Born June 29, 1961 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sharon Lawrence is an American television actress engaged in numerous television shows and movies to date. She appeared as Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, a Williamstown Theater Festival production. Also a great stage actress, she appeared in theaters like Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbour, Santa Monica’s Edgemar’s Center for the Arts, and Geffen Playhouse.
Growing up in Raleigh, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She appeared on shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Star Trek: Voyager, Fired Up, and Superman. Lawrence is best known for her portrayal of Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the TV series NYPD Blue, and has guest-starred on many other series. She was seen in Philly, Cheers, Caroline in the City, Judging Amy and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. From 1999 to 2001, she got the role of Donna Stiles in Ladies Man, and was later known as Vivian Cates in Wolf Lake.
Lawrence has also been known for her role in Boston Legal and portrayed the character Maisy Gibbons on the hit series Desperate Housewives. In 2007, she became a guest on the CW television series Hidden Palms as the former beauty queen Tess Wiatt. The next year, she got roles in Dirt and Monk, and was seen on the miniseries The Capture of the Green River Killer. Her next project was the series The Weight, where she played the character Jane. Some of Lawrence’s other appearances have been in films. She was seen in Lies and Alibis, as well as on Little Black Book. She has garnered quite a number of nominations from the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and the Emmy Awards.
Other than acting, she has been involved in the Board of the Women in Film Foundation, Global Green USA, the Creative Coalition and the Alzheimer’s Association.
(Photo Copyright ? 2007 The CW / Frank Ockenfels)