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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

Sunday
August 31
4:00am
Old Folks at Home
The roommates take pity on a homeless old man and let him stay with them until he can find new housing.
TV-PG
4:30am
A Camping We Will Go
On a camping trip, Jack pretends to be a famous commercial director so that Larry can impress his new girlfriend.
TV-PG
5:00am
Chrissy's Hospitality
Janet and Jack see Chrissy's doctor crying and soon believe her life is in danger.
TV-PG
5:30am
The Loan Shark
When they need money for rent, Chrissy gets it from a loan shark.
TV-PG
2:24pm
The Love Barge
Jack's landed a job on a cruise ship and can invite one person to join him.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Ralph's Rivals
Furley gets Chrissy to pretend to be his young trophy-bride to impress a childhood rival.
TV-PG
3:36pm
A Black Letter Day
Janet and Chrissy suspect each other when they both read a letter written to an advice columnist about a man having an affair with one of his roommates.
TV-PG
4:12pm
The Reverend Steps Out
Reverend Snow is up for a new appointment.
TV-PG
Sunday
September 7
3:00am
Larry Loves Janet
Larry develops a crush on Janet when he observes her gentle, domestic side.
TV-PG
3:30am
Mighty Mouth
Jack falls for an athletic gym instructor.
TV-PG
4:00am
The Love Lesson
Furley's been giving Jack lessons on wooing the opposite sex and thinks he's cured him when he spies him out with a girl.
TV-PG
4:30am
Handcuffed
In a playful moment Chrissy and Jack accidentally handcuff themselves together.
TV-PG
5:00am
And Baby Makes Two
Janet makes a passing comment about babies and suddenly Jack and Chrissy think she wants a child of her own.
TV-PG
5:30am
Jack's Bad Boy
A 12-year-old runaway becomes Jack's nemesis when the girls take him in.
TV-PG