TONY Awards – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
This is Ms. Lavin’s fifth Tony nomination. She has previously been nominated for The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank, Broadway Bound, and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Kate in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.
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LINDA LAVIN (Ruth Steiner) won a Tony award for her performance in Broadway Bound in 1987 as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics’, and Helen Hayes. She is a 4 time Tony nominee for her roles in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Twice again winner of the drama desk award and two time golden globe winner for her role as Alice on the t.v. show “Alice.” She was born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine and graduated from the College of William and Mary which has recently conferred on her a Doctor of Arts degree. She started her career in musicals in the chorus and has worked her way up to this part in Collected Stories. She credits her great friend and mentor, Hal Prince, with changing her llife many times, including the trip he and his wife, Judy, hosted to China. He gave her her first speaking role on a New York stage, and other roles thereafter. She credits Lynne Meadow, too, for enhancing her life and work, first with Allergist’s Wife and now with Collected Stories. When they are not touring her concert act with her musical director, Billy Stritch, she and her multi talented husband and drummer, Steve Bakunas, own and operate the Red Barn Studio, a 47 seat community theatre in Wilmington, North Carolina for which they have performed or directed 9 plays in the past 3 years – among them – Doubt, Driving Miss Daisy, Speed the Plow, Rabbit Hole. They have a beagle/jack named Mickey and a wonderful life.
Montage from COLLECTED STORIES
Read Playbill.com’s “Brief Encounter” with Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE
Read Broadway.com interview with Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE
Read The Star News profile on Linda Lavin: CLICK HERE
“Linda Lavin raises an eyebrow and communicates more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue. She knows this woman down to her fingertips, investing Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ words with a piercing truth.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
[Pictured: Linda Lavin (Ruth Steiner)]
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