From her amazing & phenomenal role opposite Eddie Murphy, in the classic film in the late 80’s, Coming to America, as well as her many lead cameo appearances in the most popular R&B music videos still airing to date; Ms. Shari Headley is still doing her thing in the entertainment business. Now Shari will be joining one of the Saving Our Daughters’ most inspirational causes Yell Confidence. ..To help provide a powerful voice against domestic violence & date abuse for young women.
Shari was introduced to Saving Our Daughters last year through her very best friend and publicist, Ms. Gabrielle Turner, who thought Shari would be an awesome activist for the cause as well as working with young girls who have interest in being a successful actress with their male counterpart in the entertainment business.
In late April & May, Shari will be partnering with some of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles and participate in some of the Saving Our Daughters Yell Lunch N Learns at TGI Fridays, which will involve a selected group of inspiring up & coming actresses from the B&G clubs, who also might be suffering from low self-esteem issues as well.
Shari will be joining a growing list of the most seasoned women in the music industry for the organization’s Yell initiative as well such as Mc Lyte, Monica, Kelly Rowland, Keke Wyatt and Spinderella, just to name a few.
ABOUT OUR SHARI HEADLEY Since the day that Shari Headley received a personal call from Eileen Ford, saying that Shari had beat out thousands of hopefuls in the prestigious FORD Modeling Agency’s Supermodel of The World Contest, her star has continued to rise. Soon after, the Queens, New York native got commercial offers to promote such companies as L’Oreal, Burger King, Macy’s, and Avon, to name a few. Then network television shows began to knock on her agents’ door with guest starring roles in Miami Vice and The Cosby Show.
In 1988 Shari won the lead over two thousand actresses to make her film debut starring opposite Eddie Murphy in the blockbuster hit Coming to America. This film has become an internationally known cult classic that has managed to cross all ethnic barriers and remains a favorite with each generation.
Roles opposite veteran actors Andy Griffith on Matlock, and Telly Savalas on Kojak would help Shari continue to sharpen her acting skills. She was asked to try her hand at singing when she guest starred alongside Scott Bakula in the classic television series Quantum Leap where she showed off her vocal ability playing the role of Violet Waters-a club owner in the 1950′s.
A lead role as the daughter of Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. in the ABC Television Series Gideon Oliver was good training for Shari to win future parts, with a 3-year contract role on All My Children as well as the lead actress role of Juanita Barnes on the critically acclaimed Fox series 413 Hope Street starring Jesse Martin, Richard Rountree and produced by Damon Wayans.
Other roles on New York Undercover, Malcolm and Eddie, The New Love Boat, Walker Texas Ranger, and The Wayans Brothers Show would also become an addition to Shari’s resume, and the opportunity to work with Academy Award winner Denzel Washington in The Preacher’s Wife, and Will Smith in The Wild Wild West music video would become incredible experiences in an already seasoned career.
Recently Shari appeared as a guest star on Castle as well as the popular teen show 10 Things I Hate About You, in addition to two appearances on the hit reality show L.A. Hair with Kim Kimble on WeTV.
Shari’s has just completed two films for release in 2013. The first was penned and directed by the multi-talented director/producer Dan Garcia entitled Act Like You Love Me. The film stars Essence Atkins, Christian Keyes, Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, Chico Benymon and more…The film is a hilarious look at love and relationships.
The second film was directed by actress/director Troy Byer Bailey. In the film entitled Ex-Free, Shari joins a wonderful cast of characters including Tomiko Frasier Hines, Daphnee Duplaix, Chris Bailey, Leon, Darrin DeWitt Henson, and JD Lawrence in a comedy about freeing yourself of emotional baggage.
With two NAACP Image Award nominations under her belt, Shari continues to follow her dreams as an actress and writer in Hollywood. As a single parent she has continued to raise her 18 year old son Skyler and cares for her 87 year old mother Sarah. Shari presently lives in Los Angeles, California.
You needn’t go further than a line recited by Shari’s character Lisa McDowell in Coming To America…”The children are our future…” Shari believes the same goes in real life. Her involvement with youth spans decades. She has been to countless public schools volunteering to speak to kids about the importance of education and to encourage them to follow their dreams.
It was in the late 90′s that she was exposed to the effects of bullying on students’ self-esteem when visiting a middle school in Brooklyn, New York. Shari single handedly faced two girl gangs and a problem that even school personnel could not work out. In a matter of weeks she extinguished the issues, the gangs were dismantled and a program for self-esteem began. The young women became accountable for their actions and learned to love themselves and to respect one another.
Shari has recently joined forces with Saving Our Daughters, Inc.’s Oath Project and the YELL initiative. She is committed to lending her time, energy and voice to help prevent bullying and domestic abuse by connecting with youth, women and girls around the country on behalf of Saving Our Daughters, which she embraces as one of the “most powerful organizations of our time and crucial for the lives of our future generations.