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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

January 27
The Best of Three's Company Part 1
In this hour-long special, legendary comedienne Lucille Ball reflects on the show's run.
The Best of Three's Company Part 2
Legendary comedienne Lucille Ball continues to review show highlights and focuses on John Ritter's flare for physical comedy.
January 28
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.
Jack Goes to the Dentist
Terri's temperamental dentist boyfriend terrorizes Jack during an office visit.
January 29
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.
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.