Holland Virginia Taylor (born January 14, 1943) is an American actress and playwright. She won the 1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Judge Roberta Kittleson on the ABC drama The Practice. She is also known for her role as Evelyn Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Taylor's other notable television roles include the sitcoms Bosom Buddies and The Powers That Be. Her film appearances include One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, and Legally Blonde. She also wrote and starred in the solo play Ann, based on the life and work of Ann Richards, for which she was nominated for the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

She portrayed Helga Avellan in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

Early life

Taylor was born in 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] to Virginia (née Davis), a painter, and C. Tracy Taylor, an attorney.[2][3] She is the youngest of three girls in the family; her sisters are Patricia and Pamela, and through Pamela, she is an aunt of director Brad Anderson.[4] She attended high school at Westtown School, a Quakerboarding school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She majored in drama at Bennington College[5] graduating in 1964, before moving to New York City to become an actress.[6]

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