Sharon Gless holds the title of the last contract player having been signed by Universal Studios in 1969. The willowy blonde actress worked feverishly to climb her way up the ladder of episodic TV, appearing briefly on "McCloud" for NBC and guesting on a few short-lived series before…more
Sharon is good friends with Rosie O'Donnell, and has accompanied her on her R Family cruise.
Over her dressing room while filming 'Cagney & Lacey' she had a sign which said: Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
She won a Golden Globe for her work in 'The Trials of Rosie O'Neill'.
She considers herself to be primarily a comedienne.
Due to her work on 'Cagney & Lacey' she has a big lesbian fan base.
Sharon Gless performed in London in the theatre production of the hit film 'Misery' where she played the role played by Kathy Bates in the film. She gained positive reviews from it.
Her husband specifically wrote the main role 'The Trials of Rosie O'Neill' for her to play.
Her first television appearance as herself was in 1977 on an episode of 'To Say the Least'
Her first television appearance was in 'Night Slaves' in 1970.
She has won an Emmy in 1986 and 1987, a Golden Globe in 1985 and 1990. She won The Viewers for Quality TV Best Actress Award. She won the Milestone Award in 1988. She won the SI Award in 1991, the Gideon Media Award and Distinguished Artist Award in 1992 and she won the Hollywood Women in Radio and TV Genii Award.
She returned to play Detective Chris Cagney a further 4 times in made for television movies after the television series ended from 1994 to 1996.
She had a guest appearance on 'Judging Amy' where she played Dr. Sally Godwin in one episode in 2003. Here she was back acting with Tyne Daly whom she starred with in 'Cagney and Lacey'.
In 1995 she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7065 Hollywood Blvd.
She won the Coalition for Clean Air Crystal Airwaves Media Award in 1987.
She attended Gonzaga University.
She married Barney Rosenzweig in 4th May 1991.
She is 5ft 5in (1.65m).
A female fan was sentenced to 6 years for breaking into her home with a rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition in 1990.
Sharon Gless (when asked if she would like to do a 'bang out' comedy): They make me nervous, especially because there are so many of them now. I don't know. I know on my network, which was CBS. I'm not really there anymore. Tyne and I were asked to leave, because of our age, along with Angela Lansbury. So I don't know how receptive they would be for doing a comedy with someone my age. There are only about three really, really good sitcoms on the air. So, I think there's too many of them. If it could be something really, really special. Really, really unusual. You know what I would really like to do? I'd like to do a half hour drama with comedy in it. You know what I'm saying? But not the typical ba-boom boom, you set the joke up and then the lead gets to say the line.....
Sharon Gless (about the movie 'The Girl Next Door'): Well I'm doing a movie here for CBS, called THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. The girl next door is played by Tracey Gold. It's the story about a young girl who comes into the police station and confesses, or tries to confess, to a murder that happened two years ago. Where I come in is I'm the psychiatrist who is assigned to pull the story out of her.
Sharon Gless (about her character and Jason Issacs character on 'The State Within'): She and Mark Brydon respect each other very much. They're very complex characters who start off as allies, but become enemies for a while because of a lot of false information.
Sharon Gless (comparing the characters of Christine Cagney and Lynne Warner): Cagney was more petulant, more immature. Cagney was an angry cop with a mouth on her, who had dreams of becoming the first female police commissioner and was driven almost in an unhealthy way. Lynne is much more controlled, much cooler. She may be a hothead inside the room, but never to her detriment. Cagney had no respect for authority at all, but Lynne does respect her President.
Sharon Gless (about her character in 'The State Within'): She's obviously very tough, but is also very funny.
Sharon Gless: I'd be bored silly playing an entirely admirable character.
Sharon Gless: Packing a rod is not my idea of heaven.
Sharon Gless: To assume we're alike at all is to assume I can only act myself. I am acting.
Sharon Gless: I like Cagney because she's complex and flawed and so am I.
Sharon Gless (about 'Cagney & Lacey'): We're showing women who can do a so-called man's job without ever forgetting that they are women.