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SHERRI SHEPHERD (Leomia) has a magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor that never fails to delight audiences, whether she is performing on stage or screen. The actress, comedienne and bestselling author also serves as a weekly co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Tom Joyner Morning Show." Shepherd has been busy touring on the successful "Ladies Night Out" comedy tour with fellow female comics Loni Love, NeNe Leakes and Adele Givens.

Shepherd has several television and film projects being released this year, including the film Walk.Ride.Rodeo, Netflix comedy series "Mr. Iglesias" and the Game Show Network's "Best Ever Trivia Show."

No stranger to daytime TV, Shepherd was the co-host of "The View" during seasons 11-17 and in 2009 helped earn the seminal talk show its only Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. That same year she and her co-hosts were included in Time magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Forbes ranked them No. 11 among "30 of the Most Influential Women in Media." Shepherd returned to "The View" as a contributor for Season 19.

Shepherd has co-starred in a number of primetime series, including "Trial and Error," "Man With a Plan," "Less Than Perfect," "Suddenly Susan," "How I Met Your Mother," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Rosewood" and "30 Rock." In addition to executive producing and starring in her own Lifetime sitcom, "Sherri," Shepherd received strong reviews for playing the lead in the Lifetime movie "Abducted: The Carlina White Story."

Shepherd is the first African-American woman to host a game show, serving as host of the highly rated "The Newlywed Game" for four seasons. She also co-executive produced and hosted "Match Made in Heaven," the critically acclaimed dating show. Under Shepherd's reign, the second season tripled the ratings of the first. She also starred in her own Epix comedy standup special, "Sherri Shepherd: It's My Time to Talk" and served as an executive producer and host of the cooking series "Holy & Hungry."

On the film side, Shepherd co-starred with Katherine Heigl in One for the Money and appeared with Chris Rock in Top Five. Her other film credits include Precious, Woodlawn, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Guess Who?, Who's Your Caddy?, Beauty Shop and Ride Along 2.

Shepherd enjoyed a successful run in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway hit "Love, Loss and What I Wore" and also broke new ground on stage as the first African American to portray the evil stepmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."

As author of the New York Times bestseller Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It), Shepherd shared her passion for maintaining good health. She also penned the humorous Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break.

Shepherd deems motherhood as her greatest accomplishment and is the grateful parent of a 14-yearold son, Jeffrey. Well acquainted with the tragedy and triumph of raising a child with special needs, she has partnered with the YAI National Institute to raise awareness about children and adults with disabilities.

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