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Postage Stamp to Honor Ann Richards Proposed

Postage Stamp to Honor Ann Richards Proposed

Veteran actress Holland Taylor, who played Mrs. Harper on the hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men' and who has had roles in numerous movies and TV shows, including 'The Truman Show' and 'Legally Blonde' has a new career.

 

  1200 WOAI news reports Taylor, who is a native of Philadelphia and has never lived in Texas, is leading a campaign to get the face of the late Ann Richards on a postage stamp.

 

  "I ask people to support this," Taylor told 1200 WOAI news.  "They say, yes, I'll sign, I already did it!  It is simple to do, so if you like Ann Richards, get her mug on a stamp where it belongs."

 

  Taylor says Richards' death in 2006 inspired her and she took action.  She started studying Richards' life, and she ended up writing a one woman play, called 'Ann,' which she is starring in on Broadway, and which has received positive reviews.

 

  "When she died I was so mournful, and I was unnaturally mournful for so long," Taylor said. "So I wanted to go and look to find out why I was so affected."

  The Ann Richards commemorative Stamp Committee, which Taylor heads, has picked up the endorsements of several prominent Americans, including actor George Clooney, investor Warren Buffett, retired Senator and 1996 Republican Presidential Candidate Robert Dole, tennis star Billie Jean King, comedian Lily Tomlin, and the chair of the committee is veteran producer Norman Lear.

 

  The petition, which is on the web site 'Change.org,' calls for the stamp to be released in 2016, the 25th anniversary of Richards' inauguration as Governor of Texas.

 

  The drive may face political headwinds due to her daughter Cecile's position as national president of the controversial group Planned Parenthood.

 

  But Taylor says her drive is non political, but an effort to honor a woman who served as Texas governor, and continues to serve as an inspiration for women, and men, around the country.

 

  Richards, who was a former social studies teacher, Travis County Commissioner and Texas Treasurer.  She gained national fame with her 'silver foot in his mouth' keynote speech blasting George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in 1988.

 

  Richards was elected Governor in 1990, defeating gaffe-prone Republican oilman Clayton Williams, and she served one term before losing to George W. Bush in 1994.

 

  She died in 2006 of the effects of esophageal cancer.

 

 

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