Sharon Gless has one huge remorse in life. Well, 40 of them.
In her memoir, “Apparently There Were Complaints,” the actress, 78, reveals that doesn’t look again fondly on the expertise of plumping up for the role of Annie Wilkes within the 1992 West End manufacturing of “Misery.”
“When I got it [the role], they said, ‘We’ll make you a fat suit,’” she advised Page Six in a current interview. “Well, I had just gone into menopause. I said, ‘You don’t have to do that, I’ll take care of that!’ One of the dumbest things I’ve ever done in my life.”
Gless defined that she gained about 40 pounds and when her husband, producer Barney Rosenzweig, flew in from Los Angeles for the opening night time he was shocked.
“He hadn’t seen me for a month, he didn’t know who I was. That upset him very much,” she mentioned.
The “Queer as Folk” star added that she had no drawback putting on the pounds due to menopause, calling the expertise, “the hardest factor I’ve ever been by way of and I’m positive it’s the hardest factor my husband’s been by way of.
“There’s no joking about it if you’re going through it, you don’t know who you are.”
Gless confessed that she has struggled together with her weight for a lot of her life and says that she doubts she would have been employed to play Det. Sgt. Christine Cagney in “Cagney & Lacey” if “I had been heavy.”
“To be honest, I think there is way too much emphasis on size in our business,” she continued. “How about the actress being good? It’s a big issue in our business [although] It’s much fairer now.”
The California native’s memoir is a rollicking learn that delves into critical topics like her battle with alcoholism and extra lighthearted fare like her disastrous blind date with an up-and-coming director named Steven Spielberg.
“We were kids,” she defined. “I was part of the Universal contract system and they sort of farmed me out. A bunch of headshots were sent over to [producer] Dick Zanuck. He was looking for a date for Steven and he picked my photo.”
Gless added that the “West Side Story” director was “very nice” however there was zero chemistry between them.