Epatha Merkerson is an award-winning American actress. She has over the years risen in her career, posing as a role model to many through her excellent acting and initiatives like spreading awareness on the dangers of smoking and spreading awareness on diabetes type 2.
Details about S. Epatha Merkerson’s married life with husband, Toussaint L. Jones, children, and divorce reason. Also get to know about S. Epatha Merkerson’s net worth, health updates, and weight loss.
Let’s now learn more about her life.
Who is S. Epatha Merkerson? Wiki, Bio, Age
Epatha Merkerson was born in Saginaw, Michigan on 28th November 1952 making her 66 years old. Her birth name was Sharon Epatha Merkerson. Epatha’s mother was called Ann and worked as a postal worker in the “United States Postal Service.” Details about her father are unknown. Epatha Merkerson parents separated when she was only five years old. Her name “Epatha” was that of a highly influential teacher who was responsible for having her father kept in grade school.
Epatha Merkerson prefers not to be addressed by her first name “Sharon.” Her star sign is Sagittarius. Epatha’s social media following is not as significant with a Facebook following of 4,700 fans and an Instagram fan base of about 8000 followers.
Early life, Career
Epatha Merkerson was raised together with four of her siblings in Detroit. A single mother raised Epatha along with her siblings. She attended Cooley High School and graduated from there in 1970. She then attended Eastern Michigan University. This was a major in dance. Epatha then transferred to Indiana University Bloomington and completed successfully, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre at Wayne State University. This was in 1976. In total, she has four honorary doctorate degrees which portray her brilliance in academics and arts.
After University, Epatha moved to New York and joined a theatre company. She made her first appearance on TV on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” as Reba the Mail Lady. She slowly began to rise and started in different series and award-winning movies like “Law and order,” “the piano lesson,” “Lackawanna Blues,” “Chicago Med” among others.
She has also bagged over 20 prestigious awards in her career. Among them an Emmy award, Golden Globe award, Obie awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, among others. S. Epatha Merkerson is also an active advocate in spreading awareness of the dangers of smoking and lung cancer. She even spreads awareness on type 2 diabetes.
S. Epatha Merkerson Husband, Married, Children
American actress S. Epatha Merkerson was happily married to Toussaint L. Jones in 1994. Their marriage lasted 12 years before they eventually divorced in 2006. She kept most of her marital life very private, and there is no known reason as to why the two divorced. Her ex-husband made no comments as well.
Epatha had no children from this marriage or any other relationship. She is single to date and not active in the dating scene. S. Epatha Merkerson does not seem to be interested in building any relationship but instead focus on her acting career.
S. Epatha Merkerson Net Worth
She has had a successful acting career that has her net worth at $9 million. Epatha has acquired this wealth mainly through acting.
S. Epatha Merkerson Illness and Cancer Update
American actress, S. Epatha Merkerson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2003 and had been living with it though it is under proper control. She lost her father to it, and her grandmother lost her eyesight to complications arising from type 2 diabetes. Epatha also has a brother suffering from it, and they sometimes share discussions on their illness. She sees a doctor at least once in 3-4 months to make sure all is well with her blood sugar levels and general health. She eats healthy, exercises and keeps positive to sail through the illness.
On cancer, there were concerns that Epatha was battling cancer just as on screen. She, however, reassured her fans in an interview that she is beautiful and healthy. She is only a cancer victim as her role in “Law and order” as “Lt. Van Buren,” and there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
S. Epatha Merkerson Weight Loss
In an interview with “amnewyork,” S. Epatha Merkerson mentions when she quit smoking after a 23-year addiction, she added 40 pounds in weight. However, since she was diagnosed with diabetes, she has been on a strict diet and exercising which mostly involves walking. She stays away from junk food, and this has contributed to her shedding off almost all the 40 pounds she once gained. A healthy lifestyle is now a top priority to the amazing actress
S. Epatha Merkerson Age, Bio, Family, Facts
|Full name||Sharon Epatha Merkerson|
|Date of birth (age)||28th November 1952(66 years old)|
|Birthplace||Saginaw, Michigan, United States|
|Net worth||$ 9 million|
|Ex-husband||Toussaint L. Jones (Divorced – 2006)|
|Height||5 ft 6 inches|