Sherri Evonne Shepherd was born April 22, 1967 in Chicago, Ill. She was raised in Chicago and its suburbs. She now lives in New York. Her parents are Lawrence and LaVerne Shepherd. She is married to Lamar Sally and has one child, Jeffrey Charles Tarplay, with her ex-husband Jeff Tarpley. Shepherd is the eldest of three sisters and was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.