• Dorothy Lyman is an American actress, producer, and director known for her work in numerous soap operas such as “All My Children” and “Another World”.
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $6 million as of 2020.
• She grew up in Minneapolis and began her acting career in 1970.
• She won two Emmy Awards for her role in “All My Children” and went on to take on directing and producing roles.
• She has been married twice and has three children.

Short Info

SpouseVincent Malle, John Tillinger
Fact(Former) sister-in-law of Candice Bergen.

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.

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.

General Info

Full NameDorothy Lyman
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Television Director


SpouseVincent Malle, John Tillinger
ChildrenEmma Tillinger, Sebastian Tillinger, Jacson Malle
ParentsViolet E.Lyman, Hector H. Lyman, 20. Bye-Bye, Baby!, 19. There Is Nothing Like the Dames, 18. Look Who's Breathing


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesOllie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss, Camp Cucamonga, Ruby in Paradise, Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story, Dinner and Driving, World Trade Center, The Departed, Split Ends, Bad Hurt, The Northern Kingdom
TV ShowsAll My Children, Another World, Bob, Mama's Family, The Edge of Night, A World Apart, Generations

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1Originated the role of the colorful Opal Gardner on ABC's All My Children (1970).
2Dorothy is know for her role as Naomi Oakes Ray Oates Harper on the TV show, Mama's Family (1983).
3(Former) sister-in-law of Candice Bergen.
4Her ex-husband is Louis Malle's brother.




ALF1988TV SeriesMaura Norris
The Bold and the Beautiful1987TV SeriesBonnie Roberts (1991-1992, 1994)
Tales from the Darkside1985TV SeriesCatherine
Summer Fantasy1984TV MovieDr. Nancy Brannigan
All My Children1981-1983TV SeriesOpal Purdy Cortlandt / Opal Sue Gardner Purdy Courtlandt #1 / Opal Purdy / ...
Another World1980TV SeriesGwen Parrish Frame / Gwen Frame
Night of the Juggler1980Nurse Jenny
A World Apart1971TV SeriesJulie Stark
The 300 Year Weekend1971Jean
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesSister Margaret (1975)
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesElly Jo Jameson (1972-1973)
Elementary2015TV SeriesBelinda
Bad Hurt2015Mrs. Salisbury
Law & Order2009TV SeriesJudge Dorothy Carr
The Northern Kingdom2009Nan
Battlestar Galactica2007TV SeriesSocrata Thrace
The Departed2006Woman at Bar #1
World Trade Center2006Allison's Mother
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2005TV SeriesPrincipal Parker
As the World Turns2004TV SeriesNaomi - The Maid
CSI: Miami2003TV SeriesVivian Kensington
Judging Amy2002TV SeriesMs. Patterson
The Practice1999-2002TV SeriesDr. Diane Starger / Battered Wife Syndrome Expert Dr. Emily Fink
V.I.P.2002TV SeriesGranny Goshen
Taina2002TV Series
Reba2002TV SeriesHelen
Speechless...2001ShortMrs. Tanner
Blow2001Judge (Chicago)
Days of Our Lives2001TV SeriesContessa Dorothea DiLyman
The Nanny1993-1998TV SeriesSociety Woman #1 / Director / Stewardess / ...
Dinner and Driving1997Rita
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesNorma Shey
Hope & Gloria1995TV SeriesMaxine
Sisters1995TV SeriesDr. Deborah Rosen
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesMiriam Thorne
ABC Afterschool Specials1994TV SeriesMrs. Green
I Love Trouble1994Suzie, Chronicle Employee
Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story1994TV MovieDorothy
Young Goodman Brown1993Sarah Good
Bob1993TV SeriesPatty Fleisher
Bodies of Evidence1993TV SeriesClaudia Brooks
Jack the Bear1993Mrs. Morris
Life Goes On1991-1993TV SeriesMary McKenna
Ruby in Paradise1993Mildred Chambers
Camp Cucamonga1990TV MovieMillie Schector
Mama's Family1983-1990TV SeriesNaomi Oates Harper
Generations1989TV SeriesRebecca Whitmore #2 (1991)
Hunter1989TV SeriesSgt. Carol James Meyers
The People Across the Lake1988TV MovieRuth Mortimer
Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss1988TV MovieMom


Janet's Class2010Documentary
The Northern Kingdom2009
Split Ends2009
Payne1999TV Series 1 episode
The Simple Life1998TV Series
The Nanny1995-1998TV Series 74 episodes


Janet's Class2010Documentary producer
The Northern Kingdom2009producer
Split Ends2009producer
The Nanny1997-1998TV Series producer - 18 episodes


Vicki!1992-1993TV SeriesHerself
The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining1993Video documentaryHerself
Win, Lose or Draw1988TV SeriesHerself
Wordplay1986TV SeriesHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Super Password1985TV SeriesHerself
The (New) $25,000 Pyramid1984TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1982TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl2012TV SpecialHerself


Won Awards

1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SeriesAll My Children (1970)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama SeriesAll My Children (1970)

Nominated Awards

1989ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesOllie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (1988)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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