WHY HER You've gotta love a gal named Bitty.
WHY NOW Her big hair and bigger attitude are back on the USA comedy Monk.
Here's the thing: her real name is Elizabeth. ''Bitty was a nickname,'' says the Jersey girl, 33. ''When I became an actress I kept it. It's the only thing that went with Schram!'' But what really goes with Schram is a Golden Globe nom and the hit TV series Monk. Schram plays Sharona Fleming, the straight-talking assistant to PI Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub). ''Sharona's like his mother. He drives her crazy, but she loves him.''
She's made a career of small but memorable roles. ''I want to find the right projects'' -- like 1992's A League of Their Own or Broadway's Laughter on the 23rd Floor. ''I'm not going to take just anything.'' Fortunately, that leaves lots of time for her five-year plan. ''I like to find adventure,'' says the avid traveler. After conquering Spain, Belgium, Venezuela, and ''a little babushka town'' without running water near Moscow, what's next on Schram's itinerary? Everywhere. ''I'd like to see the whole world.''