Laurie Heineman is an American actress and teacher, probably best known for the role of Myra in John G. Avildsen's Save the Tiger, a 1973 film which won Jack Lemmon an Oscar, and for originating the role of Sharlene Frame on Another World. Currently she teaches Shakespeare and other classics to home schoolers, and runs workshops at libraries and private events throughout New England and in New York City. Laurie Heineman is also a board certified art therapist who brings spoken word events to seniors, and she is an experienced teacher, and the co-author of a book on teaching Shakespeare, AP Classroom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Prufrock Press
She played the role of Sharlene Frame Watts Matthews from 1975 to 1977 and was awarded the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1978. She was awarded the Emmy over fellow cast members Beverlee McKinsey (Iris) and Victoria Wyndham (Rachel), and also Susan Lucci who were nominated that same year.
Most recently she appeared as herself in the documentaries A Touch of Greatness, about her teacher and mentor, Albert Cullum, and the BBC's Hollywood Greats documentary on Jack Lemmon.
Heineman appeared on, off and off-off Broadway and in theatrical productions around the nation, including comedies, dramas, and numerous Shakespearean productions. She was an original member of the improv group, "The Proposition", also starring Fred Grandy and Jane Curtin. As a child she was in Naked City opposite Robert Duvall, East Side/West Side opposite George C. Scott, and appeared on live TV in U.S. Steel Hour. She has appeared in numerous commercials and has done voice-overs for ads and provided the voice of Marianne Moore in a PBS documentary about the poet.