|Shari Belafonte graduated with a BFA in Dramatic Production and Design, from Carnegie-Mellon University. She was as a production asst/asst director at WETA/Public TV in Washington, DC. She moved to Los Angeles, and worked at Hanna-Barbera Productions as an Asst. Publicist. Her “on” camera career started in the real life bio-pic IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR, portraying blind musician Tom Sullivan’s girlfriend, Heather. Then she played Julie Gillette in the popular series HOTEL. She starred in the supernatural series BEYOND REALITY, where she played paranormal psychologist, Dr. Laura Wingate.
Gracing hundreds of magazine covers worldwide (including Vogue, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar Germany, Italian Taxi, Self, Essence and Playboy etc...) she was also touted as one of the leading commercial spokespersons by The Wall Street Journal, and was seen in commercial’s for Mastercard, Calvin Klein, Diet Coke, Bally’s, Lawry’s, and others, and has done voice/overs for Boeing, NASA, Sony Vaio and Lincoln/Mercury. Shari has done her share of hosting duties as well. Included are TRAVELS IN MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN for PBS, ESPN’S NEW AMERICAN SPORTSMAN, LIFESTYLES WITH ROBIN LEACH AND SHARI BELAFONTE, iNEXT TV’S DESTINATIONS, and she’s done segments for THE TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, CBS’s, WOMEN2WOMEN. Shari had two Pop album’s in Germany. “Shari” and “Eyes of Night.” Her single “Gimme Your Pop” stayed on the top Germany 50’s chart for 48 weeks in a row, and the duet she did with Pop British star, Chris Norman also stayed on the charts for 49 weeks in a row.
Shari has spent almost as much time behind the camera, shooting stills and video for short feature films, international ads, music videos as well as EPK’s and travelogues. She’s had numerous gallery showings on the East Coast, including NY’s Village gallery, The Chair And The Maiden and the prestigious Carnegie Hall Museum, in Alderson. Her shows have included “Postcards From Cuba,” “Italia,” and the never ending “Mythostories, Chapter 5.”
Shari was in Cuba, shooting some footage and stills for her father’s HBO Bio-pic, SING YOUR SONG. She’s even a certified Steadicam Operator. Shari was also the Producer of the award winning short, BETTY’S TREATS, and the Executive Producer of the yet to be released LAST SUPPER, starring her father, Harry Belafonte. She will be seen as teacher Robin Rivers in the soon to be released feature TEACHER OF THE YEAR and is currently in production on the supernatural film PRIMROSE LANE, where she plays Dr. Hunt, a psychic Chiropractor. She’s been on the board of Lili Claire Communications for a few years now. The Lili Claire Foundation is for children with neuro-genetic conditions, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, Fragile X and Fetal Alchol Syndrome. LCF provides services to those children, and their families, the world over. Shari hosts and co-hosts events for them each year, and serves on the board in the theatrical production division. They are currently in development on a number of projects, both live and for television. She’s also partial to Best Friends Animals Society, the “No Kill” animal shelter, in Utah.
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