Linda Lavin stars as Sean's pushy mother, Lorna, in NBC's new comedy "Sean Saves the World."
Lavin won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Helen Hayes Award for her performance in "Broadway Bound" in 1987. She is a six-time Tony Award nominee for her roles in "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," "Collected Stories" and, most recently, "The Lyons."
She was a twice-again winner of the Drama Desk Award and a two-time Golden Globe winner for her role as Alice on the TV series "Alice," in which she starred for nine years. Her recent film credits include roles in "The Back-Up Plan" and "Wanderlust."
Lavin was born, raised and educated in Portland, Maine and graduated from the College of William and Mary, which recently conferred on her a doctor of arts degree.
She started her stage career in the chorus of musicals and credits her great friend and mentor, Harold Prince, with changing her life by casting her in her first speaking role on a New York stage and other roles thereafter. Whenever her schedule allows, she performs her concert act with her musical director, Billy Stritch, while promoting her new CD, titled "Possibilities."
She and her multi-talented husband and drummer, Steve Bakunas, created the Red Barn Studio, a 47-seat community theater they built in Wilmington, NC, for which they have also performed or directed nine plays in the past three years. Those productions include "Doubt," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Speed-the-Plow," "Tale of the Allergist's Wife," "Collected Stories" and "Rabbit Hole."