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"If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You"
This is the best of times for Renée Taylor. Her current project, with husband Joe Bologna, the semi-autobiographical comedy, "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You," is touring the country, direct from Broadway. She also wrote and appears around the country with her acclaimed one-woman show "Golda," the inspiring life of Golda Meir. She has just finished filming the feature "National Lampoon's Goldiggers" with Louise Lasser, and "Alfie" with Jude Law.
Her portrayal of the title character's mom on the hit series "The Nanny," earned her an Emmy nomination. The theatrical feature "Love is All There Is," which she co-directed and co-wrote with her "husband and boyfriend of 30 years," Joe Bologna, and in which they both appear, earned Cannes Film Festival raves and was distributed by Samuel Goldwyn in the fall of 1996. Taylor and Bologna's play "The Bermuda Avenue Triangle," which they co-wrote and in which they starred, was the SRO Toast of Los Angeles and Broadway for eight months.
Life for her is not only good, but also very funny. She invests her daily experience with the same humor she so expertly puts on the screen.
Taylor is an accomplished actress, comedienne and director. She is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and Emmy Award winning writer. She has written for and starred on Broadway, in addition to appearing in almost every form of media in the known world. Taylor has proven herself as a source of artistic creativity for more than 30 years.
As recently as 1993, Taylor managed the incredible feat of juggling not two but three television series on three different networks. Besides The Nanny, she also played Brian Benben's outrageous mom on HBO's Dream On and Richard Lewis' mom on the FOX comedy, Daddy Dearest.
A native New Yorker and graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Taylor supplemented her theatrical studies under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Harold Clurman. While writing and performing in the off-Broadway review, The Third Ear, directed by Elaine May, Taylor was spotted by Mike Nichols, who cast her as Anne Jackson's understudy in the hit comedy Luv. Her performance in Luv, attracted the attention of George Abbott, who cast her in his Broadway show, Agatha Sue, I Love You.
She then went on to other Broadway roles, including the restoration comedy, The Rehearsal and the semi-autobiographical Lovers and Other Strangers, which she co-wrote and co-starred in with husband Joseph Bologna. Off-Broadway audiences have applauded her roles in Three Sisters and Machinal, which was directed by Gene Frankel. She also starred in the national companies of Annie Get Your Gun, Li'l Abner and Wish You Were Here.
Following her motion picture debut in Jerry Lewis' The Errand Boy, she and Bologna worked together professionally developing the film Lovers and Other Strangers and Made For Each Other. In 1987, Taylor co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred with Bologna in their third motion picture collaboration, It Had to Be You. She has had starring roles in the Last of the Red Hot Lovers with Alan Arkin, Elaine May's, A New Leaf with Walter Matthau, The Detective, starring Frank Sinatra, Lovesick starring Dudley Moore, and White Palace opposite Susan Sarandon.
Taylor and Bologna were nominated for an Academy Award for their first screenplay, Lovers and Other Strangers and earned an Emmy Award for their television special Acts of Love and Other Comedies.
Taylor resides in Beverly Hills, California. The couple's son Gabriel is currently following his parents' lead in the dramatic arts as an actor, writer and director.
Mr. Bologna's acting career dates back to his days as an undergraduate at Brown University. After a tour of duty in the Marines, he began directing documentaries and commercials and writing special comedy material.
In 1965, he married writer/actress Renée Taylor. They wrote the Broadway play Lovers and Other Strangers, in which Mr. Bologna made his professional acting debut. They then collaborated on the screen version, which earned them their first Oscar nomination and critical acclaim.
In 1971, the duo co-wrote Made for Each Other, which marked Mr. Bologna's feature film acting debut. The feature was re-released in 1985 and has developed a tremendous cult following.
Bologna and Taylor received an Emmy Award for co-writing the television special Acts of Love and Other Comedies. They wrote and co-starred in the television special, Bedrooms, for which they received a Writers Guild award. The duo also created the television series Calucci's Department on CBS.
Additionally they co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the feature film It Had to be You, based on their Broadway play. More recently, they shared the same duties in their original feature film, Love is All There Is, starring Angelina Jolie in her first film role.
In between writing projects, Mr. Bologna's acting career flourished. His feature film credits include: My Favorite Year, The Woman in Red, Blame It On Rio, Chapter Two, Honor Thy Father, Coupe de Ville, Cops and Robbers, Mixed Company and The Big Bus. He also played Adam Sandler's father in the box office hit Big Daddy, and Chris Isaac's Uncle on the show of the same name.
On television, Mr. Bologna starred in the moves One Cooks, the Other Doesn't; A Time to Triumph, Sins, Torn Between Two Lovers, Copacabana, An Inconvenient Woman, The Danger of Love, Citizen Cohn, and the series Rags to Riches. He also appeared in the Showtime original feature comedy Family Therapy opposite Robert Loggia and Angie Dickinson. Joe also made a guest appearance on The Nanny, playing (ironically) "Sylvia Fine's lover", and is soon to be seen in an HBO movie "Fathers & Sons".
Bologna and Taylor are following up their long running The Bermuda Avenue Triangle, with their semi-autobiographical comedy, If You Ever Leave Me I'm Going with You. they recently completed successful runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Atlantic City. They will soon re-team in the Independent feature comedy Returning Mickey Stern.