At the time she appeared as Amelia Earhart as an alien abductee in the Delta Quadrant in Voyager’s “The ‘37s,” Sharon Lawrence had already shot to fame as Sylvia Coastas Sipowicz in ABC’s police drama NYPD Blue.

Born in 1961 in Charlotte, N.C., she received three straighjt supporting actress Emmy nominations for that role, and another for guest-starring as Izzie Steven’s mother on Grey’s Anatomy.  Along with a host of appearances on Desperate Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Community, she most recently has recurring roles on Drop Dead Diva and One Tree Hill, playing the mother of Austion Nichols’ Julian Baker.

An avid scuba diver and environmentalist, Lawrence chairs the Women in Film Foundation and has also played on the World Poker Tour, at times benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association.