Not one to rest on her laurels, actress Sharon Gless is soon to be a first-time book author.
A CBS television executive, after listening to stories from Sharon’s life, insisted she take a meeting with major publisher Simon & Schuster. Sharon did. She read one of her candid chronicles to the president and publisher in his office. His assistant, overhearing the story in the next room, laughed out loud. Sharon walked out with a book deal.
Sharon’s first-person account of her life as a fifth-generation Angelino, growing up where the Hollywood klieg searchlights swept across the night sky, is due to be published in 2019.
Described by her own mother as “a case of arrested development,” Sharon’s young adventures spanned from dinner movie screenings at Cecile B. DeMille’s home to debutante balls; from being booted out of piano lessons in first grade to getting the axe at a Jesuit university.
Finally “discovered” in her mid-20’s for her natural comic timing and unseasoned fresh acting style, appearing in a play at a Senior Community Center, Sharon made a “Hollywood story” leap from unknown actress to Universal Studios contract player to becoming one of the highest-paid female stars of television.
Drawing from five-decades of an intensely busy career, unmatched by most, Sharon writes her stories of a charmed and complicated life on and off camera with exceeding honesty, trademark wit, and often jaw-dropping candor. She puts it all out on the page in the same way she has lived, never with moderation, from A to Z, alcoholism to her zeal for bold roles, co-starring funny and raw anecdotes about people she worked and played with; those she loved and some she lost.
More information will be available soon on Sharon’s forthcoming book, Apparently There Were Complaints.