American actress Traylor Howard is best remembered for playing Sharon Carter on the ABC television series “Two Guys and a Girl” (1998-2001) and Natalie Teeger on the USA Network series “Monk” (2005-2009), where she took home a Gracie Allen Award for her performance. She also starred in the short lived shows “Boston Common” (1996-1997) and “Bram and Alice” (2002) and acted in the films “Me, Myself & Irene” (2000) and “Son of the Mask” (2005).
Howard has been married twice and has a son named Sabu. In 2000, she reportedly dated actor George Clooney. Currently living in Los Angeles, Howard enjoys tennis, snow skiing, yoga and swimming.
Childhood and Family:
Traylor Elizabeth Howard was born on June 14, 1966, in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Lake Highland Preparatory School and appeared in a Juicy Fruit gum commercial while in high school. She received a BA degree in communications and advertising and a minor in English from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida. In college, she became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her nickname is Tray.
Traylor has been married two times. She was married to her first husband, Cameron Hall, from February 1991 until March 1993. She married Christian Navarro on April 26, 2003, but they have since divorced. On November 24, 2006, Traylor gave birth to a son named Sabu Howard. She stated, “I'm just happier. Having my son a bit later in life, I'm soaking it up. He is such a happy and playful soul who brings a huge amount of joy in our lives.”
Two Guys and a Girl
After college, Traylor Howard moved from Florida to Los Angeles, where she worked in public relations and at a greeting card company. She did not turn her attention toward acting until a former boyfriend introduced her to it. She acted in local theater productions and appeared in a number of television commercials.
Howard made her television episode debut when she landed a part in the “Madame Ex” (1994) episode of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” The following year, she made her feature debut as Fran in Larry Brand's drama “Till the End of the Night,” starring Scott Valentine, Katherine Kelly Lang and John Enos III. Howard was then cast in the regular role of Joy Byrnes in the NBC comedy series “Boston Common,” opposite Anthony Clark and Hedy Burress. She remained with the show from March 21, 1996, until April 27, 1997. After the cancellation of “Boston Common,” Howard starred as Sharon Carter in the ABC sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl,” alongside Ryan Reynolds and Richard Ruccolo. The show ran from March 10, 1998, to May 16, 2001.
Howard returned to the big screen in 1998 with her second feature, the Sandy Tung award winning “Confessions of a Sexist Pig,” where she starred alongside Edward Kerr and Lauren Graham. It was followed by supporting roles in Bob Saget's “Dirty Work” (1998), as Kathy, and the Farrelly brothers comedy “Me, Myself & Irene” (2000), playing the wife of Jim Carrey. In 2000, she appeared in “How I Fell in Love” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
In 2002, Howard costarred with Alfred Molina in the CBS comedy series “Bram and Alice.” The show was canceled after only four episodes. The same year, she also guest starred in “The West Wing” (as Lisa Shureborn), “First Monday” (as Ashley Riverton) and “The Division” (as Sarah Franzen).
Three years later, Howard joined the cast of the USA Network hit series “Monk” in the regular role of Natalie Teeger, Tony Shalhoub's assistant. She remained with the show until it ended in 2009. In 2009, she was handed a Gracie for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series for her good performance. Describing her character on the series, she said, “Natalie is a mom, making her protective. She's bright, assertive and patient and now being with Adrian Monk is a new experience that she is into. She's almost like a Nancy Drew.”
Still in 2005, Howard starred with Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming, Steven Wright, Kal Penn and Ben Stein in the comedy film “Son of the Mask,” for director Lawrence Guterman.
In 2010, Howard provided her voice to the animated short “Simon Says Let's Stop Climate Change!”
Gracie Allen: Gracie, Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series, “Monk,” 2009