One of the popular American comedies and drama detective TV series of 2002 Monk, was known to be the best among its kind of shows. But one could not talk about Monk without remembering Bitty Schram, the lead of the series. Bitty Schram is an American stage, TV, and film actor who rose to fame through her role in Monk.
Although she was eventually written out of the series, many came to like her for her acting prowess and ingenuity. The actress is not known to have many interesting details concerning her personal life. Moreover, she has kept all such details to herself and away from the media. Here are details about her early life, her career and why she left Monk.
Bitty Schram’s Biography
Bitty was given the full name Elizabeth Natalie Schram at birth on the 17th of July 1968 in Mountainside, New Jersey. She belongs to the White American ethnicity and is the second child out of the four children of her parents. Her father who was a tennis player legally divorced her mother who was a banker when Bitty was barely 10 years old. Having followed in her father’s steps from a very young age, Bitty Schram went on a Tennis Scholarship at the University of Maryland where she obtained a degree in advertising design at graduation.
After school, however, she retraced her steps from both tennis and what she studied in school to pursue an entirely different passion in acting. She joined the Broadway Theater in the hope of building a career and worked on for several plays which further sharpened her acting skills.
Kicking off her acting career in theater, she featured in a minor role as Terry in the crime drama film Fathers & Sons (1992) alongside actors Rory Cochrane, Jeff Goldblum and Rosanna Arquette. Next, her popularity soared with a role A League of Their Own (1992), a movie directed by Penny Marshall. In the American sports comedy-drama, she played the famous role of Evelyn Gardner a right fielder of ‘Rockford Peaches’ baseball team.
In 1993, she featured as a Pharmacy clerk alongside actors Kevin Anderson, Annabella Sciorra, and Matthew Broderick in an American romantic movie titled The Night We Never Met. Her other movie credits of that year include My Family Treasure as young Alexandra that same year (1993) and as Helen in Neil Simon’s play Laughter on the 23rd Floor which was shown at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The play had 24 previews and ran for 320 performances that ended in 1994.
The following years were busy for Bitty Schram whose portfolio of movie appearances only seemed to be on the rise. She appeared in Long Island Fever (1995), The Pallbearer (1996) as Lauren, One Fine Day (1996) as Marla and much more. On Tv, she has credits in such series as G vs E, Strong Medicine, Felicity, Unconditional Love, Destiny.
However, her breakthrough to prominence happened when she was cast in the lead role for Monk where her character as Sharona Fleming, a typical nurse who is divorced and is raising her child alone in New Jersey. The series aired for 8 seasons starting on 12 July 2002 and ending on 4 July 2009. Her outstanding work in the series saw her score nominations for the Best Actress of the comedy TV series at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards.
Why Did Bitty Schram Leave Monk?
Bitty Schram, like most other celebrities, has maintained a certain level of confidential mum concerning her personal life. During her most active years in the industry, she did her best to stay focused on her career and built up her professionalism in the TV and entertainment industry. Because of how beloved her role on Monk was, it came as a shock to many when Bitty alongside other key actors left the show in the third season. The network explained this away by stating that they had chosen to go in a different creative direction.
However, it soon came to light that the real reason she left was that some of the actors, herself included, had tried to renegotiate their pay cut and the terms of their contracts but the network turned down their requests. Other actors who were involved in the saga are Ted Levine and Gray Stanford. She eventually returned to the show in season 8.
Bitty Schram’s Net Worth
During the very active years of her acting career, Bitty Schram earned a good salary as a TV star and eventually as a film actress. Her accumulated net worth has been pegged at $2.5 million. She is still active in the industry albeit not as active as she used to be.