Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Highest Rated: 91% High Fidelity (2000)

Lowest Rated: 18% Laws of Attraction (2004)

Birthday: Jan 29, 1975

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

A notable actress, writer and director, Sara Gilbert made a name for herself as a unique female voice from the time she first appeared as Roseanne Barr and John Goodman's spunky, opinionated onscreen daughter on the boundary-pushing sitcom, "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997; 2018). Her "regular girl" looks and independent spirit lent an authenticity to a string of early roles as teenage misfits and outsiders, winning loyalty among real-life counterparts who rarely found anyone they could relate to on the big and small screens. Sara Gilbert was born Sara Abeles on Jan. 29, 1975, in Santa Monica, CA. She, her older sister Melissa and her brother Jonathon, made up the third generation of a show business family. Grandfather Harry Crane was a writer and creator of "The Honeymooners" (CBS, 1955-56), and grandmother Julia Crane was a noted dancer who had been named "Miss Brooklyn," while Gilbert's own mother, Barbara Crane, had been a Hollywood producer and talent manager. The youngster would later claim that she decided to go into acting after seeing the amount of presents that her siblings received as stars of "Little House on the Prairie" (NBC, 1974-1983). At the age of six, she began making TV appearances - first in a Kool-Aid commercial, followed by a role in the made-for-TV movie, "Calamity Jane" (1984). She continued to attend a regular school and lead a relatively normal life during that time, which she credited with helping her avoid the fate of other child actors.Indeed, Gilbert was refreshingly real - as well as darkly sarcastic with a natural gift for comic timing - when she debuted in the role of Darlene Connor on "Roseanne." For nine years, audiences watched the middle sister of this working-class, Midwestern family evolve from a basketball-playing tomboy to a budding writer with artistic, political and sometimes depressive tendencies. Her relationship with her mother (Roseanne) was forever a source of conflict as this domineering, razor-witted daughter mirrored her mom more than any of the other siblings. The similarities became more obvious when Darlene met David, a sensitive, accommodating artist who almost always caved in to Darlene's will in both their relationship and the graphic novels the pair wrote and illustrated jointly.In real life, Gilbert was exploring other creative talents and wrote a "Roseanne" episode entitled "Don't Make Me Over," which aired during season four. In 1993, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Despite her level of fame at that time, Gilbert stayed true to herself by becoming a vocal animal activist and vegetarian. In the middle of the series production, she announced that she had been accepted at Yale University, the alma mater of her idol, Jodie Foster. Show producers juggled storylines and taping schedules to accommodate Gilbert's education, shooting remote segments of Darlene at a soundstage in New York. They were not as open to her suggestion that Darlene, in a reflection of Gilbert's real life experiences, come out as gay. The actress graduated from Yale with honors in 1997, earning a BA in art with an emphasis in photography. That same year marked the series finale of "Roseanne," which had fallen in the ratings after taking a bizarre twist into the surreal.On the big screen, Gilbert co-starred with Drew Barrymore in both the notorious film, "Poison Ivy" (1992) and in "Riding in Cars With Boys" (2001). She also landed roles in other feature films such as "Light it Up" (1999), "The Big Tease" (1999) and "High Fidelity." Amidst her busy schedule, she found time to direct the short film "Persona Non Grata" which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, and continued working in TV, with guest appearances on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006) and "Strong Medicine" (Lifetime, 2000-06). She also enjoyed regular recurring roles on "24" (FX, 2002-2010), "The Class" (CBS, 2006-07) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). On a personal note, in 2004, Gilbert's life partner, television writer/producer Allison Adler, gave birth to a son, and the two set up house in the Hollywood Hills. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Gilbert kept her personal life out of the spotlight, emerging only to voice support for causes such as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, AIDS Project L.A., PETA and various animal rights organizations. She did, however, formally come out as a gay woman in July 2010, during the Television Critics Association press conference for her new show, "The Talk" (CBS, 2010- ). Shortly after Adler and Gilbert split in 2011, Gilbert began dating hit songwriter Linda Perry, former leader of '90s alt-rockers Four Non-Blondes. The couple married on March 30, 2014. In 2017 on an episode of "The Talk," Gilbert convinced her TV father John Goodman to reprise the character of Dan Conner for a sketch. This led to a revival of "Roseanne" with Gilbert as executive producer. The series was meant to serve as a coming together for a politically-divided America, but although it debuted to strong ratings, Roseanne Barr's offscreen politics led to the show's ending shortly after the first return season when her offensive tweets led ABC to fire her from the show. In the fall of 2018, a new series called "The Conners" (ABC 2018- ) premiered, with Roseanne Conner having died of an opioid overdose between the seasons.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
18% 47% Laws of Attraction Gary Gadget's Assistant (Character) $17.8M 2004
49% 66% Riding in Cars With Boys Tina (Character) $29.8M 2001
91% 90% High Fidelity Anaugh, Dick's Girlfriend (Character) $27.3M 2000
57% 57% Boys Life 3 Emily (Character) - 2000
39% 75% Light It Up Lynn Sabatini (Character) $5.9M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Unknown (Voice) - 1998
37% 47% Desert Blue Sandy (Character) $99.1K 1998
No Score Yet 83% Dead Beat Martha (Character) - 1995
34% 36% Poison Ivy Sylvie Cooper (Character) $1.8M 1992
No Score Yet 100% Sudie and Simpson Sudie Harrigan (Character) - 1990

TV

Credit
89% 39% The Conners Darlene Conner (Character),
Executive Producer
2018-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Equal J.M. From Cleveland (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Host,
Executive Producer,
Guest
2010-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2020
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strahan & Sara Guest 2019
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
53% 76% Happy Together Sara Gilbert (Guest Star) 2018
18% 60% Living Biblically Cheryl (Guest Star) 2018
76% 68% Roseanne Darlene Conner (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
2018 1988-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2018
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2017
88% 50% Supergirl Sara Gilbert (Guest Star) 2016
82% 82% The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2016 2007-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2012-2015
72% 91% The Comeback Herself (Guest Star) 2014
56% 36% Bad Teacher Irene (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
47% 46% The Millers Herself (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet HawthoRNe Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
83% 80% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
78% 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Caitlyn Ryan (Guest Star) 2008
51% 80% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 80% ER Jane Figler (Guest Star) 2004-2007
44% No Score Yet The Class Unknown (Guest Star) 2006-2007
27% No Score Yet Twins Unknown (Character) 2005-2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strong Medicine Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 84% Will & Grace Cheryl (Guest Star) 2003
87% 84% 24 Paul Schaeffer (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 94% Rugrats Cindy (Guest Voice) 2002
54% No Score Yet Welcome to New York Amy Manning (Character) 2000-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afterschool Special Unknown (Character) 1996
85% 76% The Simpsons Laura Powers (Guest Voice) 1994 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1994

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