Sharon Gless, in conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch, discusses Apparently There Were Complaints: A Memoir

Anyone who has seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney and LaceyQueer as FolkBurn Notice, and countless other shows and movies, knows that she's someone who gives every role her all. She holds nothing back in Apparently There Were Complaintsa hilarious, deeply personal memoir that spills all about Gless's five decades in Hollywood.

A fifth-generation Californian, Sharon Gless knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress. After some rocky teenage years that included Sharon's parents' divorce and some minor (and not-so-minor) rebellion, Gless landed a coveted spot as an exclusive contract player for Universal Studios. In 1982, she stepped into the role of New York Police Detective Christine Cagney for the series Cagney and Lacey, which eventually reached an audience of 30 million weekly viewers and garnered Gless with two Emmy Awards. The show made history as the first hour-long drama to feature two women in the leading roles.

Gless continued to make history long after Cagney and Lacey was over. In 2000, she took on the role of outrageous Debbie Novotny in Queer as Folk. Her portrayal of a devoted mother to a gay son and confidant to his gay friends touched countless hearts and changed the definition of family for millions of viewers.

Apparently There Were Complaints delves into Gless's remarkable career and explores Gless's complicated family, her struggles with alcoholism, and her fear of romantic commitment as well as her encounters with some of the Hollywood's biggest names. Brutally honest and incredibly relatable, Gless puts it all out on the page in the same way she has lived--never with moderation. (Simon & Schuster)

Annabelle Gurwitch is a New York Times bestselling author of five books and Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing finalist. She's currently adapting her new collection of essays You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility for HBO. She was the long-time co-host of Dinner & a Movie on HBO and an NPR commentator. She co-hosts the Tiny Victories Podcast with comedian and meditation teacher Laura House.




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ISBN: 9781501125959
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 7th, 2021