Holland Taylor

Biography

Date of Birth 14 January 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Holland Taylor is the third born (and last) daughter of her mother Virginia Taylor, and the only child of her father C. Tracy Taylor (an attorney). She was born in Philadelphia and spent her teen years in nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania where Holland got the nickname "Penny Taylor" because of her coppery hair color. Holland attended Quaker schools then majored in drama at Bennington college. At the age of 22 Holland moved to New York with the desire to become a "great big Broadway star." After fifteen years of "dissapointments and near misses" in New York and California Holland was cast as Ruth Dunbar in the sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (1980) with Tom Hanks. It was Hollands "breakout" role and it lead to many other TV and film offers including the movie Romancing the Stone (1984) as Kathleen Turner's book publisher and friend. Holland had hesitated to accept the role but her acting coach and mentor Stella Adler encouraged her not to be so stage minded. In 1992 Holland was still living in Greenwhich Village, New York and traveling back and forth between a rented apartment in Hollywood and New York in order to work on both coasts. Holland has said her first love was the theater but the work for her in TV and films was better. By 1992 However Holland said she was dealing with the back and forthing "less and less well". In the next few years Holland moved officially to California and in the last couple of years left her apartment in West Hollywood for her own home in the Hollywood Hills. Holland won an Emmy in 1999 for her work in "The Practice" (1997). She said the recognition of her work means a lot "to have a great part like this at my age is rich, rich, rich". Holland once said "I always thought I would end up marrying in my 60s". She is still single. Trivia Loves France and has taken French classes to learn the language. She has also taken lessons in classical French cooking. Has studied Jazz and Tap dancing and also ballet at the Joffrey (beginning level as of 1978). She has said she is a "once and always student" of acting coach Stella Adler. Has never married or had children. Youngest of 3 daughters born to C. Tracy and Virginia Taylor. Sisters, Patricia and Pamela. Attended Bennington College in Vermont. Aunt of Brad Anderson She has at least five nieces and nephews and a great niece or nephew. Among her friends are playwright A.R. Gurney, and former co-star Téa Leoni. August 2005 - Received her Master degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Personal Quotes "I'm just cutting a swath of bitchiness through the world!." (on her propensity for playing cantankerous women) Where Are They Now (July 2009) Appearing with Buck Henry in off-Broadway play, "Mother".

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Birth Name

Holland Virginia Taylor

Birth Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Date

1/14/1943
Known For
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Cop and A Half

Captain Rubio

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The Chosen One

Ruth

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Mail to the Chief

Katherine Horner

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"Great Performances" Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson

Ernestine King

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Quiz Lady

Francine

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Power, Passion and Murder

Ernestine King

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Betty

Crystal Ball

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The Truman Show

Truman's Mother

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O Youth and Beauty (Broadway Theatre Archive)

Beverly

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Happy Accidents

Therapist, Maggie Ann "Meg" Ford

Starring In
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Quiz Lady

Francine

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Adele: One Night Only

Self - Audience Member (uncredited)

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Bill & Ted Face the Music

The Great Leader

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 2

Stormy

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Spiral Farm

Davis Mora Axelrod

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Why We Laugh: Funny Women

Herself

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The Chosen One

Ruth

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Baby Mama

Rose

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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

Prudence (voice)

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The Wedding Date

Bunny

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D.E.B.S.

Ms. Petrie

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Spy Kids 3: Game Over

Grandmother

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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Grandmother

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Home Room

Dr. Hollander

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Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

Prudence (voice)

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Legally Blonde

Professor Stromwell

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Town & Country

Mistress of Ceremonies

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The Day Reagan Was Shot

Nancy Reagan

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Happy Accidents

Therapist, Maggie Ann "Meg" Ford

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Keeping the Faith

Bonnie Rose

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Mail to the Chief

Katherine Horner

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The Spiral Staircase

Emma

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The Sex Monster

Muriel

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The Truman Show

Truman's Mother

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Betty

Crystal Ball

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Next Stop Wonderland

Piper Castleton

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Just Write

Emma Jeffreys

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George of the Jungle

Beatrice Stanhope

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The Unknown Cyclist

Celia (uncredited)

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One Fine Day

Rita

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How to Make an American Quilt

Mrs. Rubens

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Last Summer in the Hamptons

Davis Mora Axelrod

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To Die For

Carol Stone

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A Walton Wedding

Aunt Flo

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Strids Brødre

Mona Rowland-Downey

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The Favor

Maggie Sand

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Cop and A Half

Captain Rubio

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Saved by the Bell - The College Years (Complete Series)

Dean Susan McMann (7 episodes, 1993-1994)

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Alice

Helen

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She's Having a Baby

Sarah Briggs

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"Great Performances" Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson

Ernestine King

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Power, Passion and Murder

Ernestine King

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The Jewel of the Nile

Gloria

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Romancing the Stone

Gloria

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Reuben, Reuben

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Fame

Claudia van Doren (uncredited)

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O Youth and Beauty (Broadway Theatre Archive)

Beverly

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Next Man

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La Historia de Carlos y Diana

Frances Shand Kydd

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