Sara Gilbert (born Sara Rebecca Abeles; January 29, 1975) is an American actress,director, and producer best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She was 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.
Gilbert in 2008
Sara Rebecca Abeles
January 29, 1975
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Linda Perry (m. 2014)
|Partner(s)||Ali Adler (2001–2011)|
|Relatives||Harry Crane (grandfather)|
Jonathan Gilbert (brother)
Melissa Gilbert (sister)
Early life and educationEdit
Gilbert was born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Barbara Cowan (née Crane) and Harold Abeles. Both her parents are Jewish. Her maternal grandfather was The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. Gilbert has four older half-siblings. Her two 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 siblings on her father's side, sister Patrice and brother Joseph.
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. Gilbert 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.
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 and sarcastic medical student Jane Figler on the long-running hospital drama ER; her appearances spanned seasons 11-13.
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. Winkle was discontinued after Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski became prominent characters.
Gilbert was a co-host and executive producer of The Talk, a talk show that premiered October 18, 2010. Gilbert won a Daytime Emmy in 2016 for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show as producer and creator of the show. Her final appearance as co-host was August 2, 2019.
An eight-episode revival series of Roseanne was developed, with Gilbert as an executive producer. It was confirmed on May 16, 2017, and the eight episodes, picked up by ABC, began airing March 27, 2018. Due to the revival's strong ratings and positive critical reception, a second season was announced. However, on May 29, 2018, in the wake of controversial remarks made by Barr on Twitter regarding Valerie Jarrett (VJ, an advisor of former president Barack Obama), ABC cancelled the revival after a single season. Gilbert distanced herself and the show from Barr's tweets saying that her comments are "abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show".
On June 21, 2018, ABC announced that the network had ordered a 10-episode spin-off of Roseanne with all of the regular cast members except Barr planning to return. The series is titled "The Conners" and premiered in October 2018, with Gilbert starring and serving as an executive producer.
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. In 2000, Gilbert appeared in a production of The Hot L Baltimore as part of the Williamstown (Mass.) theater festival.
As a teenager, Gilbert dated her Roseanne (and later The Big Bang Theory) co-star Johnny Galecki (their characters also dated). During their relationship she realized she was a lesbian. She remains close friends with Galecki.
In 2001, Gilbert began a relationship with television producer Ali Adler. They have two children—a son, Levi Hank, born to Adler in October 2004, and a daughter, Sawyer Jane, born to Gilbert in August 2007. 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. In August 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Adler had separated amicably.
Following the breakup, Gilbert began a relationship with songwriter, music producer and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. Gilbert announced their engagement in April 2013, and the pair married on March 30, 2014. Gilbert gave birth to their son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, on February 28, 2015.
|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|
|1998||$30||Emily / Michelle||Gay short film|
|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|
|1984||Calamity Jane||Jean||TV Movie|
|1988||ABC Weekend Special||Stephie||Episode: "Runaway Ralph"|
|Roseanne||Darlene Conner-Healy||190 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)
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|
|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||Rugrats||Cindy (voice)||Episode: "Cynthia Comes Alive/Trading Phil"|
|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"|
||The Big Bang Theory||Leslie Winkle||9 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Caitlyn Ryan||Episode: "Trials"|
|2010||HawthoRNe||Malia Price||3 episodes|
|Grey's Anatomy||Kim||Episode: "Suicide is Painless"|
|2010–2019||The Talk||Herself||Also creator and executive producer|
|2014||Bad Teacher||Irene Dudek||13 episodes|
|2016||Supergirl||Sara Gilbert||Episode: "Falling"|
|2018||Jane the Virgin||Herself||Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Four"|
|Living Biblically||Cheryl||13 episodes|
|2018–present||The Conners||Darlene Conner-Healy||11 episodes|
|2019||Weird City||Jathryn||Episode: "Smart House"|
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