• Holland Taylor is an American actress and dramatist with a career spanning six decades.
• She has acted in many genres, including Broadway, off-Broadway, television, films and voice-acting.
• She is in a relationship with Sarah Paulson, who is 32 years her junior, and is an avid supporter of AIDS fundraising.
• Her net worth is estimated to be around $18 million, and she is well-known for her short blonde hair and blue eyes.
• She has never married or had children, and is well-known for her timeless fashion style.

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Short Info

Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 14, 1943
MarkOften plays classy or ritzy characters
FactAppearing with Buck Henry in off-Broadway play, "Mother". [July 2009]


We have rarely seen an actress as versatile as Holland Taylor. In her six-decades long career, she has acted in almost every genre there is. As a person from an older generation, her public life was free of controversies until recently, when she announced her relationship with a few decades younger Sarah Paulson. How did the two meet? And how famous is Holland Taylor?

Early life and Education

American actress and dramatist Holland Virginia Taylor, is born on 14 January 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. Her mother, Virginia Davis, was a painter, while her father, C. Tracy Taylor, was an attorney. She also has two older sisters, Patricia and Pamela, and through the latter she is an aunt of Brad Anderson, famous Hollywood director.

She was raised a Quaker (a Christian group whose members are united by the belief that God is in every one) and as one she attended Westtown high school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. After high school, she enrolled in drama program at Bennington College that she graduated from in 1964, after which she moved to New York City wishing to pursue an acting career.

Career Beginnings

Taylor commenced her career in the theater in the late 1960s. During the next few decades, she was a regular face in a plethora of Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She even starred in a few of them, including Simon Gray’s “Butler”, and for her role in A. R. Gurney’s “The Cocktail Hour” she was nominated for a Drama Desk award.

Despite her television debut being in 1969 when she had a role in the TV film “J.T.”, she stuck with mostly performing in the theatre until the early ‘80s, when she took the role of Denise Cavanaugh in “The Edge of Night”. After seeing this, her acting coach Stella Adler encouraged her to keep pursuing television, which finally led Taylor to take a role that will bring her fame – she went on to play Tom Hanks’ sexy boss in “Bosom Buddies”, a well-known sitcom from the 1980s. After this, the casting calls just kept on coming.

Career after the ‘80s

Holland continued to star in numerous TV series, appearing in the ABC sitcom “Going Places”, where she was reunited with her “Bosom Buddies” executive producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyet, and joined the cast of “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” in the 1994, but the show was cancelled just a few episodes later. The next year, she played Camilla Dane in another ABC sitcom “The Naked Truth”, where she remained until the show ended in 1998.

Holland Taylor

She was supposed to get a one-time appearance on “The Practice”, but she impressed the writers so much that they decided to keep her as a regular on the show, and she even won an Emmy for this role in 1999! As of today, she’s been nominated for an Emmy five more times, including for her role of Evelyn Harper in the TV series “Two and a Half Men”.

Holland extensive sitcom appearances also include support roles in “ER”, “The Lot”, “Veronica’s Closet” and “Monk”, as well as many others. She also had several noticeable movie roles, in “Legally Blonde”, one of the most popular comedies of the early ‘00s, as well as in “The Truman Show”, “George of the Jungle”, “Cop and a Half” and “Happy Accidents”. She also voiced Prudence in Disney’s “Cinderella II” and “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time”, and Francine’s biological mother in “American Dad!”

In 2009, Holland began writing her own two-act play entitled “Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards”, which finally opened on 16th of November in Chicago, and remained on Broadway until 2013.

Relationship with Sarah Paulson

Holland Taylor kept her personal life private for decades, so not much is known about her romantic history. However, in an interview for WNYC’s “The Death, Sex and Money” podcast in 2015, she revealed that she is currently dating a much younger woman, and that she had always preferred women.

In March 2016, her partner was confirmed to be “The American Horror Story” actress Sarah Paulson, who is 32 years younger than her.

Paulson said that the two had known each other for years before they officially started dating – as they met back in 2007 at a dinner party – however as they were both in a relationship at the time, nothing happened for a while, until Taylor sent Paulson a message on Twitter, and so a romance was born.

The couple sparked controversy due to their age difference – Paulson was criticized for having “mommy issues”, especially since her ex-wife, Cherry Jones, was also around two decades older than her. She was also warned not to go public with her new relationship, as people close to her were concerned that this could ruin her career. However neither her nor Taylor seem to mind the gossips, as they don’t hide their public affections of love and always speak highly of each other.

As of now, the rumors speculate that Paulson and Taylor married in secret, but as they aren’t hiding their love for each other from public eyes, we don’t think that they would keep such information private.

Personal Life

Taylor loves perfecting herself, and is constantly working on her own education. She graduated from the University of Santa Monica and received her Master degree in Spiritual Psychology in 2005, at the age of 62. She also took ballet classes at the Joffrey in 1978 and studied Jazz and Tap dancing.

In an interview for InStyle, Taylor said that she never intended to hide her preference for women, she simply found it “quite surprising” that people would be interested to talk about personal things in public, and never even thought about disclosing anything from her personal life until Paulson told her that she should do so.

Holland grew up in a Quaker’s community, which is another reason why she had always found the need to “come out” as weird, since her religion doesn’t make any difference between various sexual orientations. Taylor is an avid supporter of Aid for AIDS, an organization from Los Angeles, California – she is on their Honorary Board, and among other fundraising efforts she is an ongoing participant in their biggest annual fundraiser, “Best in Drag Show”.

Despite often being given the role of someone’s mother during her career, Holland Taylor has never married or had any kids.

Net worth

Taylor’s net worth has been estimated at around $18 million, as of early 2020. Her main source of income is her acting career, as she has featured in over 60 sitcoms, 45 movies and approximately 35 theatrical productions, and been nominated for multiple Emmy awards.

Physical characteristics

Holland Taylor is a face many would recognize for her short, blond hair, sharp features and striking blue eyes. She doesn’t hide her age but is well-kept, which makes it hard to believe that she is well into her eighth decade. At 5ft 3ins, she is a bit shorter than her 5ft 6ins tall partner. She nurtures her slim figure even at her age and is taking a good care of her health. Many have praised Taylor for her timeless fashion style, and she is still apparently spending a lot on trying keeping her good looks.

General Info

Full NameHolland Taylor
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 14, 1943
Height1.62 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Playwright
EducationUniversity of Santa Monica, Bennington College


ParentsVirginia Taylor, C. Tracy Taylor
SiblingsPatricia Taylor, Pamela Taylor
PartnerSarah Paulson, Sarah Paulson


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, TV Land Future Classic Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Helen Hayes Awards for outstanding Supporting Performer, Visi...
MoviesThe Truman Show, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Date, George of the Jungle, Happy Accidents, Romancing the Stone, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, One Fine Day, Baby Mama, Keeping the Faith, The Jewel of the Nile, Next Stop Wonderland, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, She...
TV ShowsTwo and a Half Men, The Practice, Baby Bob, The Lot, The Naked Truth, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, The Powers That Be, Going Places, The Edge of Night, Bosom Buddies, Beacon Hill, Me and Mom, Harry

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays classy or ritzy characters


1"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 32 years her junior]
2"I'm just cutting a swath of bitchiness through the world!." (on her propensity for playing cantankerous women)


1She was awarded the 1990 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for "The Cocktail Hour" in the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California.
2Despite having had no children of her own in real life, onscreen she has played the mother of Jim Carrey, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, Leslie Mann, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Debra Messing, Kevin Bacon, Carla Gugino and Hope Davis.
3Is in a relationship with Sarah Paulson since early 2015.
4She is of English, and some German, Dutch, Welsh, and French, ancestry.
5Often mistaken for Susan Sullivan.
6Despite playing her mother in One Fine Day (1996), Taylor is just 15 years older than Michelle Pfeiffer.
7Appearing with Buck Henry in off-Broadway play, "Mother". [July 2009]
8Wrote and starred in her own one-woman show about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards, "Ann" and performed it on Broadway in 2013.
9August 2005 - Received her Master degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
10She has at least five nieces and nephews and a great niece or nephew. Among her friends are playwright A.R. Gurney, and former co-star Téa Leoni.
11Aunt of Brad Anderson, who is the son of her sister Pamela.
12Has never married or had children. Youngest of 3 daughters born to Virginia (Davis) and C. Tracy Taylor. Sisters are Patricia and Pamela. Attended Bennington College in Vermont. She has English, German, and smaller amounts of Welsh, Dutch, and French, ancestry.
13Has studied Jazz and Tap dancing and also ballet at the Joffrey (beginning level as of 1978). She has said she is a "once and always student" of acting coach Stella Adler.
14Loves France and has taken French classes to learn the language. She has also taken lessons in classical French cooking.




Strange Frequency2001TV MovieMarge Crowley (segment "Room Service")
DAG2000TV SeriesKathering Twigg
The Deadly Look of Love2000TV MovieEvelyn McGinnis
Strong Medicine2000TV SeriesLillian Pynchon
Ally McBeal1999-2000TV SeriesJudge Roberta Kittleson / 2nd Woman in Face Bra Infomercial
Keeping the Faith2000Bonnie Rose
The Spiral Staircase2000TV MovieEmma
The Wonderful World of Disney2000TV SeriesKatherine Horner
Happy Accidents2000Therapist
The Lot1999TV SeriesLetitia DeVine
The Sex Monster1999Muriel
ER1999TV SeriesPhyllis Farr
My Last Love1999TV MovieMarnie Morton
Buddy Faro1998TV SeriesOlivia Vandermeer
The Unknown Cyclist1998Celia (uncredited)
Hercules1998TV SeriesQueen Myrrha
The Naked Truth1995-1998TV SeriesCamilla Dane
The Truman Show1998Truman's Mother
Veronica's Closet1998TV SeriesMillicent
Next Stop Wonderland1998Piper Castleton
Betty1997Crystal Ball
George of the Jungle1997Beatrice Stanhope
Just Write1997Emma Jeffreys
One Fine Day1996Rita
Something So Right1996TV SeriesAbigail
How to Make an American Quilt1995Mrs. Rubens
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat1995TV SeriesVoices
Last Summer in the Hamptons1995Davis Mora Axelrod
Steal Big Steal Little1995Mona Rowland-Downey
To Die For1995Carol Stone
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester1995TV MovieJanice
Awake to Danger1995TV MovieDr. Joyce Lindley
Diagnosis Murder1994-1995TV SeriesAgent Gretchen McCord
A Walton Wedding1995TV MovieAunt Flo
The Favor1994Maggie Sand
The Counterfeit Contessa1994TV MovieWallace Everett
Saved by the Bell: The College Years1994TV SeriesDean Susan McMann
In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness1994TV MovieFlorence Newsom
Betrayal of Trust1994TV MovieMary Shelton
With Hostile Intent1993TV MovieLois Baxter
Cop & ½1993Captain Rubio
The Powers That Be1992-1993TV SeriesMargaret Powers
The Rape of Doctor Willis1991TV MovieDr. Greenway
Big Deals1991TV MovieMrs. Bluett
Going Places1990-1991TV SeriesDawn St. Claire
People Like Us1990TV MovieDolly
Wiseguy1990TV SeriesAllison Royce / Priscilla Prim
Murder, She Wrote1989TV SeriesWinifred Thayer
CBS Summer Playhouse1987-1989TV SeriesMayor Brown / Fran Grogan
She's Having a Baby1988Sarah Briggs
Great Performances1987TV SeriesErnestine King
Perfect Strangers1987TV SeriesOlivia Crawford
Harry1987TV SeriesIna Duckett, R. N.
The Jewel of the Nile1985Gloria
Perry Mason Returns1985TV MoviePaula Gordon
Key Exchange1985Mrs. Fanshaw
Me and Mom1985TV SeriesZena Hunnicutt
Kate & Allie1984TV SeriesLinda Cabot
American Playhouse1984TV SeriesMrs. Marbury
Romancing the Stone1984Gloria
Reuben, Reuben1983uncredited
The Love Boat1983TV SeriesKathy Brighton
I Was a Mail Order Bride1982TV MovieDottie Birmington
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana1982TV MovieFrances Shand Kydd
Bosom Buddies1980-1982TV SeriesRuth Dunbar
ABC Afterschool Specials1981TV SeriesFelicia Martin
Fame1980Claudia van Doren (uncredited)
The Edge of Night1980TV SeriesDenise Cavanaugh
3 by Cheever1979TV Mini-SeriesBeverly Trencher
Kojak1977TV SeriesElizabeth
The Next Man1976TV Interviewer
Beacon Hill1975TV SeriesMarilyn Gardiner
Somerset1970TV SeriesSgt. Ruth Winter (1973)
All My Children1970TV SeriesJill Ollinger (1981-1982)
J.T.1969TV MovieMrs. Arnold
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing1967TV SeriesTrish Wanamaker (1971)
Mr. Mercedes2018TV Series pre-productionIda Silver
Divorce: The Greatest Hits2016Short completedKarin's Mom (voice)
Kepler's Dream2016Violet von Stern
Hollywood Mom2015TV SeriesMary Lou Lively
Two and a Half Men2003-2015TV SeriesEvelyn Harper
Twinkle Toes2012VideoPrincipal Garfield (voice)
Electric City2012TV Series shortRuth Orwell
Unscripted2011TV Series
The Chosen One2010Ruth
Streetcar2009ShortOlivia Van Hoffig
The L Word2004-2009TV SeriesPeggy Peabody
Baby Mama2008Rose
American Dad!2007TV SeriesMrs. Dawson
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time2007VideoPrudence (voice)
Monk2005-2007TV SeriesPeggy Davenport
The Wedding Date2005Bunny
D.E.B.S.2004Ms. Petrie
Intent2003ShortJudge Cavallo
The Practice1998-2003TV SeriesJudge Roberta Kittleson
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over2003Grandmother
Baby Bob2002-2003TV SeriesMadeline Collins
Fits and Starts2002
Fillmore!2002TV SeriesMrs. Cornwall
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams2002Grandmother
Home Room2002Dr. Hollander
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True2002VideoPrudence (voice)
The Day Reagan Was Shot2001TV MovieNancy Reagan
Strange Frequency2001TV SeriesMarge Crowley
Legally Blonde2001Professor Stromwell
The Fighting Fitzgeralds2001TV SeriesRose
Town & Country2001Mistress of Ceremonies


Two and a Half Men2003-2009TV Series performer - 3 episodes


The View2013-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Today2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2006-2015TV SeriesHerself
The Nicole Barrett Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Simply Red: Backstage at 'Annie' with Lilla Crawford2013TV SeriesHerself
The 67th Annual Tony Awards2013TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Why We Laugh: Funny Women2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Broadway.com Show2013TV SeriesHerself
CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
78th McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade2011TV MovieHerself
The 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Overheard2011TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The Women of Two and a Half Men2009Video documentary shortHerself - 'Evelyn'
Two and a Half Men: Growing Up Harper2009Video documentary shortHerself - 'Evelyn'
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
So You Want Michael Madsen?2008DocumentaryHerself
The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards2007TV Special documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Big Brother2005TV SeriesHerself
Infiltrating D.E.B.S.2005Video shortHerself
Intimate Portrait2002-2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Banzai2003TV SeriesHerself
Inside 'Legally Blonde'2001Video documentaryHerself
The Living Edens2001TV Series documentaryNarrator
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2009Future Classic AwardTV Land AwardsTwo and a Half Men (2003)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)

Nominated Awards

2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half Men (2003)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half Men (2003)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half Men (2003)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half Men (2003)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Lot (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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