Who is Patricia Richardson?
Patricia Richardson is an American actress. Her best-known role was in Home Improvement, where she portrayed Jill Taylor.
Bethesda, Maryland, the United States of America
Richardson graduated from Southern Methodist University, studying alongside Beth Henley and Stephen Tobolowsky.
In 1982, Richardson married actor Ray Baker. They had three kids, including a pair of twins. In 1995, they got divorced. She would then have a long relationship with psychologist Mark Cline.
The actress’s first big project was in Gypsy: A Musical Fable, where she was the understudy for the role of Gypsy Rose Lee alongside Angela Lansbury. She also appeared in other roles in the production. Throughout the next decade, she would appear on Broadway and off-Broadway in commercials and various theater productions.
In 1983, she was in a sitcom called Double Trouble, appearing in the first season but not returning for the second one. After that, she starred in Eisenhower and Lutz and FM, two sitcoms from Allan Burns, the co-creator of The Mary Tyler Moore show.
Richardson would have roles in series like The Equalizer, Spencer for Hire, and Kate & Allie, as well as The Cosby Show. In addition, she had roles in films like Christmas Evil and C.H.U.D. In 1989, she had a role in Quantum Leap.
In 1991, Richardson was cast in the role of Jill Taylor, her breakout. She was a last-minute replacement for actress Frances Fisher, who was deemed to serious. However, she would stay with the series throughout its run and host the Emmys during her time. In addition to this, Richardson starred in Undue Influence and the theatrical film Ulee’s Gold.
In 2002, Richardson replaced Janine Turner in Strong Medicine, portraying the new character Dr. Andy Campbell, which earned her two Prism Awards nominations. The actress stayed with Strong Medicine for two seasons and then was cast in the final two seasons of The West Wing, appearing as Sheila Brooks, campaign manager for Arnold Vinick.
Richardson was featured in the first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2008, she produced Long Story Short, based on the Larry and Trudie Long story. In 2010, she was in The Jensen Project, followed by Bringing Ashley Home the next year. In 2012, the actress was in Beautiful Wave and then Smart Cookies in 2013.
She had a guest-starring role in Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, appearing in two episodes. In 2016, the actress appeared in Steel Magnolias on the stage of the Bucks County Playhouse.
Her latest roles include appearing in Blindspot in 2019, in NCIS in 2021, and in The Blacklist in 2022.
Richardson has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Oustanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and two times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for her work in Home Improvement. In addition, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Ulee’s Gold in 1997.
The actress is a spokesperson for Cure PSP, focused on curing progressive supranuclear palsy.
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