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Shera Danese (born October 9, 1949) is an American actress and the widow of actor Peter Falk.

Shera Danese
Shera Lynn Kaminski

(1949-10-09) October 9, 1949 (age 69)
Years active1975–2010
Spouse(s)Peter Falk (1977–2011; his death)



Life and careerEdit

Danese was born in Hartsdale, New York. She was the 1970 Miss Pennsylvania World.[1] Her acting career began in 1975 playing the part of Kitty in an episode of the TV series Medical Story (credited as Sherry Danese). She subsequently guest starred in other TV series during the 1970s, with appearances in One Day at a Time, Serpico, Baretta, Three's Company, Kojak, Family, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels.

In one of her few roles on the big screen, Danese starred with Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay in Risky Business (1983), playing a prostitute named Vicki. In 2005, she appeared alongside her husband Peter Falk in the movie Checking Out.

Columbo (1976–1997)Edit

Danese had major supporting roles in six episodes of the TV series Columbo, appearing alongside her husband (who played the detective Columbo) in Fade in to Murder (1976), Murder Under Glass (1978), Murder, a Self Portrait (1989), Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991), Undercover (1994) and A Trace of Murder (1997).[2] Although she never played the killer, Danese has the distinction of having acted in more episodes of the series than any other female actor.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Danese met Peter Falk on the set of the movie Mikey and Nicky[4] and became his second wife on December 7, 1977. They were married for 33 years until Falk's death on June 23, 2011 at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.

Danese was Falk's conservator, and allegedly, according to his daughter Catherine, stopped some of his family members from visiting him, did not notify them of major changes in his condition, and did not notify them of his death and funeral arrangements. Catherine later encouraged the passage of legislation called Peter Falk's Law, that provides guidelines that guardians and conservators for an incapacitated person must comply with regarding visitation rights and notice of death.[5][6][7] As of 2016 over ten states had enacted such laws.[8]


  1. ^ "The Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on November 16, 1977 · Page 81". Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ Shera Danese on IMDb
  3. ^ "Peter Falk's real wife appeared on Columbo more than any other actress". MeTV.
  4. ^ KING, SUSAN (1991-04-27). "Shera Danese, Peter Falk's Missus, Tangles With Columbo for 4th Time". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
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  6. ^ Kim, Victoria (May 28, 2009). "Relatives Fight For Control of 'Columbo' Star Peter Falk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  7. ^ "The Catherine Falk Story – Catherine Falk Organization". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
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