Sharon Lawrence

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Sharon Lawrence
Sharon Lawrence 2013.jpg
Lawrence in 2013
BornSharon Elizabeth Lawrence
(1961-06-29) June 29, 1961 (age 53)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Tom Apostle (2002-present)
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Sharon Lawrence
Sharon Lawrence 2013.jpg
Lawrence in 2013
BornSharon Elizabeth Lawrence
(1961-06-29) June 29, 1961 (age 53)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Tom Apostle (2002-present)

Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence (born June 29, 1961) is an American actress, singer, and dancer.[1] She is best known for the role of Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the ABC drama series NYPD Blue. The role garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination three times for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lawrence was born in Charlotte, North Carolina,[1] the daughter of Earlyn, an education administrator and Head Start supervisor, and Tom Lawrence, a television news reporter for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.[3] She grew up in Charlotte, moved to Raleigh in her Junior year of high school, graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School and then University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[4]


Lawrence began her acting career on Broadway stage in the 1987 revival of Cabaret.[4] In 1990, she performed in Fiddler on the Roof.[1] She appeared in a number of television movies and series in 1990s, like Cheers, and Star Trek: Voyager. In 1993 she was cast as Assistant District Attorney Sylvia Costas in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue created by Steven Bochco. Her consistently praised performance earned the actress three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations from 1993 to 1996, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 1996.[4] In 1996 she left the show for her own comedy series Fired Up on NBC.[5] The series was canceled after two seasons. She later returned in NYPD Blue as a regular, and left the show in 1999, after her character was killed.[6]

Lawrence starred with Betty White and Alfred Molina on the short-lived sitcom Ladies Man from 1999 to 2001.[2] She played Velma Kelly in the Broadway musical Chicago in 2000.[1] She also had a series regular role on the CBS supernatural drama Wolf Lake from 2001 to 2002.[2] In film, she co-starred in Gossip (2000), Little Black Book (2004), and The Alibi (2006).

Lawrence guest starred on many television dramas and sitcoms in the 2000s. She played Maisy Gibbons, a housewife/prostitute in season one of Desperate Housewives. She also appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Boston Legal, Monk, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Mentalist, and Body of Proof. She had a regular role on the short-lived CW teenage drama series Hidden Palms (2008), as Tess Wiatt, and was seen in the Canadian cable television drama The Line in 2009.

In 2009, Lawrence was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Izzie Stevens' mother on Grey's Anatomy.[4][7] In April 2010, Lawrence joined Josh Schwartz's CBS pilot Hitched.[8] In October 2010, she began a recurring role on One Tree Hill as Sylvia Baker, the mother of Julian Baker (Austin Nichols) who comes to Tree Hill from Los Angeles to plan the upcoming wedding of Julian and Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush). She also played the lead character mother in a Lifetime comedy-drama Drop Dead Diva from 2009 to 2013.[9] Also, she played the birthmother of Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) in the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles, although in real life the actresses are only 12 years apart.[10] In recent years, Lawrence also starred in several independent films.[11] In 2013 she was cast in Chris Carter thriller drama series The After.[12] The show was set to premiere on Amazon Studios in 2014.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, she married Dr. Tom Apostle.[4] Their wedding was held at the Greek Orthodox church Saint Sophia, the same Los Angeles church in which her character, Sylvia Costas, in NYPD Blue married Detective Andy Sipowicz.[citation needed] Lawrence has played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home and performed in benefits for Alzheimer's Association in Los Angeles called Night at Sardi's and the What A Pair show for the John Wayne Breast Cancer Center

Sharon Lawrence is the Chair of the Women In Film Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Women In Film, which since 1973 has advanced professional opportunities for women in the global entertainment marketplace. She supports Global Green and World Wildlife Fund to protect the environment and endangered species. She is an avid Scuba diver.



1994Bloodfist V: Human TargetJewellry Store Clerk
1994In the Line of Duty: The Price of VengeanceUnknownTelevision film
1994Someone She KnowsSharonTelevision film
1994The Shaggy DogBeth DanielsTelevision film
1995The Face on the Milk CartonSada SandsTelevision film
1995The Heidi ChroniclesJillTelevision film
1995Degree of GuiltMary CarelliTelevision film
1996A Friend's BetrayalNina TalbertTelevision film
1996The UninvitedPattie JohnsonTelevision film
1997Five Desperate HoursClair BallardTelevision film
1997The Only ThrillJoleen QuilletTelevision film
1999Blue MoonCass MedierosTelevision film
1999Aftershock: Earthquake in New YorkDori ThorellTelevision film
2000GossipDetective Kelly
2002Atomic TwisterCorrine MaguireTelevision film
2003Word of HonorMarcy McClure TysonTelevision film
2003Fly CherryCherry's momShort film
2004Little Black BookStacy's mom
2004D-MinusSusanShort film
2005Nearing GraceMrs. AshUncredited
2005I?KarenShort Film
2006Augusta, GoneMartha Tod DudmanTelevision film
2006The AlibiJudith Hatch
2006Fool Me OnceMaureenShort film
2011TalkerMaryShort film
2011The Perfect FamilyAgnes Dunn
2012Middle of NowhereFraine
2012The Nuclear FamilyKarenTelevision film
2012iVOTEMarniShort film
2012The VisitGinny (mother of Diana)Short film
2013JimmyJudge Robinson
2014Born to Race: Fast TrackMrs. Dalton
2014Starving in SuburbiaDr. KleinTelevision film
2014Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the MindAngela Cruz
2014Somebody's MotherAliceShort film
2014The Bridge PartnerOlivia Korhonen
2015PerceptionKatherine Stenson


1992Civil WarsNorma HelmutzEpisode: "Drone of Arc"
1993Beverly Hills, 90210PauletteEpisode: "Parental Guidance Recommended"
1993CheersRachelEpisode: "The Guy Can't Help It"
1993-1999NYPD BlueSylvia CostasSeries regular, 99 episodes
1995Star Trek: VoyagerAmelia EarhartEpisode: "The 37's"
1996Caroline in the CityMaddieEpisode: "Caroline and the Proposal"
1997SupermanMaximaEpisode: "Warrior Queen"
1997-1998Fired UpGwen LeonardSeries regular, 28 episodes
1999-2001Ladies ManDonna StilesSeries regular, 30 episodes
2001-2002Wolf LakeVivian CatesSeries regular, 9 episodes
2002PhillyTabitha Davenport2 episodes
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMaggie PetersonEpisode: "Chameleon"
2004Judging AmyAndrea AdelsteinEpisode: "Predictive Neglect"
2004Boston LegalJudge Rita SharpleyEpisode: "Head Cases"
2004-2005Desperate HousewivesMaisy Gibbons3 episodes
2006-2008MonkLinda Fusco4 episodes
2007Hidden PalmsTess WiattSeries regular, 8 episodes
2008-2009The LineJayneSeries regular, 15 episodes
2008DirtCassie HopeEpisode: "God Bless the Child"
2008The Capture of the Green River KillerFiona RemusTV Mini-Series
2008The Prince of Motor CityDorothy RileyTV pilot
2008-2009PrivilegedShelby Smith3 episodes
2009Ghost WhispererElena BancroffEpisode: "Life on the Line"
2009Grey's AnatomyRobbin StevensEpisode: "No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)"
2009Curb Your EnthusiasmDr. TrundleEpisode: "Vehicular Fellatio"
2009CommunityDoreenEpisode: "Politics of Human Sexuality"
2009-2013Drop Dead DivaBobbie Dobkins6 episodes
2010The MentalistMelba Walker ShannonEpisode: "Bleeding Heart"
2010HitchedJudy ReynoldsTV pilot
2010Blue BelleJudy2 episodes "Goin' To Vegas & Komshe Thunderfuck" (Web series)
2010-2011One Tree HillSylvia Baker6 episodes
2011The GladesGeorgia LancerEpisode: "Moonlighting"
2011American Dad!Scarlett ReynoldsEpisode: "The Scarlett Getter"
2012BlackBoxTVDebrah StratfordEpisode: "Silverwood: Red Ink"
2012-2013Rizzoli & IslesDr. Hope Martin5 episodes
2013Body of ProofJulia StoneEpisode: "Committed"
2014–present[16]The AfterFrancisSeries regular
2014MatadorEmily Taft2 episodes: "Everything Old Is New Again" & "Mala Sangre"

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
1994Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueWon
1995Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1996Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1997Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1998Viewers for Quality Television AwardBest Recurring PlayerNYPD BlueNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNYPD BlueNominated
1999Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series DramaNYPD BlueNominated
2007Method Fest Independent Film FestivalBest ActressFool Me OnceWon
2007Prism AwardBest Performance in a TV-MovieAugusta, GoneNominated
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated
2013Black Reel AwardBest EnsembleMiddle of NowhereNominated


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  2. ^ a b c Sharon Lawrence- Biography, Yahoo!
  3. ^ Sharon Lawrence Biography (1961?-)
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sharon Lawrence Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  5. ^ "I've heard that Sharon Lawrence won't be returning to... - Chicago Tribune". 1996-07-28. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  6. ^ Starr, Michael (1999-01-15). "Sharon Out Of The Blue | New York Post". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  7. ^ Malcom, Shawna (2009-09-14). "Costar Sharon Lawrence: Katherine Heigl Will Be a Great Mom - Babies, Katherine Heigl, Sharon Lawrence". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Sharon Lawrence Gets Hitched". 
  9. ^ 2 WKS (2013-09-30). "'Drop Dead Diva' Bulks Up on Guest Stars as Season 5 Returns (Exclusive)". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Rizzoli & Isles Exclusive: NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence to Play Maura's Biological Mom - Today's News: Our Take". 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  11. ^ "Sharon Lawrence Books Trio Of Roles (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Quartet Join Amazon Drama Pilot 'The After', 'Bosch' Casts One". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Amazon Green-Lights Drama Pilots Starring Titus Welliver, Sharon Lawrence - Today's News: Our Take". 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  14. ^ ' + data.results.personName + ' (2013-10-31). "Amazon orders Michael Connelly pilot ‘Bosch,’ details ‘X-Files’ creator’s ‘The After’ - Zap2it". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  15. ^ Barrett, Annie. "'The After': First look at new Chris Carter pilot | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (1970-01-01). "Four Amazon Pilots Go To Series, 1 On Hold". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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