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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

Tuesday
July 7
9:00am
Strange Bedfellows
While the girls are away, Jack throws a wild party.
TV-PG
9:36am
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
TV-PG
10:12am
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
TV-PG
Wednesday
July 8
9:00am
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
TV-PG
9:36am
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
TV-PG
10:12am
Chrissy's Night Out
Chrissy gets a little too friendly to an undercover detective during a girls' night out at the Funky Fox.
TV-PG
Thursday
July 9
9:00am
Stanley Casanova
Helen thinks Stanley's cheating when she sees an attractive woman cozying up to him at the Regal Beagle.
TV-PG
9:36am
Janet's High School Sweetheart
A high school heartthrob from Janet's past shows up.
TV-PG
10:12am
Jack's Uncle
Jack's crafty Uncle Fremont decides to give the trio a hand when the rent comes due.
TV-PG