Sheryl Berkoff is a professional makeup artist who has worked behind the scenes to bring Hollywood to its current level of glory. Despite her contributions in the industry as a makeup artist, she is best known as the better half of the veteran American actor and director – Rob Lowe. Rob garnered critical acclaim from having paid his dues in the industry with over six Golden Globe Award nominations, among other numerous meritorious awards.
For over two decades as husband and wife, the couple has successfully raised two grown-up children. Sheryl Berkoff has been a responsible wife maintaining a lovely home front despite all the negative reports about her husband from the fourth estate.
Sheryl Berkoff was a Hollywood Makeup Artist for Eight Years
Berkoff was born on June 20, 1961, in Los Angeles, California, to American parents. The artist grew up in South Carolina, where she had her childhood and most possibly obtained her basic education. As of now, there is not much to go by in terms of details about her parents, early life, family background.
Whatever those might be, they eventually led her to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, where she studied fashion design. Presumably, she incorporated makeup artistry into her studies as she went on to work as an on set make up artist for eight years.
She began working in 1985, for the video, Treasure Box. She worked on two more projects that year, Marine Vice and Little Muffy Johnson. Some of her works as a makeup artist are seen in movies like such as Bad Influence, Frankie and Johnny (1991), Eve of Destruction (1991), and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
Sheryl Berkoff’s last professional role came in the 1993 film, Ghost in the Machine, as a makeup supervisor. She did, however, add one more credit to her name, in Rob Lowe’s episode of the TV series documentary, Who Do You Think You Are?.
She Runs a Jewelry Business
Besides her work as a makeup artist, she is also a Jewelry & interior designer of repute. Sheryl took up making jewelry from when she was younger and became good at it over time. Thus, she decided to pursue the business side of it as an adult. Presumably, she ended her makeup artist career to run the business.
Her jewelry line, Sheryl Lowe Jewelry, has well-known personalities serving as its brand spokespersons such as Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz, and Oprah Winfrey. The businesswoman still has her own makeup line, which is also booming. Aside from having influential ambassadors, her products are sold by fashion stores and brands like Nordstrom, Moda Operandi, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.
Sheryl and Rob Lowe Initially met on a Half-blind Date
In a way, Sheryl and Rob meet-cute tale is a quintessential Hollywood story, but not the kind we often watch onscreen. The duo met on a half-blind date arranged by Emilio Estevez in 1983, Rob’s close friend, who used to date Sheryl. However, their first date did not go anywhere, and they lost contact for seven years.
They reconnected on the set of Bad Influence in 1990, one of the few films in the latter years of Sheryl’s makeup career. The second time proved to be the charm, and a romantic story ensued. According to Lowe, who at the time was a popular member of the ‘Brat Pack,’ he and Sheryl Berkoff had a rough start to their relationship.
He struggled with alcohol addiction and was coming off a sex tape scandal involving a 16-year-old. However, his attraction to Sheryl’s work ethic, her perspective on life, and a desire to be with her forced him to turn his life around.
They have been Married Since 1991 and have two Children
Convinced that the worst was behind them, they moved forward with their relationship. Sheryl and Rob got married on July 22, 1991, and within two years, began building their family. They welcomed their first child, a son, Edward Matthew Lowe, born in 1993.
Aside from building a beautiful family, Sheryl Berkoff’s marriage to Rob Lowe is also responsible for keeping the star actor healthy and sober. Having lasted more than 25 years, Rob credits Sheryl and their family for keeping him on the straight and arrow.
As for how it has lasted so long, Rob credits a commitment to making things work and therapy. Like all couples, the two of them have faced their periods of uncertainty and troubles. But they have been able to keep the divorce papers at bay with couple’s therapy.
Her Sons may be Following in Their Father’s Footsteps
Their second child and son, John Owen Lowe was born sometime in 1995. John is a Stanford University graduate who works as an actor and writer. He has appeared in A Canine Affair, The Grinder, and Holiday in the Wild. He is credited for writing an episode of his father’s show, 9-1-1 Lone Star. His older brother, Matthew, is a Duke University graduate whose only notable onscreen appearance was in the reality series, The Lowe Files.
Both Sheryl Berkoff’s sons are also modeling for her brand, Sheryl Lowe Jewelry, and often appear in several interviews with their parents.
Sheryl Berkoff Used to Date Keanu Reeves
Outside of her jewelry business and her relationship with Rob Lowe, Sheryl largely maintains a quiet life outside of media gossip. That changed momentarily in July 2020 when Gwyneth Paltrow had an interview with her husband on his podcast, Rob’s Literally!
On the podcast, she revealed that Sheryl used to be in a relationship with The Matrix star and American heartthrob, Keanu Reeves. News of their relationship never made the press back then. And although she did not state when, some calculations suggest it happened before 1986 when Keanu began dating Babes in Toyland co-star, Jill Schoelen.
Paltrow also revealed that Sheryl is a smoker, or at least at the time. The two developed a friendship after they met while Paltrow was on set during makeup for her mother on a TV movie. The Iron Man actress further shared some insights into Sheryl’s persona, revealing that she taught her to perform oral sex.