Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert
Born Sara Rebecca Abeles
January 29, 1975 (1975-01-29) (age 36)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Partner Allison Adler (2001–2011) 2 children

Sara Gilbert (play /ˈɡɪlbərt/; born January 29, 1975) is an American actress best known for her role as Darlene Conner from 1988–1997 in the U.S. sitcom Roseanne.


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 (born Ed MacMahon); 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.[1] Following appearances in television movies and a commercial for Kool Aid, at the age of thirteen she landed the role of Darlene Conner, the sarcastic middle child, in Roseanne. Sara was a cast member during the show's nine-year run from 1988 to 1997, for which she also 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 part of the cast, shooting remote segments of Darlene at a soundstage in New York.[2] At Yale, she majored in art with an emphasis on photography; she graduated with honors in 1997.

Gilbert has made guest appearances on shows such as The Simpsons, 24, Will & Grace, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. 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 to become The CW and had to drop 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 many episodes of The Big Bang Theory on CBS as Leslie Winkle, a scientist friend (with benefits) to the character played by Johnny Galecki, who also portrayed her longtime boyfriend and husband David Healy on Roseanne. Starting with the second episode of the second season of The Big Bang Theory, Gilbert was elevated to the show's main cast, portraying once again a potential love interest of Galecki's character. At the end of January, it was announced that the writers did not know how to write for her character full time and her status was then reduced from regular to recurring.[3]

Gilbert is a co-host and executive producer of The Talk, a talk show which premiered October 18, 2010. Along with Gilbert, Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne, are the other co-hosts on this series.

Film career

Gilbert has 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 other 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 own short film Persona Non Grata in 1998.

Personal life

In her teens, Gilbert became a vegetarian. Today, she supports numerous organizations such as PETA, Meals on Wheels, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and AIDS Project Los Angeles. She stated on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in November 2008 that she has now adopted a vegan lifestyle.[4]

Gilbert publicly came out as a lesbian in 2010.[5] 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,[6] and a daughter, Sawyer, born to Gilbert on August 2, 2007.[7][8] Gilbert and Adler separated in 2011.[9]


Year Film 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
1998 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
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Calamity Jane Jean TV-Movie
1988 ABC Weekend Special Stephie Episode: "Runaway Ralph"
1988–1997 Roseanne Darlene Conner-Healy 219 episodes

Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series
Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series
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 Outstanding Young Comedienne 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 on 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"
The Talk Herself Recurring, Show Producer


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