Sharon Lawrence Biography (1961?-)

Full name, Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence; born June 29, 1961 (some sources cite 1962), in Charlotte, NC; daughter of Tom (a television news reporter) and Earlyn (a Head Start supervisor and education administrator) Lawrence; married Thomas Apostle (a psychiatrist), May 31, 2002. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Joan Hyler Management, 25 Sea Colony Dr., Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Actress, singer, dancer
Birth Details
June 29, 1961?
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Assistant district attorney Sylvia Costas, NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993-99
  • Gwen Leonard, Fired Up (also known as Fired), NBC, 1997-98
  • Donna Stiles, Ladies Man, CBS, 1999-2001
  • Vivian Cates, Wolf Lake, CBS, 2001-2002, UPN, 2002
  • Miniseries
  • Mary Carelli, Degree of Guilt, NBC, 1995
  • Dori Thorell, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (also known as Aftershock--Das grosse Beben and Erdbeben-Inferno: Wenn die Welt untergeht), CBS, 1999
  • Movies
  • Beth Daniels, The Shaggy Dog, ABC, 1994
  • Sharon, Someone She Knows, NBC, 1994
  • Shirley Stout, In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance, NBC, 1994
  • Jill, The Heidi Chronicles, TNT, 1995
  • Sada Sands, The Face on the Milk Carton, CBS, 1995
  • Nina Talbert, A Friend's Betrayal (also known as Stolen Youth), 1996
  • Patricia "Pattie" Johnson, The Uninvited (also known as Victimof the Haunt), CBS, 1996
  • Claire Ballard, Five Desperate Hours, NBC, 1997
  • Judge Bach, The Defenders: Payback, 1997
  • Cass Medieros, Blue Moon, CBS, 1999
  • Corrine Maquire, Atomic Twister, TBS, 2002
  • Marcy McClure Tyson, Word of Honor, TNT, 2003
  • Specials
  • An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood, NBC, 1995
  • Host, Touched by a Dolphin (documentary), ABC, 1996
  • Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen (documentary), Showtime, 1996
  • Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond, UPN, 1996
  • All-Star TV Censored Show Me the Bloopers, NBC, 1997
  • Host, The All-American Thanksgiving Parade, CBS, 1999
  • Host, Women Rock! Girls & Guitars, Lifetime, 2000
  • Holidays with the Stars, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Herself, Inside NYPD: A Decade on the Job, ABC, 2002
  • Marshalls' Women in Comedy, PAX TV, 2002
  • Herself, NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute (documentary), ABC, 2005
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The Fourth Annual VH1 Honors, VH1, 1997
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual CableAce Awards, TNT, 1997
  • ALMA Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 54th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2000
  • Presenter, The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Norma Helmutz, "Drone of Arc," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992
  • Paulette, "Parental Guidance Recommended," Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, 1993
  • Rachel, "The Guy Can't Help It," Cheers, NBC, 1993
  • Amelia Earhart, "The 37s," Star Trek: Voyager (also known as Voyager), UPN, 1995
  • Employment counselor, "Caroline and the Proposal," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1996
  • Voice of Maxima, "Warrior Queen," Superman (animated; also known as Superman: The Animated Series), The WB, 1996
  • Contestant, "Celebrity Tournament," Jeopardy!, syndicated, 1997
  • Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997
  • Herself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1999
  • Herself, "And the Winner Is," Bette, CBS, 2000
  • Herself, Celebrity Profile: Leah Remini (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence (documentary), Lifetime, 2000
  • Maggie Peterson, "Chameleon," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002
  • Tabitha Davenport, "Here Comes the Judge," Philly, ABC, 2002
  • Tabitha Davenport, "Lies of Minelli," Philly, ABC, 2002
  • Pyramid, syndicated, various episodes in 2002 and 2003
  • Andrea Adelstein, "Predictive Neglect," Judging Amy, CBS, 2004
  • Contestant, "Episode 4," World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game (also known as World Poker Tour), Travel Channel, 2004
  • Judge Rita Sharpley, "Head Cases," Boston Legal, ABC, 2004
  • Maisy Gibbons, "Come Back to Me," Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2004
  • Maisy Gibbons, "Running to Stand Still," Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2004
  • (Archive footage) Herself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Herself, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004
  • Maisy Gibbons, "The Ladies Who Lunch," Desperate Housewives, ABC,2005
  • Herself, "Tournament 6, Game 4," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo,2005
  • Pilots
  • Assistant district attorney Sylvia Costas, NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993
  • Gwen Leonard, Fired Up (also known as Fired), NBC, 1997
  • Donna Stiles, Ladies Man, CBS, 1999
  • Vivian Cates, Wolf Lake, CBS, 2001
  • Carolyn, Follow the Leeds, Lifetime, 2003
  • J. D., News to Me, ABC, 2004
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Coproducer, Five Desperate Hours, NBC, 1997
  • Film Appearances
  • Jewelry store clerk, Bloodfist V: Human Target (also known as Human Target), 1993
  • Joleen Quillet, The Only Thrill (also known as Tennessee Valley), Prestige Entertainment/Legacy Releasing, 1997
  • Detective Kelly, Gossip, Warner Bros., 2000
  • Fly Cherry, Power Up Films, 2003
  • Mom, Little Black Book, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004
  • Mrs. Ash, Nearing Grace, Whitewater Films, 2005
  • Mrs. Hatch, The Alibi, Endgame Entertainment/Summit Entertainment,2005
  • I? (short film), Wajero Entertainment, 2005
  • Stage Appearances
  • Panache, off-Broadway production, 1984
  • Member of kissing couple and member of ensemble, Cabaret (musical), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1987-88, Minskoff Theatre, New York City,1988
  • Tzeitel, Fiddler on the Roof (musical), San Francisco, CA, 1989, later Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1990-91
  • Fire in the Rain ... Singer in the Storm, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1992
  • The Seagull, Matrix Theatre Company, Los Angeles, c. 1994
  • The Homecoming, Matrix Theatre Company, Los Angeles, c. 1995
  • Evie, Tongue of a Bird, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, then JosephPapp Public Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Velma Kelly, Chicago (musical), Shubert Theatre, New York City, beginning 2000
  • Michelle, Under the Blue Sky, Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, 2002
  • I Remember It Well: The Songs of Alan Jay Lerner (benefit gala), Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Company (musical), "Broadway's Best" series, Reprise!, Universityof California, Los Angeles, Freud Playhouse, Macgowan Hall, Los Angeles, 2004
  • I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (staged reading of musical), "Marvelous Musical Monday" series, Reprise!, University of California, Los Angeles, Freud Playhouse, Macgowan Hall, 2004
  • Lily, Paint Your Wagon (musical), Geffen Playhouse, Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, CA, beginning 2004
  • No Time for Comedy, Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY, 2005
  • Appeared in other productions, including Is There Life after High School?, Florida production; Sweet Charity (musical), Michigan production; and Berlin in Light.
  • Major Tours
  • Katina and cafe prostitute, Zorba, U.S. cities, including John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1984, and Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY, 1986
  • Member of kissing couple and member of ensemble, Cabaret (musical), U.S. cities, including Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, DE, 1987

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, April 11, 1997, p. 69
    • Fitness, October, 2000
    • Orange Coast, September, 1997
    • Pegasus, September/October, 2000
    • People Weekly, October 17, 1994, pp. 67-68
    • Skin Diver, December, 1999, p. 12
    • TV Guide, May 20, 1995, pp. 18-20
    • Walking, September/October, 1997

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