Who is Shera Danese, Peter Falk’s second wife, and is she still alive? Wiki Bio
Shera Lynn Kaminski was born in Hartsdale, New York USA, on 9 October 1949, so her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, who gained recognition after marrying popular American actor Peter Falk.
Early life and education
Shera was raised as a single child in Hartsdale by her father, who was a bus driver, and her mother who was a nurse. She became interested in modelling while attending elementary school, and was encouraged by her parents to start taking acting lessons. Shera was a very active child as she was spending most of her free time outdoors playing sports and games with her peers.
Shera Danese Falk, LCA's 2015 Albert Schweitzer Award Winner
After finishing elementary school, she enrolled at a public high school where she became a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in most of the school plays. She became a model shortly after matriculation, and thus decided not to pursue a college degree but to rather work on her acting and modelling career.
Career as an actress and a model
Shera was signed to several modelling agencies, and entered the Miss Pennsylvania World beauty pageant in 1970, and winning it. She made her debut TV series appearance in 1975 in a single episode of the TV series “Medical Story” portraying Kitty, while the show starred Tony Musante, Catherine Burns and Meredith Baxter, and follows the lives of doctors and nurses working at a hospital. She then decided not to work as a model anymore.
She went on to appear in single episodes of the sitcoms “One Day at a Time” and “Three’s Company”, and was then praised for her performance in the mystery TV series “Hart to Hart”, which starred Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers and is about two detectives going on adventures around the world. Her next notable role was in the action series “Starsky & Hutch”, which helped her become somewhat popular in the USA.
Shera had an opportunity to appear alongside Tom Cruise in the teen comedy movie “Risky Business” in 1983, while one of her latest appearances has been in the 2005 film “Checking Out”, which starred her late husband Peter Falk.
Working together with her husband
Shera appeared in six episodes of the crime drama series “Columbo” between 1976 and 1997 and it is believed that her husband Peter helped her become cast in the show.
Some of these episodes include “Murder Under Glass” in 1978, “Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star” in 1991, and “A Trace of Murder” in 1997. Shera didn’t portray the killer in any of these episodes but is credited with appearing in more episodes than any other actress.
Love life and relationships
Shera met her husband Peter Falk while they were shooting together for the gangster film “Mikey and Nicky” in 1976, and after only a year of dating, they married at a big ceremony attended by over 200 people on 7 December 1977. It is believed that the two were happy together until their marriage ended on 23 June 2011, when Peter died due to complications caused by pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Shera was Peter’s second wife. He married his first wife Alyce Mayo on 17 April 1960 while the two met at Syracuse University. It is believed that Alyce didn’t want to give birth which is why they decided to adopt two girls, Catherine and Jackie – Catherine grew up to become a private investigator. They divorced in 1976, the same year Peter met Shera, and there are rumors circulating the internet that they divorced because he fell in love with Shera.
Hobbies and other interests
Shera has been interested in working out since she was a teenager and until reaching her 50s, she had several training sessions at the gym each week, while she was also paying extra attention to eating healthy foods. She is still focused on eating fruits and vegetables and is doing her best to avoid eating sugar and fast food.
Shera’s main hobby while she was younger was travelling, and she toured around the world with her husband, including European countries such as Switzerland, France, and Germany, while she’s also had opportunities to visit Asia and Africa.
She enjoys watching movies in her free time, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Tom Cruise, Richard Gere and Meryl Streep, while her favorite movies include “Rain Man”, “Gone in 60 Seconds”, and “Devil Wears Prada”. She is a lover of animals and a philanthropist, and has donated money to several charity organizations.
Appearance and net worth
Shera is 70 years old. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 136lbs (62kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $1 million.
Who was Peter Falk? Wiki Bio
Peter Michael Falk was born in New York City USA on 16 September 1927 – his zodiac sign was Virgo and he held American nationality. He was an actor and a comedian, best known for portraying Lieutenant Columbo in the series “Columbo”, which ran intermittently from 1973 to 2003 – Peter is considered by some to be one of the greatest actors of all times.
Peter was raised in Ossining in New York by his mother Madeline who was an accountant and who died in 2001, and his father Michael Peter Falk who owned a clothing store, and who died in 1981. Peter’s eye had to be removed when he was three, and was replaced by an artificial eye which he wore for the rest of his life.
He didn’t let this stop him from having a normal life, as he played a variety of sports including baseball and soccer. while he made his debut acting appearance when he was 12 starring in the play “The Pirates of Penzance” performed at Camp High Point. Peter studied at Ossining High School, and after matriculation enrolled at Hamilton College, but paused so that he could join the US Merchant Marine. He spent a year and a half on a ship before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin, but quit so that he could travel around Europe, and after coming back to the US, he began studying at Syracuse University, obtaining his Master of Public Administration degree in 1953.
He wanted to work for the CIA but his application was rejected, and then without having planned it first, he joined the Mark Twain Masquers, an acting group, and appeared in their plays “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” and “The Country Girl” among others. He appeared in his first Broadway show” Diary of a Scoundrel, in the second half of 1956 followed by a second Broadway show “Saint Joan”.
Peter wanted to become a film actor, but initially faced problems because of his artificial eye, but eventually began playing tiny roles in films such as “The Bloody Brood” and “Wind Across the Everglades”. He subsequently appeared in several TV series, and received his first Emmy Award nomination in 1961 for his performance in the series “The Law and MR. Jones”.
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He became famous all around the world for portraying a detective driving around in a Peugeot 403 in the series “Columbo”, eventually spanning three decades.
Peter was also an artist, and held several exhibitions at galleries around New York. He was a writer too, and his memoir “Just One More Thing” was published in August 2006. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in December 2008, and when his condition worsened in 2011, according to his daughter Catherine, Shera did not allow his family members to see him and didn’t inform them of his death nor about the funeral. After Peter’s death, Catherine formulated Peter Falk’s Law, which was later passed in over ten USA states, and which creates rules which a guardian of an incapacitated person has to follow.