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Holland Taylor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the third-born (and last) daughter of her mother, Virginia (Davis), a painter, and the only child of her father, C. Tracy Taylor, an attorney. She spent her teen years in nearby Allentown, PA, where Holland got the nickname, "Penny Taylor" because of her coppery hair color. Holland attended ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Truman Show
The Truman Show Truman's Mother
(1998)
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper
(2003-2015)
All My Children
All My Children Jill Ollinger (1981-1982)
(1970)
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde Professor Stromwell
(2001)

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 2015 Hollywood Mom (TV Series)
Mary Lou Lively
- Pilot (2015) ... Mary Lou Lively
 2012 Electric City (TV Series short)
Ruth Orwell
- People Like a Good Show (2012) ... Ruth Orwell (voice)
- No One Is Untraceable (2012) ... Ruth Orwell (voice)
- Illumination Night (2012) ... Ruth Orwell (voice)
- The Outside (2012) ... Ruth Orwell (voice)
- Such Beauty from a Box (2012) ... Ruth Orwell (voice)
 2011 Unscripted (TV Series)
- Holland Taylor (2011)
 2007 American Dad! (TV Series)
Mrs. Dawson
- Big Trouble in Little Langley (2007) ... Mrs. Dawson (voice)
 2005-2007 Monk (TV Series)
Peggy Davenport
- Mr. Monk Is at Your Service (2007) ... Peggy Davenport
- Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding (2005) ... Peggy Davenport
 2002-2003 Baby Bob (TV Series)
Madeline Collins
- Let's Go to the Videotape (2003) ... Madeline Collins
- Boys Will Be Girls (2003) ... Madeline Collins
- Footloose, Infancy Free (2003) ... Madeline Collins
- You Don't Know Jack (2003) ... Madeline Collins
- 'Vegas, Baby!' (2003) ... Madeline Collins
 2002 Fillmore! (TV Series)
Mrs. Cornwall
- A Cold Day at X (2002) ... Mrs. Cornwall (voice)
 2001 Strange Frequency (TV Series)
Marge Crowley
- Room Service (2001) ... Marge Crowley
 2001 Strange Frequency (TV Movie)
Marge Crowley (segment "Room Service")
 2000 DAG (TV Series)
Kathering Twigg
- The Return of Kathering Twigg (2000) ... Kathering Twigg
 2000 The Deadly Look of Love (TV Movie)
Evelyn McGinnis
 2000 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Lillian Pynchon
- Drug Interactions (2000) ... Lillian Pynchon
 1999-2000 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Judge Roberta Kittleson / 2nd Woman in Face Bra Infomercial
- Only the Lonely (1999) ... 2nd Woman in Face Bra Infomercial (uncredited)
 2000 The Spiral Staircase (TV Movie)
Emma Warren
 1999 The Lot (TV Series)
Letitia DeVine
 1999 ER (TV Series)
Phyllis Farr
- Power (1999) ... Phyllis Farr
 1999 My Last Love (TV Movie)
Marnie Morton
 1998 Buddy Faro (TV Series)
Olivia Vandermeer
- Ain't That a Kick in the Head (1998) ... Olivia Vandermeer
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Queen Myrrha
- Hercules and the Parents' Weekend (1998) ... Queen Myrrha (voice)
 1996 Something So Right (TV Series)
Abigail
- Something About Seared Ahi (1996) ... Abigail
 1995 Awake to Danger (TV Movie)
Dr. Joyce Lindley
 1995 A Walton Wedding (TV Movie)
Aunt Flo
 1994 The Counterfeit Contessa (TV Movie)
Wallace Everett
 1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (TV Movie)
Florence Newsom
 1994 Betrayal of Trust (TV Movie)
Mary Shelton
 1993 With Hostile Intent (TV Movie)
Lois Baxter
 1992-1993 The Powers That Be (TV Series)
Margaret Powers
- Grammargate: Part 1 (1993) ... Margaret Powers
- Having a Ball (1993) ... Margaret Powers
- Grandma's Big Decision (1993) ... Margaret Powers
- Grammargate: Part 2 (1993) ... Margaret Powers
- Bradley Gets Fired (1993) ... Margaret Powers
 1991 The Rape of Doctor Willis (TV Movie)
Dr. Greenway
 1991 Big Deals (TV Movie)
Mrs. Bluett
 1990-1991 Going Places (TV Series)
Dawn St. Claire
- The New Job (1991) ... Dawn St. Claire
- Feud Poisoning (1991) ... Dawn St. Claire
- Curse of the Video (1990) ... Dawn St. Claire
- Who's the Boss? (1990) ... Dawn St. Claire
- I Was a Teenage Bride (1990) ... Dawn St. Claire
 1990 People Like Us (TV Movie)
Dolly
 1990 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Allison Royce / Priscilla Prim
- To Die in Bettendorf (1990) ... Allison Royce / Priscilla Prim
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Winifred Thayer
- Town Father (1989) ... Winifred Thayer
 1987-1989 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Mayor Brown / Fran Grogan
- American Nuclear (1989) ... Mayor Brown
- The Saint in Manhattan (1987) ... Fran Grogan
 1987 Great Performances (TV Series)
Ernestine King
 1987 Perfect Strangers (TV Series)
Olivia Crawford
- Sexual Harassment in Chicago (1987) ... Olivia Crawford
 1987 Harry (TV Series)
Ina Duckett, R. N.
- Harry's Big Night (1987) ... Ina Duckett, R. N.
- Rebel with Sort of a Cause (1987) ... Ina Duckett, R. N.
- Mr. Imperfect (1987) ... Ina Duckett, R. N.
- The Great Rat Race (1987) ... Ina Duckett, R. N.
- This Is the Army, Mr. Porschak (1987) ... Ina Duckett, R. N.
 1985 Perry Mason Returns (TV Movie)
Paula Gordon
 1985 Me and Mom (TV Series)
Zena Hunnicutt
- Final Cut (1985) ... Zena Hunnicutt
- The Murder Game (1985) ... Zena Hunnicutt
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Zena Hunnicutt
- Davie (1985) ... Zena Hunnicutt
- A Flawed Affair (1985) ... Zena Hunnicutt
 1984 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
Linda Cabot
- Diner (1984) ... Linda Cabot
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Marbury
- Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion (1984) ... Mrs. Marbury
 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Kathy Brighton
 1982 I Was a Mail Order Bride (TV Movie)
Dottie Birmington
 1982 The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (TV Movie)
Frances Shand Kydd
 1981 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Felicia Martin
- My Mother Was Never a Kid (1981) ... Felicia Martin
 1980 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Denise Cavanaugh
- Episode #1.6198 (1980) ... Denise Cavanaugh
- Episode #1.6197 (1980) ... Denise Cavanaugh (uncredited)
- Episode #1.6183 (1980) ... Denise Cavanaugh
- Episode #1.6180 (1980) ... Denise Cavanaugh (uncredited)
- Episode #1.6179 (1980) ... Denise Cavanaugh (uncredited)
 1979 3 by Cheever (TV Mini-Series)
Beverly Trencher
- O Youth and Beauty! (1979) ... Beverly Trencher
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Elizabeth
- Sister Maria (1977) ... Elizabeth
 1975 Beacon Hill (TV Series)
Marilyn Gardiner
- Pilot (1975) ... Marilyn Gardiner
 1970 Somerset (TV Series)
Sgt. Ruth Winter (1973)
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Jill Ollinger (1981-1982)
 1969 J.T. (TV Movie)
Mrs. Arnold
 1967 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (TV Series)
Trish Wanamaker (1971)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in A.R. Gurney's play, "The Cocktail Hour," at the Promenade Theatre in New York City with Nancy Marchand, Keene Curtis,and Bruce Davison in the cast. Jack O'Brien was director. See more »

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Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"I'm just cutting a swath of bitchiness through the world!." (on her propensity for playing cantankerous women) See more »

Trivia:

Wrote and starred in her own one-woman show about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards, "Ann" and performed it on Broadway in 2013. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays classy or ritzy characters

Nickname:

Penny Taylor

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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