Shera Danese was bornon 9 October 1949 in Hartsdale, Greenburgh, New York, United States, American, is Actress. Shera Danese, born as Shera Lynn Kaminski, is an American film and television actress who was married to actor Peter Falk until his death in 2011. Their 33-year-long marriage was one of the most long-lasting and talked about relationships in Hollywood. A New York state native, Danese’s first foray into the world of glamour was through various beauty pageants which ultimately culminated into her becoming Miss Pennsylvania World in 1970. She made her acting debut in an episode of the anthology series ‘Medical Story’ in 1975. Her next important outing was in the Martin Scorsese’s revisionist musical ‘New York, New York’, which was released in 1977. She married Falk in the same year, and although the union did not produce any children, she helped him raise his two adopted daughters. In 1983, she worked with Tom Cruise in one of his early blockbusters, ‘Risky Business’. However, her husband’s iconic television show ‘Columbo,’ in which she played a major role, still remains the most significant entry in her filmography.
Her final acting role to date was in the episode ‘The Runaway Bunny’ (2010) of CBS’ police procedural drama ‘Cold Case’
While she never played the murderer, she did portray one of the conspirators in ‘A Trace of Murder - 25th Anniversary Movie’ (1997)
In ‘Risky Business’, she competed with Rebecca De Mornay for Cruise’s attention and in yet another CBS’ sitcom ‘Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs’ (1984), she guest-starred as Connie Piscipoli
Besides these, she was also cast in several television films, including ‘Fame’ (1978), ‘The Love Tapes’ (1980), and ‘Your Place
In the next few years, she appeared in CBS’ drama ‘Kojak’ (1977), ABC’s action-comedy ‘Starsky and Hutch’ (1977-78), ABC’s crime-drama ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (1979), ABC’s soap opera ‘Family’ (1978-79), and ABC’s action-adventure ‘Hart to Hart’ (1979)
She had appeared in more episodes of ‘Columbo’ (1976-97) than any other actress, totalling in six
In her first screen appearance, Shera Danese portrayed a character named Kitty in the episode ‘An Air Full of Death’ (1975) of the Catherine Burns and Meredith Baxter starrer ‘Medical Story’