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S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson
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Birth name Sharon Epatha Merkerson
Born November 28, 1952 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Notable Roles Lt. Anita Van Buren in Law & Order
Notable Episodes
Awards

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Pee-Wee's Playhouse Reba 1986–1990 1 2 3 4 5
Mann & Machine Margaret Claghorn 1992 1
Here and Now (1992) Ms. St. Marth 1992–1993 1
Law & Order Anita Van Buren 1993–2010 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Cosby Show 4x14 - Bookworm January 7, 1988
Equal Justice 1x01 - Pilot (1) March 27, 1990
Equal Justice 1x02 - Pilot (2) March 27, 1990
Law & Order Denise Winters 1x17 - Mushrooms February 26, 1991
South Beach Madam Bouchard 1x06 - I Witness August 12, 1993
Frasier Dr. McCaskill 7x22 - Dark Side of the Moon May 11, 2000
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lt. Anita Van Buren 1x20 - Badge April 28, 2002
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lt. Anita Van Buren 4x13 - Stress Position February 13, 2005
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Lt. Anita Van Buren 1x08 - Skeleton (2) April 15, 2005
The Closer (2005) Dr. Rebecca Dioli 3x07 - Four to Eight July 30, 2007
The Closer (2005) Dr. Rebecca Dioli 3x08 - Manhunt August 6, 2007
The Closer (2005) Dr. Rebecca Dioli 3x10 - Culture Shock August 20, 2007
The Good Wife Judge Melanie Ellis 4x15 - Going for the Gold March 3, 2013

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Elysian Fields Jimmie July 11, 1989 CBS Summer Playhouse
44th Tony Awards June 3, 1990 Tony Awards
Summer Stories: The Mall (2) Ruth Clayton April 2, 1992 ABC Afterschool Specials
It's Nothing Personal Louise Waters February 1, 1993
A Place for Annie Alice May 1, 1994
A Mother's Prayer Ruby May 25, 1995
Breaking Through Barbara December 30, 1996
An Unexpected Life Beverly Hawkins June 24, 1998
Exiled Lt. Anita Van Buren November 8, 1998 Law & Order
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards March 7, 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards
A Girl Thing Lani January 20, 2001
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera herself November 24, 2002 Inside TV Land
Lackawanna Blues Rachel "Nanny" Crosby February 12, 2005
2005 WIN Awards September 26, 2005 The WIN Awards
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards January 16, 2006 Golden Globe Awards
2006 Independent Spirit Awards March 4, 2006 Independent Spirit Awards
The 60th Annual Tony Awards presenter June 11, 2006 Tony Awards
Comic Relief 2006 herself November 18, 2006 Comic Relief
Girl, Positive Ariel Winters June 25, 2007

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Late Night with Conan O'Brien November 25, 1999
Late Night with Conan O'Brien February 3, 2000
Larry King Live April 12, 2000
Hollywood Squares (1998) March 26-30, 2001
Life & Style February 3, 2005
Tavis Smiley February 10, 2005
The Ellen DeGeneres Show September 19, 2005
The Ellen DeGeneres Show January 13, 2006
Live with Regis & Kelly January 18, 2006
Rachael Ray October 13, 2006
The View March 2, 2007
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson June 13, 2007
Tavis Smiley June 20, 2007
The View January 29, 2008
Martha February 19, 2008
Live with Regis & Kelly June 9, 2008

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (2005)
Lackawanna Blues

Golden Globe Awards

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (2006)
Lackawanna Blues