Lynda Goodfriend

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Lynda Goodfriend
Born (1953-10-31) October 31, 1953 (age 63)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–1994
Spouse(s) Giora Litwak (m. 1982)

Lynda Goodfriend (born October 31, 1953) is an American actress who is best remembered as Lori Beth Cunningham (née Allen), Richie's girlfriend then wife on the TV sitcom, Happy Days. Prior to that, she played Ethel "Sunshine" Akalino on the short-lived series Blansky's Beauties. After that show left the air, she and co-star, Scott Baio (who had played Anthony DeLuca, Nancy Walker's nephew), joined Happy Days.[citation needed]

Goodfriend originally played a guest role in the fourth season of Happy Days as Kim in Time Capsule and Graduation (Part 1), before returning to the show as Lori Beth in season five.[citation needed]

Goodfriend went on to play several parts in notable Garry Marshall films, playing a tourist in Pretty Woman, as well as cameo and guest star roles in Exit to Eden, Nothing in Common and Beaches. During the mid to late 1980s, Goodfriend appeared in several independent projects, including An All Consuming Passion, a film written and directed by Kathryn Nesmith (producer of 1981's Elephant Parts and wife of Michael Nesmith of the group, The Monkees).[citation needed] Goodfriend directed the teleplay pilot Four Stars that was financed by Garry Marshall and starred veteran actor Bert Kramer and actress Julie Paris. More recently, she directed the short film, The Perfect Crime.[citation needed]

She is currently[when?] a talent manager and is responsible for the career trajectory of teen sensations, Aly & AJ, who are now known as the pop rock band 78violet.[citation needed]

Goodfriend also holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University and is the acting chair at the New York Film Academy.[1]

She married Giora Litwak in 1982.


Year Film Role Other notes
1984 An All Consuming Passion Susan AFI: Women in Film
1986 Four Stars Lynn Lee Strasberg Center
1986 Nothing in Common Louise Pelham
1988 Beaches Mrs. Myandowski
1990 Pretty Woman Tourist Woman
1994 Exit to Eden Linda
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Blansky's Beauties Ethel "Sunshine" Akalino 6 episodes
1977–1984 Happy Days Lori Beth Allen Cunningham 79 episodes
1978 Who's Watching the Kids? Angie Vitola 11 episodes
1981, 1983 The Love Boat Pam Madison
Cora Winnaker
2 episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Kristy Lee Episode: Dancing Lady/The Final Round


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