First-Time Tony Nominee: Holland Taylor transitions from the screen back to the stage with ‘Ann’

Holland Taylor in "Ann."

Holland Taylor in “Ann.”

Holland Taylor is a brilliant actress so the news that the stage and screen star’s nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play at this year’s Tonys was not all that surprising. Between her accomplished background in acting and her skills as a writer, this actress is one that the film, television and theatre worlds are lucky to have.

Known for her work in television on The Practice, Bosom Buddies and Two and a Half Men among many others, the actress began her career in the theatre during the sixties. At this time, she quickly became a household name in both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows such as The Cocktail Hour and Murder Among Friends.

From the stage, she then tried her hand at television and the silver screen, where her performances have all been well received. She has shown herself to be a highly versatile performer capable of acting in many different genres successfully. In 1999 her acting won her an Emmy Award for her role in The Practice and she has since been nominated six additional times.

This year, Taylor has been nominated for “Best Leading Actress in a Play” for her role of the late Ann Richards, once the governor of Texas, in the play Ann. The play, which she also wrote, has two acts and follows the governor’s adult life both in and out of office. Beginning before she was elected, the play shows what Ann Richards’ day-to-day life was like before and during the time leading up to the election, as well as her time as governor. What makes Taylor’s performance stand out is that the role shows not only Richards’ political life, but what she was like as both a mother and a person outside of the office and away from the public.

While all the nominees are well-deserving of the nomination, and many stand an equal chance of winning it, Holland Taylor still stands a strong chance.  There has been much praise for her role in particular, as well as for the play as a whole, and it’s that acclaim which may very well see her through.

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