Early life, family, educational background
American actress Traylor Elizabeth Howard, was born on 14 June 1966 in Orlando, Florida USA, to Peggy E. Howard (née Traylor) and Robert M. Howard. Her father is the Junior President of the Howard Fertilizer and Chemical Company. She is seemingly an only child as there is no information on her having siblings.
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She matriculated from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida in 1984. She graduated with a degree in Communications and Advertising and a minor in English from Florida State University in 1988. While there, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
"Mr. Monk and the Other Detective"
Traylor appeared as Dr. Heller’s Office Temp in the episode “Madame Ex” in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” in 1994.
From 1996 to April 1997, she played Joy Byrnes in the NBC sitcom, “Boston Common”, one of the main characters on the show alongside Alfred Molina, and considered her breakthrough role, as it brought her to the attention of other mainstream networks. Traylor appeared in 32 episodes of the series, and received positive reviews and praise for her portrayal of Joy. When it was initially aired, the show had one of the highest ratings of its time, but ratings dropped after the show was moved to air on Sundays, and so was canceled.
From 1998 to 2001, she played Sharon Carter in the sitcom “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”, which was shortened to “Two Guys and a Girl”, starring Richard Ruccolo, Ryan Reynolds and Traylor as the ‘girl.’ Sharon was a confident character with commitment issues, and was one of the main successes of the show as the audience liked her. The series had four flourishing seasons and greatly helped the careers of its main actors, especially Ryan Reynolds. Much like with what happened to “Boston Common,” the show’s ratings dropped after its airing slot was moved – the show originally aired on Wednesday nights but was moved to a late-night slot on Friday.
After the dramatic drop in ratings, the show was moved back to Wednesday nights, but it did not receive the same popularity it previously had – causing it to be canceled in 2001.
In 2002, Traylor appeared in several television series. She appeared in “The West Wing” episode “100,000 Airplanes” as Lisa Sherborne; as Ashley Riverton in the “First Monday” episode, “Right to Die”; and in the episode “Remembrance” as Sarah Frazen in “The Division.”
That same year, she appeared as Alice O’Connor in “Bram and Alice” – eight episodes of the show were filmed, but only four were aired, as the show was canceled a month after its premiere, but the cast received praise for their performances.
The show followed a Pulitzer Prize winner, Bram, who receives communication from a girl named Alice claiming to be his daughter, the result of a one-night stand Bram had many years prior.
Traylor is best-known for her role as Natalie Teeger in “Monk.” The comedy-drama series ran from 2005 to 2009, and was originally a police procedural comedy, but changed genres to a captivating comedy-drama-thriller. “Monk” stars Tony Shalhoub as the title character, Adrian Monk, and Traylor portrays his assistant. She first appeared in the tenth episode of season three and quickly became a fan-favorite – the show was the most-watched on cable until “The Walking Dead” broke their record, and the series’ finale had a viewership of 9.4 million.
For her role as Natalie, in 2009 Traylor won a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series; the series ended later that year. Traylor is good friends with Emmy Clarke, the actress who portrayed her daughter on “Monk.”
She appeared as Julie Nolan in the pilot episode of “Nolan Knows Best” in 2010, but the show was never picked up.
In 1994, Traylor played Fran in “Till the End of the Night” and in 1998, and portrayed Anne Henning in “Confessions of a Sexist Pig.” Later that year she played the romantic lead, Kathy, in “Dirty Work”, directed by Bob Saget, narrated by Norm Macdonald and produced by Robert Simonds. The film received a lot of criticism, and was a box office failure.
Traylor played a supporting role in the 2000 film, “Me, Myself & Irene,” starring Jim Carrey, which was a box office success, and became one of the highest-grossing films of the year.
In 2005, she played Tonya Avery in “Son of the Mask”, dubbed the ‘worst film of the 21st century so far,’ by a few critics. Needless to say, it was poorly received and did not perform well at the box office. Traylor was suggested as a nominee in the Worst Supporting Actress category for the Razzie Award in 2006, but ultimately wasn’t nominated.
She voiced a polar bear in the short film animation, “Simon Says Let’s Stop Climate Change!” in 2010, and returned in 2016 for the sequel, “Simon Says Save the Climate!”
When she was in preparatory School in Orlando, she appeared in a Juicy Fruit gum commercial. In 1994, she was in a series of television commercials for “You Will” for the AT&T Corporation. She has appeared in over 30 commercials.
After graduating from university, she worked as an advertising and PR professional, and has said that she enjoyed that job.
In 1999, she appeared in the music video for “Breakout” by the Foo Fighters.
Jane Mayer interviewed Traylor in July 2019 for a New Yorker article – the article surrounded former US Senator Al Franken and the sexual allegations against him.
In 2005, Traylor performed with him on a USO tour, however, Traylor disagreed with the allegations and claimed that he is a good person, ‘I get the whole #MeToo thing, and a whole lot of horrible stuff has happened, and it needed to change. But that’s not what was happening here.’
On 2 February 1991 she married actor Cameron Hall, but their marriage ended on 12 March 1993.
She remarried on 26 April 2003 to actor and owner of Wally’s Vinoteca in Beverly Hills, Christian Navarro.
Much like her first marriage, her second one didn’t last long either, and Traylor and Christian divorced in 2006.
Neither of her first marriages produced children, but after her second divorce Traylor fell pregnant, and her son, Sabu Howard was born on 24 November 2006; the identity of his father is unknown. Traylor was pregnant during the filming of season five of “Monk,” so newspapers, boxes and other objects were placed in front of her stomach to hide her pregnancy, as her character was not pregnant.
In 2011 she married Jarel Portman – his father is a famous architect, John C. Portman Jr. Traylor and Jarel’s son, Julien was born in 2012, after which Traylor quit acting so she could spend more time with her family.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Her mother chose the name ‘Traylor’ as a way to keep her maiden surname in the family.
After graduating from Florida State University, Traylor worked at a greeting-card company.
Traylor has blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5ft 5in (1.65m) tall, weighs 110lbs (50kgs), and her vital statistics are 33-25-35.
Net worth and salary
As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at $2 million. Aside from being born into a well-financed family, sources speculated that she earned approximately $6,000 a week, accumulating to $26,388 a month.