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Also Known As: Renee Wechsler Died:
Born: March 19, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, playwright, comedian, director

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A comic performer and writer with an unabashed New York accent and sensibility who has portrayed a wide range of common-folk Jewish women, Renee Taylor began her career in New York in the 1950s as a revue comedienne and writer. She first gained national attention as a semi-regular on "The Jack Paar Show." Taylor made her film debut for Jerry Lewis in "The Errand Boy" (1961), and in 1968 was Jack Klugman's wife in "The Detective" who tried to distract him from his concentration with the offer of food. In 1977, Taylor appeared on the syndicated "Fernwood Tonight," the offspring of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," as a character who proclaimed herself to be the missing Mary Hartman. Since the roles she was offered often did not showcase her abilities, Taylor and husband Joseph Bologna began writing and starring in their own plays and independent feature films which they tirelessly promoted. They co-wrote and performed onstage in "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1968), which they later adapted (but did not star in) for the screen in 1970. In 1971, the duo made the feature "Made for Each Other," in which Taylor was Pandora, a talentless performer pursuing the reluctant Bologna as her last chance at happiness....

A comic performer and writer with an unabashed New York accent and sensibility who has portrayed a wide range of common-folk Jewish women, Renee Taylor began her career in New York in the 1950s as a revue comedienne and writer. She first gained national attention as a semi-regular on "The Jack Paar Show." Taylor made her film debut for Jerry Lewis in "The Errand Boy" (1961), and in 1968 was Jack Klugman's wife in "The Detective" who tried to distract him from his concentration with the offer of food. In 1977, Taylor appeared on the syndicated "Fernwood Tonight," the offspring of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," as a character who proclaimed herself to be the missing Mary Hartman. Since the roles she was offered often did not showcase her abilities, Taylor and husband Joseph Bologna began writing and starring in their own plays and independent feature films which they tirelessly promoted. They co-wrote and performed onstage in "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1968), which they later adapted (but did not star in) for the screen in 1970. In 1971, the duo made the feature "Made for Each Other," in which Taylor was Pandora, a talentless performer pursuing the reluctant Bologna as her last chance at happiness. Taylor's self-written characters were often women with low self-esteem who are desperately seek love yet who also believe themselves to be unattractive. The pair revived "Made for Each Other" with frequent screenings at their own expense. Taylor and Bologna also co-wrote "Acts of Love and Other Comedies," a 1972 special starring Marlo Thomas that earned them a writing Emmy. Taylor wrote and starred in the 1976 TV-movie "Woman of the Year." In 1995, Taylor co-wrote and co-directed "Love Is All There Is" which centers on two feuding families whose children fall in love. The film was shown out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Taylor found herself on a hit series when she was cast in the recurring role of Fran Drescher's Flushing, Queens, mother in the CBS sitcom "The Nanny" (1994-99). Again, she played a blowzy, overbearing parent not dissimilar characters she created for herself. Riding on her increased popularity, Taylor co-wrote a stage play with Bologna called "Bermuda Avenue Triangle" (1995), that explored love and relationships in middle age. With Beatrice Arthur as the third star of the piece, the play played to enthusiastic crowds in Los Angeles. Taylor continued working steadily in small roles in both film and television, including recurring roles on the sitcoms "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014) and "Happily Divorced" (TV Land 2011-13), in which she was reunited with Drescher, and the animated comedy "Bob's Burgers" (Fox 2011- ). She also appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy "The Do Over" (2016) and director Ken Marino's "How To Be A Latin Lover" (2017).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Love Is All There Is (1996) Director
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  It Had to Be You (1989) Director
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  Bedrooms (1984) Director

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 Alfie (2004) Lu Schnitman
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 Returning Mickey Stern (2003) Jeannie
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 Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) Voice Of Female Tortoise
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1996:
Co-wrote and co-starred in stage play "Bermuda Avenue Triangle"
1977:
Featured on "Fernwood Tonight" as Annabelle
2004:
Starred in "Alfie" opposite Jude Law; a remake of the 1966 film
2004:
Starred in the comedy "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers"
2009:
Appeared in family-friendly comedy "Opposite Day"
2016:
Appeared in Adam Sandler comedy "The Do-Over"
1995:
Co-wrote and co-directed (with Bologna) "Love Is All There Is"
1961:
Made film acting debut in "The Errand Boy"
1970:
First screenplay collaboration with Joseph Bologna, "Lovers and Other Strangers"
1959:
Made frequent appearances on "The Jack Paar Show"
1972:
Made TV acting debut on "The Trouble With People"
2001:
Co-wrote and co-starred in the Broadway play, "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You"
2001:
Premiered "An Evening With Golda Meir" at the newly dedicated Sid Caesar Theater in Huntington, Long Island; wrote and starred in the one-person show
1973:
Made TV writing debut with "Marlo Thomas in Acts of Love and Other Comedies"
1993:
Played recurring role of Sylvia Fine on "The Nanny"
2009:
Had a recurring role on hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother"
2011:
Voiced Principal Gottlieb in short-lived series "Allen Gregory"
2011:
Played Marilyn on "Happily Divorced"
2017:
Appeared in Ken Marino's "How to Be a Latin Lover"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, New York -

Notes

Taylor and Bologna are known for giving large parties in their Beverly Hills home, and also live in Englewood, New Jersey. They have renewed their wedding vows at frequent intervals, and with full publicity. Taylor is Jewish, Bologna is Roman Catholic. They were originally married by a priest, although their son, actor Gabe, was raised Jewish. They have subsequently renewed their vows with a rabbi and minister officiating, and also in Buddhist and Hindu ceremonies.

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husband:
Joseph Bologna. Actor, writer. Married on August 6, 1965.

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son:
Gabriel Bologna. Actor. Married actor Lisbet Stensland in July 1990 (niece of the late Inger Stevens).
grandson:
Juliano Bologna. Born c. 1995.

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