After three years of modeling, Wilson's agent, Vicki Light, called her with an audition in a feature film, urging her to move to Los Angeles. She won the starring role, opposite Louise Lasser, Brian James and Reed Burney, in CRIMEWAVE, a 1984 black comedy directed by Sam Raimi. Three days after that film wrapped, she was cast in “Velvet,” an ABC/Aaron Spelling MOW/series pilot, in which she played a female “James Bond” character opposite Shari Belafonte. Within the next year, she had a lead with Tim Robbins in FRATERNITY VACATION, a summer comedy in which she played a intellectual beauty who was the object of everyone’s desire.
Producers began to take notice of this dynamic newcomer to Hollywood, and soon she starred in the 1985 CBS television miniseries “Kane & Abel,” with Peter Stauss. This immediately led to “Our Family Honor,” a CBS drama about Irish cops vs. the Mafia, in which she starred with Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen and Eli Wallach. Her career continued to grow including “News at Eleven” and “Power Play.” And then, in 1986, television producer Leonard Katzman called Sheree Wilson to talk about a part he thought was tailor-made for someone with her classic beauty and sassy, fun-loving, energetic nature.
Wilson may be best known for her role as April Stevens on the CBS megahit series “Dallas.” For five seasons (1986-1991), she played a brainy, wealthy femme fatale who, in her words, was “a bitch on wheels.” Her character went from being one of the most powerful women in Dallas and J.R. Ewing’s nemesis, to being one of the warmest characters in town, eventually marrying Bobby Ewing, the show’s ultimate good guy. Ultimately, April Stevens was gunned down during her honeymoon in Paris. Bowing out with a bang, Wilson’s performance earned her the “Soap Opera Digest Award” for Best Death Scene.
In fact, Wilson was pregnant and wanted to leave in order to fully devote herself to motherhood. At the end of that year, in 1992, she signed to do the lead female role in “Walker, Texas Ranger,” opposite Chuck Norris. Also in that year, she starred in the Showtime movie PAST TENSE.
The daughter of two IBM executives, Wilson was born in Minnesota and moved to Colorado at the age of nine, where she learned to ride horses. Her suberb equestrian skills won her first place riding cutting horses in the 1995 National Multiple Sclerosis Rodeo.
Wilson, her husband Paul and their two sons, Luke and Nicolas live in a house with a white picket fence, with Zooey, her golden retriever. There are days, she sheepishly admits, when “I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.” Nevertheless, Sheree Wilson smiles with the smile of someone who knows dreams really can come true.