• Apparently There Were Complaints

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sharon Gless
  • Narrated by: Sharon Gless
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (411 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award­-winning actress Sharon Gless tells all in this laugh-out-loud, juicy, and touching memoir about her five decades in Hollywood, where she took on some of the most groundbreaking roles of her time.

Anyone who has seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney and Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, and countless other shows and movies knows that she’s someone who gives every role her all. She holds nothing back in Apparently There Were Complaints, a hilarious, deeply personal memoir that spills all about Gless’ five decades in Hollywood. 

A fifth-generation Californian, Sharon Gless knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress. After some rocky teenage years that included Sharon’s parents’ divorce and some minor (and not-so-minor) rebellion, Gless landed a coveted spot as an exclusive contract player for Universal Studios. In 1982, she stepped into the role of New York Police Detective Christine Cagney for the series Cagney and Lacey, which eventually reached an audience of 30 million weekly viewers and garnered Gless with two Emmy Awards. The show made history as the first hourlong drama to feature two women in the leading roles. 

Gless continued to make history long after Cagney and Lacey was over. In 2000, she took on the role of outrageous Debbie Novotny in Queer as Folk. Her portrayal of a devoted mother to a gay son and confidant to his gay friends touched countless hearts and changed the definition of family for millions of viewers. 

Apparently There Were Complaints delves into Gless’ remarkable career and explores Gless’ complicated family, her struggles with alcoholism, and her fear of romantic commitment, as well as her encounters with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Brutally honest and incredibly relatable, Gless puts it all out in the same way she has lived - never with moderation.

©2021 The Glessworks, Inc. "Not While I'm Around" From SWEENEY TODD Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim RITLING MUSIC, INC. All Rights Administered by WC MUSIC CORP. All Rights Reserved Used by Permission Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard LLC (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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I listened from beginning to end

I never intended to. I have other things to do, important work I should be doing instead; it just happened. Personally, I blame Sharon Gless.

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What a great comedian telling her life story!

This book is so funny! Gless just tells stories of her life and then surprises us with this amazing funny situations and comments! I really enjoyed listening to her telling (reading) her life story - I laughed and also cried.

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A monument to herself

A monument to herself it explains a lot why the people in show business are the way they are

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Love love

What a great memoir, I enjoyed every delicious, meaty, salacious, fun and interesting word. Thanks Sharon.

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A Performance In Life, Love and Career

I've not been around for the entirety of Sharon Gless's career, I was introduced to reruns of Cagney and Lacey. I was enthralled by the show, relating mostly to Christine, her love for independence, her need for freedom, her trials in her life that she simply could not face. Sharon made Christine Cagney a household name, someone that was not just a character, but a memory like a friend that we've all known, been, walked on the same path as. To be able to listen to her tell her story as Sharon Gless, the actress, the woman, the debutante, and so much more, was just beyond compelling. I don't think I knew the gravity of her need for the acting world until now, and I surely understand it as a fellow actor myself.
Her emotion is raw and relevant, her telling of the story is likened to that of relaying the memories to a close friend.

Being brought into her world, you see things in her career and life that make so much more sense now. Her desire to remain working and her need to play interesting and intriguing characters is laden throughout. Her description of misogyny in the press as well as in the acting world stings me from afar, I feel her pain as you can hear it in her voice.

She doesn't utter a single bad word about Tyne Daly or really any of her costars from any show, aside from Dodi who rented her house... but you should hear that on your own.

If Ms. Gless is not nominated for some type of award for this stellar performance of her own work, it just won't make any sense to me and I will indeed be shocked.

Definitely worth the read, I highly recommend to anyone who has an admiration for her work and her career.

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OUTSTANDING!!

I usually limit my listening to my hour long daily commute to work but I couldn't wait for this one. I have been a fan of Ms. Gless for a very long time and waited with excited anticipation for her memoir. Once I turned it on, I couldn't stop and spent the entire day happily listening to Sharon tell her most intimate stories. Sharon is hilarious, poignant, caring, genuine and amazing. I loved every minute of it. Best book ever!

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Loved this book on Audible!!!

I think a lot of the reason I loved this book was Sharon Glass's performance in the Audible edition!!!!!

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Excellent

Touching, funny - completely entertaining. Sharon has great stories and her narration really made the book compelling. It was like spending an evening with a beloved friend.
Sharon, thank you for sharing your story with us!

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No complaints here!

Thank you, Ms. Gless
for a great read! Funny, honest, sad, wonderful! Well worth the time!

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I didn’t want this book to end.

I wasn’t prepared for this book to be as interesting as I found it to be. I couldn’t wait to start it after each break from listening. It is perhaps the most well read audio book I have heard. If you read the book instead of listening to it then don’t bother. Sharon Glass’s voice makes it all worth while. Thank you Sharon.

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  • Mr. R. J. Martin
  • 02-11-22

Engaging and thoroughly entertaining

I used to watch all the cop shows of the 70s and 80s and loved Cagney & Lacey for its challenge to the status quo in the male dominated world of policing. Hearing Sharon's biography showed much of her own life reflected in her art and her passion shines through.

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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 01-27-22

The best autobiography ever

I am so upset to finish this. What an amazing collection of stories told in that wonderful husky voice. I just never wanted it to end. Sharon covered everything she’s ever done and I could listen to this all over again. So highly recommended

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  • Mandee
  • 01-26-22

Love Love Love

I loved Cagney & Lacey and the theme tune always takes me back to my childhood. This was what initially interested me to this book 📖

As a young girl it was inspirational to see two strong woman taking on the world, it showed we didn't need to fall into stereotypical roles and had choices.

The background pre and post C&G was just as insightful; happy, sad, though provoking and admiration for a fabulous life and career.....long may it continue 😊

I'll come for a signing in UK if you'll have me 🥳


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  • K
  • 01-24-22

Not for me.

I was a massive fan of Sharon Gless in Cagney and Lacey when I was in my early teens. I even watch the episodes now as I have purchased the series.
Whilst I wasn't expecting it to be all about that, I was disappointed that there was so little mention of any details about that iconic show, anecdotes and the like.
Sharon was extremely blunt and open in her delivery about her life which I respect. It's her life story after all. However, I was not expecting so much swearing, copious 'f' and 'c' words which really spoiled it for me. I guess we are very different people, so it was not for me.

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  • Buyer
  • 04-07-22

Excellent! Honest!

Entertaining and interesting. A fantastic read for all interested in the way Hollywood TV works, and a fascinating look at Gless’ life before the camera and personal. Reads very honestly. Gless is funny, and self-deprecating with humour and honesty. Reading about her childhood for just the right amount of this book is engaging and moving. Cagney and Lacey fans will very much appreciate her comments regarding working with Tyne Daly and this book will be also enjoyed by all those who enjoy reading about Hollywood. The contract TV system is also covered here which is nice to see as it complements books on the Hollywood film studio contract system.

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  • Peter
  • 03-12-22

Utter Joy.

I loved her before but maybe a little more so now. Funny, candid, sad and joyful. Loved every second. Thank you Sharon.

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  • Andrew Maycock
  • 03-10-22

Stunningly Real

Sharon Gless did not let me down what a brilliant book a heartbreakingly gut wrenchingly real memoir that told you exactly how it was there was no stone left unturned and even the the tougher ones were gently moved to bring such love life and emotion to an incredible existence.
For those of us who were around during the Cagney and Lacey era this was a joy but for those of us who are lucky enough to read this book whether they were actually around at the time or not will gain a real insight into the times and events and the life of a truly wonderful actor.

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  • Bunny2
  • 03-09-22

Absolutely love Sharon!

Heartwarming, honest, funny. Great narration with genuine emotions. Wonderful stories. Definitely recommend. Congratulations, Sharon!

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  • Bev Hawkes
  • 02-18-22

Cagney fans

Brilliant!! Enjoyed from start to finish and so interesting. Sharon read it so well.

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  • M62 Jack
  • 02-12-22

A DEFINITE READ

For any fans of Cagney and Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, The Trials of Rosie O'Neill and the many other films, TV, Stage and Radio that Sharon Gless has done, this is a fantastic, often sad or funny account of her life...made all the more perfect by the fact that she narrates it. Definitely Recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-22

Brilliant

A great memoir, it will have you laughing in parts and loving her even more than you already do. A true legend!

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  • Benjamin Wash
  • 01-19-22

And the Emmy goes to…

Sharon Gless!

As a devotee of Debbie Novotny, and unashamedly a man who would ask for a hug if we were to meet, it is a privilege to get a glimpse of your life through your memoir.

Your voice is etched into my mind as a safe place when life has tried to make me feel “other”..

I pray that you will go on to portray as many more characters as you desire for the rest of what I hope is a long and enriched life.

From the bottom of my heart…Thank you!

PS: World Pride in Sydney, Australia in 2023 would be a great backdrop for what I hope will be a year of celebration for your 80th year 💗