Lawrence, Sharon 1961(?)–

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Lawrence, Sharon 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. Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., journalism, 1983. Avocational Interests: Scuba diving, travel.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—Joan Hyler Management, 25 Sea Colony Dr., Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Career: Actress, singer, and dancer. Singer at various venues, including nightclubs and cruise ships. Junior Miss in Raleigh, NC. Creative Coalition (political advocacy group), board member; fund-raiser for various causes.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1994, 1995, and 1996, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, 1996, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 1997 and 1999, Q Award nomination, best recurring player, Viewers for Quality Television awards, 1998, Golden Satellite Award nomination, outstanding performance by an actress in a television series—drama, International Press Academy, 1999, all for NYPD Blue; Los Angeles Theatre Critics Award, best actress, for The Homecoming.


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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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 Victim of 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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 Joseph Papp 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!, University of 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.



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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