Shari Headley (born July 15, 1964) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Lisa McDowell in the 1988 box-office hit romantic comedy film, Coming to America. Headley also has appeared in films The Preacher's Wife (1996) and Johnson Family Vacation (2004).
On television, Headley starred as Det. Mimi Reed in the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children on regular basic from 1991 to 1994. As lead actress, she starred in the Fox short-lived drama series, 413 Hope St. (1997-1998), for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nomination. In 2014, Headley began starring as villainous Jennifer Sallison in the Oprah Winfrey Network primetime soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots.
Headley made her acting debut appearing in an episode of NBC sitcom The Cosby Show in 1985. Headley later has appeared on Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, and Matlock. In 1988, she was cast in the female leading role opposite Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy film, Coming to America. The film was a box-office success grossing worldwide total of $288,752,301. The following year, Headley had starring role alongside Louis Gossett, Jr. in the short-lived ABC drama series, Gideon Oliver. Later that year, she co-starred in the Kojak television film series.
In 1991, Headley joined the cast of ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children playing police officer Mimi Reed. At the 25th NAACP Image Awards, she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series nomination, but lost award to Victoria Rowell. She was regular on All My Children from 1991 to 1994, and returned to series in 1995 and 2005. After leaving the soap, she guest-starred on New York Undercover, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Cosby. In 1996, she had supporting role in the comedy-drama film The Preacher's Wife directed by Penny Marshall. In 1997, Headley has landed a leading role in the short-lived FOX drama series, 413 Hope St. alongside Richard Roundtree. The series was cancelled after only ten episodes, but Headley received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance.
In early 2000s, Headley returned to daytime television playing the recurring roles on Guiding Light (2001-2002) and The Bold and the Beautiful (2004-2005). In 2004, she played Mack Johnson's (portrayed by Steve Harvey) wife Jacqueline in the comedy film, Johnson Family Vacation. In 2007, she appeared in the comedy-drama film Towelhead. She also had guest starring roles on Veronica Mars, House, Castle, and Switched at Birth. In 2014, she joined the cast of Oprah Winfrey Network primetime soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots created by Tyler Perry, playing District Attorney Jennifer Sallison. She was promoted to series regular as of fourth season.
Headley was born in Queens, New York, the youngest of four children. She was married to rapper/actor Christopher "Play" Martin from May 1993 until they divorced in June 1995. In April 1994, Headley gave birth to their son, Skyler Martin.
|1988||Coming to America||Lisa McDowell|
|1989||Kojak: Ariana||Trish Van Hogan||Television film|
|1990||Kojak: None So Blind||Trish Van Hogan||Television film|
|1996||The Preacher's Wife||Arlene Chattan|
|1997||A Woman Like That||Herself|
|2004||Johnson Family Vacation||Jacqueline Johnson|
|2008||Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club||Alexis||Direct-to-video|
|2013||Act Like You Love Me||Tianna|
|1985||The Cosby Show||Expectant Mother||Two episodes (NBC)|
|1986||Miami Vice||Cindy||Season 2 Episode 17, "French Twist" (NBC)|
|1989||Gideon Oliver||Zina Oliver||Three episodes (ABC)|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Violet Walters||Season 2 Episode 16, "Pool Hall Blues" (NBC)|
|1990||Matlock||Carla Royce||Season 5 Episode 9, "The Cover Girl" (NBC)|
|1991–1994; 1995; 2005||All My Children||Det. Mimi Reed||(ABC)|
|1995||New York Undercover||Leanne||Season 2 Episode 4, "Brotherhood" (Fox)|
|1996||Walker, Texas Ranger||Vanessa St. John||Season 4 Episode 20, "Behind the Badge" (CBS)|
|1996||Cosby||Nude Model||Season 1 Episodes 9, "No Nudes Is Good Nudes" (CBS)|
|1997–1998||413 Hope St.||Juanita Barnes||Ten episodes (Fox)|
|1998||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Barbara||Season 1 Episode 1, "Smooth Sailing" (UPN)|
|1998||Getting Personal||Fake Robyn||Season 1 Episode 9, "Bring in 'Da Milo, Bring in 'Da Robyn" (Fox)|
|1998||Malcolm & Eddie||Veronica||Season 3 Episode 4, "Twisted Sisters" (UPN)|
|1998||For Your Love||Maya||Season 2 Episode 6, "The Sister Act" (WB)|
|1999||The Wayans Bros.||Dawn||Two episodes (WB)|
|2001–2002||The Guiding Light||Felicia Boudreau||One episode (CBS)|
|2003||Half & Half||Barbara||Season 2 Episode 10, "The Big Bitter Baby Shower Episode" (UPN)|
|2004||One on One||Pamela||Season 3 Episode 19, "Sleepless in Baltimore" (UPN)|
|2004–2005||The Bold and the Beautiful||Heather Engle||Seven episodes, (CBS)|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Vanessa Hamilton||Season 1 episode 13, "Lord of the Bling" (UPN)|
|2005||House M.D.||Dr. Arlene Marks||Season 1 Episode 19, "Kids" (Fox)|
|2009||Castle||Nicole Cameron||Season 2 Episode 9, "Love Me Dead" (ABC)|
|2010||10 Things I Hate About You||Marcheline||Season 1 Episode 15, "The Winner Takes It All" (ABC Family)|
|2011||White Collar||Isabel Wilson||Season 3 Episode 8, "As You Were" (USA)|
|2014||Love That Girl||Maxine||Season 4 Episode 25, "Gullible Is as Gullible Does" (TV One)|
|2014–2016||The Haves and the Have Nots||Jennifer Sallison (D.A.)|