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Holland Taylor


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

Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde Professor Stromwell
(2001)
The Wedding Date
(2005)
The Practice
The Practice Judge Roberta Kittleson
(1998-2003)
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper
(2003-2015)

Filmography

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 2018 Hollywood Mom (TV Series) (pre-production)
Mary Lou Lively
- Pilot (2018) ... Mary Lou Lively
 2017 Kepler's Dream (post-production)
Violet von Stern
 2017 Good Behavior (TV Series)
Alice
- It's No Fun If It's Easy (2017) ... Alice
 2017 Speechless (TV Series)
Andrea
- B-R-I-- BRITISH I-N-V-- INVASION (2017) ... Andrea
 2017 Mr. Mercedes (TV Series)
Ida Silver
- Jibber-Jibber Chicken Dinner (2017) ... Ida Silver
- Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream (2017) ... Ida Silver
- From the Ashes (2017) ... Ida Silver
- Willow Lake (2017) ... Ida Silver
- People in the Rain (2017) ... Ida Silver
 2017 The Orville (TV Series)
Jeannie Mercer
- Command Performance (2017) ... Jeannie Mercer
 2016 Divorce: The Greatest Hits (Short)
Karin's Mom (voice)
 2003-2015 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Evelyn Harper
- Of Course He's Dead: Part 1 & 2 (2015) ... Evelyn Harper
- Family, Bublé, Deep-Fried Turkey (2014) ... Evelyn Harper
- A Chic Bar in Ibiza (2014) ... Evelyn Harper
- Oh WALD-E, Good Times Ahead (2014) ... Evelyn Harper
- Bite Me, Supreme Court (2014) ... Evelyn Harper
 2012 Twinkle Toes (Video)
Principal Garfield (voice)
 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)
 2010 The Chosen One
Ruth
 2009 Streetcar (Short)
Olivia Van Hoffig
 2004-2009 The L Word (TV Series)
Peggy Peabody
- Last Word (2009) ... Peggy Peabody
- Loyal and True (2008) ... Peggy Peabody
- Lady of the Lake (2008) ... Peggy Peabody
- Left Hand of the Goddess (2006) ... Peggy Peabody
- Losing the Light (2006) ... Peggy Peabody
 2008 Baby Mama
Rose
 2007 American Dad! (TV Series)
Mrs. Dawson
- Big Trouble in Little Langley (2007) ... Mrs. Dawson (voice)
 2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (Video)
Prudence (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
 2005 The Wedding Date
Bunny
 2004 D.E.B.S.
Ms. Petrie
 2003 Intent (Short)
Judge Cavallo
 1998-2003 The Practice (TV Series)
Judge Roberta Kittleson
- Rape Shield (2003) ... Judge Roberta Kittleson
- Baby Love (2003) ... Judge Roberta Kittleson
- Heroes and Villains (2003) ... Judge Roberta Kittleson
- Choirboys (2003) ... Judge Roberta Kittleson
- Neighboring Species (2002) ... Judge Roberta Kittleson
 2003 Spy Kids 3: Game Over
Grandmother
 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)
 2002 Home Room
Dr. Hollander
 2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (Video)
Prudence (voice)
 2001 The Day Reagan Was Shot (TV Movie)
Nancy Reagan
 2001 Strange Frequency (TV Series)
Marge Crowley
- Room Service (2001) ... Marge Crowley
 2001 Legally Blonde
Professor Stromwell
 2001 Town & Country
Mistress of Ceremonies
 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
- Do You Wanna Dance? (2000) ... Judge Roberta Kittleson
- Only the Lonely (1999) ... 2nd Woman in Face Bra Infomercial (uncredited)
 2000 Keeping the Faith
Bonnie Rose
 2000 The Spiral Staircase (TV Movie)
Emma
 2000 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Katherine Horner
- Mail to the Chief (2000) ... Katherine Horner
 2000 Happy Accidents
Therapist
 1999 Cold Feet (TV Series)
Whitaker
 1999 The Lot (TV Series)
Letitia DeVine
 1999 The Sex Monster
Muriel
 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 The Unknown Cyclist
Celia (uncredited)
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Queen Myrrha
- Hercules and the Parents' Weekend (1998) ... Queen Myrrha (voice)
 1995-1998 The Naked Truth (TV Series)
Camilla Dane
- Up, Up, and Away (1998) ... Camilla Dane
- Jake or Fake? (1998) ... Camilla Dane
- 8 1/2 (1998) ... Camilla Dane
- Liesl Weapon (1997) ... Camilla Dane
 1998 The Truman Show
Truman's Mother
 1998 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
Millicent
- Veronica's Silent Partner (1998) ... Millicent
- Veronica's Mole (1998) ... Millicent
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
Piper Castleton
 1997 Betty
Crystal Ball
 1997 George of the Jungle
Beatrice Stanhope
 1997 Just Write
Emma Jeffreys
 1996 One Fine Day
Rita
 1996 Something So Right (TV Series)
Abigail
- Something About Seared Ahi (1996) ... Abigail
 1995 How to Make an American Quilt
Mrs. Rubens
 1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (TV Series)
Voices
- Guardian Idiot/Space Time Twister/Don't String Me Along (1995) ... Voices (voice, uncredited)
 1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons
Davis Mora Axelrod
 1995 Steal Big Steal Little
Mona Rowland-Downey
 1995 To Die For
Carol Stone
 1995 Awake to Danger (TV Movie)
Dr. Joyce Lindley
 1994-1995 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Agent Gretchen McCord
- Sea No Evil (1995) ... Agent Gretchen McCord
- Many Happy Returns (1994) ... Agent Gretchen McCord
 1995 A Walton Wedding (TV Movie)
Aunt Flo
 1994 The Favor
Maggie Sand
 1994 The Counterfeit Contessa (TV Movie)
Wallace Everett
 1994 Saved by the Bell: The College Years (TV Series)
Dean Susan McMann
- Wedding Plans (1994) ... Dean Susan McMann
- Marry Me (1994) ... Dean Susan McMann
- Love and Death (1994) ... Dean Susan McMann
- Bedside Manner (1994) ... Dean Susan McMann
- The Rave (1994) ... Dean Susan McMann
 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
 1993 Cop & ½
Captain Rubio
 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 Alice
Helen
 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
 1988 She's Having a Baby
Sarah Briggs
 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 The Jewel of the Nile
Gloria
 1985 Perry Mason Returns (TV Movie)
Paula Gordon
 1985 Key Exchange
Mrs. Fanshaw
 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
 1984 Romancing the Stone
Gloria
 1983 Reuben, Reuben (uncredited)
 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
 1980-1982 Bosom Buddies (TV Series)
Ruth Dunbar
- Not the Last Picture Show (1982) ... Ruth Dunbar
- Not with My Sister, You Pig (1982) ... Ruth Dunbar
- Who's on Thirst? (1982) ... Ruth Dunbar
- The Way Kip and Henry Were (1982) ... Ruth Dunbar
- Hildy's Dirt Nap (1982) ... Ruth Dunbar
 1981 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Felicia Martin
- My Mother Was Never a Kid (1981) ... Felicia Martin
 1980 Fame
Claudia van Doren (uncredited)
 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
 1976 The Next Man
TV Interviewer
 1975 Beacon Hill (TV Series)
Marilyn Gardiner
- The Pretenders (1975) ... Marilyn Gardiner
- The Test (1975) ... Marilyn Gardiner
- The Suitors (1975) ... Marilyn Gardiner
- The Million Dollar Gate (1975) ... Marilyn Gardiner
- The Speakeasy (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:

"Money, Marbles and Chalk", Grand Opera House in Galveston, Texas, in which she plays former Governor of Texas Ann Richards. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"There's a very big age difference between us which I'm sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me. But as they say, 'If she dies, she dies.'" [Taylor in a November 2015 radio interview with WNYC, joking about her relationship with Sarah Paulson--who is 31 years her junior] See more »

Trivia:

Despite playing her mother in One Fine Day (1996), Taylor is just 15 years older than Michelle Pfeiffer. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays classy or ritzy characters

Nickname:

Penny Taylor

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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