Sherri Shepherd's Biography
Sherri Evonne Shepherd was born April 22, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. She is an American comedian, actress, and one of the current co-hosts on the ABC daytime talkshow, The View.
At age 11 her family, which includes her three sisters, moved to Hoffman Estates, a Chicago suburb. She attended Winston Churchill Elementary School and Eisenhower Junior High School of Community Consolidated School District 54 and Hoffman Estates High School of District 211.
In 1993 her mother was dying from complications with diabetes and her sister was heavily involved with drugs including crack cocaine. A variety of abusive relationships lead Sherri to have multiple abortions. Sherri Shepherd later became a born-again Christian, as an adult, after moving to Los Angeles.
Sherri worked a day job as a legal secretary while doing stand-up comedy at night. Her first TV role was on the show, Cleghorne!, starring former Saturday Night Live cast member, Ellen Cleghorne.
Three years later, Sherri pursued acting and stand-up comedy full-time, working again as a legal secretary for a day job. She had guest and recurring roles on, Friends, Living Single as well as regular roles on, Suddenly Susan and, The Jamie Foxx Show.
Sherri's most successful role prior to The View, was playing the main character of Ramona Platt (2002-2006) on the comedy Less Than Perfect (Seasons 1-4, 81 episodes) as a co-worker friend.
Sherri has branched out to film, with roles in, Guess Who, Beauty Shop and, Cellular.
She still performs stand-up comedy at Los Angeles area clubs like, the Comedy Store, and the Laugh Factory. She has also been a frequent and popular guest on Ellen DeGeneres' syndicated daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she holds a record for being on the show the greatest number of times.
She currently has a recurring role on 30 Rock, as, "Angie Jordan," the wife of Tracy Morgan's character, "Tracy Jordan."
In 2007, Sherri became a frequent guest co-host on ABC's, The View. On the morning of May 23, 2007, while guest hosting, Shepherd became caught in the middle of one of The View's more heated exchanges between full time hosts, and political opposites, Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
As the clash grew more heated, a visibly shaken Sherri made several attempts to step in and stop the argument, calling for producers to cut to the next commercial break, only to be told they had more time before the segment was finished.
Sherri eventually pulled herself and regular host Joy Behar completely away from the table, before the bickering came to an end, with a stilted reference to Sherri"s latest comedy DVD offering.
Following these events, Rosie O'Donnell left the show, and along with Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr and Mario Cantone, Sherri was rumored to be in line to replace her.
Eventually Whoopi Goldberg was announced as the replacement moderator. Sherri Shepherd eventually became a permanent co-host on Monday September 10, 2007, after shaky salary negotiations, and attempts to hire Kathy Griffin as a cheaper alternative failed.
A week before Sherri became the show's fifth co-host, Barbara Walters announced that there would be a surprise permanent host. Online speculation within the blogosphere that Sherri would become a permanent co-host of the show had persisted from as early as January 2007.
It was announced on The View, on May 27, 2008, that Sherri Shepherd would co-host the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008. Her fellow co-host is All My Children star and Dancing With The Stars alum Cameron Mathison, who was on the show to announce it. Sherri Shepherd was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
In an interview about co-hosting on The View, Sherri admitted to putting her foot in her mouth a lot. When this was brought up on the The View, Sherri Shepherd's co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, admitted that Sherri needs to think more before speaking because a lot of what she says "just isn't appropriate!"
Sherri Shepherd was criticized heavily after the September 18, 2007 broadcast of The View, in which she stated that she didn't "believe in evolution. Period". She was asked by co-host Whoopi Goldberg, "Is the world flat?" She first responded, "…I don't know" and expanded that she "never thought about it".
Sherri Shepherd continued that it was more important to her that she thought about how she was "going to feed [her] child". Barbara Walters replied to Sherri Shepherd's defense of her scientific illiteracy by pointing out, "You can do both." However, Sherri then went on to quote scripture.
Similar criticism erupted after the December 4, 2007 broadcast of The View when, during a discussion initiated by Joy Behar about Epicurus, Sherri Shepherd attempted to assert that Christians existed in classical Greece, and that the Greeks threw them to the lions (see Persecution of early Christians by the Romans). When confronted on this point, she further claimed that "Jesus came first" (before Greeks and Romans) and stated "I don't think anything predated Christians".
In January 2008, Sherri Shepherd commented that gospel singer Shirley Caesar was "like a black Patti LaBelle." Her co-stars, seemingly perplexed by the comment, were all quick to inform her that LaBelle is also African American.
Sherri also garnered ridicule after admitting to never voting because she just “never knew the dates or anything”; she stated, "I've never voted for anything in my life".
Sherri is married to comedian Jeff Tarpley (Jeff T. Aware). Together they have a son, Jeffrey Charles, born April 22, 2005. Though on the road to divorce after discovering that her husband was having an affair, Sherri reported on The View on May 23, 2007 that she and her husband were back together.
Tarpley had a child during the affair and Sherri said she thought it would be wrong to keep the children apart. However, on September 21, 2007, View watchers learned that the reconciliation, which included marriage counseling, did not go well: Sherri noted during the show's Hot Topics segment that she and Tarpley are again separated and a divorce is under way.
Sherri is known for her outrageous and ever changing hairstyles which often feature her natural curls.
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