Sandra Bernhard

Actor, Comedian, Singer
An acerbic, self-deprecating and full-lipped (think Mick Jagger or Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) renaissance woman, Sandra Bernhard has offered cutting-edge social commentary since beginning humbly at an open-mike night at ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1955 in Flint, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

2 Broke Girls 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

See You in September 2014 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Switched at Birth 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Birthday Boys 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

You're The Worst 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Drop Dead Diva 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neighbors 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

GCB 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1997 - 1998, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1995 - 1998, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1996 - 1998, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dare 2009 (Movie)

Dr. Serena Mohr (Actor)

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Mooney: Know Your History 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Project Runway 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The L Word 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Easter Egg Adventure 2004 (Movie)

Claralyne Cluck (Voice)

The Graham Norton Effect 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Roseanne Show 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinner Rush 2001 (Movie)

Jennifer Freeley (Actor)

Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Lip 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandra Bernhard Experience 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Angie Dickinson: Tinseltown's Classiest Broad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Playing Mona Lisa 2000 (Movie)

Bibi Carlson (Actor)

The 9th Annual Gotham Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Women and Shoes: A Love Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Hi-Fi Party 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1999 (Movie)

Sandy Sands (Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Ann Glover (Actor)

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lover Girl 1998 (Movie)

Marci (Actor)

Plump Fiction 1998 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Sandra Bernhard: I'm Still Here... Damn It! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Somewhere in the City 1998 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Fridley (Actor)

Extreme Comedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Museum of Love 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne 1991 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

A.J.'s Time Travelers 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Catwalk 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Reel Wild Cinema With Sandra Bernhard 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas Doll 1995 (Movie)

Dallas Adair (Actor)

Freaky Friday 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reggae Movie 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Unzipped 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The A-List 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Imogene (Actor)

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sandra Bernhard: Confessions of a Pretty Lady 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Women of the Night III 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (10/21/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

Minerva Mayflower (Actor)

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Planet: A CBS/Hard Rock Cafe Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Prince's Trust Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Track 29 1988 (Movie)

Nurse Stein (Actor)

Just For Laughs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

Grouch Waitress (Actor)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

Masha (Actor)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Footsteps (TV Show)

Actor

One Hell of a Guy (TV Show)

Voice

The Apocalypse (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Shift (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

(Music Producer)
Writer (1)

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (1)

A Streetcar Named Desire From the San Francisco Opera 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Assistant Director
Other (1)

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

from stage show (Other)

Biography

An acerbic, self-deprecating and full-lipped (think Mick Jagger or Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) renaissance woman, Sandra Bernhard has offered cutting-edge social commentary since beginning humbly at an open-mike night at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills in 1975. At the time she was a manicurist to the stars, a vocation she practiced for six years before her comedy stylings enabled her to give up her day job for good. She had made her feature debut in "Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams" (19981), but it was her over-the-top turn as the obsessively neurotic groupie who attempts to kidnap Jerry Lewis in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" (1983) that brought her to public prominence. Managing to upstage not only Lewis but also the film's lead Robert De Niro, Bernhard set a standard she has yet to equal on the large screen, though she has garnered much subsequent acclaim for her outrageous live performances and television appearances (like dropping her pants on E! Entertainment's "Howard Stern") not to mention her 1991 PLAYBOY spread and a run as a Ford model.

Relationships

Madonna Actor

Companion
Became friends in the late 1980s; Bernhard appeared in Madonna's 1991 documentary "Truth or Dare"; although they appeared publicly on "dates" they never confirmed a relationship with the press; in his biography Madonna, Andrew Morton asserted that the pop star privately acknowledged a sexual relationship with Bernhard

Madonna

Companion
were friends in 1988 although they appeared publicly on "dates" they neverY confirmed a relationship with the press, although in his biography of Madonna, Andrew Morton asserts that Madonna privately acknowledged a sexual relationship with Bernhard

Steven Aturo

Companion
reportedly dating as of spring 2000

Jerome Bernhard

Father
divorced from Bernhard's mother after 38 years of marriage remarried

Jeanette Bernhard

Mother
divorced from Bernhard's father after 38 years of marriage

Cecily Bernhard

Daughter
born on July 4, 1998

Mark Bernhard

Brother
older

Ingrid Casares

Companion
no longer together

Patricia Velasquez Actor

Companion
had five-year relationship no longer together

EDUCATION

Saguaro High School

Scottsdale , Arizona

Charles Ross School of Beauty

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2006

Performed off-Broadway in "Sandra Bernhard: Everything Bad and Beautiful"

2005

Cast on Showtime's lesbian drama "The L Word" as a well-known straight author who teaches a class for budding young writers

2002

Guest-starred as herself on NBC's "Will & Grace"

2001

Announced as host of the A&E late night talk show "The Sandra Bernhard Experience" to air in 2002

2000

Starred in one-person stage show "The Love Machine"

1998

Appeared in the quirky silent film "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died", scripted by the late Edward Wood Jr

1998

Broadway debut, "I'm Still Here ... Damn It!"; the show had been a smash hit off-Broadway before moving uptown; executive produced that year's HBO special of the same name

1998

Voiced the regular character of Cassandra on "Disney's Hercules", an animated series based on the 1997 film

1997

Made guest appearance as a savvy lawyer on "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

Cast as the operator of a massage parlor in "Lover Girl" and played a bitchy Beverly Hills producer's wife in "Burn, Hollywood, Burn"

1996

Hosted USA Network's "Reel Wild Cinema with Sandra Bernhard", a look at "the best of the worst B movies"

1996

Played a food-and-sex therapist in "Somewhere in the City"

1996

Appeared as a lawyer in a guest appearance on "Chicago Hope" (CBS)

1995

Portrayed Frieda Dabney in Disney remake of "Freaky Friday" ("The ABC Family Movie")

1992

Posed nude for PLAYBOY; was featured on the cover

1992

Hosted Comedy Central's "The A-List"

1992

Signed a two-year deal with the Ford Models, Inc.

1991

Began recurring role of Nancy, a married woman who comes out as a lesbian, on hit TV sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC)

1991

Played over-the-top villainess Minerva Mayflower in the abysmal "Hudson Hawk"

1990

Co-wrote and starred in film adaptation of stage show "Without You I'm Nothing"; marked debut as screenwriter

1988

Off-Broadway debut, the one-person show "Without You I'm Nothing"

1985

Debut record album, "I'm Your Woman"

1983

Delivered hilarious turn as obsessive fan of Jerry Lewis in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"

1981

Film acting debut in "Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams"

1977

Appeared on episodes of "The Richard Pryor Show" (NBC)

1975

Began career as stand-up comic at clubs like the Improv and the Comedy Store while working as a manicurist by day (famous clients included Dyan Cannon and Jaclyn Smith)

1974

Moved to Los Angeles

1965

Moved to Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 10 (date approximate)

Grew up in Flint, Michigan

7m Appeared as herself in "Sandra Bernhard: Confessions of a Pretty Lady" (1993), "Unzipped", "Catwalk" (both 1995) and "The Late Shift" (HBO, 1996), among other projects

Spent a year on a kibbutz in Israel after high school graduation

Bonus Trivia

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"I have one of those really hard-to-believe faces. It's sensual. It's sexual. At times, it's just damned frightening." --Sandra Bernhard quoted in BUZZ Magazine, September 1991

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"Ten years ago, when I first started my career, I would fucking say whatever I wanted, twenty-four hours a day, especially since I didn't have the media on me like I've had in the past five or six years. There's something about the media crawling up your ass. It's hard enough to really express yourself in a completely emotional, raw way, but then also have to explain it to the press and reinterpret it to make them understand where you are really coming from--well, that's not my job." --Bernhard to Tori Amos in INTERVIEW, August 1994

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On her recurring role on "Rosanne": "I wasn't there that often. I kind of breezed in and breezed out, but it was fun. It put a lot of money in my pocket, gave me good exposure. Again, would I have rather done something that was a more defined character? Yes. But I was really grateful that I got to do what I did." --Bernhard quoted in INTHEATER, November 22, 1997

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"People are afraid of me . . . People don't like the truth. They don't like to be called on their bullshit. They'd rather be nice. They'd rather hide behind the pretension of being nice, and being nice doesn't really get you anywhere in the world. It's a copout. It always has been. Being nice is bullshit. Being real, being concerned, being passionate, loving, all comes from very strong emotions. Being nice is a weak emotion. It's not even an emotion. It's just weakness, period." --Bernhard to Jonathan Van Meter in NEW YORK, October 19, 1998

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"There's nothing difficult within the whole idea of being gay. It's probably more difficult for me because I'm just a very outspoken person. I don't think it has anything to do with my sexuality, but when you add that into the mix of who I am, it is another level of shit I have to deal with. I think you have better luck being somebody like k.d. lang who's just full-on major dyke than you do when you're like me. I mean, I'm ambiguous and I won't really play the game. It trips a lot of people out--straight and gay--because they want to fucking nail you. They want to fucking pigeonhole you, and I don't want to be pigeonholed. Don't fuckin' tell me how I ought to be. I'm an individual and I've fought against a lot of stereotypes in my life." --Bernhard to Tom O'Neill in OUT, November 1998

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"When I was eight years old, I saw Carol Channing in 'Hello, Dolly!'. She was my first inspiration in this business. Years later I saw her on the street in New York. I couldn't waste the opportunity, so I ran up to her, said, 'I love you!' and ran away . . . She came to see my show recently and told me, 'You can't help but be yourself. You are an original, my spiritual granddaughter.' It was very cool." --Bernhard to the Hollywood Kids in MOVIELINE, December 1998-January 1999

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