Liz Sheridan

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Liz Sheridan
Born (1929-04-10) April 10, 1929 (age 86)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) William T. Wales
(1917-2003; his death)

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


Sheridan was born in New York City, the daughter of Elizabeth Poole-Jones, a concert singer, and Frank Sheridan, a classical pianist.[1][2] Sheridan began her career as a dancer working in New York City in nightclubs and musicals. There, she met the then-unknown James Dean. Sheridan claims that she and Dean became engaged and had a short-lived romance. She has written 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 away from Sheridan and — despite the play's quick demise — this was the end of their affair.[citation needed]


Sheridan 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. Sheridan may be best known[3] for her recurring role as Helen Seinfeld, mother to Jerry Seinfeld in Seinfeld. She played the role for nine seasons, from 1990 to 1998.[4]

In 2008, Sheridan starred alongside Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, Paul Campbell and Marla Sokoloff 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 Griffith and Sheridan.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Sheridan was married to the late William T. "Dale" Wales (August 17, 1917 - May 24, 2003). 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 at Film Reference
  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. ^ Washington Post coverage of Play The Game

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