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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, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Gilbert will reprise the role in 2018 for an eight episode revival.[1] She is also co-host and creator of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk and has had a recurring role as Leslie Winkle on CBS's The Big Bang Theory.

Sara Gilbert
Sara Gilbert.jpg
Gilbert at Comedies Premiere Party Area in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2008
Born Sara Rebecca Abeles
(1975-01-29) January 29, 1975 (age 42)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Linda Perry (m. 2014)
Partner(s) Allison Adler (2001–2011)
Children 3


Early life and educationEdit

Gilbert was born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, California,[2] the daughter of Barbara Cowan (née Crane) and Harold Abeles. Both her parents are Jewish.[3] Her mother is the daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. Gilbert has four older siblings. Her two older siblings on her mother's side, Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert, were stars of Little House on the Prairie. In 1984, Sara took the last name Gilbert for Paul Gilbert, her mother's first husband. Gilbert also has two older siblings on her father's side, sister Patrice and brother Joseph.

Gilbert graduated from Yale University in 1997 with honors, majoring in art with an emphasis on photography.[4]

Television careerEdit

Following appearances in television movies and a commercial for Kool-Aid, at 13 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 (1988–97), 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.[5]

Gilbert has appeared on The Simpsons, 24, Will & Grace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Private Practice. Starting in 2004, she had a recurring role as smart but sarcastic medical student Jane Figler on the long-running hospital drama ER; her appearances spanned seasons 11-13.

The Talk co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood in 2012.

Gilbert 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.

From 2007 to 2010, Gilbert 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.[6] Winkle got discontinued after Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski became prominent characters.

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. Gilbert won a Daytime Emmy in 2016 for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show as producer and creator of the show.

It was announced on April 28, 2017 that Gilbert along with most of the original cast will be returning for an eight episode revival series of Roseanne.[7] Gilbert will also serve as an executive producer.[8][9] It was confirmed on May 16, 2017 that the eight episodes have been picked up by ABC would air mid-season in 2018.[10]

Film careerEdit

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 the 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 lifeEdit

Gilbert with her wife Linda Perry at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's An Evening with Women event in 2014

As a teenager, Gilbert dated her Roseanne (and later The Big Bang Theory) co-star Johnny Galecki. During their relationship she realized she was a lesbian. She remains close friends with Galecki.[11]

In 2001, Gilbert began a relationship with television producer Allison Adler. They have two children—a son, Levi Hank, born to Adler in October 2004,[12] and a daughter, Sawyer Jane, born to Gilbert in August 2007.[13][14] For many years, Gilbert remained private about her sexuality, choosing not to publicly discuss her personal life. In July 2010, as she prepared to launch her talk show, The Talk, Gilbert confirmed that she was a lesbian.[15] In August 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Adler had separated amicably.[16]

Following the breakup, Gilbert began a relationship with songwriter, music producer and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry.[17] Gilbert announced their engagement in April 2013,[18] and the pair married on March 30, 2014.[19] Gilbert gave birth to their son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, on February 28, 2015.[20][21][22]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Poison Ivy Sylvie Cooper Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Dead Beat Martha Film is based on the killings of Charles Schmid.
1997 Walkin' on Sunshine: The Movie NeuralNurse 256
1999 Desert Blue Sandy
1999 Light It Up Lynn Sabatini
2000 The Big Tease Gretle Dickens
2000 High Fidelity Annaugh Moss
2000 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


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Calamity Jane Jean TV-Movie
1988 ABC Weekend Special Stephie Episode: "Runaway Ralph"
1988–1997, 2018 Roseanne Darlene Conner-Healy 184 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 (1993-1994)[23]
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
2005 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"
  • 2007–10;
  • 2016
The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle 9 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Caitlyn Ryan Episode: "Trials"
2010 HawthoRNe Malia Price 3 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy Kim Episode: "Suicide is Painless"
2010–present The Talk Herself Also creator and executive producer
2014 Bad Teacher Irene Dudek 5 episodes
2016 Supergirl Sara Gilbert Episode: "Falling"
2018 Jane the Virgin Herself Episode: "TBA"


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  17. ^ Grossberg, Josh "Sara Gilbert Talks Relationship With Linda Perry on The Talk". E Online. November 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  18. ^ Rice, Lynette (2013-04-08). "Sara Gilbert announces engagement on 'The Talk'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  19. ^ Lee, Esther (2014-03-31). "Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry Are Married". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  20. ^ "Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry Welcome Son Rhodes Emilio". People. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  21. ^ Oldenburg, Ann. "Sara Gilbert, Linda Perry welcome baby boy". USA Today. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  22. ^ Christie D'Zurilla (March 2, 2015). "Sara Gilbert, Linda Perry are parents of a new baby boy". LA Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  23. ^ Sara Gilbert Emmy Nominated

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