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Lela Ivey (born 26 June 1958) is an American actress of film and television.

She served as an adjunct faculty member at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan as well as part of the Theatre Department at Michigan State University.

She appeared in films and TV shows such as:

  • The Edge of Night (TV Series) as Mitzi Martin
  • Big (1988) as Bank Teller
  • Newhart (TV series) as Tish Holliday
  • ALF (TV series) in the 1990 episode "Love on the Rocks"
  • Murphy Brown (TV series) in the 1990 episode "Frank's Appendectomy"
  • The Golden Girls (TV series) in the 1990 episode "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?" as Sister Claire
  • Uncle Buck (TV series)
  • Quantum Leap (TV Series)
  • Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
  • L.A. Law (TV Series) in the 1994 episode "The Age of Insolence" as Madeline Churchill
  • Homefront (TV Series) as Miss/Mrs. Wescott
  • JAG (TV Series) in the 1997 episode Code Blue as Pregnant Woman
  • The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Series)
  • Party of Five (TV Series) as Mrs. Huffman
  • Pleasantville (1998) as Miss Peters


Ivey played Susan Firkins in the original film.