Patricia Richardson

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Patricia Richardson
Patricia Richardson 94.jpg
Richardson after the 1994 Emmy Awards
Born Patricia Castle Richardson
(1951-02-23) February 23, 1951 (age 63)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Ray Baker (1982–1995; divorced)
Children Henry (b. 1985)
twins Roxanne and Joseph (b. 1991)

Patricia Castle Richardson (born February 23, 1951) is an American television and film actress best known for her portrayal of Jill Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement, for which she was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[1] Richardson also recerved critical acclaim and Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in 1997 film Ulee's Gold.

Early life[edit]

Richardson was born in Bethesda, Maryland as the third daughter of Mary Elizabeth (née Howard) and Laurence Baxter Richardson. Her sisters' names are Marianna 'Ann' Bales (née Richardson), Lynn Richardson and Catherine 'Cathy' Moseley (née Richardson). Her father was a corporate executive and retired naval officer. Richardson attended the Holton-Arms School in Maryland and then The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas.[2] She is a 1973 graduate of Southern Methodist University,[3] 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.

Career[edit]

Richardson began as an understudy in Angela Lansbury's Broadway production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable, eventually playing several parts.[3] 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 also appeared in the films C.H.U.D. and You Better Watch Out.

In 1991, Richardson landed her breakout role in ABC comedy series 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.[3] After Home Improvement fame, she appeared in several made-for-TV films and won an Independent Spirit nomination in 1997 for her first major theatrical film role in Ulee's Gold.

In 2002, Richardson was cast as new lead in the Lifetime medical drama series Strong Medicine, as Dr. Andy Campbell (née March).[4] She replaced Janine Turner, who left from show. The series ended in 2005. She later was cast in a recurring role as Sheila Brooks, campaign director for Republican presidential candidate Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) in the final two seasons of NBC political drama The West Wing.

Richardson appeared in the first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2008, Ms. Richardson was the executive producer of the video documentary Long Story Short, which tells the story of Larry and Trudie Long, a popular Asian American nightclub act of the '40s and '50s, told through the eyes of their daughter, actress Jodi Long. In 2010, she appeared in an 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 was released on 8 August 2013. In 2013, Richardson taped two movies for the Hallmark channel. The first one was Friend Request which was released on October 5th 2013, the second one being Snow Bride which was released on 9 November 2013.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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 is the godmother of actress Betty Gilpin, the daughter of actor Jack Gilpin.

Richardson had a long-term relationship with retired psychologist Dr. Mark Cline, whom she had met when they were both students at the 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.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 You Better Watch Out Moss' mother
1981 Love, Sidney 1 episode
1984 C.H.U.D. Ad Woman
1984 Double Trouble Beth McConnell Series regular, 8 episodes
1985 ABC Weekend Special Pamela Sawyer 1 episode
1985 Kate & Allie Pamela 1 episode
1986 Yuri Nosenko, KGB Joan Black
1986 Spenser: For Hire Sarah Cabot 1 episode
1987 The Cosby Show Mrs. Schrader 1 episode
1987 Hands of a Stranger Helen
1987 The Equalizer Sandy 1 episode
1988 Eisenhower and Lutz Kay 'K.K.' Dunne Series regular, 13 episodes
1989 The Parent Trap III Cassie McGuire
1989 Lost Angels Cheryl's Mother
1989 In Country Cindy
1989 Quantum Leap Rachel Porter 1 episode
1989–1990 FM Lee-Ann Plunkett Series regular, 13 episodes
1996 Sophie & the Moonhanger Bonnie Edgerton
1996 Undue Influence Laurel Vega
1997 Ulee's Gold Connie Hope Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1991–1999 Home Improvement Jill Taylor Series regular, 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)
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Female TV Performer (1996)
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Annabel Hayes 1 episode
2001 Blonde Gladys Baker
2001 Viva Las Nowhere Helen/Wanda
2002–2005 Strong Medicine Dr. Andy Campbell Series regular, 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
2009 Lost Dream Patricia
2010 The Jensen Project Ingrid
2011 Beautiful Wave Sue
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Michelle McGee
2012 Smart Cookies Lola
2013 Avarice Claire
2013 Snow Bride Maggie Tannenhill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patricia Richardson | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  2. ^ NNDB. "Patricia Richardson". Retrieved 2006-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b c "Patricia Richardson Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  4. ^ Kelleher, Terry (2002-09-23). "Picks and Pans Review: Talking With...Patricia Richardson". People.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  5. ^ Valby, Karen (2013-10-23). "Hallmark Channel Christmas movies: The five you'll be watching | PopWatch | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  6. ^ Patricia Richardson, Cure PSP

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