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Elizabeth Natalie Schram
July 17, 1968
Mountainside, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maryland|
|Years active||1992 – 2009, 2016|
Born in Mountainside, New Jersey, Schram studied at the University of Maryland on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a degree in advertising design. Having known for a number of years that she wanted to act, she pursued roles in both film and television as well as Broadway theater.
The role that initially brought her note was that of Evelyn Gardner, the Rockford Peaches' right fielder, in the Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own. Her character was the focus of the now famous line uttered by manager Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), "There's no crying in baseball!"
In 2002, Schram landed a major role opposite Tony Shalhoub on the USA Network series Monk. She was released midway through the show's third season. The network stated they had "decided to go in a different creative direction with some of its characters." The Hollywood Reporter reported that "some members of the series' supporting cast, including Schram, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford, attempted to renegotiate the terms of their contract[s]" and cited Schram's departure as evidence of the industry's "hard line against raise-seeking actors who aren't absolutely essential to the show." Levine and Gray-Stanford remained on the show. Natalie Teeger, played by Traylor Howard, replaced her character as Monk's assistant. Schram made a guest appearance on one episode of the show's eighth and final season, titled "Mr. Monk and Sharona".
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Terry|
|1992||A League of Their Own||Evelyn Gardner|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Pharmacy Clerk|
|1993||My Family Treasure||Young Alexandra|
|1996||One Fine Day||Marla|
|1998||Kissing a Fool||Vicki Pelam|
|1998||Cleopatra's Second Husband||Hallie Marrs|
|2004||The Sure Hand of God||Christine Bigbee|
|2016||Moments of Clarity||Officer Lori||Nominated–Maverick Movie Awards for Best Ensemble Acting (Feature)|
|1995||Episode: Long Island Fever||Penny||TV film|
|1999||G vs E||Ani||Episode: "Gee Your Hair Smells Evil"|
|2001||Episode: Destiny||TV film|
|2001||Strong Medicine||Juno Bouvoir||Episode: "Fix"|
|2001||Roswell||Bunny||Episode: "Secrets and Lies"|
|2001–02||Felicity||Rita||Episodes: "Moving On", "A Perfect Match", "The Paper Chase"|
|2002–2009||Monk||Sharona Fleming||Regular Seasons 1-3, Guest Season 8|
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical)
|2005||Kitchen Confidential||Reese Ryder||Episode: "Exile on Main Street"|
|2006||Thief||Lila Granville||TV miniseries|
|2007||You've Got a Friend||Jackie Nelson||TV film|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Jody||Episode: "This Joint's Haunted"|
- Adam Thomlison, "Hollywood Q & A", (TV Tabloid/TV Media Inc.), March 24, 2018.
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor details, ibdb.com; accessed September 6, 2015.
- Wallenstein, Andrew (31 August 2004). "No Sharona — Bitty Schram leaves 'Monk'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
- Summer TV sizzles with new shows and returning favorites Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Boston Herald; accessed September 6, 2015.
- Laman, Allen (June 19, 2017). "Welcoming back 'A League Of Their Own'". Dubois County Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- Freedman,, Richard (November 13, 2015). "Schram has a bit part in 'Moments of Clarity' at Napa Fest". Vallejo Times-Herald. Retrieved April 26, 2018.