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Holland Taylor

Highest Rated:   94% The Truman Show (1998)
Lowest Rated:   10% The Wedding Date (2005)
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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 Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Chosen One
  • Ruth
2011
64% Baby Mama
  • Rose
$60.3M 2008
71% Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • Prudence
2007
10% The Wedding Date
  • Bunny
$32M 2005
38% D.E.B.S.
  • Mrs. Peatree
2004
55% Home Room
  • Dr. Hollander
2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Grandmother
2003
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Grandmother
2002
No Score Yet The Day Reagan Was Shot
  • Nancy Reagan
2001
72% Happy Accidents
  • Therapist
2001
68% 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
74% Next Stop Wonderland
  • Piper Castleton
1998
94% The Truman Show
  • Mother
1998
No Score Yet Betty
  • Cyrstal Ball
1998
56% George of the Jungle
  • Beatrice Stanhope
1997
47% One Fine Day
  • Rita
1996
61% How to Make an American Quilt
  • Mrs. Rubens
1995
15% Steal Big, Steal Little
  • Mona
1995
87% 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
15% Cop & 1/2
  • Captain Rubio
1993
No Score Yet The Rape of Doctor Willis
  • Dr. Greenway
1991
77% Alice
  • Helen
1990
No Score Yet People Like Us
  • Actor
1990
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Sarah Briggs
1988
No Score Yet Power, Passion and Murder
  • Ernestine King
1987
48% The Jewel of the Nile
  • Gloria
1985
No Score Yet Perry Mason Returns
  • Paula Gordon
1985
50% Key Exchange
  • Mrs.Fanshaw
1985
88% Romancing the Stone
  • Gloria
1984
No Score Yet The Next Man
  • TV Interviewer
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mr. Mercedes
2017
  • Ida Silver
  • 2017
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Billy Tammy Meghan Evelyn Harper Kate Lyndsey Kristen Linda
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2006
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Guest
  • Peggy Peabody
  • 2008
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Peggy Davenport
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Judge Kittleson
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Phyllis Farr
  • 1999
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
  • Jill Ollinger
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Ernestine

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