Holland Taylor Biography (1943-)

Born January 14, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of C. Tracy (a lawyer) and Virginia (a painter) Taylor. Addresses: Agent: Gersh Agency, 232 N.Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Publicist: Baker Winoker Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor West, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
January 14, 1943
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • TV interviewer, The Next Man (also known as The Arab Conspiracy and Double Hit), Allied Artists, 1976
  • (Uncredited) Claudia van Doren, Fame, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1980
  • Reuben, Reuben, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Gloria, Romancing the Stone, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Gloria, The Jewel of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Mrs. Fanshaw, Key Exchange, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Sarah Briggs, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988
  • Helen, Alice, Orion, 1990
  • Captain Rubio, Cop and a Half, Universal, 1993
  • Maggie Sand, The Favor (also known as The Favour and TheIndecent Favour), Orion, 1994
  • Mrs. Rubens, How to Make an American Quilt, Universal, 1995
  • Mona Rowland-Downey, Steal Big, Steal Little, Savoy Pictures, 1995
  • Davis Mora Axelrod, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Rainbow Releasing, 1995
  • Carol Stone, To Die For, Columbia, 1995
  • Rita, One Fine Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Beatrice Stanhope, George of the Jungle, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Truman's mother, The Truman Show, Paramount, 1997
  • Emma Jeffreys, Just Write, Curb Entertainment, 1997
  • (Uncredited) Celia, The Unknown Cyclist, Trident Releasing, 1997
  • Crystal Ball, Betty, Panorama, 1997
  • Piper Castleton, Next Stop, Wonderland, Miramax, 1998
  • Muriel, The Sex Monster, Trimark Pictures, 1999
  • Therapist, Happy Accidents, IFC Films, 2000
  • Bonnie Rose, Keeping the Faith, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Mistress of ceremonies, Town & Country, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Professor Stromwell, Legally Blonde, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Voice of Prudence, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Buena Vista Home Video, 2002
  • Dr. Hollander, Home Room, Myriad, 2002
  • Grandmother, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Dimension, 2002
  • Fits and Starts, Res Ipsa, 2002
  • Grandmother, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Miramax, 2003
  • Intent, 2003
  • Headmistress, D.E.B.S., Screen Gems, 2004
  • Something Borrowed, Gold Circle, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Sergeant Ruth Gardiner, Somerset (also known as Another World:Somerset and Somerset: Bay City), NBC, 1973
  • Marilyn Gardiner, Beacon Hill, CBS, 1975
  • Denise Norwood Cavanaugh, R.N., The Edge of Night, ABC, 1977-1978,1980
  • Ruth Dunbar, Bosom Buddies, ABC, 1980-1982
  • Jill Ollinger, All My Children (also known as AMC: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1981-1982
  • Zena Hunnicutt, Me and Mom, ABC, 1985
  • Nurse Ina Duckett, Harry, ABC, 1987
  • Dawn St. Claire, Going Places, ABC, 1990-1991
  • Margaret Powers, The Powers That Be (also known as Love Child), NBC, 1992-1993
  • Dean Susan McMann, Saved by the Bell: The New Class (also known asGood Morning, Miss Bliss), NBC, 1993-1995
  • Dean Susan McMann, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, NBC, 1994
  • Camilla Dane, The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again and Pix), ABC, 1995-1996, NBC, 1996-1998
  • Judge Roberta Kittleson, a recurring role, The Practice, ABC, 1998-2004
  • Letitia DeVine, The Lot, AMC, 1999
  • Madeline Collins, Baby Bob, CBS, 2002
  • Evelyn Harper, Two and a Half Men, CBS, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • Mrs. Marbury, Concealed Enemies, PBS, 1984
  • Dolly, People Like Us, NBC, 1990
  • Florence Newsom, In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride, and Madness (also known as Bitter Blood), CBS, 1994
  • Movies
  • Dottie Birmingham, I Was a Mail Order Bride, CBS, 1982
  • Mrs. Shand Kydd, The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana, CBS, 1982
  • Paula Gordon, Perry Mason Returns (also known as The Defense Never Rests), NBC, 1985
  • Ernestine King, Power, Passion and Murder, 1987
  • Dr. Carol Greenway, The Rape of Dr. Willis, CBS, 1991
  • Lois Baxter, With Hostile Intent (also known as Two Cops: The Long Beach Sexual Harassment Case and With Hostile Intent: Sisters in Black and Blue), CBS, 1993
  • Wallace, The Counterfeit Contessa (also known as The Contessa), Fox, 1994
  • Mary, Betrayal of Trust (also known as Under the Influence), NBC, 1994
  • Janice Kramer, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester, NBC, 1995
  • Dr. Joyce Lindley, Awake to Danger (also known as Out of the Dark and The Other Side of Dark), NBC, 1995
  • Aunt Flo, A Walton Wedding (also known as John-Boy's Wedding), CBS, 1995
  • Marnie Morton, My Last Love (also known as To Live For), ABC, 1999
  • Emma Warren, The Spiral Staircase, Fox Family, 2000
  • Katherine Horner, Mail to the Chief, ABC, 2000
  • Evelyn McGinnis, The Deadly Look of Love (also known as Mine Forever), Lifetime, 2000
  • Nancy Regan, The Day Reagan Was Shot, Showtime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Elizabeth, "Sister Maria," Kojak, CBS, 1977
  • "A Booming Romance," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • Linda Cabot, "Diner," Kate and Allie, CBS, 1984
  • Olivia Crawford, "Sexual Harassment in Chicago," Perfect Strangers, ABC, 1987
  • Winifred Thayer, "Town Father," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989
  • "To Die in Bettendorf," Wiseguy, CBS, 1989
  • Agent Gretchen McCord, "Many Happy Returns," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994
  • Agent Gretchen McCord, "Sea No Evil," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995
  • Abigail, "Something about Seared Ahi," Something So Right, NBC, 1996
  • Millicent, "Veronica's Mole," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1998
  • Millicent, "Veronica's Silent Partner," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 1998
  • Olivia Vandermeer, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," Buddy Faro, CBS, 1998
  • Phyllis Farr, "Power," ER, NBC, 1999
  • Judge Roberta Kittleson, "Do You Wanna Dance?," Ally McBeal, Fox,2000
  • Lillian Pynchon, "Drug Interactions," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2000
  • Katherine Twigg, "The Return of Katherine Twigg," DAG, NBC, 2000
  • Rose, "The Cook, the Fitz, His Sister and Her Luggage," The Fighting Fitzgeralds, NBC, 2001
  • Peggy Peabody, "Longing," The L Word, Showtime, 2004
  • Peggy Peabody, "Lies, Lies, Lies," The L Word, Showtime, 2004
  • Also appeared as voice, Disney's Hercules (animated); moderator, Cold Feet, Bravo; Carrie Best, Michael Hayes; Ruth Taylor, Silver Spoons, NBC; in Sweet Justice, NBC.
  • Pilots
  • Fran Grogan, The Saint (also known as The Saint in Manhattan), CBS, 1987
  • Mayor Brown, American Nuclear, CBS, 1989
  • Mrs. Bluett, Big Deals, ABC, 1991
  • Marge Crowley, "Room Service," Strange Frequency, VH1, 2001
  • Specials
  • Mrs. Arnold, J. T., CBS, 1969
  • Beverly, 3 by Cheever: O Youth and Beauty! (also known as O Youth and Beauty), Channel 13, 1979
  • "My Mother Was Never a Kid," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1981
  • Ernestine King, "Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson," Great Performances, PBS, 1987
  • Narrator, Costa Rica: Land of Pure Life, PBS, 2001
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher, Lifetime, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) A townsperson and understudy for the role of Sister Louise, The Devils, Broadway Theatre, 1965
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Irene, The Poker Session, Martinique Theatre,1967
  • The David Show, Players Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Tonight in Living Color, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1969
  • Colette, Ellen Stewart Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • The Philanthropist, Washington Theatre Club, Washington, DC, 1971
  • Anne Butley, Butley, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Minerva, "Boo Hoo" in Three One Act Plays by Philip Magdalany, Playwrights Horizons, West Side YWCA-Clark Center, New York City, 1972
  • Kim and Colonel Howard, Fashion, McAlpin Rooftop Theatre, New YorkCity, 1974
  • Amanda Williams, We Interrupt This Program ... , Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Standby, Murder among Friends, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1975-1976
  • Barbara, Children, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1976
  • Cynthia Morse, Something Old, Something New, Morosco Theatre, 1977
  • Bess Dischinger, Breakfast with Les and Bess, Hudson Guild Theatre, then Lambs Theatre, both New York City, 1983
  • Hedda Holloway, Moose Murders, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Lois, The Perfect Party, Playwrights Horizons, 1986
  • Nina, The Cocktail Hour, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1988, then Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1988-1989
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, 1989
  • Also appeared in Nightlight, off-Broadway production; The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre, New York City; Drinks before Dinner, off-Broadway production; Kindertransport, Los Angeles production.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, June 26, 1992, p. 71
    • TV Guide, December 30, 1995, p. 28

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