Sharon Lawrence

Actress, Singer, Dancer
A prolific television and stage actress, Sharon Lawrence proved she had the stuff of small-screen success with her very first television role as ambitious assistant district attorney Sylvia Costas on "NYPD Blue" (ABC ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1961 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Solace 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Matador 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rizzoli & Isles 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Starving In Suburbia 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The After 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Body of Proof 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Middle of Nowhere 2012 (Movie)

Alberta Fraine (Actor)

The Perfect Family 2012 (Movie)

Agnes Dunn (Actor)

One Tree Hill 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glades 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Community 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Privileged 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirt 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Capture of the Green River Killer 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Palms 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Living With Ed 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lies & Alibis 2006 (Movie)

Judith Hatch (Actor)

A Capitol Fourth 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1994 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1995 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1992 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Project Greenlight 1995 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Herself

Star Trek: Voyager 1994 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Black Book 2004 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Word of Honor (TNT) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Marshalls' Women In Comedy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1993 - 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Philly 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wolf Lake 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Holidays With the Stars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies Man 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Women Rock! Girls & Guitars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Aftershock: Earthquake in New York 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Gossip 2000 (Movie)

Detective Kelly (Actor)

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Moon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fired Up 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Only Thrill 1998 (Movie)

Joleen Quillet (Actor)

Touched By a Dolphin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star TV Censored Show Me the Bloopers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Uninvited 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Degree of Guilt 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shaggy Dog 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cheers 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Friend's Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Atomic Twister (TV Show)

Actor

Augusta, Gone (TV Show)

Actor

Blunt Talk (Tv Show)

Actor

Five Desperate Hours (TV Show)

Actor

Someone She Knows (TV Show)

Actor

The Defenders: Payback (TV Show)

Actor

The Face on the Milk Carton (TV Show)

Actor

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prolific television and stage actress, Sharon Lawrence proved she had the stuff of small-screen success with her very first television role as ambitious assistant district attorney Sylvia Costas on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). Her consistently praised performance earned the actress three Emmy nominations, and between regular detours back to Broadway, Lawrence continued to be a presence in primetime with a memorable season as a stay-at-home-prostitute on the saucy hit "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Several attempts to build dramas and comedy series around the actress proved short-lived, but in her lively appearances on many series including "Monk" (USA, 2002-09), Lawrence could always be counted on to deliver a smart, sharp-tongued law professional or a comically self-indulgent resident of the upper-middle-class.

Relationships

Thomas Apostle

Husband
Married May 31, 2002

Tom Lawrence

Father
Worked as a reporter/anchor for WRAL in Raleigh, NC

Earlyn Lawrence

Mother
Worked as a supervisor for a Head Start program

Mark Lawrence

Brother
Born c. 1963

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill , North Carolina 1983

Milestones

2009

Guest-starred on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva"

2009

Had a memoriable guest-starring role as Izzie Stevens' mother on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

2008

Cast in as Shelby, deadbeat mom to Megan and Lily, in the CW series "Privileged"

2007

Cast on the CW's short-lived drama "Hidden Palms" as Tess Wiatt, a Southern beauty with a taste for younger men

2006

Played the recurring role of Linda Fusco on the USA Network series, "Monk"

2004

Had a recurring role as Maisy Gibbons, a housewife and neighborhood prostitute on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"

2004

Cast in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book," starring Brittany Murphy

2001

Cast in the short-lived CBS series "Wolf Lake"

2000

Returned to Broadway to play Velma in the hit revival of "Chicago"

1999

Returned to the NY stage as Cherry Jones' dead mother Evie in "Tongue of a Bird"

1999

Starred as Cass Medieros in the CBS movie "Blue Moon"

1999

Appeared opposite Alfred Molina in the CBS sitcom "Ladies Man"

1997

Starred as a suburban houswife taken hostage in the NBC movie "Five Desperate Hours"; also first producing credit (co-producer)

1997

Was the star of the short-lived sitcom, "Fired Up" (NBC)

1997

Feature debut in "The Only Thrill"

1995

Acted in TNT's adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles"

1995

Gave a powerful performance as the accused murderess Mary Carelli in the NBC miniseries "Degree of Guilt"

1995

Guest-starred as Amelia Earhart in the second season premiere of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN)

1994

Made TV-movie debut in "In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance" (NBC)

1994

Played the romantic lead, opposite Ed Begley Jr., in the TV-movie remake of "The Shaggy Dog" (ABC)

1993

Made guest appearances on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox) and "Cheers" (NBC)

1993

Played Sylvia Costas on the Bochco-produced police drama, "NYPD Blue" (ABC); earned three Emmy (1994, 1995, 1996) nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

1992

First appeared on prime-time TV in ABC's "Civil Wars"; first collaboration with producer Steven Bocho

1989

Played Tzeitel in "Fiddler on the Roof" on tour and later on Broadway

1987

Made Broadway debut in the Harold Prince-directed revival of "Cabaret"

1985

Cast in the national tour of "Zorba"; starred opposite Anthony Quinn

1984

Acted in the Off-Broadway production of "Panache"

1984

Worked as a singer on a cruise ship after graduating college

1978

Won the title of Junior Miss Raleigh and was runner-up in the state pageant at age 17

Sang at a nightclub to help finance her college education

Acted opposite Dezi Arnaz Jr. in the Florida production of "Is There Life After High School?"

Bonus Trivia

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"I like to keep a low profile that way. I never think that I exist only in terms of my public persona. This town is like a heat-seeking missile. If they think you've got heat, they'll go toward you. The most important change has been in my own confidence. I'm a star now, but that doesn't mean diva. It's the chorus girl in me who has as much respect for dancing in the chorus as singing the solo." - Lawrence quoted in TV Guide, May 1, 1997

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