Making her professional acting debut with an understudy in Angela Lansbury's Broadway production of "Gypsy: A Musical Fable" (1975), Patricia Richardson would later be popular among TV viewers while playing Tim Allen's wife Jillian "Jill" Patterson Taylor in the ABC Emmy-winning sitcom "Home Improvement" (1991-1999).
Meanwhile, the actress who made her film debut in the average slasher "You Better Watch Out" (1980), has appeared in such films as "C.H.U.D." (1984), "Ulee's Gold" (1997), "Viva Las Nowhere" (2001), and "Out of Omaha" (2007). She will next be seen in the upcoming drama film called "Lost Dream."
Richardson also had recurring roles in two short-lived series, "Double Trouble" (1984) and "Eisenhower and Lutz" (198
, as well as a two season run in "FM" (1989), playing a spunky radio talk show host. Additionally, she had major parts on the television series "The West Wing" and "Strong Medicine."
On a more personal note, the 5' 7" TV star with a hairstyle that features sharp, sassy bangs was married to actor Ray Baker, with whom she has three children.