Lynne Moody

Lynne Moody (born February 17)[1] is an American actress who has made many appearances on television.

Lynne Moody
Moody with Georg Stanford Brown in Roots (1977)

Moody studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, Goodman Theatre and Hull House.[2] She worked as a stewardess before moving to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actress.[2] In the early 1970s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny at a Playboy Club in Los Angeles.[3]

Her most prominent roles include Irene Harvey in Roots[4] and Roots: The Next Generations,[5] Tracy Curtis Taylor in That's My Mama (1974–75) (she was replaced by Joan Pringle at the beginning of the second season),[6][7] Polly Dawson in Soap,[8] Patricia Williams in Knots Landing,[1][9] and Nurse Julie Williams in E/R.[8][10]

She was the original Jenny Willis when the character was introduced in an episode of All in the Family titled "Lionel's Engagement" (1974). By the time the pilot episode of The Jeffersons aired in January, 1975, the role was recast with Berlinda Tolbert replacing her as Jenny Willis. In 2000, she had a recurring role on the hit ABC daytime drama series, General Hospital as "Florence Campbell". In 1976 she was also the star of the Women in Prison exploitation TV-movie Nightmare in Badham County, later released to theaters as Nightmare.[11][12]

To help improve the livelihood of Africans, Moody participated in public service radio spots for Africare, along with fellow Roots cast members Georg Stanford Brown and Louis Gossett Jr.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Scream Blacula Scream Denny
1973 The F.B.I. Linda Episode: "The Confession"
1974 All in the Family Jenny Willis Episode: "Lionel's Engagement"
1974–1975 That's My Mama Tracy Curtis Taylor 22 episodes
1975 Las Vegas Lady Carol
1976 S.W.A.T. Ellen Jeffers Episode: "Any Second Now"
1976 Nightmare in Badham County Diane Emery TV movie
1977 Roots Irene Harvey TV miniseries
1977 Quincy, M.E. Laura Stokes Episode: "A Blow to the Head... A Blow to the Heart"
1978 The Evil Felicia Allen
1979 Charleston Minerva TV movie
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Irene Harvey TV miniseries
1979–1980 Soap Polly Dawson 10 episodes
1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Lola Marshall Episode: "The Sixteen Byte Data Chip and the Brown-eyed Fox"
1980 Willow B: Women in Prison Lynn TV movie
1981 A Matter of Life and Death Harley TV movie
1981 The Oklahoma City Dolls Arvelle TV movie
1981 Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood Melanie Foster TV movie
1981 The White Shadow Luann Mackey Episode: "Burnout"
1981 Fly Away Home TV movie
1981 Strike Force Annie / Jossy Episode: "The Victims"
1981 Lou Grant Sharon McNeil Episode: "Rape"
Episode: "Risk"
1981 Trapper John, M.D. Karen Episode: "'Tis the Season"
1982 Some Kind of Hero Lisa Keller
1982 The Love Boat Ellen Pozelle 1 episode
1982 The Jeffersons Maggie Episode: "A Small Victory"
1982 White Dog Molly
1982 Magnum, P.I. Bebe Kiamonni Episode: "Black on White"
1982 T. J. Hooker Susan McNeil Episode: "The Protectors"
1982–1984 Hill Street Blues Marty Nichols 7 episodes
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Marion TV movie
1983 Benson Jennifer Episode: "Love in a Funny Phase"
1983 A Caribbean Mystery Victoria Jackson TV movie
1983 Just Our Luck Alana Episode: "Wedding Bell Shablues"
1984 The Toughest Man in the World Leslie TV movie
1984 T. J. Hooker Dr. Pamela Carter Episode: "Death on the Line"
1984–1985 E/R Nurse Julie Williams 22 episodes
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders Selena Cobb TV miniseries
1985 T. J. Hooker Nadine Episode: "The Chicago Connection"
1985 Lost in London Janet Williams TV movie
1986 The Redd Foxx Show Rachel Adams Episode: "Pilot"
1986 A Fight for Jenny Alice Martin TV movie
1986 Foofur (voice) 3 episodes
1986 Amen Jill Crawford Episode: "Reuben's Romance"
1987 Houston Knights Janice Halstead Episode: "Scarecrow"
1987 Outlaws Episode: "Orleans"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Pam Collins Episode: "Death Takes a Dive"
1987 21 Jump Street Rhonda Patterson Episode: "Two for the Road"
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (voice) TV series
1988–1990 Knots Landing Patricia Williams 46 episodes
1990 MacGyver Dr. Marion Skinner Episode: "Lesson in Evil"
1991 Amen Amy Cassidy Episode: "Three's a Crowd"
1992 Civil Wars Episode: "His Honor's Offer"
1993 Last Light Hope Whitmore TV movie
1994 Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Elizabeth Butler TV movie
1994 Chicago Hope Yvette White Episode: "Over the Rainbow"
1995 Chicago Hope Yvette White Episode: "Every Day a Little Death"
1995 Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Elizabeth Butler TV movie
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Lindsay Brown TV movie
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Shelly Preston Episode: "Patriot"
1997 Trials of Life Penny TV movie
1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters Kathryn TV movie
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Vanessa Markley Episode: "Aloha Beverly Hills: Part 1"
Episode: "Aloha Beverly Hills: Part 2"
1997 Clueless Tess Davenport Episode: "The Intruder"
1997 Ellen Foster Mrs. Douglas TV movie
1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Rachel Kleema Episode: "And Baby Makes 10"
2000 Arli$$ Vera Moore Episode: "Comings and Goings"
2000 General Hospital Florence Campbell 1 episode
2002 General Hospital Florence Campbell 1 episode
2005 Alias Rosemary Episode: "The Index"
2005 The Reading Room Helen TV movie
2007 Crossing Jordan Helene Coleman Episode: "Faith"
2009 Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith Dr. Twineman TV movie


  1. Lynne Moody - Sun Sentinel, 11 September 1988
  2. Witbeck, Charles (14 December 1974). "Lynne Moody likes comedy roles". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. Sanello, Frank (14 January 1988). "Lynne Moody is 'Knots' newcomer". Key West Citizen. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. Meredith Blake (May 26, 2016). "For the original cast of 'Roots,' it was a mind-blowing series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  5. "Mixed Marriage, Tom's Plight, Spark 'Roots II'". Jet. May 11, 1978. p. 24. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  6. "TV's New Hit Family Show". Jet. October 17, 1974. p. 60. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  7. "Joan Pringle Replaces Moody In That's My Mama". Jet. August 28, 1975. p. 62. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  8. Kathleen Fearn-Banks (August 4, 2009). The A to Z of African-American Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 289. ISBN 9780810863484. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  9. "First Black Family Joins Cast Of TV's 'Knots Landing'". Jet. February 1, 1988. p. 58. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  10. "What's Ahead in the New TV Season". Ebony. September 1984. p. 68. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  11. "Actress Deborah Raffin Dies At 59". CBS Los Angeles. November 23, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  12. David Deal (April 30, 2014). Television Fright Films of the 1970s. McFarland. p. 116. ISBN 9780786455140. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  13. Penelope Campbell (November 1, 2013). Africare: Black American Philanthropy in Africa. Transaction Publishers. p. 29. ISBN 9781412852548. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
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