Sheree J. Wilson has gained worldwide recognition starring in two enormously popular long running television series. Appearing in the hit series DALLAS for five seasons playing opposite Patrick Duffy, and then for the entire eight year run of Walker, Texas Ranger opposite Chuck Norris. Currently, Ms. Wilson is the president of Sandalphon Entertainment, a production company that has a slate of films ranging from award season dramas, action thrillers, comedies and a faith-based division.
While finishing a degree in business and fashion merchandising, a ‘lucky break’ came shortly after graduation in 1981 while working in Denver on a fashion shoot. One of the photographers thought Sheree was the model, and introduced her to Wilhelmina, the modeling agent from New York, who signed her on the spot. Sheree promptly moved to Manhattan and within eighteen months, had appeared in over thirty commercial campaigns for Clairol, Sea Breeze, Keri-Lotion and Maybelline. Her print work ran in such popular magazines as Mademoiselle, Glamour and Redbook, all the while she was studying acting and honing her craft.
After three years of modeling, Sheree’s agent, Vicki Light, called her with an audition in a feature film, urging her to move to Los Angeles. She won the starring role, opposite Louise Lasser, Brian James and Reed Burney, in Crimewave, a 1984 black comedy directed by Sam Raimi. Three days after that film wrapped, she was cast in Velvet, an ABC/Aaron Spelling MOW/series pilot, in which she played a female “James Bond” character opposite Shari Belafonte. Within the next year, she had a lead with Tim Robbins in Fraternity Vacation, a summer comedy in which she played an intellectual beauty who was the object of everyone’s desire.
Producers began to take notice of this dynamic newcomer to Hollywood, and soon she starred in the 1985 CBS television miniseries Kane & Abel, with Peter Strauss. This immediately led to Our Family Honor, a CBS drama about Irish cops vs. the Mafia, in which she starred with Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen and Eli Wallach. Her career continued to grow including News at Eleven and Power Play. And then, in 1986, television producer Leonard Katzman called Sheree to talk about a part he thought was tailor-made for someone with her classic beauty and sassy, fun-loving, energetic nature.
The role was that of “April Stevens” on the CBS mega-hit series Dallas. For five seasons she played a brainy, wealthy femme fatale who, in her words, was “a bitch on wheels.” Her character went from being one of the most powerful women in Dallas and J.R. Ewing’s nemesis, to being one of the warmest characters in town, eventually marrying Bobby Ewing, the show’s ultimate good guy. Ultimately, April Stevens was gunned down during her honeymoon in Paris. Bowing out with a bang, Sheree’s performance earned her the “Soap Opera Digest Award” for Best Death Scene.
In fact, Sheree was pregnant and wanted to leave in order to fully devote herself to motherhood.
At the end of 1992, she signed to do the lead female role of “Alex Cahill” in Walker, Texas Ranger, opposite Chuck Norris, which ran for eight seasons.
Sheree is the president of Sandalphon Entertainment where she oversees all the operations of the film company. Before that, she produced Easy Rider The Ride Back, The Gundown and Dug Up. She was responsible for every aspect of the production from the equity raise, the casting, locations, producing, starring, and distribution.
The daughter of two IBM executives, Sheree was born in Minnesota and moved to Colorado at the age of seven where she learned to ride horses. Her superb equestrian skills won her first place riding cutting horses in the 1995 National Multiple Sclerosis Rodeo. She rides for charity rodeos.
Currently, Sheree resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Vince Morella. She has two sons, Luke and Nicolas DeRobbio.
Meet Sheree at GLOBAL’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show:
Sheree J. Wilson’s appearance arranged through Gotham Artists.