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Also Known As: Sharon Marguerite Gless Died:
Born: May 31, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, production assistant, secretary

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Though she preferred to consider herself a comedienne, actress Sharon Gless achieved her greatest fame in dramatic turns on several acclaimed television series, most notably the groundbreaking police show "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS, 1982-88), which earned her two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and countless nominations. She later earned more acclaim as an outspoken public defender in "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (CBS, 1990-92), and was hailed for her performance as Hal Sparks' supportive mother on the American version of "Queer as Folk" (Showtime, 2000-05). She continued her impressive streak on television with a turn as the chain-smoking, hypochondriac and always prying mother of a banished spy (Jeffrey Donovan) on the hit cable series, "Burn Notice" (USA, 2007- ), while also earning attention for her stints on "The State Within" (BBC, 2006), and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010). Having also received solid notices for her numerous stage appearances in America and England, it was no small wonder that Gless remained a viable and sought-after actress for several decades.

Though she preferred to consider herself a comedienne, actress Sharon Gless achieved her greatest fame in dramatic turns on several acclaimed television series, most notably the groundbreaking police show "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS, 1982-88), which earned her two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and countless nominations. She later earned more acclaim as an outspoken public defender in "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (CBS, 1990-92), and was hailed for her performance as Hal Sparks' supportive mother on the American version of "Queer as Folk" (Showtime, 2000-05). She continued her impressive streak on television with a turn as the chain-smoking, hypochondriac and always prying mother of a banished spy (Jeffrey Donovan) on the hit cable series, "Burn Notice" (USA, 2007- ), while also earning attention for her stints on "The State Within" (BBC, 2006), and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010). Having also received solid notices for her numerous stage appearances in America and England, it was no small wonder that Gless remained a viable and sought-after actress for several decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hannah Free (2009)
4.
 Girl Next Door, The (1998) Dr Gayle Bennett
5.
 Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1996) Narrator
6.
 Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions (1996) Christine Cagney
8.
 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (1995) Christine Cagney
9.
 Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994) Christine Cagney
10.
 Separated by Murder (1994) Holly Fay Walker; Lily Mae Stokely
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1972:
Landed early TV role as Sergeant Maggie Clinger on the series "McCloud" (NBC); replaced in role by Nancy Fox
1972:
Played one of Robert Young's four daughters in the ABC TV-movies "All My Darling Daughters" and "My Darling Daughters' Anniversary"
1973:
Appeared as Holly Barrett, secretary to detective Steve Faraday on the NBC series "Faraday and Company"
1974:
Played Nurse Kathleen Faverty during the last two seasons of ABC's long-running series "Marcus Welby, M.D."
1974:
Signed (along with Jamie Lee Curtis) as a salaried contract player with Universal Studios
1975:
Played Maggie Philbin, secretary to detectives Frank MacBride and Pete Ryan on the CBS series "Switch"
1978:
Acted in the TV miniseries "The Immigrants" (Syndicated)
1979:
Co-starred with John Schuck as Penny Alston on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Turnabout"
1980:
Portrayed film star Carole Lombard in the NBC TV-movie "Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War"
1980:
Joined the last two seasons of the comedy series "House Calls" (CBS) as Jane Jeffreys
1982:
Essayed role of Detective Christine Cagney on the CBS drama series "Cagney & Lacey"; replaced actress Meg Foster on the series' seventh episode; earned six consecutive Emmy nominations (from 1983-88) and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations (from 1985-89) for Lead Actress
1983:
Made feature film debut in "The Star Chamber"
1990:
Played title role on the CBS drama series "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill"; received two consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe nominations (from 1991-92) for Actress in a Drama Series
1992:
Appeared on London stage in an adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery"
1994:
Starred in dual roles opposite Steve Railsback in the CBS TV-movie "Separated by Murder"
1994:
Reprised her Cagney role for the TV-movie "Cagney & Lacey: The Return" (CBS)
1995:
Received a star on the Hollwood Walk of Fame
1996:
Returned to London stage opposite Tom Conti in "Chapter Two"
1996:
Narrated the documentary "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"
1996:
Collaborated with Tyne Daly for their fourth TV-movie "Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions" (CBS)
1998:
Starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Girl Next Door"
2000:
Played the slightly overbearing mother of a gay man on the Showtime series "Queer as Folk"
2006:
Starred on the BBC television series "The State Within"
2007:
Cast on the USA Network series "Burn Notice" as Michael Westen's (Jeffrey Donovan) mother; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2008:
Appeared in a recurring role on the FX series "Nip/Tuck" as a psychopath teddy-bear enthusiast; earned an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Drama Series
:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
2009:
Made producing debut with the drama "Hannah Free"; also starred
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Education

Gonzaga University: Spokane , Washington -

Notes

Her only feature credit to date was as Michael Douglas' wife in Peter Hyams' "The Star Chamber" (1983).

A television viewer wrote in to TV GUIDE to complain of the replacement of Meg Foster by Sharon Gless in "Cagney and Lacey"; accustomed to Gless' comic image, the viewer (making reference to fictional critic Addison DeWitt's famous putdown uttered in the film "All About Eve" 1950) praised the toughness Foster and Tyne Daly brought to their roles and criticized Gless as being from "the Copacabana school of dramatic art".

The appeal of the characters of Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey provoked sufficient response from viewers to restore the series after it had been cancelled by CBS on two separate occasions.

About checking into a rehab facility to deal with her drinking problem: "I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I needed someone to pay attention to me as a person, not just as the character I played. It wasn't anyone's fault--I think I did it to myself because I'm shy, really. I used to talk a lot but not always with great depth. It was always about work. I walked in there as Chris Cagney and walked out as Sharon Gless." --Sharon Gless to PEOPLE, November 7, 1994

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husband:
Barney Rosenzweig. Producer, executive. Married on May 4, 1991; born c. 1933; his third marriage; couple had been romantically linked for two years; collaborated on "Cagney & Lacey", a show created by his previous wife, Barbara Corday; played psychiatrist whose sessions with Gless opened every episode of "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill".

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grandfather:
Neil S McCarthy. Entertainment lawyer. Represented Howard Hughes, Louis B Mayer and Cecil B DeMille, among others.
mother:
Marjorie Gless. Died on March 14, 1998 at age 84.
brother:
Michael McCarthy Gless. Born in August 1940.
brother:
Arick Dennis Gless. Born in December 1950.
niece:
Bridget Gless. Agent. Works at ICM.
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