Janice Lynde

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Janice Lynde
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Janice Lynde and John McCook in a scene from The Young and the Restless
Born (1948-03-28) 28 March 1948 (age 70)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater Indiana University
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress
Known for Roles in TV soap operas
Home town Lake Charles, Louisiana

Janice Lynde (born March 28, 1948) is an American actress.

The Houston, Texas-born, Lake Charles, Louisiana-reared[1] Lynde began her career at 10 years old,[citation needed] with the Dallas Symphony, both as a pianist and as a vocal soloist.[2] The child of German parents, she had to learn English in kindergarten.[1]

She attended Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania, studying music at both institutions.[2]

Lynde's performances at Indiana University brought her to the attention of musician Fred Waring, which led to her being a soloist with Waring and his Pennsylvanians choir for two years.[1]

After she graduated from college, she began a career in acting in New York City, where her Broadway credits include Applause,[3] The Me Nobody Knows, and Butterflies Are Free.[4]

In 1973, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was among the original cast members of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless,[2] playing "Leslie Brooks". She left the series in early 1977. Two years later, she joined Another World as "Tracy DeWitt"; she left the role in 1981. In 1984, she starred as "Laurel Chapin Wolek" in One Life to Live, which she left in 1986.

She appeared in several film and television programs, including a notable role in the episode "A Hand for Sonny Blue" of Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977) as well as Match Game.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Beyond Evil Alma Martin
1991 Missing Pieces Marion
1994 In the Living Years Erika Donahue
2002 The Marriage Undone Alice
2009 2 Dudes and a Dream Mrs. Stevenson
2009 A Letter to Dad Erika Donahue
2010 Father vs. Son Ruth Coletti


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Griff Lynette "The Framing of Billy the Kid"
1973 Mannix Maria Vaughn "Sing a Song of Murder"
1973–1977 The Young and the Restless Leslie Brooks Guest role
1974 The Odd Couple Phyllis "Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible", "Vocal Girl Makes Good"
1974 Lucas Tanner Vicki "Thirteen Going on Twenty"
1974 The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One Bernice Griffiths TV film
1974 Barnaby Jones Edna Triplett "Odd Man Loses"
1975 Get Christie Love! Eva "I'm Your New Neighbor"
1976 Barnaby Jones Samantha Yates / Alice Caldwell "Silent Vendetta", "The Fatal Dive"
1976 Roxy Page Roxy Hagopian TV film
1977 Tales of the Unexpected Brenda Jackson "A Hand for Sonny Blue"
1978 Quincy, M.E. Tracy Boulder "Ashes to Ashes"
1978 Escapade Paula Winters TV film
1979 240-Robert Mrs. Kline "The Apology"
1980 Top of the Hill Josie TV film
1980 Nightside Lilly TV film
1980 Another World Tracy Matthews / Tracy DeWitt TV series
1981 Love, Sidney Karen "The Party"
1984 One Life to Live Laurel Chapin 1 episode
1986 Family Ties Monica "My Back Pages"
1986 Sledge Hammer! Evelyn Collins "Magnum Farce"
1987 9 to 5 Suzanne "Judy's Dream"
1987 Night Court Toni Corbin "No Hard Feelings"
1987 Who's the Boss? Joan "Just Mona and Me"
1989 Baywatch Mary Porter "The Cretin of the Shallows"
1989 Dear John Dr. Davenport "The Dilemma with Emma"
1990 Sister Kate Mrs. Ferguson "Kandid Kate"
1990 ABC Afterschool Specials Nina "A Question About Sex"
1990 Adam-12 Annette Collier "Escapees"
1990 General Hospital Gloria TV series
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive Judy TV film
1997 Promised Land Aunt Anne "St. Russell"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Ms. Wiseman "The Hooded Chair"
1998 Touched by an Angel Phyllis "An Angel on the Roof"
1999 Air America Valentina "Red Sub"
2000 One Kill Evelyn Gray TV film
2002 Another Pretty Face Dr. Devaughn TV film
2002 Great Performances Zozo "The Merry Widow"
2005 Six Feet Under Loretta Smith Sibley "Hold My Hand"
2009–2011 Diary of a Single Mom Peggy Main role
2010 Deal O'Neal Mrs. Bittlemen TV film
2018 The Young and the Restless Leslie Brooks Guest role


  1. ^ a b c Kleiner, Dick (March 26, 1975). "Janice Lynde daytime TV biggie". The Lowell Sun. Massachusetts, Lowell. p. 50. Retrieved August 5, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b c Leszczak, Bob (2014). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide. McFarland. p. 81. ISBN 9781476615394. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "("Janice Lynde" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Scott, Vernon (December 20, 1974). "Soap opera actors try to keep sane". Redlands Daily Facts. California, Redlands. p. 8. Retrieved August 5, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977) credit; ctva.biz; accessed September 1, 2014.

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