Holland Taylor

Video and Audio

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    In Conversation: Holland Taylor (Full Interview)

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    Holland Taylor in "Ann"

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    Holland Taylor discusses the creation of the play "Ann."

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    Holland Taylor discusses which acting medium she enjoys most.

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    Holland Taylor on meeting Ann Richards.

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    Holland Taylor on the meaning of her play "Ann."

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    Holland Taylor on working with Stella Adler.

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    Holland Taylor discusses how the "Ann" script continually changes.

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    Holland Taylor describes the process of writing "Ann."



Biography

The New Yorker has called Holland Taylor "the first vaudeville Gentile we ever saw." Her New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original productions of Butley, opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. In Los Angeles she has performed in Kindertransport, and played opposite Christopher Lloyd in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man at the Geffen. She has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 & 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. On television, Holland has been nominated for the Emmy seven times, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for the sexually popular Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Among her numerous series starring roles: The Powers that Be, Norman Lear's short-lived but highly acclaimed political satire, Bosom Buddies, with Tom Hanks, and, currently, Two and a Half Men, with Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher. She has performed narrations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Essa-Pekka Salonen and John Adams, and narrated the Harry Potter Suite, for John Williams at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Holland was a dedicated student of Stella Adler, and has given talks about the work and cultural contribution of this great teacher. Proud to be a Philadelphia native, she went to Westtown Friends School in that area, and took a B.A. at Bennington College. In 2005 she became a student again, earning an M.A. from the University of Santa Monica and in '06, began work on the play, Ann. She will always be grateful to Maureen Patton, Director of Galveston Grand Opera, who believed in the play, and took an enormous ‘Ann Richards sized' risk in launching its first run.

Dec. 2011
Holland Taylor