Sandra Bernhard

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Actress • Comedian • Singer

Birth Date: June 6, 1955

Age: 68 years old

Birth Place: Flint, Michigan

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.

Bernhard's eclectic, confrontational and largely autobiographical one-woman stage show, "Without You I'm Nothing," was a smash off-Broadway in 1988 but sputtered at the box office in its 1990 screen rendition. A regular performer on TV stand-up comedy specials, she ventured into the land of sitcoms with a six-year (1991-96) recurring role as a married woman who came out as a lesbian on the hit ABC sitcom "Roseanne," offering perhaps her most mainstream exposure to date. Bernhard kept her profile high with guest turns on shows like "Chicago Hope" (CBS) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox) and as host of Comedy Central's "The A-List" (1992-93) and the USA Network's "Reel Wild Cinema with Sandra Bernhard" (1996), but her career seemed stalled until she roared back with "I'm Still Here ... Damn It!," which marked her Broadway debut when it moved uptown in 1998. Featuring a blistering stream of cool, vindictive campy asides and muttered put-downs of everyone from Madonna to Princess Diana, it served notice that Bernhard was back, edgy as ever, ready to reveal almost everything.

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American Horror Story: New York CityStream

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Fran
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2022

So Help Me ToddStream

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Attorney Belinda Tuttle
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2022
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Sherri

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2022

Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ CelebrationStream

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2022

The Comedy StoreStream

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2020
80%

Pose-a-Thon for Pride

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2020

I Am Richard Pryor

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2019

PoseStream

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Nurse Judy
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2018
98%

Access Live

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2017

Match GameStream

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2016

Difficult PeopleStream

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2015
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Roseanne for President!

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2015

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Birthday BoysStream

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2013
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Brooklyn Nine-NineStream

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Darlene Linetti
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2013
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Gli anni 80: Il decennio che ci ha cambiati

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2013

The NeighborsStream

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2012
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GCBStream

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2012
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Q With Jian Ghomeshi

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2011

2 Broke GirlsStream

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Joedth
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2011

Switched at BirthStream

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2011

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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2010

Hot in ClevelandStream

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Nan
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2010

The Joy Behar Show

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

Drop Dead DivaStream

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Judge Ada Brown
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2009
78%

Dare

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Dr. Serena Mohr
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2009

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

Head Case

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2007

Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Standup

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2007

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2006

The New Adventures of Old ChristineStream

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2006

American DadStream

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Old Lady
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2005

Searching for Bobby D

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Sherri Dansen
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2005

The L WordStream

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2004
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The Easter Egg Escapade

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Claralyne Cluck
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2004

Las VegasStream

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L.A. DragnetStream

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Dragnet

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2003

Crossing JordanStream

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2001

GirlfriendsStream

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2000

Talk to Me

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2000

An Evening at the Improv

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2000

Dinner Rush

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Jennifer Freely
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2000

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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Priscilla Chaney
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1999
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Family Guy

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Herself
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1999

Family GuyStream

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The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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1999

The SopranosStream

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Gina
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1999
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Hercules: Zero to Hero

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1999

V.I.P.Stream

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1998

Will & GraceStream

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Sandra Bernhard
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1998

HerculesStream

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Cassandra
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1998

Expose

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Janet
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1998

Plump Fiction

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Bunny Roberts
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1998

Wrongfully Accused

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Dr. Fridley
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1998

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died

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Sandy Sands
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1998

Ally McBeal

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1997
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The Apocalypse

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J.T. Wayne
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1997

Somewhere in the City

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Betty
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1997

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn

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Ann Glover
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1997

Lover Girl

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Marci Guerra/"Angel"
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1997

Clueless

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1996

The Late ShiftStream

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1996

Anything for Love

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1996

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

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1995

Freaky Friday

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Frieda Debny
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1995

Un Viernes de Miedo

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1995

Chicago Hope

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1994

Space Ghost Coast to CoastStream

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1994

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1994

Dallas Doll

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Dallas Adair
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1994

Highlander: The SeriesStream

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1992

Inside Monkey Zetterland

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Imogene
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1992

Hudson HawkStream

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Minerva Mayflower
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1991
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A la Cama con Madonna

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1991

Without You I'm Nothing

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1990

Without You I'm Nothing

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1990

Tales From the Crypt

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1989
82%

Heavy Petting

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1989

RoseanneStream

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Nancy Bartlett
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1988
76%

RoseanneStream

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Nancy Bartlett Thomas
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1988
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Háblame de Sexo

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1988

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Nurse Stein
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1988

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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1985

Follow That BirdStream

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Waitress in Grouch Restaurant
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1985
92%

The House of God

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Angel Dutton
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1984

The Hitchhiker

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1983

The King of ComedyStream

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Masha
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1983
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TodayStream

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