Sherry Stringfield is an award-winning American-born actress, famous for portraying Dr. Susan in NBC’s “ER” medical drama, a role that got her nominated for three Emmy Awards.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Sherry Lea Stringfield is a Colorado native, born on 24 June 1967, which makes her 54 years old as of 2021. She is the firstborn daughter in her family, and shortly after she was born, her parents left Colorado Springs to settle in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before they moved to Houston’s suburb of Springs (Texas) where she was brought up. Her parents are of Swedish descent.
Lea went to Klein High School located in Houston, and was very physically active as a student the school’s athletic teams).
She also acted and created a good name for herself, which saw her cast in many school plays and musicals including the “Fiddler on the Roof” classic. She matriculated to Purchase College in New York State University, and also attended ITS Acting Conservatory, from which she graduated with a fine arts degree. She was good friends with the future famous Texan actress Parker Posey, credited for her many off-Broadway play appearances – they met the age of 18 during their college days.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
The Colorado-born entertainer enjoys spending time participating in outdoor fun activities such as skiing – she also passes her spare time reading, once revealing that she’s been reading close to 20 books per year.
She is famous for her praised skills in bike riding, and likes traveling with her children.
When it comes to her eating habits, the “ER” star has revealed that she is lactose intolerant, and that her favorite drink is milk, which she drinks on a daily basis.
Since she was a child, Sherry has remained athletic, and still likes winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing.
Some of her fans and close friends know her as “The Goodbye Girl of Hollywood”, since she’s on several occasions turned down offers of promising roles in Hollywood to focus on other assignments.
Sherry made her TV show debut in 1989, with an appearance in the “Guiding Light” soap opera, in which she portrayed Blake for three years.
She subsequently took a one-year break and went on a vacation to Europe, before she landed her second role of the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Laura, in the first season of ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” and attracted many positive reviews from her fans for her entertaining performance.
1994 saw Stringfield making her career breakthrough with a major role in the NBC medical drama “ER,” signing a contract with the producers to appear until 1999. Despite her success in the show and the fame that came with her role as Dr. Susan, her busy schedule drove her to terminate the contract in the show’s third season. This seemingly annoyed the show’s creators, who insisted that she had to sign a no-work contract for the period that remained.
Moreover, her decision didn’t sit well with her avid Hollywood fans – some felt that her departure was uncalled for, and disappointed them.
Sherry was next seen playing minor roles in “54” and “Autumn in New York”, after working as script analysis teacher and play director for a few months. Before the end of the century, she assumed a guest-starring role in 1999’s “Touched by an Angel” drama on CBS.
2001 saw her making a comeback at “ER” in its eighth season, and since she had just welcomed her first child, many fans gave her a warm welcome, which made the series’ ratings skyrocket – she’s then had a long journey with the soap opera, through 2015.
Some of her other notable appearances have been in productions such as 2007’s “Forfeit,” “Drama Shark” in which she played a guest role in the same year, “Tell Me You Love Me” series, a guest-starring role in “Law & Order”, “Who Is Clark Rockefeller?” in 2010, and 2014’s “Under the Dome” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”
She was featured in the widely known “Got Milk” advert in 1997 – several notable personalities including Venus and Serena Williams and Rihanna also participated in the ad.
Awards and Credits
Sherry has been nominated for several awards for her acting prowess, including 1994’s Screen Actors Guild (and two more in 1996 and 1995) in the category of Drama Series Ensemble’s Outstanding Performance before being nominated for three Emmy Awards for an Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in Drama Series (1995 – 1996).
She is also credited with her 1996 and 1997’s Golden Globe nominations. Stringfield boasts of being picked among the 100 sexiest American women in the universe by FHM lifestyle magazine readers in 1997, during her prime.
Personal Life and Ex-Husband
In the early ’90s, Sherry was romantically linked to Nevica Ski-Wear’s chairman and British entrepreneur Paul Goldstein, whom she dated for three years before calling it quits due to personal differences. She then started dating the American journalist Larry Joseph, and married him in 1998 – three years later, they were blessed with daughter Phoebe Joseph, who was born in March, before they welcomed son Milo Josephunder the Capricorn zodiac sign in 2004.
They ended their eight-year marriage in 2006, without publicly revealing the cause of their break-up. However, she revealed that despite dropping her role in “ER” and disappearing from the socials to start a normal life with the love of her life, she had ended up realizing that he was not the loving man she once fell in love with.
Stringfield prefers to keep other personal details away from the public eye nowadays. She is seemingly busy focusing on her family, particularly children, in Los Angeles, California, where she is currently living.
Appearance, Height, and Weight
Stringfield is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall and her weight is approximately 125lbs (57kgs). The actress, who is of white ethnicity, appears physically fit and has green eyes with straight middle-length blonde hair. She is often seen elegantly and neatly dressed, and likes high heels, feminine suits, shirts and skirts.
Sherry has been described by most of her fans as a very hardworking actress who has garnered a lot of fame in Hollywood due to her numerous starring roles, which has contributed significantly to her net worth, which reliable sources estimate at $7 million as of late 2021.