Things You Didn't Know About S. Epatha Merkerson

Eight fun facts about S. Epatha Merkerson.

S. Epatha Merkerson  - Guest star S. Epatha Merkerson is a dynamic and fascinating woman. Keep flipping for fun facts about this seasoned actress.   (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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S. Epatha Merkerson  - Guest star S. Epatha Merkerson is a dynamic and fascinating woman. Keep flipping for fun facts about this seasoned actress.  (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Merkerson the Great  - S. Epatha Merkerson is an Emmy Award-winning actress who has put in serious work for her craft.   (Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images)

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Merkerson the Great  - S. Epatha Merkerson is an Emmy Award-winning actress who has put in serious work for her craft.  (Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images)

True Thespian  - The Detroit native attended Wayne State and studied under the fine arts program. She started as a dancer but discovered her passion for acting before she graduated with an MFA.    (Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

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True Thespian  - The Detroit native attended Wayne State and studied under the fine arts program. She started as a dancer but discovered her passion for acting before she graduated with an MFA.  (Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

S. Epatha Merkerson: November 28 - The Law & Order star celebrates her 60th birthday.  (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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The Breakthrough  - Her first major TV role was as Reba the Mail Lady on the cult classic show Pee Wee's Playhouse. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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Real Name Flow - In case you didn't know, the "S" stands for Sharon, but she sometimes jokes that it stands for "Sweet." (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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Real Name Flow - In case you didn't know, the "S" stands for Sharon, but she sometimes jokes that it stands for "Sweet." (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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Law & Order - Merkerson spent 17 seasons on Law and Order before her character succumbed to cancer in 2010.    (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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Law & Order - Merkerson spent 17 seasons on Law and Order before her character succumbed to cancer in 2010.  (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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Winning!  - Merkerson has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards and more. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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Winning!  - Merkerson has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards and more. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Diabetes Awareness - Merkerson, who suffers from diabetes, is passionate about spreading awareness of the disease and encouraging people who have it to stay on top of their health.   (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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Diabetes Awareness - Merkerson, who suffers from diabetes, is passionate about spreading awareness of the disease and encouraging people who have it to stay on top of their health.  (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Next Up  - One of her next roles is as Alberta Gaye in an upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic.    (Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

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Next Up  - One of her next roles is as Alberta Gaye in an upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic.  (Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

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