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ACTRESS AUDRA LINDLEY DIES AT 79; WAS MRS. ROPER ON 'THREE'S COMPANY'

Actress Audra Lindley, best known as the sex-starved Mrs Roper in the TV sitcom "Three's Company" has died, her manager said Friday. She was 79.

Debbie Beard said Lindley, who also played Phoebe's grandmother on the NBC show "Friends" and Cybill's mother on the CBS sitcom "Cybill", died of complications of leukemia in Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 24, 1918, Lindley was a mainstay of several daytime TV soap operas in the 1950s and 1960s, including "Search for Tomorrow" and "Another World".

She is probably best known to television viewers as Mrs. Roper in the John Ritter-Suzanne Somers comedy "Three's Company" which ran from 1977-1979.

In the show, she played the wife of landlord Stanley Roper, played by Norman Fell.

The couple appeared in a short-lived spinoff, "The Ropers".

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