Nicollette Sheridan's greatest fame has come from primetime drama: she
debuted in 1984's Paper Dolls and was very popular as "Paige Matheson" on the
CBS night-time soap Knots Landing. In 1990 she won the Soap Opera Digest Award
for "Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time" for that role; the following year she
won in the "Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time" category.
Nicollette Sheridan is the daughter of British actress Sally Adams (a.k.a. Sally Sheridan), but her father has never been identified. She is not, however, the grand-daughter of the venerated British actress Dinah Sheridan as has been wrongly asserted in the past. She was also the step-daughter of the late actor Telly Savalas during the length of her mother's marriage to Savalas, by whom she has a half-brother, troubled actor Nick Savalas.
Nicollette Sheridan was recognized by a "worst dressed" accolade from Mr. Blackwell in 2004.
On November 15, 2004, Sheridan was cited by the FCC for the introductory skit which opened that evening's Monday Night Football telecast, in which Terrell Owens and the Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. The citation was later dropped on March 14, 2005. The skit -- which showed Sheridan in just a towel, which she dropped to attract Owens' attention -- was widely condemned as being s--ually suggestive and ABC was forced to apologize for airing it.
Nicollette Sheridan was married to actor Harry Hamlin from 1991 through 1993, and dated singer Michael Bolton for a time, with whom she has again been linked (as of 2006). Her longest relationship was a six-year involvement (1979 - 1985) with teen idol Leif Garrett; she met him when she was fifteen years old and for a time lived with him in his mother's home. Many years later, Sheridan was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to get Garrett off of drugs. In January, 2005, Sheridan announced her engagement to Swedish actor, Nicklas Soderblom, but the engagement was called off in October, 2005.
Between the time of Knots Landing and Desperate Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan's appearance underwent a media speculation that she had undergone extensive plastic surgery.
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