Sara Gilbert

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Sara Gilbert
Sara Gilbert.jpg
Gilbert at Comedies Premiere Party Area on La Cienega, Los Angeles - Sept. 17, 2008.
BornSara Rebecca Abeles
(1975-01-29) January 29, 1975 (age 39)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Linda Perry (m. 2014)
Partner(s)Allison Adler (2001–11)
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Sara Gilbert
Sara Gilbert.jpg
Gilbert at Comedies Premiere Party Area on La Cienega, Los Angeles - Sept. 17, 2008.
BornSara Rebecca Abeles
(1975-01-29) January 29, 1975 (age 39)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Linda Perry (m. 2014)
Partner(s)Allison Adler (2001–11)

Sara Gilbert (/ˈɡɪlbərt/; born Sara Rebecca Abeles; January 29, 1975)[1] 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[edit]

Gilbert was born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, California.[1] Her parents are Barbara Crane (née Cowan) and Harold Abeles. Her two older half-siblings, 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.

Television career[edit]

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.[2] 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 (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.[3] 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 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 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.[4]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Gilbert and her wife Linda Perry at The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's An Evening with Women 2014.

As a teenager, Gilbert dated her Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki. During that relationship she realized she was a lesbian. She remains good friends with Galecki.[5]

In 2001, Gilbert 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 in August 2007.[7][8] Gilbert publicly came out as a lesbian in 2010.[9] Gilbert and Adler separated amicably in August 2011.[10]

Following the break-up, Gilbert began a relationship with songwriter and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry.[11] Gilbert announced her engagement to Perry in April 2013.[12] Gilbert and Perry married on March 30, 2014.[13] On September 9, 2014, Gilbert announced on The Talk, that she was expecting a baby.[14]



1992Poison IvySylvie CooperNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994Dead BeatMartha
1997Walkin' on Sunshine: The MovieNeuralNurse 256
1999Desert BlueSandy
1999Light It UpLynn Sabatini
2000The Big TeaseGretle Dickens
2000High FidelityAnnaugh Moss
2000Boys Life 3Emily/MichelleShort film; Segment: $30
2001Riding in Cars with BoysTina Barr
2004Laws of AttractionGary Gadget's AssistantCameo


1984Calamity JaneJeanTV-Movie
1988ABC Weekend SpecialStephieEpisode: "Runaway Ralph"
1988–1997RoseanneDarlene Conner-Healy219 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)[15]
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

1990Sudie and SimpsonSudie HarriganTV Movie

Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Cable Special

1992The SimpsonsLaura PowersVoice only
Episode: "New Kid on the Block"
1994Saturday Night LiveHerself – HostEpisode: "Sara Gilbert/Counting Crows"
1996ABC Afterschool SpecialJessieEpisode: "Me and My Hormones"
1997Broken RecordTV Movie
2000–2001Welcome to New YorkAmy Manning13 episodes
200224Paula Schaeffer5 episodes
2003Will & GraceCherylEpisode: "Fanilow"
2004Strong MedicineCharlayneEpisode: "Cinderella in Scrubs"
2004–2007ERDr. Jane Figler15 episodes
2005In the GameUnsold TV-Pilot
2005The ClinicMrs. JenningsEpisode: 3.1
2005–2006TwinsMitchee Arnold18 episodes
2006Girls on the BusHelenEpisode: "Pilot"
2006–2007The ClassFern Velch6 episodes
2007Private PracticeKellyEpisode: "In Which Sam Gets Taken For a Ride"
2007–2010The Big Bang TheoryLeslie Winkle8 episodes
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCaitlyn RyanEpisode: "Trials"
2010HawthoRNeMalia Price3 episodes
2010Grey's AnatomyKimEpisode: "Suicide is Painless"
2010–presentThe TalkHerselfAlso creator and executive producer
2014Bad TeacherIrene Dudek5 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Sara Gilbert". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  2. ^ "BBC – Drama Faces – Sara Gilbert". 1975-01-29. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Sara Gilbert Biography". Fancast. 1975-01-29. Retrieved 2010-10-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2009-01-23). "'Big Bang Theory' scoop: Sara Gilbert taken off contract". Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  5. ^ Takeda, Alison (2013-09-13). "Sara Gilbert: I Realized I Was Gay While Dating Johnny Galecki". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ Peiffer, Kim. "Roseanne's Sara Gilbert Expecting Second Child". People. February 2, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2007.
  7. ^ "Sara Gilbert and partner welcome second child". Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  8. ^ "Sara Gilbert Gives Birth to Baby Girl". Fox News. August 13, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ "'Roseanne's' Sara Gilbert confirms she's a lesbian". CNN. July 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ Jordan, Julie. "The Talk's Sara Gilbert, Partner Break Up". People. August 24, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  11. ^ Grossberg, Josh "Sara Gilbert Talks Relationship With Linda Perry on The Talk". E Online. November 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  12. ^ Rice, Lynette (2013-04-08). "Sara Gilbert announces engagement on 'The Talk'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  13. ^ Lee, Esther (2014-03-31). "Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry Are Married". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  14. ^ Corriston, Michele (9 September 2014). "Baby on the Way for Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry". People Magazine. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Sara Gilbert Emmy Nominated

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