Holland Taylor

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Holland Taylor

Born

1/14/1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name

Holland Virginia Taylor

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Penny Taylor
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Biography

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Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor is a veteran of film, television and theater. Her feature-film credits include Legally Blonde, Keeping the Faith, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, The Truman Show, George of the Jungle, One Fine Day, To Die For, Steal Big, Steal Little, How to Makemore

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Holland's mother is Virginia Taylor and her father is C. Tracy Taylor. She has two sisters Patricia and Pamela.

    • Holland is 5'4" (1.63 m).

    • Holland received a Master degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2005.

    • Holland's nephew is filmmaker Brad Anderson. She also appeared in his movies Next Stop Wonderland and Happy Accidents.

    • Holland was studying acting with Stella Adler.

    • Holland has won Emmy Award (1999) as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Practice and has been nominated as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in The Lot and as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Two and a Half Men.

    • Holland has studied jazz, tap dancing and ballet at the Joffrey.

    • Holland loves France and has even taken French language lessons.

  • Quotes

    • Holland Taylor: I don't think I was born to be a mother. During those years when my body would have wanted [babies], my mind wasn't listening. My creativity was so starved.

    • Holland Taylor: You know when you are little you have growth spurts. Then when you are older you have aging spurts, or - to be kinder - maturing spurts. I just sort of realized that I had definitely entered the last act of the three-act play.

    • Holland Taylor: (thanking David E. Kelly when winning the Emmy) For giving me a chariot to ride up here on: A woman who puts a flag on the moon for women over 40. Who can think, who can work, who are successes, who can cook, and who can COOK!

    • Holland Taylor: I like the acting as a career because of the endless variety and change. First of all, I don't have any choice because I'm compelled to act. But I am lucky that my profession gives me such variety of experience, locale, people, cultural interests, and creative material.

    • Holland Taylor: Don't know what made me want to be an actress. When I was in school, about 12, I did my first play. I was Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream in an outdoor theater, and it was a very dream-like experience. I just thought well, I'll just keep doing this. And, I never looked back!

    • Holland Taylor: I always thought I would end up marrying in my 60s.

    • Holland Taylor: It took a long time to get to the place in my career where I could pick and choose what I wanted to do it.

    • Holland Taylor: The theater is where I am definitely happier, the most skilled. That's not to say I don't enjoy doing all these variety of other things, I've just always really regretted that the entertainment industry in America is divided by 3,000 miles. You can't be in a movie and be in the theater at once, and you can't really support yourself in the theater once you're done being a kid.

    • Holland Taylor: (about her character in "The L Word," after reading the script) I thought the character was just delicious.

    • Holland Taylor: I love playing professional woman who are good at what they do. It's not just someone saying, 'More coffee, dear.' Not that there is anything wrong with playing a housewife, mother or grandmother. Professional women are often very interesting.

    • Holland Taylor: I love playing someone who just skates by and does anything she wants.

    • Holland Taylor: I've always had a hunger for realizing myself through my career.

    • Holland Taylor: I've often played very strong, flashy, kind of inadvertently mean women. I am not that way in my real life.

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