May 22, 2020
Any Cagney & Lacey fans out there!? If so, you're in luck because today's featured celebrity is the Cagney of Cagney & Lacey, Sharon Gless. She's had tremendous success on television with starring roles on numerous programs, plus she's grace the theater stage and has also been part of several memorable movies.
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May 31, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Sharon Marguerite Gless
CLAIM TO FAME:
Sharon Gless is an American actress, best known for her role as Sgt. Christine Cagney in the police procedural CBS television drama series Cagney & Lacey (1982-88).
Since 1991, Gless has been married to Barney Rosenzweig, producer of Cagney & Lacey.
Gless is the daughter of Marjorie and sportswear manufacturing executive Dennis J. Gless; parents divorced when she was in her teens.
Has two brothers, Michael and Aric.
Her grandfather, Neil S. McCarthy was an entertainment lawyer whose clients included Paramount Pictures, Howard Hughes, Louis B. Mayer (personally), and Cecil B. DeMille.
She worked as a secretary for the advertising agencies Grey Advertising and Young & Rubicam, and then for the independent movie production companies Sassafras Films and General Film Corporation.
Worked as a production assistant and studied drama with acting coach Estelle Harman.
In 1974, she signed a 10-year contract with Universal Studios.
When Gless was 32, Academy Award-nominated actor Eddie Albert took her under his wing as her mentor, their friendship lasted 30 years, until Albert's death in 2005.
Served on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Student Film Institute.
Cousin of Elizabeth Baur.
Her first television role was that of Maggie Philbin on Switch (1975).
By 1982, she was the last remaining performer to be working under a standard studio contract, having been signed to a 10-year contract in 1974.
Gless replaced actress Meg Foster in the role of NYPD police detective Christine Cagney on Cagney & Lacey. (The role had been originated, in the pilot installment, by Loretta Swit
. Swit, like Foster, was chosen as Cagney because, though the character of Cagney had been created with Gless herself in mind, she was unavailable for the pilot and the first seven episodes of the first season.)
A 10-time Emmy Award nominee and seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won a Golden Globe in 1986 and Emmys in 1986 and 1987 for Cagney & Lacey, and a second Golden Globe in 1991 for The Trials of Rosie O'Neill.
A female fan was sentenced to prisomn for six years after breaking into the home of Gless with a rifle in 1990.
Gless performed to positive reviews on the London stage in "Misery", a 1992 stage version of the horror film, playing Kathy Bates' role, and in 1996, starred with Tom Conti in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two".
He stage work also included an evening at Madison Square Garden with the National Company of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
In 1993 and 1995, Gless and her television partner, Tyne Daly, re-create their title roles in a quartet of critically acclaimed and popular Cagney & Lacey television movies which they jokingly called "The Menopause Years".
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 29, 1995.
Gless was a guest star on several episodes of the FX Network cable television series Nip/Tuck as an unstable agent named Colleen Rose, a role that netted her an Emmy Award nomination.
In 1998, Gless narrated the documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
Best known by the public for her starring roles as Sergeant Christine Cagney on Cagney & Lacey (1981), as Debby Novotny on Queer as Folk (2000), and as Madeline Westen on Burn Notice (2007).
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: In the last five years, Gless has appeared on such hit TV series as Rizzoli & Isles, The Exorcist, The Gifted and, most recently, Casualty. And keep an eye out for the TV Movie Constance co-starring Madison Bailey, Elisabeth Shue, and Kevin Dunn. It has been completed, but no release date has been announced.
2017-2020 Casualty (TV Series)...Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson
- Episode #34.26 (2020) ... Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson
- Episode #34.25 (2020) ... Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson
- Episode #33.9 (2018) ... Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson
- Episode #32.13 (2017) ... Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson
2017-2018 The Gifted (TV Series)...Ellen Strucker
- eXtraction (2018) ... Ellen Strucker
- rX (2017) ... Ellen Strucker
2016 Adoptable (TV Series)...Mary Elizabeths
- You'll Worry Less (2016) ... Mary Elizabeths
- About You (2016) ... Mary Elizabeths
- When You Realize (2016) ... Mary Elizabeths
2016 The Exorcist (TV Series)...Chris MacNeil
- Chapter Eight: The Griefbearers (2016) ... Chris MacNeil
- Chapter Seven: Father of Lies (2016) ... Chris MacNeil
- Chapter Six: Star of the Morning (2016) ... Chris MacNeil
- Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault (2016) ... Chris MacNeil
2016 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)...Inmate
- 2M7258-100 (2016) ... Inmate
2014 Saint Francis (TV Movie)
2007-2013 Burn Notice (TV Series)...Madeline Westen
All 111 episodes
2010 Once Fallen...Sue
2009 Hannah Free...Older Hannah
2008-2009 Nip/Tuck (TV Series)...Colleen Rose
- Ronnie Chase (2009) ... Colleen Rose
- Candy Richards (2008) ... Colleen Rose
- Lulu Grandiron (2008) ... Colleen Rose
- Kyle Ainge (2008) ... Colleen Rose
- Magda and Jeff (2008) ... Colleen Rose
2006 Thick and Thin (TV Series)
2006 The State Within (TV Mini-Series)...Lynne Warner
- Episode #1.6 (2006) ... Lynne Warner
- Episode #1.5 (2006) ... Lynne Warner
- Episode #1.4 (2006) ... Lynne Warner
- Episode #1.3 (2006) ... Lynne Warner
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Lynne Warner
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Lynne Warner
2000-2005 Queer as Folk (TV Series)...Debbie Novotny
2004 Ideal (Video)...Narrator
2003 Judging Amy (TV Series)...Dr. Sally Godwin
- Maxine Interrupted (2003) ... Dr. Sally Godwin
2000 Bring Him Home...Mary Daley
2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)...Ziggy
- A Perfect Game (2000) ... Ziggy
1998/I The Girl Next Door (TV Movie)...Dr. Gayle Bennett
1997 Promised Land (TV Series)...Alex Tolan
- Stealing Home: Part 2 (1997) ... Alex Tolan
- Stealing Home: Part 1 (1997) ... Alex Tolan
1996 Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions (TV Movie)...Christine Cagney
1995 Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling (TV Movie)...Christine Cagney
1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (TV Movie)...Christine Cagney-Burton
1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Movie)...Christine Cagney-Burton
1994 Separated by Murder (TV Movie)...Betty Gay Wilson / Holly Faye Walker / Peggy Joy Lowe / ...
1990-1992 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (TV Series)...Rosie O'Neill
All 34 episodes
1992 Honor Thy Mother (TV Movie)...Bonnie Von Stein
1989 The Outside Woman (TV Movie)...Joyce Mattox
1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)...Christine Cagney
1985 Letting Go (TV Movie)...Kate
1984 The Sky's No Limit (TV Movie)...Joanna Douglas
1983 Hobson's Choice (TV Movie)...Maggie Hobson
1983 The Star Chamber...Emily Hardin
1983 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)...Caroline Coates
- Youth from Vienna (1983) ... Caroline Coates
1982 House Calls (TV Series)...Jane Jeffries
- Bone of My Bone (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- In Norman We Trust (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Ducks of Hazzard (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- The Weatherbys Ride Again (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Deafenwolf (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Rising Cost of Poverty (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Campaign in the Neck (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Hook, Line & Sinker (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Conventional Warfare (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- It Ain't Necessary to Sew (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Alien Food (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Con-Con (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Man for All Surgeons (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Gays of Our Lives (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
- Fun with Doc & Jane (1982) ... Jane Jeffries
1982 Palms Precinct (TV Movie)...Inspector Alexandra Bewster
1981 The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Movie)...Barbara Miller
1980 Revenge of the Stepford Wives (TV Movie)...Kaye Foster
1980 The Scarlett O'Hara War (TV Movie)...Carole Lombard
1980 The Kids Who Knew Too Much (TV Movie)...Karen Goldner
1980 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)...Karen Goldner
- The Kids Who Knew Too Much (1980) ... Karen Goldner
1980 Hardhat and Legs (TV Movie)...Patricia Botsford
1979 The Last Convertible (TV Mini-Series)...Kay Haddon
- Part 3 (1979) ... Kay Haddon
- Part 2 (1979) ... Kay Haddon
- Part 1 (1979) ... Kay Haddon
1979 Turnabout (TV Mini-Series)...Penny Alston
- Statutory Theft (1979) ... Penny Alston
- Crass Reunion (1979) ... Penny Alston
- Till Dad Do Us Part (1979) ... Penny Alston
- Cry Me a Touchdown (1979) ... Penny Alston
- We're a Little Late, Folks (1979) ... Penny Alston
- Penny's Old Boyfriend (1979) ... Penny Alston
- Pilot (1979) ... Penny Alston
1979 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)...Sidney Endermann
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... Sidney Endermann
- The Winds of Death (1979) ... Sidney Endermann
- The Winds of Fortune (1979) ... Sidney Endermann
- The Crime (1979) ... Sidney Endermann
- The Storm (1979) ... Sidney Endermann
1978 The Immigrants (TV Movie)...Jean Seldon Lavetta
1978 Crash (TV Movie)...Lesley Fuller
1978 The Islander (TV Movie)...Shauna Cooke
1975-1978 Switch (TV Series)...Maggie Philbin
All 71 episodes
1976 Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours (TV Movie)...Darcy Davenport
1976 Kojak (TV Series)...Nancy Parks
- Law Dance (1976) ... Nancy Parks
1974-1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)...Lori Jenivan / Susan Jameson
- The Fourth Man (1976) ... Lori Jenivan
- This Case Is Closed (1974) ... Susan Jameson
1976 Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series)...Nurse 1st Lt.
- Flying Misfits (1976) ... Nurse 1st Lt.
1972-1976 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)...Kathleen Faverty / Dr. Susan Carr / Lynn Baker
- Prisoner of the Island Cell: Part 2 (1976) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Prisoner of the Island Cell: Part 1 (1976) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Go Ahead and Cry (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- The One Face in the World (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- An End and a Beginning (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Loser in a Dead Heat (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Save the Last Dance for Me (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Jake's Okay (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Dark Fury: Part 2 (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Dark Fury: Part 1 (1975) ... Kathleen Faverty
- The Resident (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- The 266 Days (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Child of Silence (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- Hell Is Upstairs (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- No Gods in Sight (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- A Fevered Angel (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- The Fatal Challenge (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- The Brittle Warrior (1974) ... Kathleen Faverty
- The Tall Tree (1973) ... Dr. Susan Carr
- Dinner of Herbs (1972) ... Lynn Baker
1972-1975 Emergency! (TV Series)...Sculptor / Sheila
- Election (1975) ... Sculptor
- Fuzz Lady (1972) ... Sheila
1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)...Miss Reynolds
- Those Who Cannot, Teach (1975) ... Miss Reynolds
1974 Sierra (TV Series)...Mary Jordan
- Tails, You Lose (1974) ... Mary Jordan
1974 Airport 1975...Sharon
1974 Adam-12 (TV Series)...Lynn Carmichael
- A Clinic on 18th Street (1974) ... Lynn Carmichael
1974 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)...Rosalie Shaeffer
- The Modernization of Emily (1974) ... Rosalie Shaeffer
1973-1974 Faraday and Company (TV Series)...Holly Barrett
- A Matter of Magic (1974) ... Holly Barrett
- Fire and Ice (1973) ... Holly Barrett
- A Wheelbarrow Full of Trouble (1973) ... Holly Barrett
- Say Hello to a Dead Man (1973) ... Holly Barrett
1973 Toma (TV Series)
- Frame-Up (1973)
1973 My Darling Daughters' Anniversary (TV Movie)...Jennifer
1973 Ironside (TV Series)...Jennifer
- House of Terror (1973) ... Jennifer
1972-1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)...Terry / Penny Collins
- Sweet Harvest (1973) ... Terry
- Libel Is a Dirty Word (1972) ... Penny Collins
1973 Chase (TV Series)...Sally
- The Wooden Horse Caper (1973) ... Sally
1972 Cool Million (TV Series)...Sandy Sherwood
- The Abduction of Baynard Barnes (1972) ... Sandy Sherwood
1972 All My Darling Daughters (TV Movie)...Jennifer
1972 McCloud (TV Series)...Sgt. Maggie Clinger
- The New Mexican Connection (1972) ... Sgt. Maggie Clinger
1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)...Kay
- Coffin, Coffin in the Sky (1972) ... Kay
1972 The Longest Night (TV Movie)...Switchboard Operator
1972 Bonnie's Kids...Sharon - Waitress
1970 Night Slaves (TV Movie) (uncredited)
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