Sharon Gless – Archive interview Part 2 of 3 EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG



Sharon Gless remembers the moment she decided to pursue her dream of acting, while in her mid-20s: One of my jobs was to interview actresses [at a film company] who would meet my boss, and then Id go in and read with them. I was getting $200 a week, and these actresses were getting a lot more money. I thought I was better than they were in the readings. So I stopped being afraid— the dream had always stayed in the back of my mind. Sharon Gless has starred in numerous television series, but is most associated with her Emmy-winning performance as Christine Cagney in Cagney & Lacey. In her Archive interview, Gless talks about growing up in Los Angeles (with some familial connections to the entertainment business) and her early interest in acting. She recalls her days as a contract player in television at Universal, eventually cast as a regular in the detective drama Switch. She comments briefly on her first starring television series, Turnabout, with a pilot co-written by Steven Bochco. She relates how she was approached for Cagney & Lacey (initially the television movie and later the series) and her eventual casting, replacing Meg Foster. For Cagney & Lacey, she discusses her initial dispute over billing, describes her character Christine Cagney, gives her impressions of the ensemble, comments on memorable storylines, and makes mention of the reunion television movies. She recalls the impact of the series: We were the first women—first actresses—that had ever been honored

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