She was born as Lynn Friedman in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan and studied Russian as a graduate student at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She was a visiting scholar at the then-Russian Institute at Columbia University—now known as the Harriman Institute—and worked as its director of publications from 1977 to 1985.
Among the books she translated was Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1981) and The Man with the Shattered World by Alexander Luria. She also contributed to Avrahm Yarmolinsky's translation of Letters of Anton Chekhov (1973).
She died at the Jewish Home & Hospital in New York City from lung cancer and emphysema, aged 64, on Monday, March 21, 1994. She was survived by two sons from her only marriage, to Ted Solotaroff, which ended in divorce, and by two sisters.