Taylor is most often recognized for her standout role as Sylvia in The Nanny, the overbearing mother of thirty-something Fran Fine who is determined to live to see her daughter get married. Her character is intent on finding Fran a husband and has a passionate love for food.
In recent years, Taylor has guest-starred as Ted Mosby‘s neighbor, Mrs. Matsen, on How I Met Your Mother. In addition to her numerous guest-starring appearances, Taylor has worked as a voice-actor as the character Mrs. Start in the animated feature film Ice Age: The Meltdown, and as Linda’s mother Gloria in the animated Fox series Bob’s Burgers. Taylor also played Martha Benson in the film Opposite Day, released in 2009.
Taylor also guest-starred on Fran Drescher‘s newest show Happily Divorced as Fran’s mother’s best friend. A reference is made to The Nanny when Taylor’s character tells Fran that she’s the daughter she never had, and again when Fran looks to the camera and states “I’m feeling some deja vu” as Taylor eats a piece of cake.