Who is Dorothy Lyman?

Dorothy Lyman was born on 18 April 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She is an actress, producer, and director, known for her work in numerous soap operas such as “All My Children” and “Another World”. She was also a prominent character in the sitcom “Mama’s Family”, playing the role of Naomi Harper.

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The Wealth of Dorothy Lyman

As of early-2020, Dorothy Lyman’s net worth is estimated to be over $6 million, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry since the 1970s. She has earned a lot of wealth not only for acting but for her production and directing work behind the scenes, especially in many of her recent projects.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Dorothy grew up in Minneapolis where her father worked in the stock market as a broker. She aspired to become an actress from a young age, and was even more motivated during high school, as she attended the same school as actress Jill Larson who would later succeed her in “All My Children”. In 1970, she began attending auditions for acting projects, focusing on soap operas which were the craze at the time.

Her first soap project was in “A World Apart” in 1971which, portraying the flower girl Julie Stark.

The show ran on ABC but it was short-lived, lasting for only a year, despite which the project filmed continuously in this period, leading to over 300 episodes being aired. She took a break from acting, and returned a few years later in the long-running soap opera “The Edge of Night” as a villainous character. The show aired on CBS before later moving to NBC, running from the 1950s to the 1980s, and was a noted favorite among several celebrities during its time.

Another World and All My Children

In 1976, Lyman was cast as Gwen Parrish Fame in the soap “Another World”, which she was a part of for four years.

The soap was very popular during its time due to its different take on the genre, focusing on the differences between families in terms of philosophy and social standing. It was one of the first shows to talk about then taboo topics such as abortion, and she started to gain national fame for her role.

Dorothy gained her most notable role in the early ‘80s, playing Opal Sue Gardner in “All My Children”. While she was only a part of the soap for two years, her performance was impactful and she won two Emmy Awards, one for a Supporting Actress and the other for Outstanding Actress.

The show was at the time the most widely viewed in the US, ranking number one in the ratings, and she was a part of the show during its golden years, during which it drew some of the biggest television audiences of all time.

Career After All My Children

After gaining fame in “All My Children”, she was offered a leading role in the show “Mama’s Family”, and worked both shows concurrently. She knew that she would eventually leave the soap, and the prospect of having a regular role in a sitcom plus bigger paydays enticed her to focus on that project. She left “All My Children” as it was also becoming taxing for her to keep flying in between two cities, but regards it as some of the most memorable times of her career.

Dorothy Lyman

Mama’s Family” is a spin-off created from a segment that was featured in “The Carol Burnett Show”. The show aired on NBC and ran for six seasons and 130 episodes, starring her alongside Vicki Lawrence and Thelma Harper. The show improved its ratings over the years, though eventually, the show ended with Lawrence growing tired of the role and the show going for over 100 episodes, leaving many of its cast members burned out. Dorothy continued acting, appearing in “Tales from the Darkside”, “Generations”, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” staying in each show for around a year each.

Producer and Director

After the end of “Mama’s Family”, Lyman looked into more avenues of the entertainment industry apart from acting. She had grown interested in directing and producing that goes behind the scenes as she saw in “Mama’s Family”. She explored this avenue and became heavily involved during the third and fourth season of the show “The Nanny”, working on over 75 episodes in the mid-‘90s. The show aired on CBS, starring Fran Drescher, a fashion queen who starts working as a nanny in a high society area of New York.

Even as a producer and director, Dorothy took on other projects, though mainly in recurring or guest roles, including in “Bob, Bob Blow”.

She also made appearances in “Departed” and the third season of “Battlestar Galactica”. In 2001, she had a cameo role in the film “Blow” which starred Johnny Depp. A few of her recent projects include “Murder She Wrote” and “The Blacklist”, appearing as a guest in both.

She also took a liking to theatre work, and performed the one-woman show “My Kitchen Wars” which is based on the book of the same name written by Betty Fussell, and was held in New York and Hollywood.

Personal Life

Dorothy was first married to John Tillinger in 1971, and they have two children together duringr 12 years of marriage before getting divorced.

Her husband is also an actor, though is better known for his work as the director of theatrical projects. Some of his most notable projects include “Entertaining Mr. Sloane”, “Love Letters”, “Say Goodnight, Gracie”, and “The Wedding Banquet”. One of their children is film producer Emma Koskoff, who is known for her frequent collaborations with director Martin Scorsese, and is a credited producer of “The Irishman” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”. In 1987, Dorothy married Vincent Malle and the two stayed together for 14 years, having a child together. They filed for divorce in 2001 and settled it during the same year, since when she has apparently remained single, officially at least.

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