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Howard during a visit to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, December 19, 2005
|Born||June 14, 1966|
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Howard was born in Orlando, Florida, to Peggy E. (née Traylor) and Robert M. Howard, Jr., president of the Howard Fertilizer and Chemical Company. She attended Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. She went on to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in communications and advertising and a minor in English.
Howard's most prominent acting roles were as Natalie Teeger, assistant to Tony Shalhoub's Adrian Monk on the USA Network television series Monk from 2005 to 2009, and as Sharon Carter, the "girl" of the title of the ABC sitcom Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (later retitled Two Guys and a Girl), from 1998 to 2001.
In July 2019, Howard was interviewed by Jane Mayer for a New Yorker piece detailing sexual misconduct allegations against former United States Senator Al Franken, with whom she performed on a USO tour in 2005. She defends Franken against misconduct allegations, saying, in part, "I get the whole #MeToo thing, and a whole lot of horrible stuff has happened, and it needed to change. But that's not what was happening here. Franken is a good man."
She also starred in the short-lived sitcoms Boston Common and Bram & Alice alongside actor Alfred Molina. In 1999 she appeared in the Foo Fighters' music video "Breakout". During the third season of The West Wing, Howard made a guest appearance. She was the romantic lead in the Norm Macdonald film Dirty Work.
Howard has been married three times. Her first marriage was to actor Cameron Hall on February 2, 1991, which ended in divorce on March 12, 1993; the couple had no children. Her second marriage was to actor Christian Navarro on April 26, 2003, which ended in divorce in 2006. They also had no children.
On November 24, 2006, Howard gave birth to a son, Sabu. She was pregnant with him during season five of Monk, so she spent several episodes with boxes, newspapers, and the like in front of her abdomen to hide the pregnancy. Traylor married for the third time in 2011 to Jarel Portman, son of famed architect John C. Portman Jr.; the couple's son Julien was born in 2012.
|1994||Till the End of the Night||Fran||Credited as Traylor H. Hall|
|1998||Confessions of a Sexist Pig||Anne Henning||Alternative title: Taste of Love|
|2000||Me, Myself & Irene||Layla Baileygates|
|2005||Son of the Mask||Tonya Avery|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Dr. Heller's Office Temp||Episode: "Madame Ex"|
|1996–1997||Boston Common||Joy Byrnes||32 episodes|
|1998–2001||Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Sharon Carter||81 episodes|
|2002||The West Wing||Lisa Sherborne||Episode: "100,000 Airplanes"|
|2002||First Monday||Ashley Riverton||Episode: "Right to Die"|
|2002||The Division||Sarah Franzen||Episode: "Remembrance"|
|2002||Bram and Alice||Alice O'Connor||8 episodes|
|2005–2009||Monk||Natalie Teeger||87 episodes;|
won Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series (2009)
|2010||Nolan Knows Best||Julie Nolan||Pilot|
- Lee, Luaine (10 November 2009). "'Monk' role has been a dream job for Traylor Howard". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
- Mayer, Jane. "The Case of Al Franken". The New Yorker.
- "Biography for Traylor Howard". IMDb.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- Green, Josh (May 18, 2014). "Building on his father's legacy" (PDF). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. 2. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- "Shows A-Z - nolan knows best on abc". TheFutonCritic.com. 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
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