At 80 years old, Holland Taylor has this physical status:
Taylor began in the theater. Throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, she appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including starring roles in Simon Gray's Butley and A. R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour; for the latter, she was nominated for a Drama Desk award. In 1983, Taylor appeared in Breakfast with Les and Bess, which prompted the New York magazine theatre critic John Simon to sing, "...Miss Taylor is one of the few utterly graceful, attractive, elegant and technically accomplished actresses in our theatre...seeing her may turn you, like me, into a Taylor freak..."
Taylor took the role of Denise Cavanaugh on the soap opera The Edge of Night, who killed herself just to frame her husband. Then encouraged by her acting coach, Stella Adler, Taylor took a role that would make her well known: Tom Hanks' sexy, demanding boss in the 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies.
She proved herself to be equally adept at both comedy and drama. In 1985, she co-starred with Lisa Eilbacher in the ABC detective series Me and Mom. Two years later, she played opposite Alan Arkin in the short-lived ABC sitcom Harry, in which she received "starring" billing. In 1990, Taylor reunited with former Bosom Buddies executive producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett for a role on their ABC sitcom Going Places, playing grand dame television producer Dawn St. Claire for the show's first 13 episodes. From 1992 to 1993, she starred in Norman Lear's The Powers That Be with John Forsythe and David Hyde Pierce, playing the wife of Forsythe's character, a U.S. senator.
In early 1994, she joined the cast of Saved by the Bell: The College Years as Dean Susan McMann, just episodes before its cancellation. Following this was her role as high-powered newspaper editor Camilla Dane on the ABC/NBC sitcom The Naked Truth; Taylor was one of the few cast members to last through the show's entire run through 1998, despite several retoolings.
She played the part of Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Originally intended to be a one-time appearance, the role lasted from 1998 to 2003. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1999; in her acceptance speech, she is remembered for claiming the statue and exclaiming, "Overnight!" Taylor thanked David E. Kelley, The Practice's producer/writer and creator, for "giving me a chariot to ride up here on: A woman who puts a flag on the moon for women over 40—who can think, who can work, who are successes, who can cook, and who can COOK!" She was nominated in the same category for the same role the following year.
Taylor was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her recurring role on AMC's The Lot, and has been nominated for Emmys five times since 2003: four for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on the TV series Two and a Half Men, playing Evelyn Harper, the snobbish, overbearing mother of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer's characters, and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Ellen Kincaid, a studio executive and mentor for aspiring actors, in the miniseries Hollywood. Taylor's television movie and series guest roles have been extensive and include appearances on ER and Veronica's Closet, and recurring roles on Ally McBeal and Monk, and as billionaire Peggy Peabody on The L Word.
Taylor's movie roles have included Reese Witherspoon's character's tough Harvard law professor in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde, Tina Fey's character's mother in Baby Mama, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Next Stop Wonderland, George of the Jungle, The Wedding Date, How to Make an American Quilt, Romancing the Stone, D.E.B.S., Cop and a Half, and One Fine Day.
Taylor's animated roles include that of Prudence, the castle's majordomo and love interest of the Grand Duke, in Disney's Cinderella II and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. She also played a role in the animated show American Dad! as Francine's biological mother.
Taylor began researching, writing, and producing a one-woman play about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards in 2009. The two-act play, originally titled Money, Marbles, and Chalk, starring Taylor as Richards, was first workshopped in May 2010 at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas. It was later retitled Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards and opened in Chicago November 16, 2011, where it was billed as a "pre-Broadway" engagement. It played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., from December 17, 2011, through January 15, 2012. The show next opened on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 7, 2013. For this role, Taylor was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play. PBS Great Performances broadcast the premiere of the play, now titled simply Ann, on June 19, 2020. It had been recorded at the Zach Theater in Austin, Texas, following its national tour and Broadway run.
Sarah Paulson, 48, dazzles in yellow gown as she puts on a loved-up display with elegant partner Holland Taylor, 80, at Second Stage Theater Fall Gala
Sarah Paulson contrasts brown suede jacket with a white maxi skirt in chic ensemble after leaving Good Morning America's studio in New York City
Sarah Paulson, 48, brands partner Holland Taylor, 80, 'incredibly sexy' in candid interview and says actress is the 'most extraordinary person I've ever met'
Sarah Paulson is honestly shocked at how many people are fascinated by her romance with Holland Taylor. As you surely know, the American Horror Story actress has been dating the 74-year-old industry vet for about three years now — and people still can’t get over it. For a sit down with NET-A-PORTER‘s digital magazine, titled The Edit, Miz Paulson defended her unconventional relationship by noting that it’s the “least interesting thing about [her].” Related: Australian MP Proposes To Longtime Boyfriend The Emmy winner explained:
“My life choices are, um, unconventional. I’m with a much older person and people find that totally fascinating and odd, and, to me, it’s the least interesting thing about me. But I do feel a bit unconventional.”
The One ANN Only is a marvelous collection of classic and clever one-liners from the outspoken feminist Ann Richards, the forty-fifth governor of Texas. It is also the greatest collection of photographs of Ann you could ever hope to find in one place. I was especially thrilled to see so many from Ave Bonar, who was Ann’s official photographer when governor, and also a much admired poet and photojournalist with the truth telling black and white work for which she is famous. Margaret Justus has put this book together - she was one of Ann’s press secretaries and has a real sense of what was essentially *Ann*. (Both Margaret and Ann were really helpful sources for me as my research on Richards began, early in 2007.) This book is a must have for anyone who cares about the former Governor and a perfect introduction for anyone wanting a feel of who she really was. Her impact on Texas and, really, the whole country can’t be overestimated. Nor can one measure what she means, still, to women. Her presence in the American air is forever.
Hillary arranged the whole night. Having seen it in DC, she knew. They brought Meryl and Don. Meryl told me, he kept saying, this is all so true to her, so accurate. “He just roared at the Arkansas joke…” They were so interested in the process. I didn’t know they were coming, as Kevin really protects me from distraction. He greeted me as I stepped off the stage and said, “Don’t kick your shoes off, you’re coming with me,” and swept me into the back corridors of Lincoln Center until we finally arrived at a door opening into large reception room with the Clintons, Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly and… MERYL STREEP! I was speechless, but not for long. The President was still teary-eyed and Hillary just beamed at the surprise event she had made. Meryl seemed genuinely excited and told me how the President kept nudging her and saying. “This is so accurate!” and guffawed at the Arkansas joke. I was so thrilled to talk with them all as they seemed avidly interested in the whole process of making the show. It was wonderful to look into Gabby Giffords’s eyes and see the sparkling perfect presence there, and to meet astronaut Mark Kelly, whom I now support politically, of course. These pictures were all snapped on my phone by my dresser Barry Doss, but they had the great photog Brigitte Lacombe at that event for official coverage, so I sometimes see her shots still out there. What a night. The reception was long, and as Kevin led me out, he said, ”You have a few more people here…” and lo and behold, all the Kennedy Center ushers awaited in their own reception area! What an unbelievable night!!! And yep, of course, I had a matinée the next morning…