Sharon Lawrence in 2013
Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence
June 29, 1961
Tom Apostle (m. 2002)
Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence (born June 29, 1961) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for the role of Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the ABC drama series NYPD Blue. The role garnered her three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Lawrence was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of Earlyn Lawrence, an education administrator and Head Start supervisor, and Tom Lawrence, a television news reporter for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She moved from Charlotte to Raleigh in her junior year of high school and graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a BA in journalism in 1983.
Lawrence began her acting career on Broadway in the 1987 revival of Cabaret. In 1990, she performed in Fiddler on the Roof. She appeared in a number of television movies and series in the 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. In 1996 she left the show for her own comedy series Fired Up on NBC. The series was canceled after two seasons. She later returned to NYPD Blue as a regular, and left the show in 1999, after her character was killed.
Lawrence starred with Betty White and Alfred Molina on the short-lived sitcom Ladies Man from 1999 to 2001. She played Velma Kelly in the Broadway musical Chicago in 2000. She also had a series regular role on the CBS supernatural drama Wolf Lake from 2001 to 2002. 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 starred in TV movie Atomic Twister as Corrine McGuire. 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. In April 2010, Lawrence joined Josh Schwartz's CBS pilot Hitched. 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. Also, she played the birth mother of Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) in the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles, although in real life the actresses are only 12 years apart. In recent years, Lawrence has starred in several independent films. In 2013 she was cast in Chris Carter's thriller drama series The After. The show was set to premiere on Amazon Studios in 2014. Amazon canceled the series before its premiere on January 5, 2015. In March, 2015, Lawrence was cast in the ABC comedy-drama pilot Mix.
In 2017, Lawrence starred in the CBS short-lived comedy series Me, Myself and I. The show premiered September 25 but aired only six episodes before the network pulled it from the schedule due to low ratings. Also in 2017, she had a recurring role as Dawn-Lyen Gardner's character mother in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar and co-starred opposite Sam Elliott in the second season of Netflix comedy The Ranch. From 2016 to 2019 she had a recurring role as a real estate mogul Margo Mierzejewski in the Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. Lawrence later had a recurring roles on the CW prime time soap opera Dynasty and Showtime comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
In 2002, Lawrence married Dr. Tom Apostle. 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. Lawrence has played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home and performed in benefits for the Alzheimer's Association in Los Angeles called Night at Sardi's and the What A Pair show for the John Wayne Breast Cancer Center.
Lawrence chairs 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.
|1994||Bloodfist V: Human Target||Jewelry Store Clerk|
|1994||In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance||Unknown||Television film|
|1994||Someone She Knows||Sharon||Television film|
|1994||The Shaggy Dog||Beth Daniels||Television film|
|1995||The Face on the Milk Carton||Sada Sands||Television film|
|1995||The Heidi Chronicles||Jill||Television film|
|1995||Degree of Guilt||Mary Carelli||Television film|
|1996||A Friend's Betrayal||Nina Talbert||Television film|
|1996||The Uninvited||Pattie Johnson||Television film|
|1997||Five Desperate Hours||Clair Ballard||Television film|
|1997||The Only Thrill||Joleen Quillet||Television film|
|1999||Blue Moon||Cass Medieros||Television film|
|1999||Aftershock: Earthquake in New York||Dori Thorell||Television film|
|2002||Atomic Twister||Corrine Maguire||Television film|
|2003||Word of Honor||Marcy McClure Tyson||Television film|
|2003||Fly Cherry||Cherry's mom||Short film|
|2004||Little Black Book||Stacy's mom|
|2005||Nearing Grace||Mrs. Ash||Uncredited|
|2006||Augusta, Gone||Martha Tod Dudman||Television film|
|2006||The Alibi||Judith Hatch|
|2006||Fool Me Once||Maureen||Short film|
|2011||The Perfect Family||Agnes Dunn|
|2012||Middle of Nowhere||Fraine|
|2012||The Nuclear Family||Karen||Television film|
|2012||The Visit||Ginny (mother of Diana)||Short film|
|2014||Born to Race 2: Fast Track||Mrs. Dalton|
|2014||Thinspiration||Dr. Klein||Television film|
|2014||Una Vida: A Fable Of Music and the Mind||Angela Cruz|
|2014||Somebody's Mother||Alice||Short film|
|2014||The Bridge Partner||Olivia Korhonen||Short film|
|2015||If I Could Tell You||Sara Linda||Short film|
|2016||Hearts of Christmas||Alice Shelby||Television film|
|2017||Deidra & Laney Rob a Train||Veronica|
|2017||Anabolic Life (aka: Perception)||Katherine Stenson|
|2017||Home||Margaret Sullivan||Short film|
|2017||Penny & Paul||Barb||Short film|
|2018||Poinsettias for Christmas||Katherine Palmer||Television film|
|2019||Merry & Bright||Joy Merriwether||Television film|
|2020||The Lost Husband||Marsha|
|1992||Civil Wars||Norma Helmutz||Episode: "Drone of Arc"|
|1993||Beverly Hills, 90210||Paulette||Episode: "Parental Guidance Recommended"|
|1993||Cheers||Rachel||Episode: "The Guy Can't Help It"|
|1993–1999||NYPD Blue||Sylvia Costas||Series regular, 99 episodes|
|1995||Star Trek: Voyager||Amelia Earhart||Episode: "The 37's"|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Maddie||Episode: "Caroline and the Proposal"|
|1997||Superman||Maxima||Episode: "Warrior Queen"|
|1997–1998||Fired Up||Gwen Leonard||Series regular, 28 episodes|
|1999–2001||Ladies Man||Donna Stiles||Series regular, 30 episodes|
|2001–2002||Wolf Lake||Vivian Cates||Series regular, 9 episodes|
|2002||Philly||Tabitha Davenport||2 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Maggie Peterson||Episode: "Chameleon"|
|2004||Judging Amy||Andrea Adelstein||Episode: "Predictive Neglect"|
|2004||Boston Legal||Judge Rita Sharpley||Episode: "Head Cases"|
|2004–2005||Desperate Housewives||Maisy Gibbons||3 episodes|
|2006–2008||Monk||Linda Fusco||4 episodes|
|2007||Hidden Palms||Tess Wiatt||Series regular, 8 episodes|
|2008–2009||The Line||Jayne||Series regular, 15 episodes|
|2008||Dirt||Cassie Hope||Episode: "God Bless the Child"|
|2008||The Capture of the Green River Killer||Fiona Remus||TV Mini-Series|
|2008||The Prince of Motor City||Dorothy Riley||TV pilot|
|2008–2009||Privileged||Shelby Smith||3 episodes|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Elena Bancroff||Episode: "Life on the Line"|
|2009||Grey's Anatomy||Robbie Stevens||Episode: "No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)"|
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Dr. Trundle||Episode: "Vehicular Fellatio"|
|2009||Community||Doreen||Episode: "Politics of Human Sexuality"|
|2009–2013||Drop Dead Diva||Bobbie Dobkins||6 episodes|
|2010||The Mentalist||Melba Walker Shannon||Episode: "Bleeding Heart"|
|2010||Hitched||Judy Reynolds||TV pilot|
|2010||Blue Belle||Judy||Two episodes: "Goin' to Vegas" and "Komshe Thunderfork" (Web series)|
|2010–2011||One Tree Hill||Sylvia Baker||6 episodes|
|2011||The Glades||Georgia Lancer||Episode: "Moonlighting"|
|2011||American Dad!||Scarlett Reynolds||Episode: "The Scarlett Getter"|
|2012||BlackBoxTV||Debrah Stratford||Episode: "Silverwood: Red Ink"|
|2012–2016||Rizzoli & Isles||Dr. Hope Martin||6 episodes|
|2013||Body of Proof||Julia Stone||Episode: "Committed"|
|2014||The After||Francis||TV pilot|
|2014||Matador||Emily Taft||Episodes: "Everything Old Is New Again" and "Mala Sangre"|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Guest diner; Season 13 Episode 16: "Winner Chosen"|
|2015||Mix||Stella Ruiz||TV pilot|
|2015||Blunt Talk||Sophie||Episode: "All My Relationships End in Pain"|
|2016||Game of Silence||Diana Stockman||Season 1 - 6 Episodes|
|2016||Devious Maids||Lori||Season 4 - 1 Episode|
|2016–2019||Shameless||Margo Mierzejewski||7 episodes|
|2016||I Like You Just the Way I Am||Debbie||Season 1|
|2016||Blue Bloods||Christine Sanders||Season 7 - Episode: "The One That Got Away"|
|2017||The Last Tycoon||Frances Goldwyn||Season 1 - 3 Episodes|
|2017–2018||Me, Myself & I||Eleanor||Season 1 - 6 Episodes|
|2017||The Ranch||Brenda Sanders||Season 2 - 7 Episodes|
|2017||Queen Sugar||Lorna Prescott||Season 2 - 3 Episodes|
|2018||How to Get Away with Murder||Ingrid Egan||Season 4 - Episode "Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"|
|2018 - 2019||Dynasty||Laura Van Kirk||Season 2 & 3 |
|2019–2020||Criminal Minds||Roberta Lynch||3 Episodes|
|2019||On Becoming a God in Central Florida||Louise Garbeau||Season 1, 5 Episode|
Awards and nominations
|1994||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1995||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Won|
|1995||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1996||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1996||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1996||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1997||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1998||Viewers for Quality Television Award||Best Recurring Player||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1999||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|1999||Satellite Award||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||NYPD Blue||Nominated|
|2007||Method Fest Independent Film Festival||Best Actress||Fool Me Once||Won|
|2007||Prism Award||Best Performance in a TV-Movie||Augusta, Gone||Nominated|
|2009||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Grey's Anatomy||Nominated|
|2013||Black Reel Award||Best Ensemble||Middle of Nowhere||Nominated|
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