Joe Bologna’s theatrical career dated 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.
Renee Taylor has been acting since she was nineteen.
An eventual member of The Actors’ Studio, she studied with some
of the greatest acting coaches of the last century, most notably, eight
years with Lee Strasberg.
Joe and Renee married in 1965. Together, they wrote the Broadway play, Lovers
and Other Strangers. They then
collaborated on the screen version, which earned them an Oscar nomination.
Joe continued his directorial career by contributing short films, which
he and Renee wrote, to the award winning PBS series, The
American Dream Machine. In 1971, they co-wrote, and co-starred
in for the first time, the film, Made For Each Other. They then received an Emmy Award for co-writing the television special, Acts
Of Love And Other Comedies.
They co-wrote and co-starred in the television special, Paradise,
for which they received a Writers Guild of America Award and which Joe
directed. Renee and Joe created the television series, Calucci’s
Department co-directing the pilot episode. Additionally,
they co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the film It Had
to Be You, based on another of their Broadway plays. They
shared the same duties on the original 1995 feature film, Love
Is All There Is, in which they cast Angelina Jolie in her
first leading role.
As an actor, Joe has had leading roles in myriad films, including,
My Favorite Year, Blame It On Rio, The Woman in Red, Big Daddy and The
Boynton Beach Club. Renee has also appeared in numerous
feature films: but she is most recognized for her role as Sylvia
Fine, Fran Drescher’s mother on TV’s, The Nanny.
During this past season, Renee guest-starred on Law and Order: Special
Victims Unit and, Joe guest-starred on CSI:
Renee and Joe’s theatrical ventures in LA also have included Bermuda
Avenue Triangle, which they co-wrote and co-starred in
with Bea Arthur; and, An Evening with Golda Meir,
in which Renee starred and Joe directed. Of late, they have been touring
the country in their Broadway play, If you Ever Leave Me, I’m
Going With You. Next, they will be co-starring in the
new two-character play Sort Of A Love Story,
co-authored by Joe and Richard Krevolins, which will have its premier
performances, at the El Portal Theater in the North Hollywood Arts District,
starting October 14. Among their many other efforts, Renee and Joe have
produced one son, one grandson, many dogs and cats, and one very noisy