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Patricia Richardson is a television and film actress, best known for her role as Jill Taylor in the 1990's sitcom Home Improvement, opposite Tim Allen.
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Strong Medicine and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She has three children with actor Ray Baker.
After graduating in 1972, Patricia Richardson eventually moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a professional actress. Her first break was as an understudy for the title role in the 1974 Broadway production of Gypsy. Richardson had a few more stage parts, including 1979’s Loose Ends, and landed several commercials. In 1980, she met actor Ray Baker, and the two quickly became an item. They were married in 1982.
- Eisenhower & Lutz and FM - both short-lived. The third time proved to be the charm. Home Improvement debuted in the fall of 1991, and the show became a huge success. As Jill Taylor, Richardson proved a counterbalance to Tim Allen’s kinetic and sometimes destructive Tim Taylor and the series often explored the work that goes into a marriage as well as the many miscommunications between men and women. On the show, the Taylors had three young sons played by Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Taran Noah Smith. As a working mother herself, Richardson gave a believable and genuine performance as Jill Taylor. Audiences could relate to the character as a woman trying to manage work and family. She was nominated for an Emmy Award four times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
In side projects, Patricia Richardson proved she was more than a sitcom mom. Her turn as a nurse, neighbor, and love interest to Peter Fonda in Ulee’s Gold (1997) earned her warm reviews. After Home Improvement went off the air in 1999, Richardson explored other types of roles, including playing Marilyn Monroe’s mother in the 2001 television movie Blonde.
In 2002, Patricia Richardson made a return to series television, tackling a dramatic role this time out.
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