The Info List - Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
(born June 6, 1955) is an American model, actress, comedian, singer and author. Bernhard first gained attention in the late–1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture and political figures. Bernhard is best known as portraying Nancy Barlett Thomas on the ABC sitcom Roseanne beginning in the fourth season (1991) until the show ended in 1997. Bernhard is number ninety-seven on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.[2]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Music

4.1 Albums 4.2 Singles 4.3 Compilations

5 Books 6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television 6.3 Short subjects

7 Awards 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Bernhard was born in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Jeanette (née LaZebnik) and proctologist Jerome Bernhard.[3][4] Her parents raised her as a Conservative Jew.[5] She has three brothers: Dan, David and Mark.[4] Bernhard's family moved to Arizona
when she was 10.[6] Bernhard attended Saguaro High School
Saguaro High School
in Scottsdale, graduating in 1973.[7] Career[edit] Bernhard became a staple at The Comedy Store. As her popularity as a comedian grew she was cast as a supporting player on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977. Guest appearances on evening talk shows followed. Her big break came in 1983 when she was cast by Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
to star as stalker and kidnapper Masha in the film The King of Comedy for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She began performing her first one-woman show called I'm Your Woman in 1985, and an album version was released. Bernhard appeared in a variety of tiny film and television roles throughout the 1980s while crafting her stand-up routine into a more performance art oriented show. She launched an Off-Broadway one woman show called Without You I'm Nothing, with You I'm Not Much Better in 1988 which played at the Orpheum Theatre. In 1990 it was turned into a film and a double album of the same title. The film was mostly shot on location in 1989 in the coconut grove at the Ambassador Hotel. A frequent guest on David Letterman's NBC program, it was during the run of 'Without You I'm Nothing, With You I'm Not Much Better' that she appeared with her then-good friend (and rumored lover) Madonna
on the show. The two alluded to their romantic relationship and staged a sexy confrontation. They would continue to be friends for several years, with Bernhard even making an appearance in Madonna's movie Truth or Dare. In 1991, Bernhard began playing the role of Nancy Bartlett on the hit sitcom Roseanne. She appeared in 33 episodes between 1991 and 1997, and was one of the first actresses to portray an openly lesbian recurring character on American television. The role is one of her best known, something she has lamented in her stand-up as being both a blessing and a curse. In September 1992, Bernhard did a nude pictorial for Playboy. She hosted the USA Network's Reel Wild Cinema for two seasons beginning in 1995. Bernhard continued acting in mostly independent films and TV guest roles and forays into mainstream films such as Hudson Hawk
Hudson Hawk
and Dallas Doll. In 1991 she released her first studio album, entitled Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part One). In 1995, she briefly appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, in an episode titled "Jerk". In 1996, she guest-starred on an episode of Highlander: The Series called "Dramatic License" in which she played a romance novelist writing about the life of the main character. She also appeared (as herself) on Will & Grace in an episode dealing with Will and Grace's spuriously bidding on Bernhard's Manhattan
apartment in order to become friendly with her and culminates in a diatribe from Bernhard when their ruse is exposed, with obfuscating sounds of a blender (she was having a smoothie made) blotting out supposed obscenities. She returned as herself briefly, two years later. Bernhard returned to Broadway in 1998 with the show I'm Still Here... Damn It!, recorded for a live comedy album. At that time of the show Bernhard was pregnant. She gave birth to daughter Cicely Yasin Bernhard on July 4, 1998.[8][9] Bernhard returned to New York in 2006 with the Off-Broadway show Everything Bad & Beautiful. The CD Everything Bad & Beautiful was critically lauded as one of her best, released by indie label Breaking Records.[10] The year 2007 saw the creation of Bernhard's show Plan B from Outer Space as well as Indie label upstart Breaking Records release of the compilation "Breaking For the Holidays" where Bernhard co-penned Miracle of Lights with Mitchell Kaplan. She toured "Plan B" through 2008, and performed Miracle of Lights on some morning shows in New York. Bernhard was a featured guest singer with children's artist Dan Zanes on the Family Dance album's "Thrift Shop".[11] In an interview with Howard Stern, the comedian revealed that she was originally offered the role of Miranda Hobbes of TV show Sex and the City, but opted out due to the "terrible" original script and low paycheck.[12] In 2013, the media announced that Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
would be joining the cast of ABC Family's Switched at Birth along with Glee's Max Adler. Sandra would assume the role of an art professor on the Season 3 Opener in January 2014.[13] Starting in 2015, Bernhard began hosting a radio show, Sandyland, on Sirius XM's, Radio Andy.[14] Personal life[edit] Bernhard is openly bisexual and a strong supporter of gay rights.[15][16] On July 4, 1998, Bernhard gave birth to a daughter, Cicely Yasin Bernhard,[17] whom she raises with her longtime partner, Sara Switzer.[18][19][20] Music[edit] Bernhard performs classic pop music, jazz, and blues tunes. She has released several albums (combinations of music and comedy).


I'm Your Woman Without You I'm Nothing Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part One) I'm Still Here... Damn It! The Love Machine Hero Worship Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part Two) The Love Machine Remastered (entirely different than The Love Machine) Giving Til It Hurts Live and Beautiful (Promotional album sold at website sandrabernhard.com) Gems of Mystery Everything Bad & Beautiful Whatever It Takes I Love Being Me, Don't you? - featuring White Widow


"Everybody's Young" "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (No. 13 U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) "Manic Superstar" "Phone Sex (Do You Want Me Tonight?)" "On the Runway" (No. 39 U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) "Perfection" "Miracle of Lights" "All Around"


AT&T Presents Stormy Weather; song "Is That All There Is?" Divas of Dance - Volume 3 (Remixes); song "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" Breaking For the Holidays; song "Miracle of Lights"


Confessions of a Pretty Lady, an autobiography ( HarperCollins
October 1989 ISBN 978-0-06-091620-6) Love, Love and Love, essay collection ( HarperCollins
June 1993 ISBN 978-0-06-016615-1) May I Kiss You On The Lips, Miss Sandra?, semi-autobiography ( HarperCollins
October 1999 ISBN 978-0-68-817163-6)

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1980 Shogun Assassin Voice-over in English dub

1981 Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Girl Nut

1983 The King of Comedy Masha National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

1984 The House of God Angel Dutton

1985 Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Grouch Diner Waitress Cameo appearance

1986 The Whoopee Boys Extra (uncredited)

1988 Casual Sex? Extra (uncredited)

Track 29 Nurse Stein

1989 Heavy Petting Herself Documentary

1990 Without You I'm Nothing Herself (also writer)

1991 Madonna: Truth or Dare Herself Documentary

Hudson Hawk Minerva Mayflower

1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Imogene

1994 Sandra Bernhard: Confessions of a Pretty Lady Herself

Dallas Doll Dallas Adair

1995 Unzipped Herself Documentary

One Hundred and One Nights La première quêteuse

The Reggae Movie Herself Documentary

Catwalk Herself Documentary

1997 Lover Girl Marci Guerra/'Angel'

The Apocalypse J.T. Wayne

Plump Fiction Bunny Roberts

1998 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Ann Glover

Exposé Janet

Wrongfully Accused Dr. Fridley

Somewhere in the City Betty

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Sandy Sands/Professional Mourner and Stripper

1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Cassandra (voice only)

2000 One Hell of a Guy God (voice only)

Playing Mona Lisa Bibi Carlson Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Stony Brook Film Festival

Dinner Rush Jennifer Freely

2001 Zoolander Herself Cameo appearance

2004 The N-Word Herself Documentary

The Easter Egg Adventure Claralyne Cluck (voice only)

2005 Searching for Bobby D Sherri Dansen

2009 Dare Dr. Serena Mohr

2010 See You in September Charlotte

2011 Looking for Lenny Herself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes

1977 The Richard Pryor Show Featured Performer Canceled after 4 episodes

1991–1997, 2018 Roseanne Nancy Bartlett Recurring role (33 episodes)

1992 Sandra After Dark, with Your Hostess, Sandra Bernhard Herself (also co-executive producer) TV film

1992–93 The A-List Herself/Host 1 episode

1994-96 Reel Wild Cinema Herself/Host 22 episodes

1995 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Herself 1 episode

Freaky Friday Frieda Debny TV film

The Larry Sanders Show Herself 2 episodes

1996 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Herself 1 episode

The Late Shift Herself TV film

Highlander: The Series Carolyn Marsh 1 episode:"Dramatic License"

1997 Superman: The Animated Series Gsptlsnz 1 episode

Ally McBeal Caroline Poop 2 episodes

1998–99 Hercules Cassandra (voice only) 45 episodes

1999 Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
- I'm Still Here..Damn It! Herself (also writer) TV film

2000 The Sopranos Herself as Gina 1 episode:"D-Girl"

2001-02 Will & Grace Herself 2 episodes

2001 Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Lip Herself TV movie

2001–03 The Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
Experience Herself/Host unknown episodes

2003 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Priscilla Chaney 1 episode

Girlfriends Marcia 1 episode

2004 Silver Lake Sheila Fontana Unsold pilot

2005 Crossing Jordan Roz Framus 2 episodes

The L Word Charlotte Birch 5 episodes

2005–06 The Queer Edge Herself/Co-Host 26 episodes

2007 Las Vegas Margo Poon 1 episode

The New Adventures of Old Christine Audrey 1 episode

2009 Head Case Herself 1 episode

2011 Roseanne's Nuts Herself 1 episode

Hot in Cleveland Nan 1 episode

2012 GCB Debby Horowitz 1 episode

DTLA Carla 3 episodes

2013 The Neighbors Ms. Porsche 1 episode

2014 Switched at Birth Prof. Teresa Ledarsky 4 episodes

You're the Worst Herself 1 episode

2014–15 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Darlene Linetti 3 episodes

2015 2 Broke Girls Joedth 5 episodes

2016 Difficult People Lilith Feigenbaum 1 episode

Short subjects[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1996 Museum of Love Kitty

2003 The Third Date Ola

2006 Twenty Dollar Drinks Star


Year Nominated work Award Category Result

1983 The King of Comedy NSFC Awards

Best Supporting Actress


1991 Hudson Hawk Golden Raspberry Awards

Worst Supporting Actress


1997 Highlander: The Series OFTA Awards

Best Guest Actress in a Syndicated Series


2002 Herself GLAAD Media Awards

Davidson/Valentini Award


2006 Philadelphia QFest Awards

Artistic Achievement Award



^ Sandra Bernhard
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- NNDB ^ " Comedy Central
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100 Greatest Standups of all Time". listology.com.  ^ " Sandra Bernhard
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Biography (1955-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.  ^ a b "Jeanette (LaZebnik) Bernhard Obituaryu". MLive Media Group. June 13, 2014. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Iovine, Julie V. (October 22, 1998). "At Home With: Sandra Bernhard; When Baby Talk
Makes Good Material". The New York Times.  ^ "Vote Election Day 2008". SandraBernhard.com. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011.  ^ Classmates - Saguaro High School, Scottsdale AZ (1973 Yearbook) ^ Bernhard Goes Maternal, CBS News, July 8, 1998, last accessed July 1, 2008. ^ Sandra Bernhard
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a mom at 42 Archived 2008-10-29 at the Wayback Machine., CNN, July 8, 1998, last accessed July 1, 2008. ^ "Breaking Records Music". Breaking Records Music.  ^ amazon.com, Thrift Shop ^ " Sandra Bernhard
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Turned Down 'Sex And The City' Role Due To 'Terrible' Script And Low Paycheck". The Huffington Post.  ^ "Switched at Birth Adds Max Adler and Sandra Bernhard". , TV Fanatic. October 11, 2013 ^ Behind the Voice: Sandra Bernhard
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elevates the conversation on Radio Andy ^ "Sandra Bernhard: Bisexuality and savage wit". The Independent. London. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2013.  ^ Feminist.com, Interview with Sandra Bernhard
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by Marianne Schnall. Retrieved October 16, 2012. ^ Iovine, Julie V. (October 22, 1998), At Home with: Sandra Bernhard When Baby Talk
Makes Good Material, retrieved October 29, 2015  ^ Newyorksocialdiary.com ^ Anna Holmes. "Sandra Bernhard, Daughter, Are A Duo Of Dames With Rebel Red". Jezebel.  ^ " Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
on today's young actors: 'They don't have personalities'". 

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress

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(1967) Billie Whitelaw
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(1968) Siân Phillips
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/ Delphine Seyrig
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(1969) Lois Smith
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(1970) Ellen Burstyn
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(1971) Jeannie Berlin (1972) Valentina Cortese
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(1973) Bibi Andersson
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(1974) Lily Tomlin
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(1975) Jodie Foster
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(1976) Ann Wedgeworth (1977) Meryl Streep
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(1978) Meryl Streep
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(1979) Mary Steenburgen
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(1980) Maureen Stapleton
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(1981) Jessica Lange
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(1982) Sandra Bernhard
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(1983) Melanie Griffith
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(1984) Anjelica Huston
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(1985) Dianne Wiest
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(1986) Kathy Baker
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(1987) Mercedes Ruehl
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(1988) Anjelica Huston
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(1989) Annette Bening
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(1990) Jane Horrocks (1991) Judy Davis
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(1992) Madeleine Stowe
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(1993) Dianne Wiest
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(1994) Joan Allen
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(1995) Barbara Hershey
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(1996) Julianne Moore
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(1997) Judi Dench
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(1998) Chloë Sevigny
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(1999) Elaine May
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(2000) Helen Mirren
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(2001) Patricia Clarkson
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(2002) Patricia Clarkson
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(2003) Virginia Madsen
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(2004) Amy Adams
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(2005) Meryl Streep
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(2006) Cate Blanchett
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(2007) Hanna Schygulla
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(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Olivia Williams
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(2010) Jessica Chastain
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(2011) Amy Adams
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(2012) Jennifer Lawrence
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(2013) Patricia Arquette
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(2014) Kristen Stewart
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(2015) Michelle Williams (2016) Laurie Metcalf
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