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She Played Sylvia on “NYPD Blue.” See Sharon Lawrence Now at 60.

Debuting on ABC in 1993 the cop show NYPD Blue broke ground with its gritty storylines cinematic style and frank depictions of nudity. In doing so it became a sensation and turned its cast of mostly unknown actors into stars. One of those cast members was Sharon Lawrence who played Assistant District Attorney Sylvia Costas a toughasnails prosecutor and a romantic foil to series lead Dennis Franz appearing in her first series regular role. After three years (and three Emmy nominations) Lawrence left NYPD Blue in 1996 to star in her own workplace sitcom NBCs Fired Up only to have it canceled after two seasons. She came back to NYPD Blue as a series regular for the sixth season but her character didnt make it out alive meeting a shocking fate in the penultimate episode. But dying on the show didnt do much to hurt Lawrences career. Keep reading to learn whats kept her busy in the years since and where she is today

Shes still a busy working actor.Ron GalellaRon Galella Collection via Getty ImagesAfter leaving NYPD Blue for a second time in 1999 Lawrence quickly signed on to another series the CBS sitcom Ladies Man for two seasons then followed it up with series regular roles on a number of ambitious but shortlived shows Wolf Lake (20012002) Hidden Palms (2007) and The Line (20082009). Unfortunately none of those made it past a single season. In between and afterwards she kept busy appearing in guest roles on a number of popular series including Law & Order SVU Judging Amy Desperate Housewives Greys Anatomy (earning an Emmy nomination for playing Izzy Stevens mother) and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Over the past several years shes also booked recurring roles on One Tree Hill Rizzoli & Isles Shameless Netflixs The Ranch and Dynasty. Lawrence has also appeared in more than 20 madeforTV movies as well as a number of bigscreen movies including Gossip Little Black Book Solace with Anthony Hopkins and The Lost Husband.Shes been married for 20 years.E. CharbonneauGetty Images


In 2002 Lawrence married Thomas Apostle a doctor of osteopathic medicine. She says they clicked because they were both looking to settle down and shared similar values. [Hes a warm giving man she told Closer Weekly in 2020. His Midwestern roots and values felt closer to my Southern values than many people Ive met.The two were married in the Los Angeles Greek Orthodox Church Saint Sophia which is the same church where her NYPD Blue character was married on the series.Lawrence and Apostle never had children but that was just a matter of timing. I was 40 years old when we met the star told Closer. Thats life!She supports charitable causes she believes in.Emma McIntyreGetty Images for National Womens History MuseumOver the years Lawrence has appeared at benefits to support the Alzheimers Association and the John Wayne Breast Cancer Center. She also has served as chair of the Women in Film Foundation an organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women working in the film industry around the world.

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