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Sherri Shepherd, May 27, 2010
|Born||Sherri Evonne Shepherd
April 22, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||Co-hosting on The View|
|Religion||Christian/former Jehovah Witness|
Jeff Tarpley (m. 2001–2009 divorced) 1 childLamar 'Sal' Sally (m. 2011–present)
Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967) is an American comedienne, actress, and television personality. She is one of five co-hosts on the ABC daytime talkshow, The View, as well as currently hosting the Newlywed Game and having a recurring role as Angie Jordan on the NBC series 30 Rock. As an actress, she has starred in the sitcom Less than Perfect and her own sitcom Sherri on Lifetime. Shepherd previously had a recurring role on the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, as police Sgt. Judy Potterbrother, the partner of officer Robert Barone.
Shepherd was born in Chicago, to Lawrence A. Shepherd (b. 1943) and LaVerne Shepherd (1941–1991), as the eldest of three sisters. When she was 11, her family moved to Hoffman Estates, a Chicago northwest suburb. She attended Winston Churchill Elementary School and Eisenhower Junior High School of Community Consolidated School District 54 and Hoffman Estates High School of District 211.
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.
Shepherd has branched out to film, with roles in Guess Who, Beauty Shop, Cellular, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Academy Award winning film Precious. 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, as well, she appears as a special guest host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Co-host on The View
In 2006, Sherri Shepherd became a frequent guest co-host on ABC's, The View. Shepherd eventually became a permanent co-host on Monday September 10, 2007. Shepherd co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008. Her fellow co-host was All My Children star Cameron Mathison. Shepherd was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
On May 14, 2009, she was nominated again for her second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, when nominations for 36th Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on the Today Show. Shepherd won her first Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host that year.
Shepherd was criticized heavily after the September 18, 2007 broadcast of The View, in which 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. Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves and the following exchange between Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd occurred after that particularly embarrassing episode: Walters said "Dear, the Earth is round", and Shepherd responded with "Barbara, I know that!".
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."
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." In January 2008, Sherri referred to R&B/gospel singer Shirley Caesar as "the black Patti LaBelle." LaBelle, like Caesar, is black.
Shepherd authored the book: Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, published in October 2009.
Dancing with the Stars
In March 2012, Shepherd participated as a celebrity contestant on the fourteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was announced as Val Chmerkovskiy, however the couple were eliminated on the fourth week of competition. They danced:
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|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|
In 2001, Shepherd married comedian Jeff Tarpley (also referred to as Jeff T. Aware). Their only child, Jeffrey, was born in April 2005. Previously, Shepherd had announced that she had expected to have fraternal twins (one boy, one girl), but miscarried her daughter, and instead gave birth three months prematurely. The couple separated in 2006 and divorced in 2009 after she discovered he was having an affair, an event that inspired her sitcom Sherri.
Shepherd got engaged on December 26, 2010, to TV writer Lamar Sally, whom she had been seeing for over a year. They were wed on August 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Shepherd's eight bridesmaids included The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, comedian Niecy Nash, Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and comedian, actress Kym Whitley. Shepherd's son Jeffrey walked her down the aisle.
A devout Christian, she has stated about the role God has played in her life and career: "If I didn't have God, I would have been dead." She has mentioned on The View that she is opposed to same-sex marriage as her faith prohibits such unions.
Shepherd has admitted to having "many abortions."
|2000||King of the Open Mics||Marci|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Herself|
|2007||Who's Your Caddy||Lady G|
|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||Think Like a Man||Vicki|
|1997||Claude's Crib||Lorene||1 episode|
|1997||Living Single||Comedienne||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||Men, Women & Dogs||Dr. Michaels||1 episode|
|2002||My Adventures in Television||Joanna Walker||8 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–present||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||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Herself||8 episodes|
|2007–2010||Entertainment Tonight||Herself||25 episodes|
|2007, 2009–present||30 Rock||Angie Jordan||11 episodes|
|2007, 2009||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Herself||3 episodes|
|2008-2013||Rachael Ray||Herself||8 episode|
|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 episodes|
|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 Celebrates 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||Wendy Williams Show||Herself||2 episode|
|2012||The Colbert Report||Herself||1 episode|
|2012||Dancing With The Stars||Herself||8 episodes||Contestant|
|2012||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Herself||1 episode|
|2012, 2013||The Chew||Herself||1 episode|
|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|
|2010||Love, Loss and What I Wore||herself|
Awards 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)
- 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
- 2009 Nomination for Best Ensemble, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
- 2009 Award for Best Ensemble Cast (Precious)
- 2010 Nomination for Best Acting Ensemble, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
- 2010 Nomination for Best Ensemble Cast, Precious (Shared with rest of cast)
BET Comedy Awards
- 2005 Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Less than Perfect)
- 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)
- 2010 Award for Leading Actress in a Comedy Series (Sherri)
- 2010 Powerful Women in Hollywood
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