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Edie Britt (played by Nicolette Sheridan)

funkychicks.co.za Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963) is a Golden Globe nominated British actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. She is best known for her roles as Paige Matheson on Knots Landing and as Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives.

Sheridan made her debute in 1984's Paper Dolls, but her breakthrough came in 1986, when she joined the cast of the CBS night-time soap Knots Landing as "Paige Matheson". She started out as a recurring role, but proved to be so popular that she was a regular during the 1988-89 season. For her performance in the role, she won the 1990 Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time" and the 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time". The same year, she was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." After the series ended in 1993, she appeared in several made-for-TV movies and the films Spy Hard and Beverly Hills Ninja and auditioned for the role of Grace Adler on Will & Grace (on which she would later guest-star).

In 2004, Sheridan's role as sexy divorcee Edie Britt in ABC's Desperate Housewives brought her renewed media attention. She was nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was named #48 on Maxim's 2006 List. Less positively, she was named 2004's "worst dressed" by Mr. Blackwell. Mr. Blackwell's citation probably resulted from the colourful and boldly-cut gown Sheridan wore as a presenter at the American Music Awards on November 14, 2004 but he had earlier (TV Guide, July 22,1989) praised her fashion "daring ... with her panache, she brings it off without a hitch. For the adventurer in all of us, she's the one to watch". She also faced media speculation that she had undergone extensive plastic surgery.

In May 2007, Nicollette Sheridan expressed her desire to leave the show at the end of the third season to leave Hollywood and take up horse farming. In the third season's finale episode, Sheridan's character hanged herself, however some viewers are not sure if Edie actually died. Her survival is seemingly confirmed by the fact that Sheridan appears in a new ad for the show's fourth season premier, which will air on September 30.

On November 15, 2004, Sheridan was cited by the FCC for her appearance in a sketch that opened the evening's Monday Night Football broadcast. The Desperate Housewives-inspired sketch showed Sheridan dropping a towel to attract football player Terrell Owens' attention and was widely condemned as being sexually suggestive. ABC was forced to apologise for airing it but the citation against Sheridan was dropped on March 14, 2005. A week later, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) aired an also controversial parody showing WWE Diva Trish Stratus dropping her towel to attract WWE Superstar Shelton Benjamin, but being caught in the act by the company's chairman, Vince McMahon.

Todd Schnitt of radio station WFLZ-FM in Tampa, Florida, placed an early-morning telephone call to Sheridan on November 18, 2004, waking her to discuss the Monday Night Football controversy (which had come to be called "Towelgate"). On January 30, 2007, the FCC levied a $10,000 fine because the station violated regulations in failing to inform Sheridan that the interview was being broadcast. (Courtesy of www.wikipedia.org)

 

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