For her performance in the role, she won the 1990 Soap Opera Digest award for Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time, and the 1991 Soap Opera Digest award for Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time.
In April 2010, Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator and producer Marc Cherry and ABC Television, alleging that she was assaulted by Cherry on the set of the show and was then fired when she reported the alleged abuse to the network.
In her lawsuit, Sheridan claimed wrongful termination, assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and age, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
There, Sally met Blofeld actor Telly Savalas, who eventually became her de facto husband and Sheridan's stepfather.
Sheridan began her career as a fashion model, appearing in the pages of Vogue and on the cover of Cosmopolitan, shot by Francesco Scavullo.
In 1984, she made her acting debut in the short-lived ABC primetime soap opera Paper Dolls.
The series was cancelled after half a season, and the following year, Sheridan starred in the romantic comedy film The Sure Thing.
She portrayed Alexis Carrington in The CW primetime soap opera reboot Dynasty from 2018 to 2019.
In 1969, her mother Sally (billed as Dani Sheridan) featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service as one of Blofeld's "Angels of Death".
He also cited Sheridan's unprofessional on-set behavior (such as habitual lateness, not learning her lines, and feuding with her co-stars), and the fact that her character had simply "run its course" as other reasons for the decision.
Closing arguments were heard on March 14, 2012 and the jury began their deliberations.
Cherry asserted that the alleged assault was in fact a tap to the head with his fingers, done in rehearsals when he was demonstrating to Sheridan how she should play a physical gag in a scene.