Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Infobox actor
name = Sharon Gless


imagesize = 150px
caption = Sharon Gless, August 1991
birthname = Sharon Marguerite Gless
birthdate = birth date and age|1943|05|31
birthplace = Los Angeles, California, USA
yearsactive = 1973-present
spouse =
homepage =
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1986 "Cagney & Lacey"
1987 "Cagney & Lacey"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Drama Series
1986 "Cagney & Lacey"
1990 "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill"

Sharon Marguerite Gless (born May 31, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress, who is best known for her role as Sgt. Christine Cagney in the 1980s police procedural drama series "Cagney & Lacey" (1982-1988). She currently plays Madeline Westen on "Burn Notice".

Biography

Early life and career

A fifth-generation Californian, Gless was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Marjorie (née McCarthy) and a father who worked as a sales executive in the garment trade. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/2/Sharon-Gless.html Sharon Gless Biography (1943-) ] ] She worked as a secretary for the advertising agencies Grey Advertising and Young & Rubicam, and then for the independent movie production companies Sassafras Films and General Film Corporation. After deciding to switch to acting, Gless took classes and in 1974 signed a 10-year contract with Universal Studios. She has described herself as the "last of the studio contract players — a salaried, Old Hollywood apprentice system which Universal was the last to employ". Gless went on to appear in numerous television series and TV movies, such as "Revenge of the Stepford Wives", and the CBS private detective/con artist series "Switch" (1975-1978), where she played the young classy secretary, Maggie Philbin, opposite Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner. Sharon also worked early on in a secretary roll for the TV show Marcus Welby MD.

From her starring role in "Faraday & Company" in 1973, Sharon Gless has brought her own brand of humor, intelligence and dramatic flair to each of her roles. She is best known for her portrayal of New York Police Detective Christine Cagney on the hit series "Cagney & Lacey" a role that garnered her two Emmys®, a Golden Globe™, and six Emmy® nominations. Following "Cagney & Lacey," Gless re-teamed with the show's executive producer, Barney Rosenzweig, on "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" for which she was awarded her second Golden Globe™ and two more Emmy® nominations. Gless married Rosenzweig in 1991.

In 1994 and 1995, Gless and her television partner, Tyne Daly, joined together to recreate their title roles in a quartet of critically acclaimed and popular "Cagney & Lacey" television movies which they fondly call "The Menopause Years". Other television series in which she starred include "Switch," "House Calls," and the short-lived, but critically lauded Steven Bochco half-hour, "Turnabout." Gless has received much acclaim for dramatic roles in such television movies as "Separated By Murder," "Hard Hat and Legs," "Honor Thy Mother," "Hobson's Choice," "Letting Go," among others, as well as the mini-series, "The Immigrants," "The Last Convertible," "Centennial," and Garson Kanin's "Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars, in which she played Carole Lombard.

Gless' theatrical film credits include a featured role in the suspenseful and thought-provoking film, "The Star Chamber," which starred Michael Douglas. She has recorded several 'Books on Tape' and starred in numerous radio plays, one of which, "'Night, Mother," for the BBC, garnered her the International Sony Award. She has starred twice on stage in London's famed "West End," the first time in 1993 with Bill Paterson, where she created the role of Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's "Misery" at the Criterion Theater, and four years later, opposite Tom Conti, in Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," at the Gielgud Theater.

She recently starred at Chicago's Tony Award-winning playhouse, The Victory Gardens Theater, in Claudia Allen's "Cahoots," as well as several stints, including an evening at Madison Square Garden with the National Company of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues". Gless made her stage debut in Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" at Stage West in Springfield, Mass.

Later life and career

Beginning with the series' seventh episode Gless replaced actress Meg Foster in the role of NYPD police detective Christine Cagney on "Cagney & Lacey". In 1991 she married the series' executive producer Barney Rosenzweig who during their courtship had been married to fellow executive producer and co-creator Barbara Corday. Rosenzweig created the 1990-1992 CBS drama series "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" for Gless and uncredited played the only partially seen psychiatrist to whom attorney O'Neill confided at the beginning of each episode. Gless, who had garnered five Emmy nominations - including two wins and a Golden Globe win for her role as Cagney - earned two additional Emmy nominations for this subsequent series.

In 1998, Gless narrated a documentary about Ayn Rand, "A Sense of Life" (by filmmaker Michael Paxton). It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Between 2000 and 2005, Gless appeared as Hal Sparks's supportive and somewhat overbearing mother, Debbie Novotny, in the acclaimed Showtime cable television series "Queer as Folk".

In 2005, Gless was one of the mourners at Eddie Albert's funeral, along with ex-"Switch" co-stars Robert Wagner and Charlie Callas, after his death in May of that year aged 99. In 2006, Gless starred in the BBC television series "The State Within". The following year she co-starred in the USA Network cable television series "Burn Notice", playing Michael Westen's (Jeffrey Donovan) mother, Madeline Westen. In addition to this continuing role, Gless is currently guest starring on the FX Network cable television series "Nip/Tuck" as an agent named Colleen Rose, a role that gave her an Emmy Award nomination.

Theatre

Gless has extensive stage experience including two appearances in London's West End, first in 1993 with Bill Paterson, when she created the role of Annie Wilkes in the stage version of Stephen King's Misery at the Criterion Theatre, and then in 1996, where she appeared opposite Tom Conti in Neil Simon's Chapter 2, at the Gielgud Theatre.

Awards and honors

*1985: Q Award for 'Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1986: Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1986: Golden Globe Award for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1986: Q Award for 'Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1987: Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1987: Q Award for 'Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1988: Q Award for 'Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series' for "Cagney & Lacey"
*1991: Golden Globe Award for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama' for "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill"; tied with Patricia Wettig for "Thirtysomething"
*1995: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for television) at 7065 Hollywood Blvd.

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0002102|name=Sharon Gless
* [http://www.amazon.com/Letting-Go-John-Ritter/dp/B0002VOY4U Letting Go]
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/G/htmlG/glesssharon/glesssharon.htm Museum of Broadcast Communications: Sharon Gless]
* [http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/issue/i05-04/f-1-Sharon_Gless.php "OutSmart" magazine interview]
* [http://www.bookmice.net/darkchilde/sharon/rosie01.html "TV Guide" (Dec. 8, 1990): "Looking Rosie: The tug-of-war to get Sharon Gless back on TV"]
* [http://thetvaddict.com/2008/07/03/sharon-gless-talks-burn-notice/ theTVaddict.com Interviews Sharon Gless]


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