Sherri was born:
On April 22, 1967, in Chicago.
Growing up with Sherri:
One of four sisters, Sherri grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended Winston Churchill Elementary School. She graduated from Hoffman Estates High School.
Sherri’s Early Career:
Sherri began her early career as a stand-up comedian (by night – she was a secretary during the day). Her first acting break came on a short-lived sit-com starring Ellen Cleghorne. That turned into recurring roles on Everybody Love Raymond, Friends, Living Single and Suddenly Susan.
Sherri’s Later Career:
Before landing her spot on The View – the spot left empty by Star Jones and vacant for more than a year – Sherri’s biggest role was as Ramona Platt on the ABC sit-com Less Than Perfect, starring as the best friend and co-worker of actress Sara Rue’s character. During this time, Sherri would turn up as a frequent guest of Ellen DeGeneres on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and as a guest host of The View.
Becoming a Talk Show Host:
After Star Jones departed The View in 2006, along with moderator Meredith Vieira , Jones’ seat remained vacant for more than a year, while a number of guest co-hosts came and went. As the year progressed, a regular lineup of guest hosts, including Sherri, Gayle King and Kathy Griffin, became apparent, and it was presumed this lineup was the short list for Jones’ seat.
But it would take until after Rosie O'Donnell ’s departure and Whoopi Goldberg’s arrival to name Sherri as the fifth permanent host. Rumors persist that contract negotiations revolving around Sherri’s salary were the reason why it took so long.
Sherri was officially announced as a permanent member of the cast on September 10, 2007.
What the Future Holds:
More hosting, more acting, more comedy. Sherri has a recurring role on 30 Rock as character Tracy Jordan’s strong-willed and loving wife Angie. She’s also starred in a number of films, including Beauty Shop alongside Queen Latifah. Sherri hosted the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards and was nominated as Outstanding Talk Show Host, along with her View counterparts.
And Just for Fun:
- Sherri has generated her own set of controversies as co-host of The View. Most notable is her statement that she doesn’t believe in evolution and isn’t sure whether the world is flat or not.
- Is a born-again Christian.
- Was once married to comedian Jeff Tarpley.
- Will be a contestant on the Spring 2009 edition of Dancing with the Stars.