Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: Meet Izzie's Mom

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Just a few weeks removed from seeing Tyne Daly pay Seattle a visit as Derek Shepherd's mother, Carolyn, Grey's Anatomy fans can get ready to meet Izzie's mom.

Best known for a run on NYPD Blue, and most recently for playing parent to JoAnna Garcia on Privileged, Sharon Lawrence has been signed to guest-star in the role.

Grey's Anatomy is winding down its fifth season just as Katherine Heigl's character, freshly diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, is coming to terms with her mortality.

Lawrence will appear in late April. What brings her to town? Will Izzie's mysterious trailer park history be revealed? What sort of relationship do you think they have?

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Sharon Lawrence

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."

MEREDITH