Dorothy Lyman – actor, director, writer and producer. Known primarily to television audiences as Opal Gardner on All My Children, for which she won two Emmy® Awards, and Vicki Lawrence’s daughter-in-law Naomi on the sitcom Mama’s Family. Ms. Lyman also produced and directed three complete seasons of The Nanny and directed the CBS sitcom Payne starring John Larroquette.
Ms. Lyman’s stage credits include four Dramalogue Awards for A Rage in Tenure (which she wrote and starred in), and directed and starred in the New York production and national tour of John Ford Noonan’s A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.
Ms. Lyman began her career with Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, and appeared in many daytime dramas in the ’70s and ’80s, including Another World, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Edge of Night. Other TV appearances include Reba, as Reba Hart's mother, Law and Order: SVU, CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, and The Practice, among others.
She has appeared on both stage and screen with memorable independent roles including the character of Mildred in Ruby in Paradise, as well as appearances in the recent World Trade Center and The Departed, as well as Blow and I Love Trouble.
A few years ago she left LA and returned to the city that ignited her career; and since has appeared on stage in My Kitchen Wars, and recently produced and directed features films, The Northern Kingdom (2006) and Split Ends (2009), both available on Netflix.. She is currently in post-production on her first documentary film, Janet’s Class.
Ms. Lyman currently resides in New York City, and on her farm in upstate New York.