- Sherri Evonne Shepherd
- Hoffman Estates IL
- United States
- Actress Talk Show Host
- Becoming A Diva In Training
- Starts With A "40" Ends With A "DDD"
- Men Thinks She's A Diva
=Introduction= Sherri Evonne Shepherd (born April 22, 1967) is an Emmy-nominated American comedian, actress, and co-host on the ABC daytime talkshow, The View. In addition to stand-up shows and small roles in several American sitcoms, Shepherd had a regular supporting role in the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect, during its four season run.
Shepherd was born in Chicago, Illinois. At age 11 her family, which includes Shepherd's three sisters, moved to Hoffman Estates, a Chicago suburb. Growing up she enjoyed riding bikes with her younger sister, Sierra. 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 Shepherd to have multiple abortions. Shepherd later became a born-again Christian, as an adult, after moving to Los Angeles.
Shepherd 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, Shepherd 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 and, Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as regular roles on, Suddenly Susan and, The Jamie Foxx Show. Her most visible role was as, "Ramona Platt," on, Less Than Perfect. The sitcom ran on ABC for four seasons, with the last episodes airing in 2006. She is developing a half-hour scripted sitcom based on her life for The CW Network.
Shepherd 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."
=Co-host on The View=
In 2007, Sherri Shepherd 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 Shepherd 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. Shepherd 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 Shepherd's latest comedy DVD offering.
Following these events, O'Donnell left the show, and along with Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr and Mario Cantone, Shepherd was rumored to be in line to replace her. Eventually Goldberg was announced as the replacement moderator. 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 Shepherd became the show's fifth co-host, Barbara Walters announced that there would be a surprise permanent host. Online speculation within the blogosphere that Shepherd 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 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. Shepherd is nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.