Bernhard, Sandra 1955–

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BERNHARD, Sandra 1955–


Born June 6, 1955, in Flint, MI; daughter of Jerome (a proctologist) and Jeanette (a painter) Bernhard; children: Cicely Yasin. Education: Graduated from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ; attended Charles Ross School of Beauty, Los Angeles, CA. Religion: Jewish.

Addresses: Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Publicist—Baker Winokur Ryder NY, 909 Third Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10022; Untitled Entertainment, 23 East 22 St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

Career: Actress, comedienne, music producer, and singer. Standup comedienne at nightclubs in and around Beverly Hills, 1974–78; appeared in television commercial for Biography Channel, 2000, and Twix Candy Bars, 2004; active with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals); also worked on a kibbutz in Israel and as a manicurist–pedicurist at a beauty salon in Beverly Hills, CA.

Member: Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: National Society of Film Critics Award, best supporting actress, 1984, for The King of Comedy; Charlie Local and National Comedy Award, funniest show off–Broadway, Association of Comedy Artists, 1988, for Without You I'm Nothing; Davidson/Valentini Award, GLAAD Media Awards, 2002.


Film Appearances:

Voice, Shogun Assassin, Universal, 1980.

Angie, Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams (also known as Nice Dreams), Columbia, 1981.

Marsha, The King of Comedy, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1983.

(Uncredited) The Muppets Take Manhattan, TriStar, 1984.

Angel Dutton, The House of God, 1984.

Grouch waitress, Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (also known as Follow That Bird), Warner Bros., 1985.

Perfect, Columbia, 1985.

(Uncredited) The Whoopee Boys, Paramount, 1986.

Nurse Stein, Track 29, Island, 1988.

Actress/comedienne, Heavy Petting, Academy Entertainment, 1988.

(Uncredited) Casual Sex?, Universal, 1988.

Without You I'm Nothing, Management Company Entertainment Group, 1990.

Minerva Mayflower, Hudson Hawk, TriStar, 1991.

Madonna: Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed with Madonna and Truth or Dare), Miramax, 1991.

Imogene, Inside Monkey Zetterland (also known as Monkey Zetterland), IRS Releasing, 1992.

Herself, Sandra Bernhard: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (documentary), BBC Enterprises, 1993.

Dallas Adair, Dallas Doll, Artistic License Films, 1994.

Herself, Catwalk (documentary), Arrow Releasing, 1995.

The Reggae Movie (documentary), Trimedia, 1995.

(Uncredited) Herself, Unzipped, Miramax, 1995.

La premiere queteuse, Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinema (also known as Les cent et une nuits, A Hundred and One Nights of Simon Cinema, and A Hundred and One Nights), 1995.

Bunny Roberts, Plump Fiction, Rhino, 1996.

Marci Guerra, Lover Girl (also known as Lover Girls), Peninsula Films/Dream Entertainment, 1997.

Ann Glover, Burn, Hollywood, Burn: An Alan Smithee Film (also known as An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn), Hollywood Pictures/Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, 1997.

Betty, Somewhere in the City, 1998.

Sandy Sands, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (also known as Ed Wood's I Woke Up Early the Day I Died), Muse Productions, 1998.

Dr. Fridley, Wrongfully Accused (also known as Leslie Nielsen Ist Sehr Verdaechtig, Sehr Verdaechtig, and Unter Falschem V), Warner Bros., 1998.

Voice of God, One Hell of a Guy, 1998.

Janet, Expose, 1998.

Voice of Cassandra, Hercules: Zero to Hero (animated), 1999.

Jennifer Freely, Dinner Rush, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Bibi Carlson, Playing Mona Lisa, Buena Vista, 2000.

(Uncredited) Herself, Zoolander, Paramount, 2001.

Herself, Shot at the Top: The Making of "The King of Comedy" (documentary short film), 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2002.

Ola, The Third Date, Trio, 2003.

Sherry Dansen, Searching for Bobby D, 2004.

Film Music Producer:

Without You I'm Nothing, Management Company Entertainment Group, 1990.

Stage Appearances:

Sandra Bernhard: Without You I'm Nothing (solo show), Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Giving Till It Hurts, 1992.

I'm Still Here ... Damn It! (solo show), Orpheum Theatre, 1998–1999.

The Love Machine, Jane Street Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Inshallah, Joe's Pub, New York City, 2001.

Excuses Part II, Ars Nova Theater, New York City, 2003.

Major Tours:

I'm Still Here ... Damn It! (solo show), U.S. cities, 1998–1999.

Hero Worship, U.S. cities, 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Nancy Bartlett Thomas, a recurring role, Roseanne, ABC, 1991–1997.

Cohost, The A–List, Comedy Central, 1992–1993.

Host, Reel Wild Cinema with Sarah Bernhard (also known as Film–Zilla with Sarah Bernhard, Reel Wild Cinema, and Reel Wild Sinema with Sarah Bernhard), USA Network, 1996.

Voice of Cassandra, Disney's Hercules (animated; also known as Hercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

Host, The Sandra Bernhard Experience, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Frieda Debny, "Freaky Friday," The ABC Family Movie (also known as Disney Family Films), ABC, 1995.

Herself, The Late Shift, HBO, 1996.

J. T. Wayne, Apocalypse, Sci–Fi Channel, 1997.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sheila Fontana, Silver Lake, UPN, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Just for Laughs" (also known as "Juste pour rire"), Showtime Comedy Spotlight, Showtime, 1987.

The Prince's Trust Gala, TBS, 1989.

Decade (also known as MTV's Decade), MTV, 1989.

Save the Planet: A CBS/Hard Rock Cafe Special (also known as The Hard Rock Cafe Presents Save the Planet), CBS, 1990.

Host, Living in America, VH1, 1990.

First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1990.

Host, "Women of the Night III," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1991.

Host, Sandra after Dark, with Your Hostess, Sandra Bernhard, HBO, 1992.

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday, NBC, 1992.

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2, HBO, 1992.

Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (documentary), HBO, 1993.

Freaks, Nerds, and Weirdos: An MTV News Special Report, MTV, 1994.

Extreme Comedy, ABC, 1996.

Kitty Price, "Museum of Love" (also known as "Anything for Love"), Directed By, Showtime, 1996.

"Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1997.

Host, Comedy Central's Hi–Fi Party, Comedy Central, 1998.

Sandra Bernhard: I'm Still Here ... Damn It!, HBO, 1998.

Comedy Central Presents the New York Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, Comedy Central, 1999.

Herself, FY2K: Graham Norton Live, 1999.

Narrator, Angie Dickinson: Tinseltown's Classiest Broad (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Voice of Bluebird, Rip Van Winkle: An Animated Special from "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" Series (animated), HBO, 2000.

Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Up (documentary), 2001.

Herself, The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, 100 Sexiest Artists (also known as VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists), VH1, 2002.

Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (documentary), 2003.

Herself, Jerry Lewis: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Herself, Totally Gay! (documentary; also known as VH1's Totally Gay!), 2003.

Presenter, The 2003 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert DeNiro, USA Network, 2003.

Introducing Graham Norton, Comedy Central, 2004.

(In archive footage) Honoree, 100 Greatest Stand–Ups of All Time, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 16th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1995.

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1996.

Host, The 9th Annual Gotham Awards, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, "The Richard Pryor Special?," The Richard Pryor Show, 1977.

Punk Monk, America 2–Night, 1978.

The Midnight Special, 1980.

Late Night with David Letterman, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992.

Karen, "The Night Caller," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1985.

Rat, "O.D. Feelin'," The Hitchhiker, 1986.

Herself, The Full Wax, 1991.

Sheila, "Top Billing," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1991.

Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated, 1991.

Herself, The Howard Stern Show, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000.

Late Show with David Letterman, 1994, 1988.

Herself, Clive Anderson Talks Back, 1994.

Herself, "Arthur after Hours," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1995.

Herself, "Larry's on Vacation," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1995.

Herself, "Jerk," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network, 1995.

Sheila Truitt, "Right to Life," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

Celebrity contestant, Jeopardy!, syndicated, 1996.

Ms. Sorenson, "City Beautification," Clueless, ABC, 1996.

Carolyn Marsh, "Dramatic License," Highlander, syndicated, 1996.

Voice of herself, "A Journey for the Betterment of People," Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (animated), Comedy Central, 1996.

Caroline Poop, "Drawing the Lines," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997.

Caroline Poop, "The Dirty Joke," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997.

Voice of Gsptlsnz, "Msyzpixilated," Superman (animated), 1997.

Voice of Sarah Baker, "Partners in Danger Chapter 5: Partners," Spider–Man (animated), 1997.

Voice of warden, "Aged Heat 2: Women in Heat," Duckman (animated), 1997.

Herself, Instant Comedy with the Groundlings, 1998.

Herself, The Roseanne Show, 1998.

Himself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 1999.

Cora DeFarge, "All You Need Is Val," V.I.P., syndicated, 2000.

Gina, "D–Girl," The Sopranos, HBO, 2000.

Herself, "Swimming Pools ... Movie Stars," Will & Grace, NBC, 2001.

Herself, "Someone Old, Someplace New," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002.

Herself, V Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2002.

The View, 2002.

Alberta Danner, "Well Endowed," L.A. Dragnet, ABC, 2003.

"VH1's One Hit Wonders Presents: Star Tracks," One Hit Wonders, VH1, 2003.

Priscilla Chaney, "Desperate," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: S.V.U.), NBC, 2003.

Herself, "Kinder Gentler Hungrier: Part 2," The Real Roseanne Show, ABC, 2003.

Marcia, "And Baby Makes Four," Girlfriends, UPN, 2003.

Herself, NY Graham Norton, 2004.

Herself, The Graham Norton Effect, 2004.

Also appeared as Cleopatra, A. J.'s Time Travelers; a beauty contestant, Fernwood 2–Night.

Television Work; Series:

Executive producer, The Sandra Bernhard Experience, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Television Work; Specials:

Coexecutive producer, Sandra after Dark, with Your Hostess, Sandra Bernhard, HBO, 1992.

Creator and executive producer, Sandra Bernhard: I'm Still Here ... Damn It!, HBO, 1998.



I'm Your Woman, Mercury, 1985.

Without You I'm Nothing, Enigma, 1989.

Excuses for Bad Behavior, Part I, 1994.

Somewhere in the City, 1998.

Stormy Weather, 1998.

I'm Still Here ... Damn It!, 1999.

The Love Machine, 2001.

Hero Worship, 2002.

Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen, 2003.

Excuses for Bad Behavior, Part 2, 2004.

Music Videos:

Appeared in Cracker's "Low."



(With John Boskovich) Without You I'm Nothing (based on her solo stage show), Management Company Entertainment Group, 1990.

Television Specials:

Sandra Bernhard: I'm Still Here ... Damn It!, HBO, 1998.

Television Episodes:

Wrote The Richard Pryor Show; The Sandra Bernhard Experience.

Stage Shows:

Sarah Bernhard: Without You I'm Nothing (solo), produced at Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1988.

The Love Machine, produced at Jane Street Theatre, New York City, 2000.


Confessions of a Pretty Lady, Harper, 1988.

Love, Love, and Love, HarperCollins, 1993.

May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra?, 1998.

Coauthor of eight songs for the record album I'm Your Woman, Mercury, 1985.

Contributor to magazines, including Interview, Spin, and Vanity Fair.



Contemporary Authors, Volume 137, Gale, 1992.

Newsmakers 89, Gale, 1989, p. 32–33.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000.


The Advocate, September 25, 2001, p. 79; March 5, 2002, p. 54.

Daily News, March 27, 1988; May 29, 1988.

Harper's Bazaar, October, 1998, p. 278.

Interview, August, 1989, p. 130; March, 1990, p. 136; August, 1994, p. 96.

New York, February 21, 1983, p. 36.

People Weekly, September 10, 1990, p. 67.

Rolling Stone, November 3, 1988, p. 76.


Sandra Bernhard Official Site,, August 6, 2004.