- Studied acting with acclaimed teacher Stella Adler.
- Has appeared in five plays by A.R. Gurney: The David Show (1968), Children (1976), The Perfect Party (1986), The Cocktail Hour (1988) and Love Letters (1988), in which she starred opposite Gurney.
- Is the aunt of filmmaker Brad Anderson and appeared in his movies Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Happy Accidents (2000).
- Won a Supporting Actress Emmy for her role as randy Judge Roberta Kittleson in The Practice, and played the same character in a 2000 episode of Ally McBeal.
- In 2011, wrote and starred in the one-woman play Ann, about former Texas governor Ann Richards.
- 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2013, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
- 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Sarah Paulson — Significant Other
- Pamela Bisbee-Simonds — Sister
- Patricia Sweet — Sister
- C. Tracy Taylor — Father
- Brad Anderson — Nephew
- Virginia Taylor — Mother
- Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, United States (BA in Drama, 1964); University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, California, United States (MA in Spiritual Psychology, 2005)
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