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Actress Sharon Gless opens up about her personal memoir and iconic TV roles

Award-winning actress Sharon Gless of 80s hit TV show ‘Cagney & Lacy’ talks about her remarkable career, struggles with alcoholism, fear of romantic commitment, encounters she’s had with some of Hollywood’s biggest names, and her memoir, ‘Apparently There Were Complaints’.

Sharon Gless
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Sharon Gless, author of her memoir “Apparently There Were Complaints” (Simon & Schuster, December 2021).


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We’ve seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, and countless other shows and movies. Now, she opens up completely in Apparently There Were Complaints, a hilarious, deeply personal memoir that talks about her 50-year career in Hollywood.

Fans say the role Gless played as policewoman Christine Cagney in the hit television series Cagney & Lacey (1981-1988) was a perfect display of women working in a male-dominated environment, but who were relatable as real women.

Some may also remember Gless and her Cagney & Lacey co-star Tyne Daly for their 1999 special performance of You’re Nothing Without Me from the musical comedy, City of Angels.

In this episode of Town Square, Gless, a two-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe Award winner, shares a relatable, heart-felt understanding of how some of her iconic roles have left a lasting impression on society and American culture — giving our audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life on and off camera.

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