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“Two and a Half Men” star Holland Taylor: “I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out”

For 12 seasons, Holland Taylor played Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen’s hilariously self-absorbed mom on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Her character of Evelyn Harper was very sexually prolific with a lot of men in her life.

Off screen, it’s a woman who is in her life.

The actress, now 72, has never really talked about her personal life with the media but has now acknowledged that she is currently in a relationship with a much younger woman.

‘… My relationship is with a woman,’ the Emmy winning actress says in an interview with an interview with WNYC,

‘It’s awkward because if I talk about relationships in my life or people that have been in my life, or somebody I’ve been seeing for a while or this, that and the other thing, I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, “So have you come out?” No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.’

Taylor’s comments about her sexuality were brought on when she was asked if she was ‘enticed by marriage’ in her new current relationship.

‘I have not,’ she said. ‘Given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me. But she’s mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a — as a — as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction. But it’s been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do.’

Taylor added: ‘Well I feel at this point in the conversation it feels kind of awkward. Now I feel very very shy of it. I’ve been really wrestling with this lately because most of my relationships have been with women and I don’t like talking about them because I don’t like talking about the politics of it all because I’m not political about it. I think we’re ridiculous in this country (the US) about it. Ridiculous.’

Taylor has worked for decades on television, in films and on stage. She played Tom Hanks demanding boss in the sitcom Bosom Buddies, won an Emmy for her performance as Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice, and played billionaire Peggy Peabody on The L Word.

More recently, Taylor wrote and starred on Broadway in a one-woman play about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards which earned her a Tony Award nomination.



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7 Remarks

  1. I had NO idea. Good for you Holland!

  2. Don’t you just love it when a great actress like this proudly plays for our team? Fun!

  3. I’ve always thought of her as an ‘out’ actress.

  4. She may have been ‘out’ to the people in her life but until a public person actually says the words, they are not publicly ‘out.’

  5. Good for her. I always liked her character on Two and a Half Men. I remember a couple of episodes were she was sleeping with Lindsey’s mom who was played by Georgette Engel.

  6. Don’t forget Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, Going Places, episode of Perfect Strangers, etc. She is a TV and movie icon!

  7. Wonderful as Ruth Dunbar in Bosom Buddies!!!


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