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 53)
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 53)
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 Benjamin and written by her husband.[17]



1985Malice in WonderlandAnnTelevision film
1986HaremJessica GrayTelevision film
1987Three Men and a BabySylvia Bennington
1988Married to the MobKaren Lutnick
1988Eight Men OutLyra Williams
1988I'll Be Home for ChristmasLeah Bundy
1989How Much Is Really True?Short film
1990Loose CannonsRiva
1990Internal AffairsKathleen "Kathy" Avilla
1990Air AmericaCorinne Landreaux
1990Three Men and a Little LadySylvia Bennington
1992Passed AwayCassie Slocombe
1992ChaplinJoan Barry
1993The VanishingRita Baker
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererHarriet Michaels
1995FlukeCarol Johnson
1995Lieberman in LoveKateShort film
1995Destiny Turns on the RadioLucille
1995Body LanguageAtty. Theresa Janice 'T.J.' Harlow
1996BogusLorraine Franklin
1999My Last LoveSusan MortonAlso producer
2000Running MatesJennifer 'Jenny' PryceTelevision film
2000Beyond SuspicionCarol
2005The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsLydia Rodman
2007The Jane Austen Book ClubCat Harris
2007The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge DrinkerApril BrennerTelevision film
2007SallySallyShort film
2009Safe HarborRobbieTelevision film
2010The Pregnancy PactLorraine DouganTelevision film
2010A Walk In My ShoesCindy/TrishTelevision film
2014DissonanceBobbiShort film
2015The Submarine KidMrs. Koll


1986Spenser: For HireMaggie EllisEpisode: The Hopes and Fears
1993Fallen AngelsBette AllisonEpisode: The Frightening Frammis
1994 – 1997DuckmanBernice / Beverly / Beatrice67 episodes, voice role
1995 – 1997Almost PerfectKim CooperSeries regular, 34 episodes
1996The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestSpencervoice role
1998Superman: The Animated SeriesDarci Mason1 episode, voice role
1999Work with MeJulie BetterSeries regular, 9 episodes, also producer
2002Stephen King's Rose RedProf. Joyce ReardonMiniseries
2002 – 2004BeckerChris ConnorSeries regular, 39 episodes
2007 – 2009The Bill Engvall ShowSusan PearsonSeries regular, 30 episodes
2008MediumLaura SwensonEpisode: Do You Hear What I Hear?
2010Desperate HousewivesDr. Mary Wagner2 episodes
2011Grey's AnatomyAlisonEpisode: Not Responsible
2011How I Met Your MotherCherylEpisode: Legendaddy
2011Hart of DixieEmmeline Hattenbarger (Mrs. H)2 episodes
2011 – presentLast Man StandingVanessa BaxterSeries regular


  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.
  3. ^ "The Yada Blog - brought to you by American Jewish Life". Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  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. ^ Becky Kirsch. "ABC 2011 Pilots Including Good Christian Belles, Charlie's Angels, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Last Man Standing, Scandal, Revenge". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  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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