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Phyllis talks Ted into running for local office.
"Love Is All Around"|
September 19, 1970
"The Last Show"|
March 19, 1977
|Created by||James L. Brooks and Allan Burns|
|Portrayed by||Cloris Leachman|
Assistant at Erskine Photography Studio|
Administrative Assistant to San Francisco City Supervisor
|Spouse(s)||Lars Lindstrom (deceased)|
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Phyllis Lindstrom is the snobbish, acid-tongued wife of dermatologist Dr. Lars Lindstrom, who is often referenced but never seen by the audience. The Lindstroms manage the apartment building, actually a Victorian boarding house, in which Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary and Rhoda develop a close relationship with Phyllis' daughter, Bess.
Throughout the series, Rhoda and Phyllis maintain an adversarial but talkative relationship. Phyllis understandably despises Sue Ann Nivens, who hosts The Happy Homemaker on WJM-TV, after Sue Ann has an affair with Phyllis's husband, Lars.
In 1975, Leachman left The Mary Tyler Moore Show to star in its spin-off series, Phyllis. The series takes place in San Francisco, Phyllis's hometown, where Phyllis and Bess relocate after the death of Lars.
Phyllis first works at Erskine Photography Studio, then later as an administrative assistant for a city supervisor. While there, she and Bess live with Lars' mother, Audrey, and Audrey's new husband, Judge Jonathan Dexter. Phyllis's major nemesis by this time is Jonathan's mother, Sally, a sharp-tongued, irritable, impatient woman known to all as "Mother Dexter" (played by veteran actress Judith Lowry). Despite her animosity towards Phyllis and indifference to Audrey, Mother Dexter gets along well with Bess, and also with Mary Richards when Mary makes a visit to San Francisco, at Phyllis' behest when the latter is having a particularly difficult time.