In 1996, Sherry was nicknamed "The Goodbye Girl" by people in Hollywood because of her leaving numerous popular TV shows.
While attending the State University of New York at Purchase, Sherry roomed with Parker Posey.
Sherry's return to ER in 2001 was inspired by the birth of her daughter. The experience was very moving, and made her wish she had been an obstetrician. Rather than go to med school and become a doctor, she did the next best thing; made a few phone calls to her old friends at ER and sealed a deal to play one on TV.
Sherry has walked away from four high-profile acting gigs: she left her leading role as Christina "Blake" Thorpe on the soap opera Guiding Light in 1992 to travel in Europe; she left NYPD Blue in 1994 after one season because she felt her character, a Manhattan D.A. and bitter ex-wife, had run its course; she left ER in November 1996 to spend more time with her New York boyfriend; and she left ER a second time in September 2006 to pursue other roles.
Sherry famously left ER in November of 1996 to move back to New York and spend more time with her boyfriend, investment banker Odell Lambroza. Ironically, they broke up the following year.
Sherry married Larry Joseph in October of 1998. They divorced in January of 2006. They have two children together: daughter Phoebe, born in March 2001; and son Milo, born April 12, 2004.
After leaving ER in 1996, she taught acting at SUNY Purchase, her alma mater.
Sherry was one of three ER cast members to leave and later return to the series, the other two being Ming-Na (Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen) and Abraham Benrubi (Jerry Markovic). Sherry and Ming-Na both left the show a second time.
Sherry Stringfield: (on portraying Dr. Susan Lewis on ER) I played the best role I've ever seen on TV or film in the last five years. It was hugely gratifying. (Entertainment Weekly, 1997)
Sherry Stringfield: I don't get rattled about the big things. I get rattled when I have to pick up my laundry, get gas in the car, pick up a script. (Entertainment Weekly; December 9, 1994)
Sherry Stringfield: (on quitting ER in 1996) People don't want to know that...I made my own decision as a woman to leave. It has to be I was so burnt out or in love.
Sherry Stringfield: (on ER's grueling schedule) I had my electricity turned off three times because I never had time to pay my bills. It was a joke. I'm making a ton of money, and I'm walking around my apartment with flashlights. (Entertainment Weekly, 1997)
Sherry Stringfield: (about quitting ER in 1996) Why does anybody want to be famous? You know what's important to me? Having lunch! Pasta! Seeing my friends! Is that so crazy? (Entertainment Weekly, 1997)
Sherry Stringfield: (on acting in high school) I was really wild back then and theater just allowed me to sing, dance, jump and run around the stage playing all kinds of characters. It was like playtime. You were creating something, and there was a result that other people could enjoy.
Sherry Stringfield: (about quitting ER in 1996) It took [the producers] a while to realize it was about having a full-bodied life and getting out before I felt I'd sacrificed so much to get somewhere that I couldn't afford to leave. I'm from the theater. I never wanted to be a star. (Entertainment Weekly, 1997)