Gless, Sharon 1943-

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Gless, Sharon 1943-


Full name, Sharon Marguerite Gless; born May 31, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Marjorie (maiden name, McCarthy) Gless; father, a sales executive in the garment trade; aunt of Bridget Gless (an actress); married Barney Rosenzweig (a producer, actor, writer, and developer), May 4, 1991. Education: Attended Gonzaga University; trained for the stage with Estelle Harmon.


Agent—Domain, 9229 Sunset Blvd., Suite 415, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Actress. Worked as a secretary for an advertising agency and a film production company.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988, Q Awards, best actress in a quality drama series, Viewers for Quality Television, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988, Golden Globe Award nominations, best actress in a drama series, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1989, Emmy Awards, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1986, 1987, Golden Globe Award, best actress in a drama series, 1986, TV Land Award nominations (with Tyne Daly), favorite crimestopper duo, 2004, coolest crime fighting team, 2006, favorite lady gumshoe, 2007, all for Cagney & Lacey; Crystal Airwaves Media Award, Coalition for Clean Air, 1987; named NCA Woman of Year, 1987; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1991, 1992, Golden Globe Award, best actress in a drama series, 1991, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a drama series, 1992, all for The Trials of Rosie O'Neill; named Entertainer of the Year, 1987; Milestone Award, 1988; AI award, 1991; Gideon Media Award, 1992; Distinguished Artist Award, 1992; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1995; named Woman of the Year, Ms. magazine; Genii Award, Hollywood Women in Radio and Television.


Film Appearances:

Greasy spoon waitress, Bonnie's Kids, 1973.

Sharon, Airport 1975 (also known as Airport '75), 1974.

Emily Hardin, Star Chamber, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Narrator, Russia Today, a Peoples Journey to Democracy, 1992.

Narrator, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (documentary), Strand Releasing, 1998.

Herself, From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (documentary), Aslan Productions/City Block Productions/Keeve Productions, 1999.

Narrator, Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial (documentary), 1999.

Mary Daley, Bring Him Home, Filmmakers Alliance, 2000.

Herself, From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (documentary), Pathfinder, 2002.

Narrator, Ideal, Strand Releasing, 2004.

Herself, The Best of "So Graham Norton," 2004.

Herself, The Making of "The State Within" (documentary short), BBC Films, 2007.

Herself, "Queer as Folk": Reunion (documentary), Showtime Entertainment, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Holly Barrett, Faraday and Company, NBC, 1973-74.

Kathleen Faverty, Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), ABC, 1974-76.

Maggie Philbin, Switch, CBS, 1975-78.

Jane Jeffreys, House Calls, CBS, 1982.

Detective Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1982-88.

Fiona "Rosie" O'Neill, The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, CBS, 1990-92.

Deborah "Debbie" Jane Grassi Novotny, Queer As Folk (also known as Q.A.F. and Queer as Folk), Showtime, 2000-2005.

Thick and Thin, NBC, 2006.

Madeline Westen, Burn Notice, USA Network, 2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Sidney Andermann, Centennial, NBC, 1978.

Jean Seldon Lavetta, The Immigrants, syndicated, 1978.

Kay Haddon, The Last Convertible, NBC, 1979.

Secretary of Defense Lynne Warner, The State Within, BBC and USA Network, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Night Slaves, 1970.

Switchboard operator, The Longest Night, 1972.

Jennifer, All My Darling Daughters, ABC, 1972.

Jennifer, My Darling Daughters' Anniversary, ABC, 1973.

Lesley Fuller, Crash (also known as Crash of Flight 401), ABC, 1978.

Karen Goldner, "The Kids Who Knew Too Much," World of Disney, NBC, 1980.

Patricia Botsford, Hardhat and Legs, CBS, 1980.

Carole Lombard, Moviola (also known as The Scarlett O'Hara War and Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War), NBC, 1980.

Kay Foster, Revenge of the Stepford Wives, NBC, 1980.

Barbara Miller, The Miracle of Kathy Miller, CBS, 1981.

Maggie Hobson, Hobson's Choice, CBS, 1983.

Joanna Douglas, The Sky's No Limit (also known as The Sky's the Limit), CBS, 1984.

Kate Marshall, Letting Go, ABC, 1985.

Joyce Mattox, The Outside Woman, CBS, 1989.

Bonnie Von Stein, Honor Thy Mother, CBS, 1992.

Betty Gay Wilson/Holly Fay Walker and Peggy Joy Lowe/Lily Mae Stokely, Separated by Murder (also known as Black Widows: The Alabama Twins Murder), CBS, 1994.

Detective Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey: The Return, CBS, 1994.

Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions, CBS, 1995.

Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey: Together Again, CBS, 1995.

Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling, 1995.

Dr. Gayle Bennett, The Girl Next Door, CBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Lynn Carmichael, "Clinic on 18th St.," Adam-12, NBC, 1974.

Maggie, Switch (also known as Las Vegas Roundabout), CBS, 1975.

Darcy Davenport, Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours, NBC, 1976.

Nurse first lieutenant, Baa Baa, Black Sheep (also known as Flying Misfits), 1976.

Shauna Cooke, The Islander, CBS, 1978.

Inspector Alexandra Brewer, Palms Precinct, NBC, 1982.

The Royal Variety Performance 1992, 1992.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1986.

Presenter, The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1987.

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1988.

Host, Maiden Voyage, 1989.

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1990.

Presenter, The 42nd Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1990.

Presenter, The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1993.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Jackie Onassis, Lifetime, 1993.

Intimate Portrait: Michele Lee, Lifetime, 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Tyne Daly, Lifetime, 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Gless, Lifetime, 2001.

Brilliant But Cancelled, Trio, 2002.

Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera, TV Land, 2002.

The Perfect Pitch (also known as Brilliant But Cancelled: "The Perfect Pitch"), Trio, 2002.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sergeant Maggie Clinger, "The New Mexican Connection," McCloud, NBC, 1972.

Stewardess, "Coffin, Coffin in the Sky," The Sixth Sense, ABC, 1972.

Sandy Sherwood, "The Abduction of Baynard Barnes," Cool Million, NBC, 1972.

Lynn Baker, "Dinner of Herbs," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1972.

Penny Collins, "Libel Is a Dirty Word," Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, ABC, 1972.

Sheila, "Fuzz Lady," Emergency! (also known as Emergencia and Emergency One), NBC, 1972.

Terry, "Sweet Harvest," Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC, 1973.

Jennifer, "House of Terror," Ironside (also known as The Raymond Burr Show), NBC, 1973.

"Frame Up," Toma, ABC, 1973.

Sally, "The Wooden Horse Caper," Chase, 1973.

"The Tall Tree," Marcus Welby, M.D., 1973.

Rosalie Shaeffer, "The Modernization of Emily," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1974.

"A Little Bit Like Murder," Wide World of Mystery, ABC, 1974.

Susan Jameson, "This Case is Closed," The Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), NBC, 1974.

Lori Jenivan, "The Fourth Man," Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), NBC, 1974.

Sierra, NBC, 1974.

"Flying Misfits: Parts 1 & 2," Baa Baa, Black Sheep, 1976.

"Those Who Cannot, Teach," Lucas Tanner, NBC, 1975.

Sculptor, "Election," Emergency! (also known as Emergencia and Emergency One), NBC, 1975.

Nancy Parks, "Law Dance," Kojak, CBS, 1976.

Herself, To Say the Least, 1977.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1979.

Caroline, "Youth from Vienna," Tales of the Unexpected, syndicated, 1979.

Penny Alston, "Penny's Old Boyfriend," Turnabout, NBC, 1979.

Caroline Coates, "Youth from Vienna," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected"), 1983.

"Bonnie Prudden," An American Portrait, CBS, 1984.

The Morning Program, CBS, 1987.

Aspel & Company, 1991.

The Howard Stern Show, 1992.

Alex Tolan, "Stealing Home: Parts 1 & 2," Promised Land, CBS, 1996.

So Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2000.

Ziggy, "The Perfect Game," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000.

Larry King Live, CNN, 2002.

Dr. Sally Godwin, "Maxine Interrupted," Judging Amy, CBS, 2003.

The Heaven and Earth Show (also known as Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford), BBC, 2003.

The View, ABC, 2007.

The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Fox, 2007.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2007.

The Graham Norton Show, BBC, 2007.

Colleen Rose, "Magda and Jeff," Nip/Tuck, FX Channel, 2008.

Colleen Rose, "Kyle Ainge," Nip/Tuck, FX Channel, 2008.

Colleen Rose, "Lulu Grandiron," Nip/Tuck, FX Channel, 2008.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Watch on the Rhine, 1989.

Misery, London production, 1992.

Chapter Two, London production, 1996.

Cahoots, Victoria Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2000.

The Lion in Winter, Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA, 2000.



The Best of So Graham Norton, 2000.

Music Videos:

Appeared in Murk vs. Kristine W's "Some Lovin'."



Newsmakers 1989, Issue 4, Gale, 1989.


In Style, March, 1996, pp. 108-112.

Ladies' Home Journal, May, 1995, p. 94.

Los Angeles, April, 1987, p. 16.

Ms., January, 1987, p. 40.

People Weekly, November 7, 1994.