Richardson after the 1994 Emmy Awards
|Born||Patricia Castle Richardson
February 23, 1951
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ray Baker (1982–1995; divorced)|
|Children||Henry (b. 1985)
twins Roxanne and Joseph (b. 1991)
Early life 
Richardson was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, as the third daughter of Mary Elizabeth (née Howard) and Lawrence Baxter Richardson. Her sisters' names are Ann, Lynn and Cathy. Her father was a corporate executive and retired naval officer. He also owned a restaurant in Hagerstown, Maryland, called Richardson's (which has since closed but other businesses keep the building where it is). Richardson attended the Holton-Arms School in Maryland and then The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She is a 1973 graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she was friends with classmates Beth Henley and Stephen Tobolowsky, who was slated to be a cast member of Home Improvement but had other contractual commitments when the series began filming. Tobolowsky initially suggested to producers of Home Improvement that Richardson be considered for the role of Jill Taylor after Frances Fisher was deemed too serious for the role.
Richardson began as an understudy in Angela Lansbury's Broadway production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable, eventually playing several parts. With early roles in programs such as Double Trouble, The Equalizer, Quantum Leap, and Kate & Allie. She appeared in one episode of The Cosby Show in the third season. Richardson appeared in the films C.H.U.D. and You Better Watch Out before landing her breakout role in 1991 on Home Improvement after Frances Fisher tested poorly in the role of Jill Taylor. Richardson received four Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations in this role.
Richardson also appeared in the first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2010, she appeared in a NBC made for TV film, The Jensen Project, and in 2011, she appeared in the Lifetime TV film Bringing Ashley Home, also starring AJ Cook and Jennifer Morrison. In 2011, she starred in the coming-of-age film Beautiful Wave and in the following year appeared as Lola in the Hallmark Channel TV film Smart Cookies. In 2012 Richardson filmed the film Avarice, which is as of February 2013 yet to be released.
Personal life 
Richardson is divorced from actor Ray Baker. They have three children together: Henry Baker (born on February 22, 1985), and twins Roxanne Elizabeth Baker and Joseph Castle Baker (born on January 3, 1991). Richardson and Baker divorced in August 1995. Richardson has a goddaughter named Betty.
Richardson had a long-term relationship with retired psychologist Dr. Mark Cline, whom she had met when they were both students at Southern Methodist University. When she joined the cast of Strong Medicine, Richardson mentioned in an interview they lived together in her LA home. Details about when or why they broke up were never revealed.
She has also served as a spokesperson for "Cure PSP", a website that tries to raise awareness of progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy, as her father was a victim of PSP.
|1980||You Better Watch Out||Moss' mother|
|1981||Love, Sidney||1 episode|
|Double Trouble||Beth McConnell||8 episodes|
|1985||ABC Weekend Special||Pamela Sawyer||1 episode|
|Kate & Allie||Pamela||1 episode|
|1986||Yuri Nosenko, KGB||Joan Black|
|Spenser: For Hire||Sarah Cabot||1 episode|
|1987||The Cosby Show||Mrs. Schrader||1 episode|
|Hands of a Stranger||Helen|
|The Equalizer||Sandy||1 episode|
|1988||Eisenhower and Lutz||Kay 'K.K.' Dunne||13 episodes|
|1989||The Parent Trap III||Cassie McGuire|
|Lost Angels||Cheryl's Mother|
|Quantum Leap||Rachel Porter||1 episode|
|1989–1990||FM||Lee-Ann Plunkett||13 episodes|
|1996||Sophie & the Moonhanger||Bonnie Edgerton|
|Undue Influence||Laurel Vega|
|1997||Ulee's Gold||Connie Hope||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|1991–1999||Home Improvement||Jill Taylor||203 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1994, 1995)
|1999||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Annabel Hayes||1 episode|
|Viva Las Nowhere||Helen/Wanda|
|2002–2005||Strong Medicine||Dr. Andy Campbell||59 episodes
Nominated – Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (2003)
|2005||Candy Paint||Linda Miller|
|2005–2006||The West Wing||Sheila Brooks||9 episodes|
|2007||California Dreaming||Aunt Bonnie|
|2010||The Jensen Project||Ingrid|
|Bringing Ashley Home||Michelle McGee|
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