Renee Taylor first gained national attention as a semi-regular on "The Jack Paar Show". Renee Taylor's early roles were almost always near-stereotypical Jewish characters. Taylor made her film debut for Jerry Lewis in "The Errand Boy", and in 1968 was Jack Klugman's wife in "The Detective" who tried to distract him from his concentration with the offer of food. In 1977, Taylor appeared on the syndicated "Fernwood Tonight", the offspring of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", as a character who proclaimed herself to be the missing Mary Hartman.
Renee Taylor found herself on a hit series when she was cast in the recurring role of Fran Drescher's Flushing, Queens, mother in the CBS sitcom "The Nanny" (1994-99). Again, she played a blowzy, overbearing parent not dissimilar characters she created for herself. Riding on her increased popularity, Taylor co-wrote a stage play with Bologna called "Bermuda Avenue Triangle" (1995), that explored love and relationships in middle age. With Beatrice Arthur as the third star of the piece, the play played to enthusiastic crowds in Los Angeles.