Sara Gilbert


Sara Gilbert Biography

Sara Gilbert (born Sara Rebecca Abeles; January 29, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her recurring role as Leslie Winkle on CBS's The Big Bang Theory.

Early life

Gilbert was born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Barbara Crane (née Cowan) and Harold Abeles. Her two older siblings, Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert, were stars of Little House on the Prairie. Melissa and Jonathan both were adopted by Barbara and her first husband, Paul Gilbert; Paul died in 1975. Abeles changed her surname to Gilbert to become an actress in 1984.

Television career

Gilbert decided at age six that she wanted to be an actress after her older sister, Melissa Gilbert, got a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Following appearances in television movies and a commercial for Kool Aid, at thirteen she landed the role of Darlene Conner, the sarcastic middle child, in Roseanne. Sara was a cast member in the show's nine-year run from 1988 to 1997, for which she wrote a fourth-season episode story (the teleplay was written by the Guild Writers for the show) called "Don't Make Me Over". Her contribution was considered so important to Roseanne that the show's producers juggled storylines and taping schedules to allow her to study at Yale University while remaining in the cast, shooting remote segments of Darlene at a soundstage in New York. At Yale, she majored in art with an emphasis on photography; she graduated with honors in 1997.

Gilbert has appeared on The Simpsons, 24, Will & Grace, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Private Practice. Starting in 2004, she had a recurring role as medical student Jane Figler on the long-running hospital drama ER.

She returned to prime time television in the fall of 2005 in the sitcom Twins on The WB network. The sitcom was canceled after one season, when the WB and UPN networks merged as The CW and dropped a number of shows. She also had a recurring role on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Class as Fern Velch.

Since 2007 she has appeared in episodes of the CBS TV series The Big Bang Theory as Leslie Winkle, a scientist friend of Leonard Hofstadter played by Johnny Galecki, who had previously played Gilbert's love interest David Healy on Roseanne. In the second episode of the second season of The Big Bang Theory, Gilbert was elevated to the show's main cast, portraying again a potential love interest of Galecki's character, and at one point a love interest to Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). By January 2009, it was announced that the writers did not know how to write for her character full-time and her status was reduced from regular to recurring.

Gilbert is a co-host and executive producer of The Talk, a talk show that premiered October 18, 2010. Gilbert appears alongside Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler.

Film career

Gilbert appeared in two films alongside Drew Barrymore, in Poison Ivy in 1992 and Riding In Cars With Boys in 2001. Gilbert also had a feature role in Light It Up in 1999. She has had several minor roles following Roseanne, including short film $30 (aka 30 Bucks) as part of the Boys Life 3 feature, and High Fidelity. She directed her short film Persona Non Grata in 1998.

Personal life

Gilbert publicly came out as a lesbian in 2010. In 2001, she began a relationship with TV producer Allison Adler. They have two children"?a son, Levi Hank, born to Adler in October 2004, and a daughter, Sawyer, born to Gilbert on August 2, 2007. Gilbert and Adler separated in August 2011. Following the breakup, Gilbert began a relationship with songwriter and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. Gilbert announced her engagement to Perry in April 2013.

In her teens, Gilbert became a vegetarian, and by 2008, she had adopted a vegan lifestyle. She supports such organizations as PETA, Meals on Wheels, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Poison Ivy Sylvie Cooper Nominated "? Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Dead Beat Martha
1997 Walkin' on Sunshine: The Movie NeuralNurse 256
1999 Desert Blue Sandy
1999 Light It Up Lynn Sabatini
2000 The Big Tease Gretle Dickens
High Fidelity Annaugh Moss
"Boys Life 3" Emily/Michelle Short film
Segment: $30
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Tina Barr
2004 Laws of Attraction Gary Gadget's Assistant cameo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
Role Notes
1984 Calamity Jane Jean TV-Movie
1988 ABC Weekend Special Stephie Episode: "Runaway Ralph"
1988"1997 Roseanne Darlene Conner-Healy 219 episodes
2x Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series
TV Land Award for Innovator Award
Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series
Nominated "? TV Land Award for Character Most Desperately in Need of a Timeout
Nominated "? Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series

1990 Sudie and Simpson Sudie Harrigan TV Movie Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Cable Special

1992 The Simpsons Laura Powers Voice only
Episode: "New Kid on the Block"
1994 Saturday Night Live Herself " Host Episode: "Sara Gilbert/Counting Crows"
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Jessie Episode: "Me and My Hormones"
1997 Broken Record TV Movie
2000"2001 Welcome to New York Amy Manning 13 episodes
2002 24 Paula Schaeffer 5 episodes
2003 Will & Grace Cheryl Episode: "Fanilow"
2004 Strong Medicine Charlayne Episode: "Cinderella in Scrubs"
2004"2007 ER Dr. Jane Figler 15 episodes
2005 In the Game Unsold TV-Pilot
The Clinic Mrs. Jennings Episode: 3.1
2005"2006 Twins Mitchee Arnold 18 episodes
2006 Girls on the Bus Helen Episode: "Pilot"
2006"2007 The Class Fern Velch 6 episodes
2007 Private Practice Kelly Episode: "In Which Sam Gets Taken For a Ride"
2007"2010 The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle recurring season 1, season 2 regular and then back to recurring in season 3
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Caitlyn Ryan Episode: "Trials"
2010 HawthoRNe Malia Price Episode: "No Excuses"
Episode: "The Match"
Episode: "A Mother Knows"
Grey's Anatomy Kim Episode: "Suicide is Painless"
2010"present The Talk Herself Recurring, Show Producer



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