Funny lady Renee Taylor reports she has a new daughter on “Happily Divorced,” one who is as flamboyant as Renee herself – pop star Cyndi Lauper. “She was adorable, really funny and very emotionally responsive to work with,” notes the septuagenarian show business veteran. Cyndi’s episode will be coming up next month on the show in which Renee has a recurring role as a family friend. Long known as mama of “The Nanny” on Fran Drescher’s former series, Taylor is having a blast working with Drescher again on the popular “Divorced” series that launches its third season on TV Land tonight (11/28).
“People ask me what’s the difference between this character and my character on ‘The Nanny,’” notes Renee, “and I say this one is younger, more glamorous and smarter.”
Robert Wagner and Joan Collins are also among the guest stars who’ll soon be showing up on the series.
It’s a hectic time for Renee, who also has her recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother,” a new stage show on the way for next year entitled My Life on a Diet — plus her burgeoning Renee Taylor’s Face Love business.
My Life on a Diet is “semi autobiographical,” she says. She plans to do the show in New York, and “then hopefully, TV.”
As far as Renee Taylor’s Face Love, she tells us it took awhile to develop the product with her friend, Florida-based makeup artist Cindy Cohen. “I asked her if she had a skin tightener and she said yes, and I tried it and said, ‘It’s good, but it’s not enough. And it’s a little irritating,’ so she went back to work on it and for five years she’s been perfecting this serum with me criticizing. Today, you can use it instead of botox,” proclaims Renee, whose brand can be found at reneetaylorsfacelove.com She’s no fan of excessive nipping and tucking. “When you go into a room and everyone looks the same it’s scary — and it happens, especially here in Hollywood. I don’t want to do too much to myself or when I get to heaven, God will say, ‘Who are you?’”
Taylor always seems to be working. Earlier this year, she was in Tyler Perry’s “The Marriage Counselor” in a role Perry originally wrote for a man. He ended up liking Renee’s spirit, and obviously, the affection was mutual. “He is so fun and so sexy,” she says of Perry. “He just laughed at everything I said, which I loved. That was also the reason I fell in love with my husband — that he laughed at everything I said,” she adds of her favorite leading man, onstage and off, Joe Bologna. The couple is looking forward to celebrating their golden anniversary.
The secret to their longevity? Not surprisingly, it’s laughter.
“We have an agreement,” she says. “If he leaves me, it has to be for a much older woman with more depth and maturity.”