Nancy Travis is an American actress. She started her career in theater before landing a screen role in ABC’s miniseries ‘Harem’. She then went on to appear in CBS’ sitcom ‘Almost Perfect’ and ABC’s series ‘Rose Red’. Her breakthrough role came in 1987 when she was cast as Sylvia Bennington in the comedy flick ‘Three Men and a Baby’. Born to a sales executive and a social worker, Travis was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and Framingham, Massachusetts, in a Catholic family. A founding member of the Off-Broadway theater agency Naked Angels, she continues to maintain a connection with the stage as well as the film and the television industries. Travis, who has been married to Robert N. Fried, the CEO and Founder of Hallmark Movies Now, is an equally dedicated woman when it comes to her personal life. A mother of two, Travis is an ideal example of a woman committed to both her professional career and family responsibilities.
Following her graduation, Nancy Travis joined The American Jewish Theatre in NYC, initially appearing in the play ‘It's Hard to be a Jew’. She founded the Off-Broadway company, Naked Angels, and went on to appear in the plays ‘Aven U-Boys’ and ‘King of Connecticut’. She later appeared in the Broadway production of ‘I'm Not Rappaport’.
In 1986, the actress did the television movie ‘Harem’. The following year, she had her breakthrough role in ‘Three Men and a Baby’, a comedy film about the adventures and mishaps of three bachelors who attempt to adapt their daily lives to pseudo-fatherhood with the entrance of the love child of one of them. This was followed by her roles in the movies ‘Internal Affairs’, ‘Air America’, ‘Passed Away’, ‘The Vanishing’ and ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’.
From 1994 to 1997, Travis lent her voice to various characters in the adult animated sitcom ‘Duckman’. During this time, she also appeared as a regular in the series ‘Almost Perfect’ as well as in the box office bomb ‘Fluke’ (1995), alongside Stoltz, Max Pomeranc, Ron Perlman, Bill Cobbs, Samuel L. Jackson and Jon Polito. Soon after this, the actress produced and starred in the TV series ‘Work with Me’. She next featured in the series ‘Becker’ as Christine Connor, a role she played from 2002 to 2004.
The year 2005 saw Travis in the role of Lydia Rodman in the comedy drama flick ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’. Directed by Ken Kwapis, the film managed to gross $39 million against a budget of $25 million. Two years later, she joined the cast of ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ as Susan Pearson. Soon after this, she featured in the television films ‘Safe Harbor’ and ‘The Pregnancy Pact’. Following her guest appearances in two episodes of the series ‘Desperate Housewives’, Travis was cast as Vanessa Baxter in the sitcom ‘Last Man Standing’. In the year 2017, she began playing the role of Donna Hodges in the crime drama series ‘Mr. Mercedes’. A year later, she appeared in the web dramas ‘The Ranch’ and ‘The Kominsky Method.’
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Family & Personal Life
Nancy Travis was born on September 21, 1961, in New York City, New York, USA to Gordon, a sales executive, and Theresa, a social worker. She was raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, as well as Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from New York University.
Talking about her love life, Travis is married to Robert N. Fried, currently the CEO and founder of Hallmark Movies Now, and the former president of Savoy Pictures. The couple has two sons, Benjamin E. and Jeremy.