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Sheryl Ullman

Sheryl Ullman

 

 

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Sheryl, at the age of 3, made her first professional appearance on the NBC television show, Parlor Party, where she spoke on behalf of children with polio.


At about the same time, she discovered the piano, which became a form of physical therapy after her illness with polio. She began piano lessons at age 4 and performed for many years at live venues and on radio programs in the United States. Classically trained, she segued into pop, show tunes, and finally jazz, where she played piano at events for such notables as actor/director, Laurence Olivier; movie producer, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.; television director, Jerry Paris; writer/producer/director/actor, Garry Marshall; actor/director, Ron Howard; actors/writers, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor.


Sheryl attended UCLA, and in her freshman year, she was discovered by movie director Norman Taurog and his wife, Susan. After watching her dance, Mr. and Mrs. Taurog came back stage and asked her if she would like to dance and act in Elvis Presley movies. Six months later, Sheryl appeared in a series of 3 movies, Spinout, Speedway, and Double Trouble, where Mr. Taurog directed, and Elvis Presley starred. She worked with the company for 2 1/2 years as an actress/dancer.


After the stint with Elvis, she concentrated on comedy and acting in commercials and television situation comedies, including Mr. Terrific, Jergen's Hand Lotion, TWA, Blitz, Dr. Pepper, Good Penny (a pilot).


In 1969 Sheryl came to an open audition call for the Dean Martin Show. Producer, Greg Garrison, was looking for showgirls. Greg asked her if she could sing and dance, and after auditioning her on the spot, he hired her for the Golddiggers. She hit the road with the girls, appearing all over the US and Canada, opening in Las Vegas for Buddy Hackett, singing and dancing with the Golddiggers on at least a dozen Dean Martin TV Shows, and then joining Bob Hope's USO Tour to Vietnam, which was her dream come true.


In 1970 she left the Golddiggers, married, and went back to Immaculate Heart College to finish work on her B.A. in English and Literature. During the 1970's she acted in several Love American Style episodes, Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, The White Shadow, and other situation comedies.


She studied acting with George Shdanoff, Russian protégé to Michael Chekhov, who wrote To The Actor. George Griffin was her vocal coach, and for a few years she studied with venerable teacher, David Craig, who taught actors how to sing. She had the honor of appearing in Los Angeles' Second City Master Classes and live shows, doing improvisational acting with Viola Spolin, its creator.


In the 1980's she continued to do television commercials as well as write show business interviews and articles for The Los Angeles Times, Writer's Digest Magazine, Cash Magazine, Free Enterprise Magazine, The Brentwood News, Century City News.


In the mid eighties she earned a Masters Degree in Analytical Psychology.


From the 1990's into the present, she has been appearing in national and regional commercials, writing scripts (optioned by Lifetime TV). She appeared in the first revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" as the Countess Charlotte. For 10 years she produced and wrote television cable interview shows for Century Cable Television.


She continues her professional piano playing, but this time she's singing while playing the piano. Performing at a multitude of corporate and entertainment events, her jazzy style reflects her spontaneity, playfulness, and humor. She loves playing stride piano.


Since 1970 Sheryl has lived in Malibu, CA. Having a passion for animals, she became certified by the San Francisco SPCA to train dogs and cats for service and rescue organizations, as well as for TV shows and commercials.