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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 14, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actress

Biography CLOSE THE FULL 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- ). 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."

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- ). 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."

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Baby Mama (2008)
3.
 Chosen, The (2007)
4.
 Wedding Date, The (2005) Bunny
5.
 D.E.B.S. (2004) Mrs. Peatree
6.
 Home Room (2003) Dr Hollander
7.
 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Grandmother
8.
 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002) Voice Of Prudence
9.
 Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) Grandmother
10.
 Town & Country (2001) Mistress Of Ceremonies
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to New York City after college to become an actress
1965:
Made Broadway debut in "The Devils" opposite Anne Bancroft
1967:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway production of "The Poker Sessions"
1968:
First collaboration with playwright A R Gurney, "The David Show"
1972:
Played wife to Alan Bates' "Butley" on Broadway
1973:
Made TV debut on the NBC daytime soap "Somerset"
1975:
Primetime TV series debut as regular on the short-lived CBS drama series "Beacon Hill"
1976:
Feature film debut, "The Next Man"
1976:
Acted in Gurney's award-winning play "Children"
1977:
Returned to daytime drama as the villainous Denise Cavanaugh on "The Edge of Night" (ABC)
1980:
Played Ruth Dunbar, the flamboyant boss of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, on the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies"
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
1984:
Appeared as Kathleen Turner's publisher friend Gloria in "Romancing the Stone"; reprised role in 1985 sequel "The Jewel of the Nile"
1985:
Co-starred on the short-lived sitcom "Me and Mom" (ABC)
1986:
Returned to the stage in Gurney's "The Perfect Party"
1987:
Played Nurse Duckett on the ABC sitcom "Harry"
1988:
Co-starred as the daughter in a WASP family headed by Nancy Marchand in Gurney's play "The Cocktail Hour"
1988:
Appeared opposite Gurney in the first public performances of his "Love Letters"
1990:
Cast as series regular Dawn St. Clare, a lusty TV producer, in the comedy "Going Places" (ABC)
1992:
Played the tart-tongued wife of a US Senator (John Forsythe) in the NBC political sitcom "The Powers That Be"
1993:
Had recurring role of Susan McCann on the Saturday morning sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (NBC)
1995:
Cast in small role in the feature "How to Make an American Quilt"
1995:
Cast as tabloid editor Camilla Dane on the sitcom "The Naked Truth" (ABC 1995-96; NBC 1996-98)
1997:
Appeared in the live-action comedy "George of the Jungle"
1998:
Portrayed Truman's (Jim Carrey) Mother in "The Truman Show"
1998:
Acted in "Next Stop, Wonderland"; directed by nephew Brad Anderson
1998:
Played a recurring role of a judge on the ABC drama "The Practice"
1999:
Cast as a gossip columnist on the AMC original series "The Lot"
2000:
Portrayed an elegant temple member in Edward Norton's feature directing debut, "Keeping the Faith"
2000:
Cast as Marisa Tomei's unpredictable shrink in Brad Anderson's "Happy Accidents"
2001:
Appeared as a tough Harvard law professor, opposite Reese Witherspoon, in the comedy, "Legally Blonde"
2001:
Portrayed US First Lady Nancy Reagan in "The Day Reagan Was Shot" (Showtime)
2002:
Cast as Grandma in "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"
2003:
Again starred as Grandma in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"
2003:
Cast as the snobbish, overbearing mother of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer in the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men"; earned Emmy (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010) nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2004:
Had a recurring role as billionaire Peggy Peabody on Showtime's "The L Word"
2005:
Cast in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date" starring Debra Messing
2008:
Featured in the comedy "Baby Mama" starring Tina Fey
:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
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Education

Westtown School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Bennington College: Bennington , Vermont - 1964

Notes

Complaining that ABC had reedited her nude scene in the previous Sunday's episode of "The Practice": It's one thing to show gorgeous ex-'NYPD Blue' star Jimmy Smits from the nape of his back to his naked butt because he's a gorgeous young man. But if you see a woman over 40 who's in swell shape, people say, 'She could be my mother!' . . . I think everyone was pretty disappointed with how it was cut down . . . But we're working for a corporate entity which has its own criteria. And where they draw the line, that's where the censors go." --Holland Taylor, quoted in New York Post, October 12, 1999

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!" --Taylor quoted in People, December 6, 1999

Family close complete family listing

father:
C Tracy Taylor. Lawyer. Died in 1989.
mother:
Virginia Taylor. Painter. Born c 1916.
sister:
Patricia Taylor. Public relations executive. Born c. 1936.
sister:
Pamela Taylor Anderson. Community services manager. Born c. 1937.
nephew:
Brad Anderson. Director, screenwriter. Directed Taylor in "Next Stop, Wonderland" (1998) and "Happy Accidents" (2000).
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