Her own dependence on drink was mirrored in a storyline which saw her character hit the bottle following the death of her father.
So are Judi Dench and Julie Walters.
Sharon Lawrence grew up in North Carolina Charlotte and Raleigh , graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and spent her college summers doing musicals in summer stock.
But she says her main joy still derives from working.
She became an Actors Equity Member in 1984 and a SAG-AFTRA member in 1987.