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Sharon Lawrence Biography

You may know her from her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, a murderous realtor on MONK or a sociopathic serial killer on LAW AND ORDER:SVU. Speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating Larry David up on CURB YOUR ENTHUASISM.

She has headlined her own comedy series FIRED UP produced by Kelsey Grammar for NBC and starred with class acts Alfred Molina, Betty White and Dixie Carter in CBS’s sit com LADIES MAN.

Last year Sharon received her fourth Emmy nomination for her work on GREY’S ANATOMY. Other appearances include COMMUNITY for NBC, THE MENTALIST GHOST WHISPERER on CBS, DIRT for FX, HIDDEN PALMS and PRIVILIDGED for CW and DROP DEAD DIVA and CAPTURE OF THE GREEN RIVER KILLER for Lifetime Movie Network.

As a seasoned stage actress, Sharon was recently completed a run in NY company of the hit LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE. She was nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her acclaimed performance as Vivian Leigh in Pasadena Playhouse’s Off Broadway hit Orson’s Shadow. Her lastest Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Film work includes the upcoming independent feature THE PERFECT FAMILY with Kathleen Turner, LIES AND ALIBIES with Rebecca Romjin, LITTLE BLACK BOOK with Holly Hunter and GOSSIP with Kate Hudson.

She has starred in many films for television and produced for NBC, FIVE DESPERATE HOURS co-starring Giancarlo Esposito. Currently in development on buzz, a multi-platform series about college journalists, this takes Sharon back to her educational roots since she earned her BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She has been honored with UNC-CH’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the Prism, Method Fest, and Drama Logue Awards

Sharon is married to physician Dr. Thomas Apostle, chaired the Women In Film Foundation for three years and also supports Global Green Greenwish and the Alzheimer’s Association.