Holland Virginia Taylor came to this world on January 14, 1943, in Philadelphia. She was born to Virginia (Davis) and C. Tracy Taylor. Holland became an American actress and playwright. She attended her high school in Pennsylvania. Later, Taylor did major in drama and graduated in 1964 from Bennington College. Then, to try her luck in Hollywood, she made New York City her new home.
Taylor kick-started her career as a theater artist. She performed in various Broadway productions like Ann, for which she received a nomination for a Tony Award, as well as off-Broadway productions. Taylor had her landmark set in 1983 when she got the opportunity to appear on ‘Breakfast with Les and Bess’. Taylor’s role as
Tom Hanks' boss in Chris Thompson’s sitcom titled ‘Bosom Buddies’, in the 1980s made her very famous. She is equally good at drama and comedy. In the ABC series ‘Me and Mom’, Taylor co-starred with Lisa Eilbacher in 1985. In 1987, the role of Ina Duckett was played by her in the ABC sitcom ‘Harry’, which was only short-lived. Her performance in ‘The Naked Truth’ is still remembered by many. Taylor appeared in several films like ‘Legally Blonde’; ‘Baby Mama’; ‘One Fine Day’; ‘Happy Accidents’; ‘Romancing the Stone’; ‘Cop and a Half’; ‘George of the Jungle’; ‘D.E.B.S.’; ‘How to Make an American Quilt’; ‘Next Stop Wonderland’; ‘The Wedding Date’; and ‘The Truman Show’. Taylor has also played roles in animated films like Disney's ‘Cinderella’ (parts two and three). She is well known for her commitment towards classy roles.
Initially, which was supposed to become only a one-time appearance, Taylor’s role of a covetous Judge named Roberta Kittleson in the TV series ‘The Practice’ lasted till 2003 from 1998. And in 1999, she was awarded her first Primetime Emmy as well as the OFTA Television Award for her outstanding performance in a supporting role for the same. Interestingly, she also featured as Roberta Kittleson on another show (Ally McBeal- 1999). She was nominated thrice for the Primetime Emmy Award for her in-depth character portrayal of Evelyn Harper (Two and a Half Men) in the years 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010. In 2009, Taylor shared the Future Classic Award with the cast and crew of the same.
She has reported that she has been in some relationships, mostly with women. Currently, her partner is
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Holland Taylor is an accomplished actress who is a multi-time Emmy Award nominee and has acted in a number of films and TV shows throughout her career as well as done a number of Broadway shows. Born to a painter mother and attorney father in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Holland was the junior of three girls in the family. She went to a boarding school in West Chester and graduated from the Bennington College in 1964 and then went to New York to continue a profession in acting. In the beginning, she did a few On and Off Broadway shows, starting with ‘The Devils’ in 1965.
This enabled her to improve her acting skills before she landed onto the small screen when she appeared with a small role in ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing’ in 1971. She made small appearances in some films also beginning in 1969 in the movie ‘J.T.’ While her film career didn’t go smooth, she continued appearing in TV shows and continued to work in Broadway shows as well. She gained more popularity when she was selected to play the role of Ruth Dunbar, the boss of Tom Hanks in the 1980 sitcom ‘Bosom Buddies’. Her acting was heavily praised which led to offerings of roles both in movies as well as in Television as well. She starred in the Off-Broadway show ‘The Cocktail Hour’ in 1989 for which she received a nomination for the Drama Desk Reward.
While she had studied Drama at the college, she proved to be equally talented at comedy as well. Throughout the 80s, in a number of sitcoms including ABC Afterschool Special, CB Summer Playhouse, Murder She Wrote and Wiseguy. For her Broadway show Breakfast with Les and Bess in 1982, she was heavily praised and was called as one of the most talented actresses in the theater at that time. In the 90s, she had more prominent roles in TV series such as Going Places, The Power That Be and The Naked Truth. In 1999, for depicting the role of a judge in ‘The Practice,’ she won her first Emmy award. For the same show, she again got nominated, only, this time, she didn’t win it. The same year, she got selected for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for ‘The Lot.’
Her biggest project in her career has been the role of Evelyn Harper, the overbearing, mother of Charlie Sheen's and Jon Cryer's characters, for which she has been nominated for four times at the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Her notable film roles include The Truman Show, George of the Jungle, The Wedding Date, Legally Blonde and One Fine Day. She has also acted in animated movies like the Cinderella franchise and the show ‘American Dad.’ In 2013, she received a proposal at the Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for ‘Ann.’ She has been in a relationship with actress Sarah Paulson since 2015. She has also studied French cooking, Jazz and Tap dancing.