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Dorothy Lyman
DOROTHY LYMAN is a director of film, television and theatre, and an Emmy® Award-winning actress based in New York. Dorothy began her acting career in New York in the late 1960s as a member of Joseph Chaikin’s innovative Open Theatre company. She went on to varied roles in London, New York and Los Angeles theatrical productions. In television, she energized the long-running ABC daytime drama, All My Children, with her portrayal of the flinty but engaging Opal Gardner. She went on to do 136 episodes on the Lorimar sitcom Mama’s Family portraying Vicki Lawrence’s sartorially spirited daughter in law, Naomi Harper. She has appeared in numerous feature films, working with notable directors Victor Nunez, the late Ted Demme, Oliver Stone, and Martin Scorsese. She has guest starred in episodic television in such shows as Reba, Judging Amy, The Practice, CSI Miami, Law and Order SVU, and Battlestar Galactica.

Dorothy plunged into directing early in her career, bringing the work of our generation’s most noteworthy playwrights to the American stage. She produced and directed the original off-Broadway production and subsequent national tour of John Ford Noonan’s offbeat A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. In 1990, Dorothy was tapped to direct the NBC daytime drama, Generations. In the 1990’s, her considerable gifts as a comic actress and her reputation as a “can-do” director came to the attention of Fran Drescher, who brought her on as a producer-director of the hit CBS comedy, The Nanny. Other television directing assignments included The Simple Life for Sternin and Frasier Ink Inc. and the CBS four-camera film comedy, Payne starring John Laroquette and JoBeth Williams.

In 2008, Dorothy developed and directed an independent film, Split Ends, a romantic comedy set in a small town in New Jersey. Like The Northern Kingdom, Split Ends features an ensemble cast. In addition to the Tiburon International Festival, the film will screen at the Women’s International Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, and Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival.



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