Sharon Gless stars as Madeline Westen in the USA Network original series "Burn Notice."

Show business is in Sharon Gless's blood. Her grandfather, Neil S. McCarthy, was the most respected entertainment lawyer of Hollywood's Golden Age. His clients included Howard Hughes, Louis B. Mayer and Cecil B. DeMille. The famous McCarthy Chopped Salad at the legendary Polo Lounge was named after him. He also drew up the first contract between a studio and a player—a fact that is of special interest to Gless, as she has the distinction of being the last contract player in the history of Hollywood. Gless was under exclusive contract to Universal Studios, where she learned and flourished for ten years, leaving "The Lot" in 1982.

In April 2008, Gless was the recipient of The Theatre School at DePaul University's prestigious Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2007, Gless celebrated the Silver Anniversary of "Cagney & Lacey," the first season of which was released on DVD in the spring. Gless continues to work non-stop in the business she dearly loves.

Gless recently completed a multiple-episode arc in the hit FX series "Nip/Tuck" as Colleen Rose, an ambitious Hollywood agent with dark secrets. In 2006, Gless received rave reviews, both in the US and UK, for her starring role as US Secretary of Defense Lynne Warner in the BBC/BBC America miniseries, "The State Within." Gless is in pre-production on "A Round Heeled Woman," a new play which will open in 2008, based on the best-selling book by Jane Juska, about a 60+ year-old woman's adventures in later-life sex and romance. Gless will both produce and star in the production.

Beginning with her starring role in "Faraday & Company" in 1973, Gless has brought her own brand of humor, intelligence and dramatic flair to each of her roles. Gless is best known for her portrayal of New York Police Detective, Christine Cagney, on the hit series "Cagney & Lacey," a role that garnered her two Emmys, a Golden Globe and six Emmy nominations. Following "Cagney & Lacey," Gless re-teamed with the show's executive producer, Barney Rosenzweig, on "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," for which she was awarded her second Golden Globe and two more Emmy nominations. Gless married Rosenzweig in 1991.

In 1994 and 1995, Gless and her television partner, Tyne Daly, joined together to recreate their title roles in a quartet of critically acclaimed and popular "Cagney & Lacey" television movies which they fondly call "The Menopause Years." Other television series in which Gless starred include "Switch," "House Calls," and the short-lived but critically lauded Steven Bochco half-hour, "Turnabout." Gless has received much acclaim for her dramatic roles in such television movies as "Separated By Murder," "Hard Hat and Legs," "Honor Thy Mother," "Hobson's Choice" and "Letting Go," among others, as well as the mini-series "The Immigrants," "The Last Convertible," "Centennial," and Garson Kanin's "Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars," in which she played screen goddess Carole Lombard.

In 2000, Gless created the role of the outrageous and beloved Debbie Novotny in the groundbreaking Showtime series "Queer as Folk," and remained with the series throughout its five-season run. Wherever she goes, Gless is regularly approached by fans wishing to express their appreciation for her honest portrayal of a loving parent of a gay child.

Gless's theatrical film credits include the suspenseful and provocative film, "The Star Chamber," in which she played the wife of Michael Douglas. Gless has recorded several 'Books on Tape' and has starred in numerous radio plays, one of which, "'Night, Mother," for the BBC, earned Gless the International Sony Award. Gless continues to do radio plays for L.A. Theater Works and the BBC.

Gless has starred twice on stage in London's famed West End, the first time in 1993 with Bill Paterson, when she created the role of Annie Wilkes in the stage version of Stephen King's "Misery" at the Criterion Theater, and four years later, opposite Tom Conti, in Neil Simon's "Chapter 2" at the Gielgud Theater. Gless starred at Chicago's Tony Award-winning playhouse, The Victory Gardens Theater, in Claudia Allen's "Cahoots," and at Madison Square Garden with the National Company of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." Gless made her stage debut in Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" at Stage West in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Gless is an active participant in the ongoing struggle for a woman's right to choose, and recently joined hundreds of thousands of women in Washington DC for the first-ever "March For Women's Lives," where she stood in solidarity with her entertainment industry colleagues. In 2005, she was honored by Norman Lear's People for the American Way for her unwavering support of human rights. Gless spends her time at home in three of her favorite cities: Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto.




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Age: 73 years old
Birthday: May 31, 1943
Height: 5' 5"
Full Name / Real Name: Sharon Marguerite Gless
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Barney Rosenzweig


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