An accomplished actress who landed prominent roles in not one, but two, highly successful television series, Sherry Stringfield gained almost as much notoriety for leaving each of them at the height of their popularity. After honing her craft in productions at the reputable State University of New York in various off-Broadway shows, the actress began her television career with a sumptuously nasty character on the soap opera "Guiding Light" (1951-2009) immediately after graduation in 1989. Following a brief break from acting, she next landed a prime role opposite series star David Caruso on the breakout hit "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). Soon dissatisfied with the lack of direction in her character, Stringfield jumped ship at the end of the first season, only to come aboard the Michael Crichton-created, Steven Spielberg-produced medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) the following year. Once again, she bewildered audiences and colleagues when she chose to abandon another immensely popular series, barely three years into her contract. With the passage of time, Stringfield gradually returned to acting, and to the surprise of many, even to the ranks of "ER" for several more years. While many continued to focus on her reduced profile in the years that followed her "ER" departure, Stringfield consistently maintained a lack of regret, and continued to take on challenging roles for herself in a variety of projects.