Sheryl Underwood Biography
Sheryl Underwood born Sheryl Patrice Underwood, is an American comedian, actress and television host. She was born on October 28, 1963 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She attended high school in Atwater, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and master’s degrees in Media Management and Mass Communication from Governors State University.
After college, she served in the U.S. Armed Forces. She gained public notice in 1989 as the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search. She won the BET “Funniest Female Comedian on Comic View” award in 1994 and the BET Comedy Awards’ Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award in 2005.
Following her stand up success, Underwood took a number of minor acting roles including Bad Mouth Bessie in the 1998 film I Got the Hook Up, and Catfish Rita in the 2005 film Beauty Shop.
Underwood was a contributor on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show until June 2010 when she jumped ship to The Steve Harvey Morning Show to be their contributor. She briefly hosted her own radio program, Sheryl Underwood and Company for Radio One-owned Syndication One News/Talk and XM Satellite Radio’s Channel 169 (The Power ). On Tuesday nights, Underwood hosts The Sheryl Underwood Show on Jamie Foxx’s Sirius Satellite Radio channel, The Foxxhole (Sirius 106). In 2011, she joined the daytime show The Talk in its second season replacing Leah Remini.
Sheryl Underwood Age
She was born on October 28, 1963.
Sheryl Underwood Siblings – Sheryl Underwood Sister
She has a brother, Michael, and an older sister, Frankie, who was diagnosed with polio. Michael and Sheryl would often take turns giving care to Frankie. Sheryl is now Frankie’s caretaker.
Sheryl Underwood Husband
Her husband Michael, who she believes suffered from clinical depression, killed himself in 1990 after they had been married for three years. They had dated for seven years.
Sheryl Underwood Height
She stands at approx. 1.66 m (5 feet 5 inches).
Sheryl Underwood Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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Sheryl Underwood Movies and TV Shows
- 1992 – Def Comedy Jam
- 1993 – Soul Train Comedy Awards
- 1997 – Make Me Laugh
- 1998 – Bulworth
- I Got the Hook-Up
- 2000 – Oh Drama! (TV series)
- 2001 – Nikki (episode: “Working Girl”)
- 2002 – Holla
- Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
- 2004 – BET Comedy Awards
- 2005 – Beauty Shop
- 2005 – The 2nd Annual BET Comedy Awards
- 2005 – Weekends at the D.L.
- 2005 – Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History
- 2005 – Getting Played
- 2007 – Baisden After Dark
- 2011 – Comics Unleashed
- 2011−present – The Talk
- 2012−13 – The Young and the Restless
- 2016 – The Bold and the Beautiful
- 2016 – Supergirl (episode: “Falling”)
- 2016 – The Odd Couple
- 2017–Present – Funny You Should Ask
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Sheryl Underwood Fights Back Tears While Discussing Her Rape
Updated: March 20, 2017
Sheryl Underwood is not hiding a painful — and life-threatening — moment from her past.
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On Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian West detailed the terrifying night last fall when she was bound, gagged, held at gunpoint and robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewels in her No Address during Paris Fashion Week.
“I slid off my bed and picked up my phone and I’m like I don’t know how to call 911 in a different country,” Kardashian West, 36, said about five masked men entering her room when she was alone on Oct. 3. “And so I called Pascal [Duvier, my bodyguard,] and then the guy came and grabbed the phone from me, threw me on the bed and I was like, This is it.”
Similarly, Underwood, 53, also had a “this is it” moment when she feared for her life.
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“I looked at the footage with Kim and in her retelling the story, she looks traumatized. But for her to go through that process and try to think her way through it, I remember having a ‘this is it‘ moment when I was raped,” Underwood shared on Monday’s episode of The Talk about being sexually assaulted just after finishing college.
“I just kept thinking, This ain’t it. I am not going to die today. I refuse to die today. It’s not going down like this. So the only thing I thought was: What do I do to survive? What do I do to survive?” the co-host said.
In that moment, Underwood said that she began “negotiating” with her rapist that he not kill her.
“And I start talking to the guy and I said, ‘Don’t do this this way. Whatever you’re going to do, finish what you’re doing — don’t kill me. And don’t take my ID. They’ll find you,’ ” said Underwood.
Fighting back tears, the CBS co-host also encouraged women to hold on to their power: “I really want women to understand: Don’t ever let anybody take your power away from you.”
Last March, Underwood spoke with PEOPLE about being raped — and why chooses to live her life as a survivor.
“I’ve been through a lot,” the comedian said. “But it’s not all ‘woe is me.’ This is a journey.”
“Everything I went through made me stronger,” said Underwood, whose rapist was never caught. “You may never forget it, but in remembering it you should make it better for the next person.”