Green Festival Speakers

Sharon Lawrence



You may know her from her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking  NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in DESPRATE HOUSEWIVES, a murderous realtor on MONK or a sociopathic serial killer on LAW AND ORDER:SVU. Speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating Larry David up on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.

She has headlined her own comedy series FIRED UP produced by Kelsey Grammar for NBC and starred with class acts Alfred Molina, Betty White and Dixie Carter in CBS’s sit com LADIES MAN.

Sharon received her fourth Emmy nomination for her work on GREY’S ANATOMY as Katherine Hiegl’s tender but ditzy mom. Other guest appearances include her much Twittered about stint on ONE TREE HILL, COMMUNITY, THE MENTALIST, GHOST WHISPERER, DIRT and PRIVILIDGED. She’ll be returning for a third season to DROP DEAD DIVA.

An accomplished stage actress, Sharon created the role of Maureen in the premier of Theresa Rebeck’s POOR BEHAVIOR at the Mark Taper Forum.  Last year she in NY in the hit Love, Loss And What I Wore and was recently nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her acclaimed performance as Vivian Leigh in Pasadena Playhouse’s Off Broadway hit Orson’s Shadow. Her latest Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Film work includes LIES AND ALIBIES with Rebecca Romjin, LITTLE BLACK BOOK with Holly Hunter and GOSSIP with Kate Hudson.

She has starred in many films for television and produced for NBC, FIVE DESPERATE HOURS co-starring Giancarlo Esposito. Currently in development on buzz, a multi-platform series about college journalists, this takes Sharon back to her educational roots since she earned her BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has been honored with UNC-CH’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the Prism, Method Fest, and Drama Logue Awards

Sharon recently chaired the Women In Film Foundation and also supports Global Green and the Alzheimer’s Association and Events of the Heart for Women’s Heart Health.  She lives in Los Angeles and Idyllwild California, is married to physician Dr Thomas Apostle and is a contributor to the new book LIVE AND LET LOVE, notes from Extraordinary Women On the Layers, Laughter and Litter of Love.