TV-PG
7:48am
Diamond Jack
Jack thinks he's just doing his buddy Larry a favor when he agrees to stand in for him on a blind date.
TV-PG
8:24am
Extra, Extra
Janet's dating a reporter who tells her he wants to write a piece about the trio's living situation emphasizing the financial benefits of it.
TV-PG
9:00am
Opening Night
A misprint of flyers for the opening of Jack's Bistro leaves the place empty on the big night.
TV-PG
9:30am
Cousin, Cuisine
As a favor to Felipe, the trio take in his beautiful cousin Maria.
TV-PG
Tuesday
October 7
4:00am
An Affair to Forget
Trying to play cupid, Janet sets Jack up with an old high school friend who's in town.
TV-PG
4:30am
The Brunch
In order to get his liquor license, Jack needs to convince a local pastor that his restaurant is a respectable place.
TV-PG