Feb. 23rd, 1951
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Patricia Richardson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1989 - In Country
1984 - C.H.U.D.
1980 - You Better Watch Out
Guest TV Roles
Patricia was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland to Lawrence and Elizabeth Richardson. Her father, a Naval Academy Graduate, was a fighter and test pilot and later an aeronautical engineer and executive. Her mother was a housewife. Both of her parents were military brats themselves. Her father was the son of an Admiral and her mother was the daughter of a Marine Corps General. She has three sisters, all of whom appear on the Lifetime Intimate Portrait special (along with her parents) and the E Entertainment Biography about her. She was married to Ray Baker (I), an actor, and has three children by him: Henry, and twins, Joe and Roxie. She is best known for starring for 8 seasons with Tim Allen (I) on the ABC TV show "Home Improvement" (1991) as Jill Taylor. She was nominated for one Viewers for Quality Television Award, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy, and four Emmy Awards. She also co-hosted the Emmy Awards with 'Ellen Degeneres' in 1994. Previously she had starred on a series for Norman Lear called "Double Trouble" (1984). She also starred in two shows from one of the creators of the "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970) show, Alan Burns (I): "Eisenhower & Lutz" (1988) with Scott Bakula, and "FM" (1989) with Robert Hays (I).
She starred on Lifetime Television in 60 episodes of "Strong Medicine" (2000), the longest running drama series written for basic cable. She was given a commendation and nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series by the Prism Awards. She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her first starring role in a movie for Ulee's Gold (1997), opposite Peter Fonda (I). She has also received a Vision Award, and a Topaz Award from Women In Film in Texas.
Ms. Richardson received a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and spent several years in New York doing theatre. She created roles in two Beth Henley plays on and off- Broadway: Collard in The Wake of Jamie Foster, and Elaine in The Miss Firecracker Contest. She also played Janice in Michael Weller's Loose Ends, had parts in Kevin Wade's Cruise Control, and Mark O'Donnell's Fables For Friends. From her very first audition in New York, she won the understudy role of young Gypsy Rose Lee in the Angela Lansbury revival of Gypsy in New York. In the last year she wrapped a film Out of Omaha (2007) co-starring Lea Thompson (I) and Dave Foley (I), and is the spokesperson for the disease her father died of, PSP. She is also hosting a television program that is starting in Ohio and going out nationally to help parents be more involved with their children's learning process called "The Learning Lunchbox".
- Earned a total of four Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for playing 'Tim Allen (I)' (qv)'s wife on _"Home Improvement" (1991)_ (qv).
- Understudied the part of young "Gypsy Rose Lee" in 'Angela Lansbury' (qv)'s production of "Gypsy" on Broadway. Later played a number of different roles in the show.
- Father was a lifer with the Navy and she lived all over growing up.
- 1973 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
- Is the third of four girls. Her sisters are Ann, Lynn and Cathy.
- Won an Independent Spirit nomination for her first starring film role in _Ulee's Gold (1997)_ (qv) in 1997.
- Her parents are father, Lawrence, and mother, Elizabeth.
- 1969 graduate of the prestigious Hockaday School For Girls-Dallas, Texas.