Nancy Travis

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Nancy Travis
Nancy Travis 2012.jpg
Travis in 2012
BornNancy Ann Travis
(1961-09-21) September 21, 1961 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationNew York University
Alma materCircle in the Square Theatre School
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Robert N. Fried (m. 1994)
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Nancy Travis
Nancy Travis 2012.jpg
Travis in 2012
BornNancy Ann Travis
(1961-09-21) September 21, 1961 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationNew York University
Alma materCircle in the Square Theatre School
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Robert N. Fried (m. 1994)

Nancy Ann Travis (born September 21, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in films Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Air America (1990), Internal Affairs (1990), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), Greedy (1994), and Fluke (1995). She currently stars as Vanessa Baxter in the ABC comedy series Last Man Standing.

Early life[edit]

Travis was born in New York City, the daughter of Theresa, a social worker, and Gordon Travis, a sales executive.[1] Travis was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and Baltimore, Maryland.[2] She was raised Catholic.[3]


Travis' first job after graduating from high school was in a play, It's Hard to be a Jew, at The American Jewish Theatre in NYC. After that, Travis appeared in a stage version of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and was a founding member of the Off-Broadway theater company Naked Angels. She appeared in their Frank Pugliese play Aven U-Boys, as well as in King of Connecticut. She made her Broadway debut in I'm Not Rappaport. She starred in Athol Fugard's My Children, My Africa.

Travis has had leading lady roles in many films, including Three Men and a Baby and its sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady, plus Air America and Internal Affairs (as the wife of Andy García), So I Married an Axe Murderer as the bride of Mike Myers, thriller The Vanishing with Kiefer Sutherland, Greedy with Michael J. Fox, and in the action-comedy Destiny Turns on the Radio with Dylan McDermott. Others notable films include the 1995 box office bomb Fluke,[4] 1996 Whoopi Goldberg's comedy Bogus, political comedy/drama Running Mates with Three Men and a Baby co-star Tom Selleck, 2001 drama film Auggie Rose, 2005 comedy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and 2007 ensemble cast romantic drama The Jane Austen Book Club adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler. She was featured in Chaplin opposite Robert Downey, Jr., portraying Joan Barry, the woman who filed a paternity suit against Chaplin.

Travis starred with Peter Gallagher and Isabella Rossellini in the Tom Cruise-directed episode of the Showtime series Fallen Angels in 1993. From 1995-1997, Travis played a leading role in the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect. The show was canceled after two seasons. In 1999 she starred in the short-lived TV series Work with Me, Travis was also a producer.[5] Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled after four episodes.[6]

Travis had the leading role of psychology professor Dr. Joyce Reardon in 2002's four-hour television adaptation of Stephen King's Rose Red.[7] In 2002, Travis joined the cast of the CBS comedy series Becker as Chris Connor. She starred in the show for its final two seasons, replacing the series' original female lead, Terry Farrell. From 2007 to 2009 Travis appeared in the television sitcom The Bill Engvall Show as Bill's wife Susan. In 2009 she starred on the Hallmark Channel film Safe Harbor, about a happily married couple, Doug (Treat Williams) and Robbie Smith (Travis) about to retire and spend their days cruising the world on their sailboat.[8] In 2010, she starred in TV films The Pregnancy Pact, In My Shoes and was a guest star in two episodes of Desperate Housewives.[9] In 2011, she guest starred in the television series Grey's Anatomy[10] and How I Met Your Mother.[11]

In 2011, Travis was cast in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing opposite Tim Allen.[12][13] Travis also appeared in The CW medical drama series Hart of Dixie as Emmeline 'Mrs. H' Hattenbarger.[14] On May 20, 2011, it was announced that Travis would not continue with the series due to her commitment with Last Man Standing.[15] She was written out after the first two episodes.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Travis married Robert N. Fried, former president and CEO of Savoy Pictures and currently Founder & CEO of They have two sons: Benjamin, born in 1998, and Jeremy, born in 2001. She starred in the 2007 short film Sally, featuring her son, Benjamin, and written by her husband.[17]



1985Malice in WonderlandAnn
1986HaremJessica Gray
1987Three Men and a BabySylvia Bennington
1988Married to the MobKaren Lutnick
Eight Men OutLyra Williams
I'll Be Home for ChristmasLeah Bundy
1990Loose CannonsRiva
Internal AffairsKathleen "Kathy" Avilla
Air AmericaCorinne Landreaux
Three Men and a Little LadySylvia Bennington
1992Passed AwayCassie Slocombe
ChaplinJoan Barry
1993The VanishingRita Baker
So I Married an Axe MurdererHarriet Michaels
1995FlukeCarol Johnson
Lieberman in LoveKate
Destiny Turns on the RadioLucille
Body LanguageAtty. Theresa Janice 'T.J.' Harlow
1996BogusLorraine Franklin
1999My Last LoveSusan Mortonalso producer
2000Running MatesJennifer 'Jenny' Pryce
Beyond SuspicionCarol
2005The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsLydia Rodman
2007The Jane Austen Book ClubCat Harris
The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge DrinkerApril Brenner
2009Safe HarborRobbie
2010The Pregnancy PactLorraine Dougan
A Walk In My ShoesCindy/Trish


1986Spenser: For HireMaggie EllisEpisode 2.10: The Hopes and Fears
1993Fallen AngelsBette AllisonEpisode 1.4: The Frightening Frammis
1994 – 1997DuckmanBernice / Beverly / Beatrice67 episodes, voice role
1995 – 1997Almost PerfectKim Cooper34 episodes
1996The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestSpencervoice role
1998Superman: The Animated SeriesDarci Mason1 episode, voice role
1999Work with MeJulie Better9 episodes, also producer
2002Stephen King's Rose RedProf. Joyce ReardonTV mini-series
2002 – 2004BeckerChris Connor39 episodes
2007 – 2009The Bill Engvall ShowSusan Pearson24 episodes
2008MediumLaura SwensonEpisode 4.4: Do You Hear What I Hear?
2010Desperate HousewivesDr. Mary Wagner2 episodes
2011Grey's AnatomyAlisonEpisode 7.16: Not Responsible
How I Met Your MotherCherylEpisode 6.19: Legendaddy
Hart of DixieEmmeline Hattenbarger (Mrs. H)2 episodes
2011 – PresentLast Man StandingVanessa BaxterLeading role


  1. ^ "Becker's Nancy Travis Rekindles Her Baby Love with Ted Danson". People Magazine. January 13, 2003. 
  2. ^ "Nancy Travis- Biography" . Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
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  4. ^ Fluke (1995), Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ ""Work with Me" (1999)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  6. ^ Pursell, Chris (October 25, 1999). "CBS pink slips 'Work With Me'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  7. ^ Wilkes, Neil (Jul 18, 2001). "ABC Fall miniseries: Full details". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  8. ^ Jacksonville's “Safe Harbor Boys' Home” Press Release 1/21/2009
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (Sep 16, 2010). "'Desperate Housewives' Exclusive: Nancy Travis is B.A.G.'s mom!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  10. ^ Wightman, Catriona (Jan 27, 2011). "Nancy Travis lands 'Grey's Anatomy' role". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  11. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (Feb 2, 2011). "Nancy Travis signs for 'HIMYM' role". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  12. ^ ABC Pilots: Get the Scoop on the New Shows
  13. ^ "Nancy Travis joins ABC Tim Allen pilot". 
  14. ^ "Coming This Fall to The CW...". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  15. ^ "Nancy Travis To Be Recast On 'Hart Of Dixie'" from (May 20, 2011)
  16. ^ Mitovich, Matt (June 21, 2011). "Fall TV Recasts: Damon Wayans Will (Briefly) Live with New Girl, and More Updates". TV Line. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Nancy Travis on the View". YouTube. December 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 

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