Nancy Travis

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Nancy Travis
Nancy Travis 2012.jpg
Travis in 2012
Born Nancy Ann Travis
(1961-09-21) September 21, 1961 (age 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education New York University
Alma mater Circle in the Square Theatre School
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Robert N. Fried (m. 1994)
Children 2

Nancy Ann Travis (born September 21, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in films Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Air America (1990), Internal Affairs (1990), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), Greedy (1994), and Fluke (1995). She currently stars as Vanessa Baxter in the ABC comedy series Last Man Standing.

Early life[edit]

Travis was born in New York City, the daughter of Theresa, a social worker, and Gordon Travis, a sales executive.[1] Travis was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and Baltimore, Maryland.[2] She was raised Catholic.[3]

Career[edit]

Travis' first job after graduating from high school was in a play, It's Hard to be a Jew, at The American Jewish Theatre in NYC. After that, Travis appeared in a stage version of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and was a founding member of the Off-Broadway theater company Naked Angels. She appeared in their Frank Pugliese play Aven U-Boys, as well as in King of Connecticut. She made her Broadway debut in I'm Not Rappaport. She starred in Athol Fugard's My Children, My Africa.

Travis has had leading lady roles in many films, including Three Men and a Baby and its sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady, plus Air America and Internal Affairs (as the wife of Andy García), So I Married an Axe Murderer as the bride of Mike Myers, thriller The Vanishing with Kiefer Sutherland, Greedy with Michael J. Fox, and in the action-comedy Destiny Turns on the Radio with Dylan McDermott. Others notable films include the 1995 box office bomb Fluke,[4] 1996 Whoopi Goldberg's comedy Bogus, political comedy/drama Running Mates with Three Men and a Baby co-star Tom Selleck, 2001 drama film Auggie Rose, 2005 comedy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and 2007 ensemble cast romantic drama The Jane Austen Book Club adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler. She was featured in Chaplin opposite Robert Downey, Jr., portraying Joan Barry, the woman who filed a paternity suit against Chaplin.

Travis starred with Peter Gallagher and Isabella Rossellini in the Tom Cruise-directed episode of the Showtime series Fallen Angels in 1993. From 1995-1997, Travis played a leading role in the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect. The show was canceled after two seasons. In 1999 she starred in the short-lived TV series Work with Me, Travis was also a producer.[5] Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled after four episodes.[6]

Travis had the leading role of psychology professor Dr. Joyce Reardon in 2002's four-hour television adaptation of Stephen King's Rose Red.[7] In 2002, Travis joined the cast of the CBS comedy series Becker as Chris Connor. She starred in the show for its final two seasons, replacing the series' original female lead, Terry Farrell. From 2007 to 2009 Travis appeared in the television sitcom The Bill Engvall Show as Bill's wife Susan. In 2009 she starred on the Hallmark Channel film Safe Harbor, about a happily married couple, Doug (Treat Williams) and Robbie Smith (Travis) about to retire and spend their days cruising the world on their sailboat.[8] In 2010, she starred in TV films The Pregnancy Pact, In My Shoes and was a guest star in two episodes of Desperate Housewives.[9] In 2011, she guest starred in the television series Grey's Anatomy[10] and How I Met Your Mother.[11]

In 2011, Travis was cast in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing opposite Tim Allen.[12][13] Travis also appeared in The CW medical drama series Hart of Dixie as Emmeline 'Mrs. H' Hattenbarger.[14] On May 20, 2011, it was announced that Travis would not continue with the series due to her commitment with Last Man Standing.[15] She was written out after the first two episodes.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Travis married Robert N. Fried, former president and CEO of Savoy Pictures and currently Founder & CEO of SpiritClips.com. They have two sons: Benjamin, born in 1998, and Jeremy, born in 2001. She starred in the 2007 short film Sally, featuring her son, Benjamin, and written by her husband.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Malice in Wonderland Ann
1986 Harem Jessica Gray
1987 Three Men and a Baby Sylvia Bennington
1988 Married to the Mob Karen Lutnick
Eight Men Out Lyra Williams
I'll Be Home for Christmas Leah Bundy
1990 Loose Cannons Riva
Internal Affairs Kathleen "Kathy" Avilla
Air America Corinne Landreaux
Three Men and a Little Lady Sylvia Bennington
1992 Passed Away Cassie Slocombe
Chaplin Joan Barry
1993 The Vanishing Rita Baker
So I Married an Axe Murderer Harriet Michaels
1994 Greedy Robin
1995 Fluke Carol Johnson
Lieberman in Love Kate
Destiny Turns on the Radio Lucille
Body Language Atty. Theresa Janice 'T.J.' Harlow
1996 Bogus Lorraine Franklin
1999 My Last Love Susan Morton also producer
2000 Running Mates Jennifer 'Jenny' Pryce
Beyond Suspicion Carol
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Lydia Rodman
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Cat Harris
The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker April Brenner
Sally Sally
2009 Safe Harbor Robbie
2010 The Pregnancy Pact Lorraine Dougan
A Walk In My Shoes Cindy/Trish
2013 Squatters

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Spenser: For Hire Maggie Ellis Episode 2.10: The Hopes and Fears
1993 Fallen Angels Bette Allison Episode 1.4: The Frightening Frammis
1994 – 1997 Duckman Bernice / Beverly / Beatrice 67 episodes, voice role
1995 – 1997 Almost Perfect Kim Cooper 34 episodes
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Spencer voice role
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Darci Mason 1 episode, voice role
1999 Work with Me Julie Better 9 episodes, also producer
2002 Stephen King's Rose Red Prof. Joyce Reardon TV mini-series
2002 – 2004 Becker Chris Connor 39 episodes
2007 – 2009 The Bill Engvall Show Susan Pearson 24 episodes
2008 Medium Laura Swenson Episode 4.4: Do You Hear What I Hear?
2010 Desperate Housewives Dr. Mary Wagner 2 episodes
2011 Grey's Anatomy Alison Episode 7.16: Not Responsible
How I Met Your Mother Cheryl Episode 6.19: Legendaddy
Hart of Dixie Emmeline Hattenbarger (Mrs. H) 2 episodes
2011 – Present Last Man Standing Vanessa Baxter Leading role

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Becker's Nancy Travis Rekindles Her Baby Love with Ted Danson". People Magazine. January 13, 2003. 
  2. ^ "Nancy Travis- Biography" . Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.ajlmagazine.com/theyadablog/2007/08/ajl-jpaparazzi-nancy-travis-dave.html
  4. ^ Fluke (1995), Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ ""Work with Me" (1999)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  6. ^ Pursell, Chris (October 25, 1999). "CBS pink slips 'Work With Me'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  7. ^ Wilkes, Neil (Jul 18, 2001). "ABC Fall miniseries: Full details". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  8. ^ Jacksonville's “Safe Harbor Boys' Home” Press Release 1/21/2009
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (Sep 16, 2010). "'Desperate Housewives' Exclusive: Nancy Travis is B.A.G.'s mom!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  10. ^ Wightman, Catriona (Jan 27, 2011). "Nancy Travis lands 'Grey's Anatomy' role". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  11. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (Feb 2, 2011). "Nancy Travis signs for 'HIMYM' role". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  12. ^ ABC Pilots: Get the Scoop on the New Shows
  13. ^ "Nancy Travis joins ABC Tim Allen pilot". 
  14. ^ "Coming This Fall to The CW...". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  15. ^ "Nancy Travis To Be Recast On 'Hart Of Dixie'" from Deadline.com (May 20, 2011)
  16. ^ Mitovich, Matt (June 21, 2011). "Fall TV Recasts: Damon Wayans Will (Briefly) Live with New Girl, and More Updates". TV Line. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Nancy Travis on the View". YouTube. December 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 

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