The L Word’s Peggy Peabody, actress Holland Taylor, said that at 72 years old, she is in her first deeply committed relationship. And it’s with a woman.
“It’s the most wonderful, extraordinary thing that could have ever possibly happened in my life,” she said on WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money podcast.
When Taylor’s mother died a few years ago, she began to think about the relationships in her life.
“I just suddenly got the sense that I was living a very shallow life,” she said. “I had not had wonderful relationships. I had stayed very solo.”
Though she had relationships in the past, Taylor said she was always “at a certain safe remove.”
“No matter how much I might have loved a person, I was at some sort of safe ground, still with a foot on my own island,” she said.
At 70, Taylor was majorly depressed after her one-woman Broadway show Ann ended.
However, Taylor said without that breakdown she wouldn’t be where she is now. While she didn’t discuss details about her partner, she did say this isn’t her coming out.
“I haven’t come out because I am out,” she said. “I live out.”
Taylor’s girlfriend is younger than her.
“There’s a very big age difference between us which I’m sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me,” she said. “But as they say, ‘If she dies, she dies.’”
Taylor did say the two have discussed marriage.
“Given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me,” she said. “But as symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth, it would be a wonderful thing to do.”
While it’s been rumored she’s dating 40-year-old American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson, there has been no confirmation.
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