Holland Taylor

Holland Taylor

  • Highest Rated: 94% The Truman Show (1998)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% The Wedding Date (2005)
  • Birthday: Jan 14, 1943
  • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Philadelphia-born actress Holland Taylor majored in drama at Bennington College, and arrived in New York in 1966, hoping to take the theater world by storm. That didn't quite happen, despite Taylor making her Broadway debut in The Devils, starring Anne Bancroft, and working with Alan Bates in Butley (she was also in that notorious failure, Moose Murders). A protégée of legendary acting teacher Stella Adler, Taylor endured 14 years of disappointments interspersed with the occasional success, and played in one heavily hyped television series (CBS's Beacon Hill) that failed in less than a season, all of it broken up by work in the daytime drama The Edge of Night. Finally, in 1980, lightning struck when Taylor was cast in the series Bosom Buddies in the role of Ruth Dunbar, the acid-tongued advertising agency executive employing the two protagonists of the program, played by Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Taylor accepted the part despite some initial reluctance, mostly thanks to Adler's urging, but she proved almost as much of a breakout personality onscreen as Hanks and Scolari. Taylor took lines written with venom and added her own wry twists to their meanings and inflections, and made all of her scenes memorable. The series only lasted two full seasons, but when it folded, Taylor was being offered television and movie roles on a steady basis. Most of her subsequent series didn't last more than a season each, but Taylor's parts, usually as charmingly acerbic middle-aged women, stayed big and got larger, up through programs such as The Naked Truth, starring Téa Leoni. Taylor's big-screen appearances have included supporting roles in such diverse films as The Truman Show, Spy Kids 2, Legally Blonde, George of the Jungle, Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, How to Make an American Quilt, Fame, She's Having a Baby, and To Die For. She's also had some choice parts in made-for-television movies, including playing Nancy Reagan in The Day Reagan Was Shot, but Taylor's most successful medium remains the television series. In recent years, she has proved a mainstay of producer David E. Kelley's stable of actors, taking on the recurring role of Judge Roberta Kittleson, a Boston jurist whose sex-drive is a match for her legal intellect, in the series The Practice (with a cross-over appearance in the same role on Ally McBeal), winning an Emmy for her work on the show's 1999 season. That series, which has included an episode featuring Taylor in a semi-nude scene, has not only given the middle-aged actress a chance to explore sides of her screen persona that other producers never even considered, but has transformed her into a sex symbol among the ranks of mature actresses, right up there with Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson in the stage version of The Graduate.As the new century began she continued to work steadily in both movies and TV in projects such as Happy Accidents, playing the first-lady in The Day Reagan Was Shot, Legally Blonde, and Spy Kids 2. She returned to series television with a recurring role on Two and a Half Men, which was the most-watched sitcom on TV during part of its successful run. She also appeared in the big screen comedy Baby Mama.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Stormy 2020
56% Kepler's Dream Violet von Stern 2017
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Chosen One Ruth 2011
64% Baby Mama Rose $60.3M 2008
75% Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Prudence 2007
11% The Wedding Date Bunny $32.1M 2005
39% D.E.B.S. Mrs. Peatree 2004
55% Home Room Dr. Hollander 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Grandmother 2003
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Grandmother 2002
60% The Day Reagan Was Shot Nancy Reagan 2001
72% Happy Accidents Therapist 2001
69% Legally Blonde Professor Stromwell $95.1M 2001
No Score Yet Strange Frequency Actor 2001
13% Town & Country Mistress of Ceremonies $6.3M 2000
No Score Yet The Deadly Look of Love Evelyn McGinnis 2000
69% Keeping the Faith Bonnie Rose 2000
No Score Yet Spiral Staircase Emma Warren 2000
33% The Sex Monster Muriel 2000
No Score Yet Mail to the Chief Katherine 2000
No Score Yet My Last Love Marnie 1999
75% Next Stop Wonderland Piper Castleton 1998
94% The Truman Show Mother 1998
No Score Yet Betty Cyrstal Ball 1998
57% George of the Jungle Beatrice Stanhope 1997
50% One Fine Day Rita 1996
61% How to Make an American Quilt Mrs. Rubens 1995
15% Steal Big, Steal Little Mona 1995
88% To Die For Carol Stone 1995
64% Last Summer in the Hamptons Davis 1995
27% The Favor Maggie 1994
No Score Yet The Counterfeit Contessa Wallace Everett 1994
No Score Yet Betrayal of Trust (Under the Influence) Mary 1994
14% Cop & 1/2 Captain Rubio 1993
No Score Yet With Hostile Intent Lois Baxter 1993
No Score Yet The Rape of Doctor Willis Dr. Greenway 1991
75% Alice Helen 1990
No Score Yet People Like Us Actor 1990
40% She's Having a Baby Sarah Briggs 1988
No Score Yet Power, Passion and Murder Ernestine King 1987
50% The Jewel of the Nile Gloria 1985
No Score Yet Perry Mason Returns Paula Gordon 1985
50% Key Exchange Mrs.Fanshaw 1985
86% Romancing the Stone Gloria 1984
14% The Next Man TV Interviewer 1976

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

93% Mr. Mercedes
2017
Ida Silver
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Billy Tammy Meghan Evelyn Harper Kate Lyndsey Kristen Linda
  • 2019
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
78% Good Behavior
2016-2017
Alice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Speechless
2016
Andrea
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
54% The L Word
2004-2009
Guest Peggy Peabody
  • 2008
  • 2005
  • 2004
90% Monk
2002-2009
Peggy Davenport
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Judge Kittleson Judge Roberta Kittleson Judhe Kittleson Judge Kittelson
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
36% The Fighting Fitzgeralds
2001
Rose
  • 2001
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Judge Kittleson
  • 2000
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Lillian Pynchon
  • 2000
No Score Yet Cold Feet
1999-2000
Whitaker
  • 1999
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Phyllis Farr
  • 1999
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
  • 1998
64% The Naked Truth
1995-1998
Camilla Dane
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
13% Saved by the Bell: The College Years
1993-1994
Dean Susan McMann
  • 1994
  • 1993
0% Going Places
1990-1991
Dawn St. Claire
  • 1990
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Allison
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Winifred Thayer
  • 1989
No Score Yet Kate & Allie
1984-1989
Linda
  • 1984
78% Bosom Buddies
1980-1982
Ruth Dunbar
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Elizabeth
  • 1977
  • 1975
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
Jill Ollinger
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Ernestine
63% The Powers That Be
1993
Margaret Powers

QUOTES FROM Holland Taylor CHARACTERS

Professor Stromwell
If you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life, you're not the girl I thought you were.