Fast Facts

  • Grandfather Neil McCarthy was a high-powered entertainment lawyer during Hollywood's early days, representing such clients as Cecil B. DeMille and Howard Hughes.
  • Worked as a secretary for a number of advertising firms and independent-film companies upon leaving Gonzaga University.
  • Best-known for her role as Christine Cagney opposite Tyne Daly in the 1980s police drama Cagney & Lacey. 
  • Husband Barney Rosenzweig, producer of Cagney & Lacey, lured her back to primetime TV in 1990 with The Trials of Rosie O'Neill.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.
  • Won praise from gay-advocacy groups for her portrayal of Debbie Novotny, the supportive mother of gay son Michael Novotny (Hal Sparks), in the Showtime series Queer as Folk.

Awards

  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Michael McCarthy Gless — Brother
  • Marjorie Gless — Mother
  • Bridget Gless — Niece
  • Barney Rosenzweig — Husband
  • Arick Dennis Gless — Brother
  • Neil S. McCarthy — Grandfather

College

  • Attended Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

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  • Birth Name: Sharon Marguerite Gless
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: May 31, 1943, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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