Sharon Gless Regrets Gaining 40 Pounds for Movie Role Because It Upset Her Husband

The actress portraying Madeline Westen on 'Burn Notice' reveals that her producer husband Barney Rosenzweig was surprised to see her gaining weight drastically nearly three decades prior.

AceShowbiz - Sharon Gless has opened up about the regrets she had in life. The actress, who put on 40 pounds to play Annie Wilkes in the 1992 movie "Misery", admitted to regretting her decision because it upset her husband.

"When I got it [the role], they said, 'We'll make you a fat suit,' " the 78-year-old said when speaking to Page Six. "Well, I had just gone into menopause. I said, 'You don't have to do that, I'll take care of that!' One of the dumbest things I've ever done in my life."

Sharon revealed that at the time, her producer husband Barney Rosenzweig "hadn't seen me for a month." Barney reportedly was stunned after seeing his wife at the opening night. "He didn't know who I was. That upset him very much," she recalled.

The Madeline Westen depicter on "Burn Notice" additionally explained that the experience of gaining weight was "the toughest thing I've ever been through." She added, "I'm sure it's the toughest thing my husband's been through. There's no joking about it if you're going through it, you don't know who you are."

Sharon went on to claim that she has struggled with her weight for much of her life. She even doubted that she could get the role of Det. Sgt. Christine Cagney on "Cagney & Lacey" if she "had been heavy."

"To be honest, I think there is way too much emphasis on size in our business," the Golden Globe Award winner continued. "How about the actress being good? It's a big issue in our business [although] It's much fairer now."

Sharon also got candid about her struggle with her weight in her new memoir, "Apparently There Were Complaints". In the book, she also shared about her remarkable career, complicated family, fear of romantic commitment as well as struggles with alcoholism.

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