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Name: Shari Belafonte                                                                 
Born: 22 September 1954 New York City                                                 
Shari Belafonte (born September 22, 1954) is an American actress, model, writer       
and singer. The daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, she is known for her role as       
Julie Gilette on the 1980s television series Hotel and as a spokesperson for the       
diet supplement Slim-Fast during the 1990s.                                           
Belafonte was born in New York City to Marguerite Byrd, a                             
psychologist, and Harry Belafonte, a singer and actor. She attended Hampshire         
College in Amherst, Massachusetts before transferring to Carnegie-Mellon               
University in Pittsburgh where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in         
Drama. She has been married twice: First to Robert Harper (May 21, 1977 - 1988).       
She has been married to Sam Behrens since December 31, 1989.                           
Belafonte got her start as a successful cover girl model and appeared in               
commercials for Calvin Klein jeans. Belafonte made her feature film debut in           
1982 in the movies Time Walker and If You Could See What I Hear. She started as       
a production assistant and assistant director in public television on the East         
Coast before moving to Los Angeles, where she became an assistant to the               
publicist at Hanna-Barbera productions. While getting her hands wet "behind the       
scenes", she has also received a number of modeling and commercial assignments,       
and has appeared on the cover of over 300 magazines.                                   
Early in her career, Belafonte landed a role opposite The Beastmaster's Marc           
Singer in the feature film If You Could See What I Hear. Other feature films           
include The Time Walker, Speed Zone, The Midnight Hour and Fire, Ice, and             
Dynamite. Well-known producer Aaron Spelling cast her as "Julie Gilette" in the       
ABC television series Hotel, in which she starred during the show's five-year         
run (1983-1988). It was during this time that Shari began her music career on         
Metronome Records, releasing several albums in Europe.                                 
Belafonte made her theatrical debut in Tamara, playing the title role in the           
long-running Los Angeles production. Shortly thereafter, she starred as Dr.           
Laura Wingate in the USA Network's dramatic series Beyond Reality, which ran for       
two years. In addition, Shari also co-hosted the syndicated series Lifestyles         
with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte, an updated version of Leach's signature         
show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. As of 2006 Shari can be seen hosting a       
travel program called Mexico & Caribbean on NYCTV.                                     
Belafonte's multi-faceted career also includes moderating and voiceovers. She         
has producing credits for theater, public and network television, and feature         
films. In addition to her affiliation with numerous children's, animal, and           
environment causes, she has also become the international spokesperson for the         
Starlight Children's Foundation. Named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the       
top ten celebrity endorsers, Shari has been the spokesperson for numerous             
corporations including Bally's International Health and Fitness, Slim-Fast, Diet       
System 6, and most recently, Estroven.                                                 
Belafonte also posed nude for Playboy in the magazine's December, 2000 edition.       
She is an avid photographer.