Liz Sheridan

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Liz Sheridan
Elizabeth Ann Sheridan

(1929-04-10) April 10, 1929 (age 90)
Years active1976–2010
Dale Wales
(m. 1985; died 2003)

Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (born April 10, 1929) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Sheridan was born in Rye, New York, the daughter of concert singer Elizabeth Poole-Jones and classical pianist Frank Sheridan.[1][2]


Sheridan may be best known[3] for her recurring role as Jerry Seinfeld's mother, Helen, in Seinfeld. She played the role for all nine seasons, from 1990 to 1998.[4] She starred in the 1976 Broadway play Best Friend before moving on to regular supporting roles in films and television series such as Moonlighting, Kojak, The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote, and Cagney & Lacey. Her first major role was playing nosy neighbor Raquel Ochmonek on the NBC TV series ALF. In 2009, Sheridan starred in the romantic comedy Play the Game, about a young ladies' man who teaches his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather who is re-entering the dating world after a 60-year hiatus. The film stirred up some controversy due to its octogenarian sex scene between Sheridan and Andy Griffith.[5]

Personal life[edit]

While working as a dancer in New York City nightclubs, Sheridan met the then-unknown James Dean. She claims that she and Dean became engaged and had a short-lived romance. She wrote a book on this subject, Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story, in which she claimed they were each other's first "romantic love". After Dean was cast in a play which looked to be successful, he drifted from Sheridan and—despite the play's quick demise—this was the end of their affair.[citation needed]

Sheridan was married to William T. "Dale" Wales (1917–2003) from 31 December 1985 until his death.[6] They have a married daughter, a photographer in New York's Greenwich Village, of whom Sheridan has said, "I'm so unmotherly, I cannot tell you. I'm still a flower child somewhere. My daughter was more my friend than my daughter most of her life."[3]


  1. ^ "Liz Sheridan Biography (1929-)". Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  2. ^ Lipton, Michael A. "An Affair to Remember". Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  3. ^ a b Vancheri, Barbara (May 10, 1998). "Liz sheridan: she'll be watching at home when the curtain falls". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. G-10.
  4. ^ "Filmography by TV series for Liz Sheridan (I)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "Media Scan: A Movie About Aging, a DVD for Exercise, a Book About Dieting". Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Biography: Spouse". Retrieved 2016-06-12.

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