||About Renée Taylor
Born: March 19, 1935
Birth Place: New York, New York
This is the best of times for Renee Taylor. Her portrayal of the title character's mom on the hit series "The Nanny," has earned her an Emmy nomination. The theatrical feature "Love is All There Is," which she co-directed and co-wrote with her "husband and boyfriend of 30 years," Joe Bologna, and in which they both appear, earned Cannes Film Festival raves and was distributed by Samuel Goldwyn in the fall of 1996. Taylor and Bologna's play "The Bermuda Avenue Triangle," which they co-wrote and in which they starred, was the SRO Toast of Los Angeles and Broadway for eight months. Their current project, the semi-autobiographical comedy, "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You," after completing successful runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Atlantic City, is now on to Broadway.
Life for her is not only good, but also very funny. She invests her daily experience with the same humor she so expertly puts on the screen.
Taylor is an accomplished actress, comedienne and director. She is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and Emmy Award winning writer. She has written for and starred on Broadway, in addition to appearing in almost every form of media in the known world. Taylor has proven herself as a source of artistic creativity for more than 20 years.
In addition to starring in Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Taylor currently portrays the ever-caring and nurturing mother to Fran Drescher on the CBS series The Nanny. As recently as 1993, Taylor managed the incredible feat of juggling not two but three television series on three different networks. Besides The Nanny, she also played Brian Benben's outrageous mom on HBO's Dream On and Richard Lewis' mom on the FOX comedy, Daddy Dearest. (As if mothering on three series wasn't enough, shortly thereafter, Taylor played Mother Nature on parenting video for Connie Stevens!)
A native New Yorker and graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Taylor supplemented her theatrical studies under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Harold Clurman. While writing and performing in the off-Broadway review The Third Ear, directed by Elaine May, Taylor was spotted by Mike Nichols, who cast her as Anne Jackson's understudy in the hit comedy Luv. Her performance in Luv attracted the attention of George Abbott, who cast her in his Broadway show Agatha Sue, I Love You.
She then went on to other Broadway roles, including the restoration comedy The Rehearsal and the semi-autobiographical Lovers and Other Strangers, which she co-wrote and co-starred in with husband Joseph Bologna. Off-Broadway audiences have applauded her roles in Three Sisters and Machinal, which was directed by Gene Frankel. She also starred in the national companies of Annie Get Your Gun, Li'l Abner and Wish You Were Here.
Following her motion picture debut in Jerry Lewis' The Errand Boy, she and Bologna worked together professionally developing the film Lovers and Other Strangers and Made For Each Other. In 1987, Taylor co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred with Bologna in their third motion picture collaboration, It Had to Be You. She has had starring roles in the Last of the Red Hot Lovers with Alan Arkin, Elaine May's A New Leaf with Walter Matthau, The Detective starring Frank Sinatra, lovesick starring Dudley Moore, and Love Sex and Marriage with Marlo Thomas and Charles Grodin. Recent film appearances include Hollywoodland with Sean Young, Sydney Pollack's White Palace opposite Susan Sarandon, Delirious with John Candy, and All I Want For Christmas with Lauren Bacall.
Taylor and Bologna were nominated for an Academy Award for their first screenplay, Lovers and Other Strangers and earned an Emmy Award for their television special Acts of Love and Other Comedies. The couple also collaborated, both on screen and behind the typewriter, on the Emmy-nominated CBS special Paradise and the HBO special Bedrooms.
Always experimenting in other areas, Taylor is also the author of the best-selling satire spoof on "how to" celebrity health books, My Life On A Diet, published by Putnam.
Taylor resides in Beverly Hills, California. The couple's son Gabriel is currently following his parents' lead in the dramatic arts as an actor and writer.