Sharon Marguerite Gless (born May 31, 1943) is an American character actress of stage, film and television, who is best known for her roles as Maggie Philbin on Switch (1975-1978), as Sgt. Christine Cagney in the police procedural drama series Cagney & Lacey (1982-1988) and as Debbie Novotny in the Showtime cable television series Queer as Folk (2000-2005). She is currently playing Madeline Westen on Burn Notice. Gless has won two Emmy Awards and has received 10 Emmy nominations, has been nominated 7 times for the Golden Globe (winning two in 1986 and 1991) and has received her own Star on the Walk of Fame in 1995. A fifth-generation Californian, Sharon Gless was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Marjorie McCarthy and sportswear manufacturing executive, Dennis J. Gless.
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