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Also Known As: Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence Died:
Born: June 29, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Profession: actress, dancer, singer, producer, waitress

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A prolific television and stage actress, Sharon Lawrence proved she had the stuff of small-screen success with her very first television role as ambitious assistant district attorney Sylvia Costas on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). Her consistently praised performance earned the actress three Emmy nominations, and between regular detours back to Broadway, Lawrence continued to be a presence in primetime with a memorable season as a stay-at-home-prostitute on the saucy hit "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Several attempts to build dramas and comedy series around the actress proved short-lived, but in her lively appearances on many series including "Monk" (USA, 2002-09), Lawrence could always be counted on to deliver a smart, sharp-tongued law professional or a comically self-indulgent resident of the upper-middle-class.

A prolific television and stage actress, Sharon Lawrence proved she had the stuff of small-screen success with her very first television role as ambitious assistant district attorney Sylvia Costas on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). Her consistently praised performance earned the actress three Emmy nominations, and between regular detours back to Broadway, Lawrence continued to be a presence in primetime with a memorable season as a stay-at-home-prostitute on the saucy hit "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Several attempts to build dramas and comedy series around the actress proved short-lived, but in her lively appearances on many series including "Monk" (USA, 2002-09), Lawrence could always be counted on to deliver a smart, sharp-tongued law professional or a comically self-indulgent resident of the upper-middle-class.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Solace (2014)
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4.
 Augusta, Gone (2006)
5.
 Little Black Book (2004) Mom
6.
 Word of Honor (2003) Marcy Mcclure Tyson
7.
 Atomic Twister (2002) Corrine Maguire
8.
 Gossip (2000)
9.
 Blue Moon (1999) Cass Medieros
10.
 Only Thrill, The (1997) Joleen Quillet
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Milestones close milestones

1978:
Won the title of Junior Miss Raleigh and was runner-up in the state pageant at age 17
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Sang at a nightclub to help finance her college education
1984:
Worked as a singer on a cruise ship after graduating college
1984:
Acted in the Off-Broadway production of "Panache"
1985:
Cast in the national tour of "Zorba"; starred opposite Anthony Quinn
1987:
Made Broadway debut in the Harold Prince-directed revival of "Cabaret"
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Acted opposite Dezi Arnaz Jr. in the Florida production of "Is There Life After High School?"
1989:
Played Tzeitel in "Fiddler on the Roof" on tour and later on Broadway
1992:
First appeared on prime-time TV in ABC's "Civil Wars"; first collaboration with producer Steven Bocho
1993:
Made guest appearances on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox) and "Cheers" (NBC)
1993:
Played Sylvia Costas on the Bochco-produced police drama, "NYPD Blue" (ABC); earned three Emmy (1994, 1995, 1996) nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1994:
Made TV-movie debut in "In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance" (NBC)
1994:
Played the romantic lead, opposite Ed Begley Jr., in the TV-movie remake of "The Shaggy Dog" (ABC)
1995:
Acted in TNT's adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles"
1995:
Gave a powerful performance as the accused murderess Mary Carelli in the NBC miniseries "Degree of Guilt"
1995:
Guest-starred as Amelia Earhart in the second season premiere of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN)
1997:
Feature debut in "The Only Thrill"
1997:
Starred as a suburban houswife taken hostage in the NBC movie "Five Desperate Hours"; also first producing credit (co-producer)
1997:
Was the star of the short-lived sitcom, "Fired Up" (NBC)
1999:
Returned to the NY stage as Cherry Jones' dead mother Evie in "Tongue of a Bird"
1999:
Starred as Cass Medieros in the CBS movie "Blue Moon"
1999:
Appeared opposite Alfred Molina in the CBS sitcom "Ladies Man"
2000:
Returned to Broadway to play Velma in the hit revival of "Chicago"
2001:
Cast in the short-lived CBS series "Wolf Lake"
2004:
Cast in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book," starring Brittany Murphy
2004:
Had a recurring role as Maisy Gibbons, a housewife and neighborhood prostitute on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"
2006:
Played the recurring role of Linda Fusco on the USA Network series, "Monk"
2007:
Cast on the CW's short-lived drama "Hidden Palms" as Tess Wiatt, a Southern beauty with a taste for younger men
2008:
Cast in as Shelby, deadbeat mom to Megan and Lily, in the CW series "Privileged"
2009:
Had a memoriable guest-starring role as Izzie Stevens' mother on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2009:
Guest-starred on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva"
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Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill , North Carolina - 1983

Notes

"I like to keep a low profile that way. I never think that I exist only in terms of my public persona. This town is like a heat-seeking missile. If they think you've got heat, they'll go toward you. The most important change has been in my own confidence. I'm a star now, but that doesn't mean diva. It's the chorus girl in me who has as much respect for dancing in the corps as singing the solo."---Sharon Lawrence quoted in TV Guide, April 26-May 1, 1997.

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husband:
Thomas Apostle. Psychiatrist. Born 1962; announced engagement in February 2002; married May 31, 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Tom Lawrence. TV news reporter. Born c. 1939; worked for WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina.
mother:
Earlyn Lawrence. Educational administrator. Worked as a supervisor for a Head Start program; retired.
brother:
Mark Lawrence. Event videographer. Born c. 1963.

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