Cagney & Lacey star Sharon Gless has revealed that she once questioned her sexuality after sharing an on-screen kiss with Rosie O’Donnell – until Rosie assured her: ‘No, you are so straight.’
Sharon is most known for playing detective Christine Cagney in the series Cagney & Lacey, but in real life, she has been married to television producer Barney Rosenzweig since 1991.
The actress, 78, also starred in the Showtime drama Queer As Folk from 2000 to 2005, and she has admitted in her new memoir, Apparently There Were Complaints, that she began to wonder if she might be gay after kissing Rosie for one scene that aired in 2005.
But after she confessed that she was ‘confused’ to Rosie one night at dinner, the comedian, 59, quickly shut her down.
Sharon Gless has revealed that she once wondered if she was gay after sharing an on-screen kiss with Rosie O’Donnell – until Rosie assured her: ‘No, you are so straight’
The actress, 78, admitted that she began to question her sexuality after sharing a kiss with Rosie during one scene of the show Queer as Folk
Rosie made a guest appearance in the final season of the show as a woman named Loretta Pye, an abuse victim who worked at the local diner and fell for Sharon’s character, Debbie Novotny
Sharon made the revelation in her memoir, which was published on December 7.
Rosie made a guest appearance in three episodes of the final season of Queer as Folk, in which Sharon played Debbie Novotny.
Rosie appeared as Loretta Pye, an abuse victim who worked at the local diner and fell for her mentor, Debbie.
The two shared a kiss on screen — Sharon’s first with another woman.
‘It’s the first time that I had ever kissed a woman, and here it is on screen,’ she wrote in her memoir.
After filming the kiss, Rosie sent her a a dozen roses, along with a note that said, ‘You’re a good kisser,’ and it made Sharon’s feelings intensify.
‘I was flattered. It was the first time I’d heard that from a woman. But, then again, it was the first time I’d ever kissed a woman,’ she wrote in her book.
The two women became friends, and one night, while out to dinner,
Sharon decided to share her ‘intense’ feelings with Rosie, who quickly shut them down.
Sharon revealed in her memoir, Apparently There Were Complaints, that after locking lips with the comedian, she became ‘confused’ about whether or not she was attracted to women
Sharon later decided to share her ‘intense’ feelings with Rosie, who quickly shut them down. She told her: ‘Oh, Glessy, no. Never. You are so straight’
‘I was building such intense feelings for her, I was really coming to love her,’ Sharon explained.
‘And I think I got confused: I’m married, she’s married,’ she said.
But she turned to the TV personality and said: ‘Ro, I love you so much. I mean, do you feel… Do you think?’
‘I didn’t even know what I was expecting. I was obviously confused. But Rosie was not,’ Sharon recalled.
According to Sharon, Rosie ‘laughed’ at her and said: ‘Oh, Glessy, no. Never. You are so straight.’
Sharon continued, ‘I was disappointed and very relieved. Well, I gave it my best f**king shot with the number one lesbian on the planet. And she turned me down flat.’
Sharon has been married to television producer Barney Rosenzweig (left) since 1991. Rosie was married to Michelle Rounds (right) from 2012 to 2015
Sharon is most known for playing detective Christine Cagney in Cagney & Lacey. The show went on for seven seasons from 1982-1988 and won 11 Emmy Awards during its run
Sharon also won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1985 for her role in the show
Cagney & Lacey went on for seven seasons from 1982-1988. It was one of the biggest shows of its time, and even earned 11 Emmy Awards during its run.
Sharon also won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1985 for her role in the show.
Over the years, she has also starred in TV shows like Casualty, Burn Notice, The State Within, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, House Calls, and more.
Rosie, meanwhile, came out as gay in February 2002 and was briefly married to Kelli Carpenter in 2004.
She then tied the knot with Michelle Rounds in 2012, but they divorced three years later.