Crystal Bernard

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Crystal Bernard
Crystal Bernard at the 1994 Emmy rehearsal.jpg
Bernard at the 1994 Emmy rehearsal
BornCrystal Lynn Bernard
(1961-09-30) September 30, 1961 (age 52)
Garland, Texas, U.S.
OccupationSinger–songwriter, actress
Years active1982–present
 
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Crystal Bernard
Crystal Bernard at the 1994 Emmy rehearsal.jpg
Bernard at the 1994 Emmy rehearsal
BornCrystal Lynn Bernard
(1961-09-30) September 30, 1961 (age 52)
Garland, Texas, U.S.
OccupationSinger–songwriter, actress
Years active1982–present

Crystal Lynn Bernard[1] (born September 30, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and television and film actress, most widely known for her seven-year-long role on the situation comedy Wings. While her main work has been on television, she has appeared in some films, and also attempted to pursue a music career as a songwriter/performer.

Early life[edit]

Bernard was born in Garland, Texas. She was raised in a Southern Baptist home. Her father, Dr. Jerry Wayne Bernard, was a Baptist televangelist who traveled across the United States preaching and singing.[2] She became an entertainer at a young age, singing gospel songs with her elder sister, Robyn (also an actress, who played "Terry Brock" on General Hospital, 1984-1990[3]). One recording of the two that has survived from those years is a song called "The Monkey Song" (an objection to evolution), on Feudin' Fussin' and Frettin' recorded when Crystal was 8 years old,[4] a recording of a 1972 Thomas Road Baptist Church service led by Jerry Falwell. She has two younger sisters, Scarlett[5] and Angelique Bernard.

Bernard studied acting at Alley Theatre while growing up in Houston, Texas. She attended Spring High School, and continued her education at Baylor University, where she studied acting and international relations.[6]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Bernard got her start in prime-time television on the sitcom Happy Days, playing "K.C. Cunningham" during the show’s tenth season. After various guest appearances on television, she joined the cast of the resurrected, syndicated version of the sitcom It’s a Living,[7] playing waitress Amy Tompkins. She played strong-willed airport lunch-counter operator “Helen Chappel Hackett” on the sitcom Wings for the show’s entire duration (1990–1997).

Film[edit]

Early in her film career, she appeared in Young Doctors in Love. She starred in the Roger Corman-produced, direct-to-video film Slumber Party Massacre 2.

During the 21st century, her work includes a role in the film, Jackpot, and starring roles in Welcome to Paradise, and Grave Misconduct.

In 1999, she starred in the television movie, To Love, Honor, and Betray, opposite David Cubitt and James Brolin.

She has also starred in two Hallmark Channel TV-movies, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and Meet the Santas.

In 1989, she starred in a TV-series pilot, Chameleons, created by Glen A. Larson. She played Shelley, a self-proclaimed crazed heiress who discovers that her eccentric millionaire uncle Jason Carr has been murdered. She sets out on a quest to find the truth behind his murder.

Theatre[edit]

Bernard has appeared in the following stage productions since the end of Wings:

Music[edit]

In addition to acting, Bernard has a music career as a singer-songwriter. Albums include The Girl Next Door (1996) and Don't Touch Me There (1999). The latter includes a gospel track she recorded with her father and one sung with country artist Billy Dean.

She co-wrote the song "If I Were Your Girl" with Rhett Lawrence, which appeared on the Paula Abdul album Head over Heels in 1995.

Bernard did a duet with Peter Cetera called, "(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight," released on Cetera's One Clear Voice album.

She also appeared in the video for the song "Birdhouse in Your Soul" by They Might Be Giants.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1982Young Doctors in LoveJulie
1987Slumber Party Massacre IICourtney Bates
1999GideonJean MacLemore
2001JackpotCheryl
2007Welcome to ParadiseDebbie Laramie
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Gimme a Break!Kelly1 episode
1982–1983Happy DaysK.C. Cunningham16 episodes
1983Fantasy IslandAlly Miller1 episode
High School U.S.A.Anne-Marie Conklin
1983–1985The Love Boat2 episodes
1984The MasterCarrie Brown1 episode
1985–1989It's a LivingAmy Tompkins93 episodes
1989My Two DadsLiz Schaefer1 episode
Paradise1 episode
ChameleonsShelly
1990Without Her ConsentMarty
When Will I Be Loved?Julie Weston
1990–1997WingsHelen Chappell172 episodes
1992Lady Against the OddsDol Bonner
1993Miracle ChildLisa Porter
1994SiringoKaitlin Mullane
1995As Good as DeadSusan Warfield
1996Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Peña StoryEllen Hart Peña
1999The Secret PathMarie Foley
A Face to Kill forAllison Bevens
To Love, Honor & BetrayMelissa Brennan
2003According to JimLisa Christie1 episode
2004Single Santa Seeks Mrs. ClausBeth Sawtelle
2005Meet the SantasBeth Sawtelle
2007Welcome to ParadiseDebbie Laramie
2008Grave MisconductJulia London

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US CountryUS Heat
Girl Next Door4736
Don't Touch Me There
  • Release date: February 2, 1999
  • Label: River North
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart
positions
Album
US CountryUS ACUS Pop
1995"(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight" (with Peter Cetera)"2286One Clear Voice (Cetera)
1996"Have We Forgotten What Love Is"56Girl Next Door
1997"State of Mind"70
"You're Gonna Miss a Whole Lotta Love"
1999"Don't Touch Me There"25Don't Touch Me There
"Hey"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
1996"Have We Forgotten What Love Is"Steven R. Monroe
1997"State of Mind"
1999"Hey"

References[edit]

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