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Linda Porter, Beloved Superstore Actress, Dies at 86

Linda Porter, a veteran actress likely best known for roles on Twin Peaks and Superstore, died this past Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Shew as 86 years old.

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Porter was most recently seen by television viewers in her recurring role as Cloud 9 employee Myrtle Vartanian on the aforementioned NBC sitcom.

She had just appeared on the Season 4 finale in May.

The character, a beloved fan favorite, had been rehired on the show as new manager Amy’s (America Ferrera) assistant after being laid off in Season 3 … and then brought back as a customer-greeting hologram.

Overall, Porter had appeared on 35 episodes of the comedy series, which returned for its fifth season just a day after she died.

Porter had not filmed any Season 5 episodes before her death, however, and therefore will not be featured posthumously on the program at any point.

The ensemble comedy will likely pay tribute to one of its guest-starring MVPs next week, though.

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Following news of her passing, several tributes poured in from Porter’s costars and fellow actors.

“Here’s hoping the angels don’t call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end. We’ll miss you Linda Porter,” Superstore star Ben Feldman Tweeted, for example.

Added Danny Gura, who portrays Elias on Superstore:

“We lost a good one. R.I.P. Linda Porter, who was always smiling and always brightened up the Superstore set. This is a hard one. You will be missed.”

And there was this from Lauren Ash:

“The Superstore team lost one of its best members. RIP Linda Porter. Always funny, always vibrant and ALWAYS enthusiastic. I don’t know that anyone loved our show more than Linda.

“Both you and Myrtle will be deeply missed. xoxo”

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Porter had also recently recurred as Lady Slot-Addict in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival for Showtime.

Her multitude of other TV credits included guest roles on:

  • Childrens Hospital
  • Togetherness
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Bunheads
  • The Mindy Project
  • How I Met Your Mother

And her big screen work included Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, Mercy and Dude Where’s My Car?

She was most recently seen in 2017’s The House.

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“Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day,” Superstore executive produces/co-showrunners Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said on behalf of the show’s cast and crew.

They concluded:

“We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.”

May Linda Porter rest in peace.

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