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Sherri Evonne Shepherd was born April 22, 1967 and is an American comedienne, actress, and co-host on the ABC daytime talkshow, The View.
Shepherd was born in Chicago, Illinois to Lawrence A. Shepherd, as the eldest of three sisters. Her younger sisters are named Lisa Kincherlow and Lauren Marshall. At age 11 her family 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.
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 Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends and Living Single as well as regular roles on Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show. Perhaps her 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. She is currently starring in Lifetime Television's Sherri, a sitcom about Shepherd's life.
Shepherd has branched out to film, with roles in Guess Who, Beauty Shop, Cellular and Precious. 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's 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". She was also the voice of lioness Florrie in the film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
In 2006, Sherri Shepherd became a frequent guest co-host on ABC's, The View. Shepherd eventually became a permanent co-host on Monday September 10, 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 was All My Children star and Dancing With The Stars alum Cameron Mathison, who was on the show to announce it. Shepherd was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
On May 14, 2009, Shepherd was nominated again for her second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, when nominations for 36th Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on the Today Show.
In an interview about co-hosting on The View, Shepherd admitted to putting "my foot in my mouth a lot." When this was brought up on the The View, 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!"
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." Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her, "Is the world flat?" She first responded, "...I don't know" and expanded that she "never thought about it." Shepherd continued that it was more important to her that she thought about how she was "going to feed [her] child." Barbara Walters replied by pointing out, "You can do both." However, Shepherd then went on to quote scripture. Shepherd later referred to her statement as a "brain fart" brought on by nerves, and said that she knows the earth is round.
Similar criticism erupted after the December 4, 2007 broadcast of The View when, during a discussion initiated by Joy Behar about Epicurus, Shepherd attempted to assert that Christians existed in classical Greece, and that the Greeks threw them to the lions. 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."
Shepherd 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."
Shepherd was married to comedian Jeff Tarpley (Jeff T. Aware), with whom she had a son, Jeffrey Charles (born April 22, 2005). They divorced in 2006 after she discovered he was having an affair, an event that inspired her sitcom Sherri.