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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 February 1951Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Birth NamePatricia Castle Richardson
Nickname Pat
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patricia is best known for her work on ABC TV's Home Improvement as Jill Taylor. For that show she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, and four Emmy Awards. Her first television series was for Norman Lear, Double Trouble, starring Liz and Jean Sagal. She also starred in two other comedies from one of the creators of the Mary Tyler Moore show, Alan Burns: Eisenhower and Lutz with Scott Bakula and FM with Robert Hays. After Home Improvement she took off a few years to be with her kids and then went back to work on Lifetime's Strong Medicine, produced by Whoopie Goldberg. She was nominated for her work in it by the Prism Awards. Patricia co-hosted the Emmy Awards with Ellen Degeneres and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her first starring role in a movie opposite Peter Fonda in Ulee's Gold. Ms. Richardson received a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and spent several years in New York doing theatre. She created roles in two Beth Henley plays, The Wake of Jamie Foster, and The Miss Firecracker Contest, Michael Weller's Loose Ends, Kevin Wade's Cruise Control, and various other plays on and off- Broadway and around the country in regional theaters. She got her Equity card from Arthur Laurents on her first audition in New York for the job understudying the young Gypsy Rose Lee in Angela Lansbury's revival of Gypsy at the Winter Garden. In the last few years as her youngest children finally went off to college she went back to work and started doing theatre again: a World Premiere of Alfred Uhry's Apples and Oranges, directed by Lynne Meadow at the Alliance Theater, and more recently, I Forgive You Ronald Reagan Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theater. She has also started appearing again in films and television movies.

Patricia is the National Spokesperson and on the Board of Directors for CurePSP, a patient advocacy organization for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, the disease that took her father in 2005. She serves on the LA Local and the National Board of SAG AFTRA . And she is the proud mother of three: Henry, Roxie, and Joe.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (1)

Ray Baker (20 June 1982 - 31 August 1995) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Having a hairstyle that features sharp, sassy bangs

Trivia (13)

Her three children are Henry (b. 22 February 1985) and twins Roxanne and Joseph (b. 3 January 1991).
1969 graduate of the prestigious Hockaday School For Girls-Dallas, Texas.
1973 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Won an Independent Spirit nomination for her first starring film role in Ulee's Gold (1997) in 1997.
Understudied the part of young "Gypsy Rose Lee" in Angela Lansbury's production of "Gypsy" on Broadway. Later played a number of different roles in the show.
A former classmate of playwright Beth Henley, she played a role in Henley's play "The Miss Firecracker Contest" off-Broadway.
Earned a total of four Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for playing Tim Allen's wife on Home Improvement (1991).
Father was a lifer with the Navy and she lived all over growing up.
Her parents are father, Lawrence, and mother, Elizabeth.
Is the third of four girls. Her sisters are Ann, Lynn and, Cathy.
She is a registered Democrat and over time has supported Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Around the time she began her career in television she sidetracked with commercial work appearing in ads for brands like Wendy's, Lipton, Chef Saluto Pizza, Jell-O, and Kraft Foods.
Shares her birthday with Ulee's Gold (1997) co-star Peter Fonda.

Personal Quotes (28)

I always hated perfect TV moms because I always thought that was unrealistic.
I kind of feel like people like to dump on 'Home Improvement,' and I don't know why.
I live in such a sweet world in the world of 'Home Improvement' that I tend to be drawn to stuff that's really on the other end of the spectrum entirely.
Good actresses can often accomplish miracles, and it is possible to be someone you've never been or will be. But in a sitcom, there's no time.
I curse too much. I really do. I have a horrible cursing mouth.
People who meet me think of Jill and transfer her strong qualities to me.
I still get the kids to the doctor and dentist and plan their play dates and buy their clothes.
Part of the whole L.A. mentality that nothing really matters unless it's a success... is such a shallow and dangerous attitude to have.
But then my mother, who's a very selfless, stoic person from a family of Marines, would tell us that what was good for our father was good for us - he would make more money; therefore, we'd be able to get better educations.
Losing their reproductive rights is the first step to how women live in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.
It was extremely hard going from being a parent of one to a parent of three, because now all these instant decisions have to be made about how you balance out the time and attention between them.
I didn't want to do comedy again. It is way harder when you are doing comedy. You can't just concentrate on the character and the plot. In comedy, the writers, instead of obsessing about character and plot, obsess about the jokes.
I had been a real problem child, but once I got into acting, my parents never had any more trouble with me because all of that energy was directed in a positive way.
I don't understand that, because I think that what people like most about the show is that they recognize themselves in the characters and their problems, so the more believable the family is, the more we can draw the audience in.
I know it's a lot harder for women who don't have enough help, but the truth is, no matter how much money you have, if you want to stay involved with your children and don't want to lose being a primary parent to them, you're still in the game.
I really was about to pass out during my entire wedding. I just didn't know if I could marry anybody.
When you're a woman with a certain amount of fame and money, you are never certain what someone's motives are.
You have to be the parent; you can't be their friend.
Tim on the show does a lot of that posturing, of course, and feels sort of threatened by women. But even at that, you do see him cooking, and ultimately he's a good father because he spends a lot of time with the boys.
They see me as being this Super Mom on TV who also can more than handle a difficult husband, and they assume I'm going to be just full of wisdom as a mother and wife myself.
The truth is, I've been going pretty much nuts all year. I constantly have to fight being scattered. I feel like I'm on automatic pilot from fatigue. The hardest thing is trying to be present, living for the moment, for everybody in the family.
I'd like us to deliver a little message to all the men still out there who think it's the '50s, and coming home simply means watching television with a beer.
I have born-again Christians in my family, and they are completely against abortion... Everybody's got to stop being afraid of it real soon. Who's going to do it if a woman's network doesn't? People are going to be dying.
Instead of yelling and spanking, which don't work anyway, I believe in finding creative ways to keep their attention - turning things into a game, for instance. And, when they do something good, positive reinforcement and praise.
Getting married and then having children just centered me and grounded my values. It was like a whole new world. It started happening in New York with a little play called Cruise Control, where I relaxed, and then I kept getting work in Hollywood till this series happened.
Television is a real woman's medium... but what's disturbing is, still even in television, women have so little to do with what's going on behind the scenes.
You go where you think it's good for your work and your soul to go. I need to go someplace where I am reminded about why I wanted to act in the first place, and for me, that's the theater.
I've had so many horrible things happen in my life since I did 'Home Improvement' that it's worried me about doing comedy because - how do I say this - I'm a much darker person than I was.

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