Sherri Shepherd

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Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd.jpg
Sherri Shepherd, May 27, 2010
Born Sherri Evonne Shepherd
(1967-04-22) April 22, 1967 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Comedian
Television personality
Author
Years active 1995–present
Religion Christian
Children Jeffrey, age 9
Website
www.sherrishepherd.com

Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967)[1][2] is an American author, businesswoman, actress, and comedian. She hosts the Newlywed Game, and had a recurring role as Angie Jordan on the NBC series 30 Rock. She played in the long-running sitcom Less than Perfect. She was one of the co-hosts on the ABC daytime talkshow The View for seven seasons. Sherri headlined her own sitcom Sherri on Lifetime. Shepherd played a recurring role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond as Judy Potterbrother, the work partner of police officer Robert Barone.


Early life[edit]

Shepherd was born in Chicago, to Lawrence A. Shepherd (born c. 1943) and LaVerne Shepherd (c. 1941–1991), the eldest of three sisters.[3]

Careers[edit]

Businesswoman[edit]

Her estimated net worth is $10 million. [4]

Poised to parlay her wealth into a business empire, even including a line of wigs, Shepherd has struggled to avoid the usual Hollywood politics/pitfalls that have befallen the likes of Megan Fox and Charlie Sheen.


A years-long, expensive custody battle for her 9-year old son Jeffrey has left Shepherd poorer.

A financial blackmail/divorce by unemployed soon-to-be-ex Lamar Sally may reduce her fortune.

Acting[edit]

Shepherd worked a day job as a legal secretary while doing stand-up comedy at night. Her first TV role was on the show Cleghorne!, starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Ellen Cleghorne. Three years later, Shepherd pursued acting and stand-up comedy full-time, working again as a legal secretary for a day job. She had guest and recurring roles on Everybody Loves Raymond and Living Single as well as regular roles on Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show. Perhaps her most successful role prior to The View was playing the main character of Ramona Platt (2002–2006) on the comedy Less than Perfect. In 2009 she starred for one season in Lifetime Television's Sherri, a sitcom about Shepherd's life.[5]

Shepherd has branched out to film, with roles in Guess Who, Beauty Shop, Cellular, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Academy Award-winning film Precious.[6] Her most recent film role is as Lula in One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl. She still performs stand-up comedy at Los Angeles area clubs like the Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory, although she lives in New York. She has also been a frequent and popular guest on Ellen DeGeneres's syndicated daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she holds a record for being on the show the greatest number of times. She also had a recurring role on 30 Rock as Angie Jordan, and she has appeared as a special guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[7]

Television Personality[edit]

The View's panel (left–right Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck) interview United States President Barack Obama on July 29, 2010.

In 2006, Shepherd was a frequent guest co-host on ABC's The View. She was a permanent co-host from 2007 to 2014. She received several awards for her work on the show.

She co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008.


On-Camera Flubs[edit]

Shepherd was criticized heavily after one 2007 broadcast of The View,[8] The show is often filmed "live", with little or no editing. She stated that she didn't "believe in evolution. Period." Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her, "Is the world flat?" She first responded, "I don't know," and expanded that she "never thought about it". Shepherd continued that it was more important to her that she thought about how she was "going to feed [her] child". Barbara Walters replied by pointing out, "You can do both." However, Shepherd then went on to quote Scripture.[9] Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves. Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd talked after that episode: Walters said, "Dear, the Earth is round", and Shepherd responded with: "Barbara, I know that!"[10][11]

Shepherd (center) on The View with Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Similar criticism erupted after the December 4, 2007, broadcast of The View when, during a discussion initiated by Joy Behar about Epicurus, Shepherd attempted to assert that Christians existed in classical Greece, and that the Greeks threw them to the lions. When confronted on this point, she further claimed that "Jesus came first" (before Greeks and Romans) and stated, "I don't think anything predated Christians", to which Joy Behar responded: "The Jews."[12][13]

Shepherd garnered ridicule after admitting to never voting partly due to her upbringing as a strict Jehovah's Witness. She was quoted as saying that she just "never knew the dates or anything"; she stated, "I've never voted for anything in my life."[14] In January 2008, Sherri referred to Gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black.[15]

Author[edit]

Shepherd wrote the book Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009. [16]

Chapter Two is ironically titled "Permission to Date, Love, Marry and DIVORCE the Wrong Guy."


Shepherd also has a co-author credit on Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes. That book was published by Harper Collins in 2013.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In March 2012, Shepherd participated as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Her dance partner was Val Chmerkovskiy. The dancing team lasted several weeks.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Sherry" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Proud Mary" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "If I Could" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Tango / "Come On Feel the Noise" 7 7 7 Eliminated


Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Shepherd married Jeff Tarpley. Their only child, Jeffrey, was born in April 2005.[3]

Previously, Shepherd had announced that she was expecting fraternal twins (one boy, one girl), but miscarried her daughter, and instead gave birth three months prematurely.[17][18] The couple separated in 2006 and divorced in 2009 after she discovered Tarpley was having an affair, an event that inspired her sitcom Sherri.[10]

Shepherd wed Lamar Sally on August 13, 2011.[19] On May 2, 2014, Sally filed for separation.[20] From the separation reports, Sally was expecting a child via surrogate, of whom Sally has requested full custody.[21] Shepherd filed for divorce on May 12, 2014, citing "irreconcilable differences."[22] The couple are currently involved in a bitter divorce. Sally has questioned legal documents. Shepherd formerly worked as a legal secretary. [23]


Shepherd has type 2 diabetes[24] after having had pre-diabetes for years.[25]

A devout Christian, Shepherd has stated about the role God has played in her life and career: "If I didn't have God, I would have been dead."[26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 King of the Open Mics Marci
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Herself
2004 Cellular Jaded Cashier
2005 Beauty Shop Ida
2005 Guess Who Sydney
2007 Who's Your Caddy Lady G
2007 Transformers Big Rhonda (IMAX re-release version only)[27]
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Florrie Animated; voice
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Herself
2009 Precious Cornrows Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Beverly Townsend
2012 One for the Money Lula
2012 Abducted: The Carlina White Story Joy White
2012 Think Like a Man[28] Vicki
2014 Top Five
2016 Ride Along 2 Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Episodes Notes
1995 Cleghorne! Victoria 6 episodes
1997 Claude's Crib Lorene 1 episode
1997 Living Single Comedian 1 episode
1997, 1999–2000 Suddenly Susan Roni, Miranda Charles 23 episodes
1998 Friends Rhonda, The Tour Guide 1 episode
1998–1999 Holding the Baby Miss Boggs 8 episodes
1998–2003 Everybody Loves Raymond Officer Judy Roseman 9 episodes
1999–2001 The Jamie Foxx Show Sheila Yarborough 10 episodes
2000 The Trouble with Normal Nina 1 episode
2001 Emeril Melva LeBlanc 11 episodes
2001 Rendez View Herself 1 episode
2002 Holla Herself 1 episode
2002 Men, Women & Dogs Dr. Michaels 1 episode
2002 My Adventures in Television Joanna Walker 8 episodes
2002–2004 Pyramid Herself 3 episodes
2002–2006 Less than Perfect Ramona Platt 79 episodes Nominated - BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2003 Joan of Arcadia MVA Clerk Good 1 episode
2003–2004 Hollywood Squares Herself 30 episodes
2003–2005 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself 3 episodes
2004 50 Most Outrageous Moments on TV Herself 1 episode
2004 My Coolest Years Herself Unknown episodes
2004 E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment Herself 1 episode
2004 The Sharon Osbourne Show Herself 1 episode
2004 The Wayne Brady Show Herself 1 episode
2004–2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Cheryl/Meryl (voice) 17 episodes
2004–2006 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself 9 episodes
2004–2005, 2007 Kim Possible M.C Honey (voice) 3 episodes
2005 Big Time Herself 1 episode
2006 Capitol Law Glynda Johnson TV pilot
2006 The Megan Mullally Show Herself 1 episode
2007–2014 The View Herself 600 episodes Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
(Nominated in 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008, winning in 2009)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series
(Nominated in 2009, 2010, 2011, winning in 2009 & 2011)
2007 The Wedding Bells Debbie Quill 4 episodes
2007 Wheel of Fortune Herself 1 episode
2007–2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself 10 episodes
2007–2014 Entertainment Tonight Herself 32 episodes
2007, 2009–2013 30 Rock Angie Jordan 11 episodes
2007, 2009 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself 3 episodes
2008 Entourage Herself 1 episode
2008-2014 Rachael Ray Herself 9 episodes
2009 Larry King Live Herself 2 episodes
2009 Sherri Sherri Robinson 13 episodes Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Comedy Series
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
2009 The Bonnie Hunt Show Herself 2 episodes
2009, 2011 The Joy Behar Show Herself 2 episodes
2009 The Mo'Nique Show Herself 1 episode
2009 WWE Raw Herself 1 episode
2009 WWE Smackdown Herself 1 episode
2009, 2011 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Herself Hosted 5 episodes
2010 The Electric Company Herself 1 episode
2010 82nd Academy Awards Herself Red Carpet co-host
2010 The Emeril Lagasse Show Herself 1 episode
2010 Nickelodeon MegaMusic Fest Herself 1 episode
2010–present Newlywed Game Herself Host, 195 episodes
2010, 2011 The Nate Berkus Show Herself 1 episode
2010 Celebrity Holiday Homes Herself 1 episode
2010 Sesame Street Herself 1 episode
2010 WWE Tribute to the Troops Herself 1 episode
2011 Hot in Cleveland Judge Lesser 2 episodes
2011 The Oprah Winfrey Show Herself 1 episode
2011 GMA Dove Award Herself Host
2011 Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes Herself
2011 38th Daytime Emmy Awards Herself Presenter
2011 Neicy Nash Wedding Bash Herself
2011 The Early Show Herself 1 episode
2011 VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul Herself Presenter
2011 Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married Herself
2011 Top 10 Wedding of 2011 Herself
2012 The Daily Show Herself 1 episode
2012, 2013, 20014 Wendy Williams Show Herself 4 episodes
2012 The Colbert Report Herself 1 episode
2012 Dancing With The Stars Herself 8 episodes Contestant
2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself 1 episode
2012 The Soul Man Nikki 1 episode
2012, 2013 The Chew Herself 1 episode
2013 The Home and Family Show Herself 1 episode
2013 Watch What Happens Live Herself 2 episodes
2013 Good Day L.A. Herself 1 episode
2013 The Steve Harvey Show Herself 1 episode
2013 The Dr. Oz Show Herself 1 episode
2013 The Chew Herself 1 episode
2013 Showbiz Tonight Herself 1 episode
2013 How I Met Your Mother Daphne 8 episodes Season 9[29]
2013 The Arsenio Hall Show Herself 1 episode
2013 Fox and Friends Herself 2 episodes
2013-2014 NickMom Night Out Herself 23 episodes
2014 The Mommy Show Herself 1 episode
2014 Nashville Herself 1 episode
2014 Extreme Weight Loss Herself-Guest 1 episode
2014 E!News Herself 1 episode
2014 The Insider Herself 2 episodes
2014 Celebrity Name Game Herself 1 episode
2014 The Meredith Vieira Show Herself 1 episode
2014 QVC Herself 2 sessions Spokesperson for Sherri Shepherd™ LUXHAIR™ Wigs

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014-present Cinderella Madame Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award and Nominations

  • 2008 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)
  • 2014 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)

People's Choice Award Nomination

  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (The View)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination

  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Precious (Shared with rest of cast)

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award Nomination

  • 2009 Nomination for Best Ensemble, Precious (Shared with all cast members)

Boston Society of Film Critics Award

  • 2009 Award for Best Ensemble Cast (Precious)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Nomination

  • 2010 Nomination for Best Acting Ensemble, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)

Black Reel Award Nomination

  • 2010 Nomination for Best Ensemble Cast, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)

BET Comedy Award Nomination

  • 2005 Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Less than Perfect)

NAACP Image Awards and Nominations

  • 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Series (The View)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Sherri)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Series (The View)
  • 2011 Award for Outstanding Talk Series (The View)

Gracie Award

  • 2010 Award for Leading Actress in a Comedy Series (Sherri)

Braveheart Award

  • 2010 Powerful Women in Hollywood Award

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