Before being cast as Tim's wife, Jill Taylor, Patricia Richardson had a successful stage career. When she embarked on a TV career, her first three series failed to connect with critics or viewers. NBC's "Double Trouble" (1984-1985) lasted less than two seasons, while CBS's 1988 dud "Eisenhower & Lutz" and NBC's equally absurd "FM" (1989-1990) lasted 13 episodes each. Fortunately for Richardson, she soon found herself on TV's top-rated program, "Home Improvement." She appeared in 203 of the show's 204 episodes, from 1991 until 1999. She was nominated four times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy. Richardson has maintained a successful Hollywood career since the show wrapped. From 2002 to 2005, she headlined 59 episodes of Lifetime's hospital series "Strong Medicine," alongside Rosa Blasi. From 2005 to 2006, Richardson played Sen. Arnold Vinick's (Alan Alda) chief of staff on "The West Wing." During the past two years, Richardson has starred in the highly rated made-for-TV movies "The Jensen Project" and "Bringing Ashley Home," and she recently wrapped up shooting on another film, "Beautiful Wave," co-starring Aimee Teegarden of "Friday Night Lights."