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Dorothy Lyman

Personal information
Birth dateApril 18, 1947(age 70)
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActress, director, producer
Years active1971 - present
SpouseVincent Malle (1987-2001) (divorced)
John Tillinger (1971-1983) (divorced)

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Dorothy Lyman (born April 18, 1947) is an American television actress, director and producer. She is most commonly known for her work as architect Gwen Parrish Frame in Another World (1976 1980,1989) and in All My Children as Opal Sue Gardner, and on the syndicated sitcom Mama's Family, as Naomi Harper.

Lyman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Violet E. (née Brightwell) and Hector H. Lyman, who was a stockbroker. She first appeared on her first soap opera A World Apart as Julie Stark in 1971. Several years later, Dorothy appeared as the evil Elly Jo Jamison on The Edge of Night. Lyman played Ralphie's mother in Jean Shepherd's Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss from 1988. She appeared in the Tales from the Darkside television series in the 'In the Cards' episode (1985), in ALF as Maura Norris in the episode 'Tequila' (1988), Generations as Rebecca Whitmore (1990 1991), and in The Bold and the Beautiful as Bonnie Roberts (1991 1992).

However, her most notable soap opera role has been on All My Children as Opal Sue Gardner, for which she received two Emmy Awards -- as Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series in 1982 and for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1983. Lyman attended high school with Jill Larson, the actress who would eventually succeed her in the role of Opal Gardner.

In an appearance on Vicki Lawrence's talk show Vicki!, Lyman noted that she continued to perform on All My Children concurrently with the beginning of Mama's Familys production, flying back and forth each week between New York and Los Angeles. While the commute was brutal, she remembered it fondly, referring to that stage of her career as "All My Paychecks."

When Mama's Family ended its run, Lyman went behind the camera, producing and directing a total of 75 episodes of The Nanny (all episodes of the third and fourth seasons, and all but four episodes of the fifth), even making a special guest appearance on the Fran Drescher sitcom. After Mama's Family ended in 1990, Lyman had a recurring role on Bob, Bob Newhart's third series. She also made a cameo appearance in I Love Trouble, a film starring Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts.

In 2007, Lyman guest-starred in the third season of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica as Starbuck's mother. Lyman is currently living in New York City after spending time in California. In California, she made a guest appearance on the TV sitcom Reba, playing Reba Hart's mother. She is only 8 years older than Reba McEntire who plays Reba.

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