Holland Taylor

Actress
After an impressive start on the Broadway stage in the 1960s and 1970s, actress Holland Taylor made a mark for herself in film and on television as memorable spitfires who were often authoritative professionals ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

Two and a Half Men 1988 - 2000, 2003 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Chosen One 2014 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Ally McBeal 1987 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Cold Feet 1987 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1987 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Perfect Strangers 1987 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Saved By the Bell 1988 - 2000, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Saved By the Bell: The College Years 1988 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Something So Right 1987 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Naked Truth 1988 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Powers That Be 1988 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1988 - 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Veronica's Closet 1987 - 2001, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The L Word 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Monk 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Prudence (Actor)

D.E.B.S. 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Peatree (Actor)

The Wedding Date 2005 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Baby Bob 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Home Room 2003 (Movie)

Dr Hollander (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True 2001 (Movie)

of Prudence (Voice)

Costa Rica: Land of Pure Life 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

Professor Stromwell (Actor)

Strange Frequency 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

Mistress of Ceremonies (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Bonnie Rose (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Spiral Staircase 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Buddy Faro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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ER 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Sex Monster 1999 (Movie)

Muriel (Actor)

Betty 1998 (Movie)

Crystal Ball (Actor)

Just Write 1998 (Movie)

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Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Piper Castleton (Actor)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

Truman's Mother (Actor)

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

Baetrice Stanhope (Actor)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

A Walton Wedding 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Rubens (Actor)

Last Summer in the Hamptons 1995 (Movie)

Davis Mora Axelrod (Actor)

Steal Big, Steal Little 1995 (Movie)

Mona Rowland-Downey (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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To Die For 1995 (Movie)

Carol Stone (Actor)

The Favor 1994 (Movie)

Maggie Sand (Actor)

Cop and A Half 1993 (Movie)

Captain Rubio (Actor)

Big Deals 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Going Places 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Alice 1990 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

People Like Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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American Nuclear 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Natica Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Sarah Briggs (Actor)

Harry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Silver Spoons 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Saint 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Jewel of the Nile 1985 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Me and Mom 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Romancing the Stone 1984 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Bosom Buddies 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Somerset 1969 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Next Man 1975 (Movie)

Television Interviewer (Actor)

Awake to Danger (TV Show)

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Betrayal of Trust (TV Show)

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Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

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I Was a Mail Order Bride (TV Show)

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Mail to the Chief (TV Show)

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My Last Love (TV Show)

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My Mother Was Never a Kid (TV Show)

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Perry Mason Returns (TV Show)

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The Counterfeit Contessa (TV Show)

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The Day Reagan Was Shot (TV Show)

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The Deadly Look of Love (TV Show)

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The Rape of Dr. Willis (TV Show)

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With Hostile Intent (TV Show)

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Biography

After an impressive start on the Broadway stage in the 1960s and 1970s, actress Holland Taylor made a mark for herself in film and on television as memorable spitfires who were often authoritative professionals possessing a brazen attitude and bawdy wit. Her big breakout came with just such a characterization on the historic TV favorite, "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82). With her patrician air, dry quips and impeccable comic timing, Taylor brought a delightful old Hollywood sensibility to her best-known roles as a tabloid editor on "The Naked Truth" (ABC, 1995-96; NBC, 1996-98), an unpredictable judge on "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), and an entertainingly awful mother in "Two and Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2015). The Emmy-winning actress only gathered more force with age, becoming a favorite choice for big and small screen projects that called for a "woman to be reckoned with."

Relationships

Brad Anderson Director

Nephew
Born 1964

Pamela Anderson

Sister
Born c. 1937

Brad Anderson

Nephew
Directed his aunt in "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998) and "Happy Accidents" (2000)

Sarah Paulson Actor

Companion
Relationship went public in December 2015

C Taylor

Father

Virginia Taylor

Mother

Patricia Taylor

Sister
Born c. 1936

EDUCATION

Westtown School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
A Quaker boarding school

Bennington College

Bennington , Vermont 1964

Milestones

2011

Starred as Texas governor Ann Richards in the Off-Broadway turned Broadway one-woman show "Ann"

2010

Appeared in the Rob Schneider comedy "The Chosen One"

2008

Featured in the comedy "Baby Mama" starring Tina Fey

2005

Cast in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date" starring Debra Messing

2004

Had a recurring role as billionaire Peggy Peabody on Showtime's "The L Word"

2003

Cast as the snobbish, overbearing mother of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer in the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men"

2003

Again starred as Grandma in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"

2002

Cast as Grandma in "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"

2001

Portrayed US First Lady Nancy Reagan in "The Day Reagan Was Shot" (Showtime)

2001

Appeared as a tough Harvard law professor, opposite Reese Witherspoon, in the comedy "Legally Blonde"

2000

Cast as Marisa Tomei's unpredictable shrink in Brad Anderson's "Happy Accidents"

2000

Portrayed an elegant temple member in Edward Norton's feature directing debut, "Keeping the Faith"

1999

Cast as a gossip columnist on the AMC original series "The Lot"

1998

Acted in "Next Stop, Wonderland"; directed by nephew Brad Anderson

1998

Portrayed Truman's (Jim Carrey) Mother in "The Truman Show"

1998

Played a recurring role of a judge on the ABC drama "The Practice"

1997

Appeared in the live-action comedy "George of the Jungle"

1995

Cast as tabloid editor Camilla Dane on the sitcom "The Naked Truth" (ABC 1995-96; NBC 1996-98)

1995

Cast in small role in the feature "How to Make an American Quilt"

1993

Had recurring role of Susan McCann on the Saturday morning sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC)

1992

Played the tart-tongued wife of a US Senator (John Forsythe) in the NBC political sitcom "The Powers That Be"

1990

Cast as series regular Dawn St. Clare, a lusty TV producer, in the comedy "Going Places" (ABC)

1988

Appeared opposite Gurney in the first public performances of his "Love Letters"

1988

Co-starred as the daughter in a WASP family headed by Nancy Marchand in Gurney's play "The Cocktail Hour"

1987

Played Nurse Duckett on the ABC sitcom "Harry"

1986

Returned to the stage in Gurney's "The Perfect Party"

1985

Co-starred on the short-lived sitcom "Me and Mom" (ABC)

1984

Appeared as Kathleen Turner's publisher friend Gloria in "Romancing the Stone"; reprised role in 1985 sequel "The Jewel of the Nile"

1983

Starred as half of a radio talk show team in the stage comedy "Breakfast with Les and Bess"

1983

Survived the Broadway bomb "Moose Murders"; replaced Eve Arden in the legendary flop one week before opening

1980

Played Ruth Dunbar, the flamboyant boss of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, on the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies"

1977

Returned to daytime drama as the villainous Denise Cavanaugh on "The Edge of Night" (ABC)

1976

Made feature film debut, "The Next Man"

1976

Acted in Gurney's award-winning play "Children"

1975

Made prime-time TV series debut as regular on the short-lived CBS drama series "Beacon Hill"

1973

Made TV debut on the NBC daytime soap "Somerset"

1972

Played wife to Alan Bates' "Butley" on Broadway

1968

Landed first collaboration with playwright A R Gurney, "The David Show"

1967

Appeared in the Off-Broadway production of "The Poker Sessions"

1965

Made Broadway debut in "The Devils" opposite Anne Bancroft

Bonus Trivia

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Taylor on the aftermath of her Emmy win: "I have bottles and bottles of champagne and fabulous vodka. It's unbelievable what people sent me after I won the Emmy. I could throw a great party!" - quoted in People Magazine, Dec. 6, 1999

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On a November 2015 episode of the WNYC podcast "Death, Sex and Money," Taylor discussed her sexuality for the first time in her public career, acknowledging that she was in a long-term relationship with a much younger women whom she declined to name, and saying "I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out." Within days, Taylor confirmed that she was dating actress Sarah Paulson.

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