|Born|| June 6, 1955 |
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Saguaro High School|
|Known for||Nancy Bartlett Thomas – Roseanne|
|Spouse(s)||Sara Switzer Bernhard (2019-present)|
Sandra Bernhard (born June 6, 1955) is an American actress. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy, in which she often critiqued celebrity culture and political figures.
Bernhard is best known as portraying Nancy Barlett Thomas on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from the fourth season (1991) to the end of the show in 1997. She has portrayed Nurse Judy Kubrak in the FX drama series Pose . Bernhard is number ninety-six on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.
Bernhard was born June 6, 1955in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Jeanette (née LaZebnik) and proctologist Jerome Bernhard. Her parents raised her as a Conservative Jew.
She has three brothers: Dan, David and Mark.Bernhard's family moved to Arizona when she was 10. Bernhard attended Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, graduating in 1973.
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 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. Bernhard was also a frequent guest on David Letterman's NBC program Late Night with David Letterman , making 28 appearances starting in 1983.
She began performing her first one-woman show called I'm Your Woman in 1985, and an album version was released. [ citation needed ] 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.Bernhard appeared in a variety of small television roles throughout the 1980s while crafting her stand-up routine into a more performance art-oriented show.
It was during the run of 'Without You, I'm Nothing, With You, I'm Not Much Better' that Bernhard appeared with her then good friend (and rumored lover) Madonna on a 1988 episode of Late Night with David Letterman. The two alluded to their romantic relationship and staged a sexy confrontation; the appearance received much publicity. Bernhard and Madonna would continue to be friends for several years, with Bernhard making an appearance in Madonna's film 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 bisexual 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 and Dallas Doll . In 1991 she released her first studio album, titled 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 that 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 briefly returned as herself two years later.[ citation needed ]
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. [ citation needed ]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. That year she also hosted the first season of the reality competition show The Search for the Funniest Mom in America on Nick at Nite. The year 2007 saw the debut of her one-woman show Plan B from Outer Space and the inclusion of her Hanukkah-themed song "Miracle of Lights", which she co-wrote with Mitchell Kaplan, in the Breaking Records compilation album Breaking For the Holidays. 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". 's Max Adler, in which Sandra would assume the role of an art professor on the Season 3 Opener in January 2014. Starting in 2015, Bernhard began hosting a radio show, Sandyland, on Sirius XM's, Radio Andy.In an interview with Howard Stern, the comedian revealed that she was originally offered the role of Miranda Hobbes on the TV show Sex and the City but opted out owing to the "terrible" original script and small paycheck. In 2013, the media announced that Sandra Bernhard would be joining the cast of ABC Family's Switched at Birth along with Glee
In 2015, she played a recurring character, Joedth ("Joe"), on season 4 of 2 Broke Girls . She is currently playing Nurse Judy on FX's POSE , a show based on queer and trans ball culture in Manhattan inspired by the documentary Paris is Burning .
In August 2006, Sandra Bernhard served as the spokesperson in a commercial for Make-up Art Cosmetics (MAC). In the commercial, promoting PlushGlass lipgloss, Bernhard referred to someone who might not approve of her outspokenness as a "...little freaked out, intimidated, frightened, right-wing Republican thin-lipped bitch". MAC edited the line from the commercial to avoid unintentionally offending some of its customer base.
On Sept. 19, 2008, she warned Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin that she would be gang-raped by her "big black brothers" if she visited Manhattan. Palin had a campaign stop planned in New York City at the time.
In November 2020, during an interview with Mariah Carey, Naomi Campbell called out Sandra Bernhard for her past racist comments about Mariah Carey and Black men in her 1998 comedy show "I’m Still Here… Damn It!", wherein Bernhard disparaged Mariah's Black identity saying, "She’s trying to backtrack on our asses by acting real niggerish there at the Royalton Hotel suite with Puff Daddy and all the greasy, chain-wearing Black men.” Bernhard also frequently stold the story in her career of being called "nigger-lips" by children growing up in Arizona without censoring the word. As of 2021 she has, when retelling this story, changed the text to say she was called "an ethnic slur" which she will no longer repeat.
Bernhard is bisexual and a strong supporter of LGBT rights.On July 4, 1998, Bernhard gave birth to a daughter, Cicely Yasin Bernhard, whom she raised with her partner of over twenty years, Sara Switzer.
Bernhard performs classic pop music, jazz, and blues tunes. She has released several albums (combinations of music and comedy).[ citation needed ]
|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|
|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|
|One Hundred and One Nights||La première quêteuse|
|The Reggae Movie||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|
|Wrongfully Accused||Dr. Fridley|
|Somewhere in the City||Betty|
|I Woke Up Early the Day I Died||Sandy Sands/Professional Mourner and Stripper|
|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|
|2003||The Grumpy Bug||Narrator||Voice|
|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|
|1977||The Richard Pryor Show||Featured Performer||Canceled after 4 episodes|
|1985||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Karen||The Episode entitled "Night Caller"|
|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 - 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 Experience||Herself/Host||unknown episodes|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Priscilla Chaney||1 episode|
|2004||Silver Lake||Sheila Fontana||Unsold pilot|
|2004||The Grumpy Bug||Narrator||Voice|
|2004||Whoopi's Littleburg||The Macaroni Lady||1 episode|
|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||Family Guy||Herself (voice)||Episode: "Ratings Guy"|
|GCB||Debby Horowitz||1 episode|
|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|
|2018–21||Pose||Judy Kubrak||12 episodes|
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse||Hannah||Episode: "Sojourn"|
|2019||Sweetbitter||Maddie Glover||1 episode|
|1996||Museum of Love||Kitty|
|2003||The Third Date||Ola|
|2006||Twenty Dollar Drinks||Star|
|1983||The King of Comedy||NSFC Awards||Won|
|1991||Hudson Hawk||Golden Raspberry Awards||Nominated|
|1997||Highlander: The Series||OFTA Awards||Nominated|
|2002||Herself||GLAAD Media Awards||Won|
|2006||Philadelphia QFest Awards||Won|
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