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Sandra Bernhard

Highest Rated:   91% Dinner Rush (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% Plump Fiction (1996)
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Birthplace:   Flint, Michigan, USA
It might be stretching things to suggest that American comedienne Sandra Bernhard's off-kilter spin on life was caused by her family's moving from the cozy confines of Michigan to the rough-and-tumble expanses of Arizona. One gets the feeling that Bernhard would have been on the outside looking in wherever she went. Utilizing her outsized lips and jutting chin for comic effect, Bernhard became a standup comedian at age 19, and two years later got her first big break as a regular on the short-lived Richard Pryor Show (where the press release misspelled her name as Bernhart). Her act, which like all good comedy acts was better seen than described, consisted of cutting-edge commentary about sexual stereotyping and survival; one felt compelled to laugh lest Bernhard bolt from the stage and physically assault the audience. This dangerous quality carried over into her star-making film role in King of Comedy, as a psychotic fan of talk show host Jerry Lewis. While Bernhard's funkiness worked in this film's favor, it was detrimental to her villainous turn in the 1990 fiasco Hudson Hawk, though she was no worse than any other element of this notorious bomb. A tireless creator of comedy, Bernhard has scored with her 1985 best-selling record album I'm Your Woman, her 1988 solo off-Broadway show Without You I'm Nothing (made into a film in 1990), and her autobiography Confessions of a Pretty Lady. While she spent much of her early career skirting around the subject of her own sexual preferences, in recent years Bernhard has "outed" herself, which has added an extra layer of public fascination to her onetime close friendship with Madonna, as well as her recurring appearances on the TV sitcom Roseanne.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% Roseanne for President!
  • Actor
$3.8k 2016
No Score Yet Diving Normal
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen
  • Actor
2012
60% Dare
  • Dr. Serena Mohr
2009
No Score Yet See You in September
  • Charlotte
2009
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Paul Mooney: Jesus Is Black - So Was Cleopatra - Know Your History
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Searching for Bobby DeNiro
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Easter Egg Adventure
  • Claralyne Cluck
2004
64% Zoolander
  • Herself
$44.8M 2001
91% Dinner Rush
  • Jennifer
2001
No Score Yet Footsteps
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet One Hell of a Guy
  • God
2000
64% Playing Mona Lisa
  • Bibi
2000
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Somewhere in the City
  • Betty
1998
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
  • Sandy Sands
1998
22% Wrongfully Accused
  • Dr. Fridley
1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  • Ann Glover
1998
No Score Yet Footsteps
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Apocalypse
  • J.T. Wayne
1997
No Score Yet The Apocalypse
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Lover Girl
  • Marci
1997
No Score Yet The Late Shift
  • Herself
1996
0% Plump Fiction
  • Bunny Roberts
1996
29% Catwalk
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Reggae Movie
  • Actor
1996
79% Unzipped
  • Herself
1995
No Score Yet Freaky Friday
  • Frieda Debny
1995
71% Inside Monkey Zetterland
  • Imogene
1993
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Minerva Mayflower
1991
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Herself
1991
57% Without You I'm Nothing
  • Herself
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
1989
67% Track 29
  • Nurse Stein
1988
No Score Yet Casual Sex?
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet The Whoopee Boys
  • Actor
1986
91% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
  • Grouch Waitress
1985
81% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Actor
1984
90% The King of Comedy
  • Marsha
1983
No Score Yet Best of the Big Laff Off
  • Actor
1983
43% Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams
  • Angie
1981
No Score Yet Shogun Assassin
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Actor
  • 2016
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011
  • Joedth
  • 2015
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Darlene Linetti
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
2011
  • Teresa
  • 2014
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Judge Ada Brown
  • 2013
32% The Neighbors
2012-2014
  • Mr. Porsche
  • 2013
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2012
45% GCB
2012
  • Debby Horowitz
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Nan
  • 2011
No Score Yet Roseanne's Nuts
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004
  • Judge
  • 2008
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Old Christine
2006-2010
  • Audrey
  • 2007
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Charlotte Birch
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Priscilla Chaney
  • 2003
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Herself Lois
  • 2002
  • 2001
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Herself
  • 2000
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Caroline Poop
  • 1997
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Nancy Bartlett Nancy
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1988
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest

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