Birth Name: Claudia Shear
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
In between working on her two wildly popular shows, Shear appeared in several films, playing bit parts in "It Could Happen to You" (1994) and "Living Out Loud" (1998), and even making a guest appearance as the "fake Monica" on NBC's "Friends" (1994). Shear also wrote for numerous publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, Travel & Leisure and Psychology Today, as well as Underwire, an online magazine.Born in Brooklyn to a firefighter and a cosmetics executive, Shear did not have an idyllic childhood. Weight problems and a persisting feeling that she was an outsider and a misfit kept Shear isolated from other children, forcing her to seek comfort in books and food. Her paren...