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Net Worth$8 million
Date Of BirthJune 6, 1955
MarkDistinctive facial features
FactToured with the 1999 Lilith Fair as the only comedienne.

Sandra Bernhard (born June 6, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, singer and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture and political figures. Bernhard is number 97 on Comedy Central’s 100 greatest standups of all time. She has often addressed her bisexuality in her stand-up routines.

Bernhard began her career as a stand-up comedian and eventually became a cast member on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977. Her big break came in 1982 when she was asked to fill in for an absent Bette Midler on Broadway in the musical production of “The Rose”. The role earned her rave reviews and the attention of Hollywood.

In 1983, Bernhard made her film debut in the Martin Scorsese film “King of Comedy” opposite Robert De Niro. She has since appeared in over 40 films, including “Hudson Hawk” (1991), “The First Wives Club” (1996) and “Jumanji” (1995). She also had a recurring role on the TV series “Roseanne” from 1992 to 1997.

Bernhard has released several albums of original music, including “I’m Your Woman” (1988), “Excuses for Bad Behavior (Part One)” (1992) and “Sandra Bernhard Live” (1997). She has also written two books, “Love, Love and Love” (1992) and “Confessions of a Pretty Lady” (1998).

In 2008, Bernhard appeared as a contestant on the reality TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice”. She was the second contestant to be fired from the show.

Bernhard has been in a relationship with Sara Switzer since 2006. The couple have two children together, Cicely and Phoenix.

As of 2020, Sandra Bernhard’s net worth is $10 million.

General Info

Full NameSandra Bernhard
Net Worth$8 million
Date Of BirthJune 6, 1955
Height1.78 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Comedian, Author, Actor, Singer, York, NY, USA
EducationSaguaro High School


ChildrenCicely Yasin Bernhard
ParentsJeanette Bernhard, Jerome Bernhard, York, NY, USA
PartnerSara Switzer, Sara Switzer


AwardsGLAAD Media Davidson/Valentini Award, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, York, NY, USA
NominationsOuter Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance
MoviesYork, NY, USA, The King of Comedy, Hudson Hawk, Without You I'm Nothing, Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, Dinner Rush, Plump Fiction, Somewhere in the City, Wrongfully Accused, Dallas Doll, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, Track 29, Inside Monkey Zetterland, Nice Dreams, See You in...
TV ShowsThe Search for the Funniest Mom in America, Hercules, Roseanne, The Richard Pryor Show, York, NY, USA

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#Marks / Signs
1Her face
2Distinctive facial features


1[Of Jerry Lewis]: When they keep cutting to him and he looks like he's suffering, I don't think he was acting. Marty would let him direct a little bit in the movie, and in the scene - once I've cut Jerry Lewis out of his tape, where he hits me and knocks me out - he wanted me, in my bra and panties and high heels, to spin into a large glass table lit with a hundred candles. He kept showing me how I could do it, and I kept saying, 'I can't do it, Jerry,' 'You can do it! You can do it! I've done it a hundred times.' Finally, Marty interceded and he just puts me up against the wall and knocks me out, and I slide down and fall onto a pad. That was a crazy, classic Jerry Lewis moment.
2[If Jerry Lewis loves to direct]: Well, Jerry loves to direct. Whereas he is not as magnanimous as the rest of them, he would still acknowledge a powerful scene or a great moment by his reaction. He would register total fear and shock while sitting across the table from this lunatic Jewish girl. He had never seen anything like me.
3[on her on- and off-screen relationship with Jerry Lewis, who played Mr. Langford, who himself said that women weren't being funny]: No. Nothing Jerry Lewis says surprises me. I mean, he's old-school. He's from another generation where women were just there as foils. I don't think any of those kind of men really ever look at women and think, "Well, we need a woman here to make it really work." But no, nothing Jerry's ever said has impressed me, upset me, or affected me. I just accept him as I accept my father; they're just older men who came from a different way of thinking and a different generation.
4I never slept with Madonna. We were pulling everybody's chains, creating a media frenzy.
5I keep my friends my whole life, but Madonna feels differently.
6Madonna and I were in the back of a limo driving to some concert in L.A., and she said, "Sandy, did you fuck Warren Beatty?" I said, "No." And then a month later she started dating him. I always thought, What if I had said yes, I'd fucked him, would that have meant she wouldn't have wanted him? The deal would have been off? I guess she was just testing the waters.
7Did I tell you about my nightmare? I dreamt I was Madonna, shopping at Tiffany's, where I was trying to buy some class.
8[on Madonna] I gave her everything -- friendship, love. How did she pay me back? By stabbing me in the back. I'm telling you as sure as I'm standing here, Madonna will steal everything from you, even your closest friends if she can get her grubby little hands on them.
9[when Madonna was doing Marlene Dietrich's look] I could hear Dietrich screaming from the grave, "Kill that trash, and kill her now!"
10You can be a celebrity and not get too noticed. Unless you're out with a publicity hog like Madonna.
11[re acting caustic towards audiences in past] I would still be frank and honest and funny, but I'd be more sensitive. I think having a kid and seeing how the world works from that angle, you're a little more thoughtful and introspective. You don't want to spend your whole life being bitchy to people. But it worked then, and I'm still able to pull it out if I need to.
12[on the possibility of remaking The King of Comedy (1982)] No way. At one point, Jack Black wanted to remake it, and I was like - I mean I love him, he's fabulous, don't get me wrong, but I don't think it would have worked. It's too late to remake it. We're here and there's nothing to really predict. It's just an ongoing conversation you have every day of the week like, "Can you believe he's famous?" There's nothing to say about it. We're in the middle of it.
13[on The King of Comedy (1982)] I haven't seen the movie in a long time. How many times can you watch yourself, you know? It's uncomfortable. I am curious to see it again all cleaned up and restored. The film was so representative of an era in filmmaking when people would take their time in a scene. It wasn't a case of rush, rush, rush onto the next moment. You had room to breathe, and I think that in itself made people uncomfortable because the topic was so weird and out of left field at the time. Now, expectations of fame and desire run so extreme that the film almost seems tame in comparison, but there's still something about The King of Comedy (1982) that's very disarming and offbeat and something you'll never see again. And so those are the emotions I feel. It was very evocative.
14Paranoia is a full-time job.
15[on Jerry Lewis and The King of Comedy (1982)]: It was fabulous. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I learned so much from everybody on that film, including Jerry. Is he easy to get along with? No. Is he notoriously crank and misogynistic? Yes. But that doesn't mean you don't have a great experience in spite of people's limitations. It was incredible.
16[1992: On seeing someone hawking, coughing and spitting loudly] That kind of stuff makes me laugh. Sick human beings, weird human beings, ya know?
17My family wasn't the Brady Bunch. They were the Broody Bunch.
18I tend to go against the grain because when I start to see that everybody's trying to shock, I try not to. I just do stuff that's subtler, more emotional, and I think that shocks people.
19I think [comedy] is definitely a more male oriented field--social commentary, political commentary--I think it's just easier for men to get up and say whatever they want. But I don't think there's that many women who really want to put their toe in the water either. It's not the easiest life or lifestyle to get out there and kind of shake the s*** up.
20I'm the only actress in Hollywood who didn't pay to have these lips.
21My father was a proctologist and my mother was an abstract artist, so that's how I view the world.
22I think people are a little bit intimidated by me. You know, I'm not exactly a wilting flower, so I think they're a little bit scared of me sometimes.
23She's like jazz. She created her own beat. - friend and fellow comedian Paul Mooney


1According to an interview on Howard Stern's show, she revealed that she turned down the role of Miranda on the TV series Sex and the City (1998) --a role that eventually made Cynthia Nixon a household name.
2Had a fractured working relationship with co-star Jerry Lewis while filming The King of Comedy (1982). She claims he was very derogatory to her.
3Developed a strong friendship with Madonna during the 1980s, and the two were frequently seen together in public. They made intimations of a romantic relationship, most notably after appearing on Late Night with David Letterman (1982) where Sandra joked that she had slept with both Madonna and her then-husband, Sean Penn. The friendship ended in 1992.
4In June 2006, Bernhard appeared on the daytime talk show "The View", and in a seven-minute segment, her commentary on race and politics incited two of the hosts to rage.
5Is bisexual.
6Her 1988 show "Without You I'm Nothing" was recorded and received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy in 1991.
7At one time she was offered a role in Jordan Roth's revival of "The Rocky Horror Show" but it only paid $2,000 a week and she turned it down.
8Has three older brothers.
9Posed nude for Playboy magazine.
10Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 50. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
11Toured with the 1999 Lilith Fair as the only comedienne.
12Before beginning her career as a stand-up comedian she was a manicurist for a posh L.A. salon.
13Graduate of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
14She had a daughter, Cicely Yasin Bernhard (also given Hebrew name Rachel), on July 4, 1998 via cesarean section. The baby's father has not been revealed.




Hot in Cleveland2011TV SeriesNan
Glass Heels2011TV MovieLorraine
Lez Chat2010ShortFolk Music Lover
See You in September2010Charlotte
Dare2009Dr. Serena Mohr
American Dad!2008TV SeriesOld Lady
The New Adventures of Old Christine2007TV SeriesAudrey
Las Vegas2007TV SeriesMargo Poon
Twenty Dollar Drinks2006ShortStar
Searching for Bobby D2005Sherri Dansen
Crossing Jordan2005TV SeriesRoz Framus
The L Word2005TV SeriesCharlotte Birch
Silver Lake2004TV MovieSheila Fontana
The Easter Egg Adventure2004Claralyne Cluck (voice)
The Third Date2003/IIShortOla
Girlfriends2003TV SeriesMarcia
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2003TV SeriesPriscilla Chaney
Dragnet2003TV SeriesAlberta Danner
Just for Me Stories2001TV SeriesNarrator (voice)
Zoolander2001Sandra Bernhard (uncredited)
Dinner Rush2000Jennifer Freely
Playing Mona Lisa2000Bibi Carlson
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child2000TV SeriesBluebird
The Sopranos2000TV SeriesGina
V.I.P.2000TV SeriesCora DeFarge
Hercules1998-1999TV SeriesCassandra
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998Sandy Sands
Hercules: Zero to Hero1998VideoCassandra (voice)
Wrongfully Accused1998Doctor Fridley
Somewhere in the City1998Betty
One Hell of a Guy1998God (voice)
Ally McBeal1997TV SeriesCaroline Poop
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn1997Ann Glover
Superman1997TV SeriesGsptlsnz
Lover Girl1997Marci Guerra / 'Angel'
Plump Fiction1997Bunny Roberts
Roseanne1991-1997TV SeriesNancy Bartlett
Spider-Man1997TV SeriesSarah Baker
The Apocalypse1997J.T. Wayne
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesWarden
Highlander1996TV SeriesCarolyn Marsh
Clueless1996TV SeriesMs. Sorenson
Museum of Love1996ShortKitty
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1996TV SeriesSandra
The Late Shift1996TV MovieSandra Bernhard
Chicago Hope1996TV SeriesSheila Truitt
The Larry Sanders Show1995TV SeriesSandra Bernhard
Freaky Friday1995TV MovieFrieda Debny
One Hundred and One Nights1995La première quêteuse (uncredited)
A.J.'s Time Travelers1995TV SeriesCleopatra
Dallas Doll1994Dallas Adair
Inside Monkey Zetterland1992Imogene
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesSheila Winters
Hudson Hawk1991Minerva Mayflower
Pee-wee's Playhouse1990TV SeriesRhonda
Track 291988Nurse Stein
Casual Sex?1988uncredited
The Whoopee Boys1986Extra (uncredited)
The Hitchhiker1986TV SeriesRat
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985TV SeriesKaren
Follow That Bird1985Grouch Waitress
The House of God1984Angel Dutton
Best of the Big Laff Off1983Video
The King of Comedy1982Masha
Nice Dreams1981Girl Nut
Shogun Assassin1980Voice (voice)
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesPunk Monk
The Richard Pryor Show1977TV SeriesVarious
Secs & Execs2017TV MovieKath Fairchild
Difficult People2016TV SeriesLilith Feigenbaum
'79 Parts2016Mrs. Fletcher
Getting On2015TV SeriesMarla Pounder
2 Broke Girls2015TV SeriesJoedth
Brooklyn Nine-Nine2014-2015TV SeriesDarlene Linetti
You're the Worst2014TV SeriesSandra Bernhard
Switched at Birth2014TV SeriesProf. Teresa Ledarsky
Drop Dead Diva2013TV SeriesJudge Ada Brown
Diving Normal2013Carmella
The Neighbors2013TV SeriesMs. Porsche
DTLA2012TV SeriesCarla / Mom
Family Guy2012TV SeriesSandra Bernhard
GCB2012TV SeriesDebby Horowitz


Will & Grace2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hercules1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Apocalypse1997performer: "Blue" / producer: "Blue" / writer: "Blue"
Without You I'm Nothing1990performer: "Little Red Corvette", "So Lonesome I Could Die", "Me and Mrs. Jones", "Mighty Real"
The King of Comedy1982performer: "Come Rain or Come Shine"


The Sandra Bernhard Experience2001TV Series
Sandra Bernhard: I'm Still Here... Damn It!1999TV Special
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1996TV Series additional material - 1 episode
Without You I'm Nothing1990written by

Music Department

Without You I'm Nothing1990music producer


Sandra After Dark1992TV Movie co-executive producer


A Shot at the Top: The Making of 'The King of Comedy'2002Video documentary short special thanks
Happiness1998special thanks
Unzipped1995Documentary very special thanks
Love Four1994Video thanks - as Sandra Bernhardt


Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Allee Willis Loves DetroitDocumentary filmingHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010-2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Arena2017TV Series documentaryHerself
Jewel's Catch One2016DocumentaryHerself
Dying Laughing2016DocumentaryHerself
Gotham Comedy Live2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
Roseanne for President!2015DocumentaryHerself - Comedian & Actress
The Birthday Boys2014TV SeriesHerself
Howard Stern Birthday Bash2014VideoHerself - Audience Member
Good Day L.A.2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tom Green Live2014TV SeriesHerself
Smear Campaign: @LizzWinstead's #Tour4PP2013Video documentaryHerself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Hour2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Why We Laugh: Funny Women2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fashion News Live2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2011-2012TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets2012TV Series documentaryHerself
UnCabaret2012TV SeriesHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rocco's Dinner Party2011TV SeriesHerself
Roseanne's Nuts2011TV SeriesHerself
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHerself
The Joy Behar Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Week2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Loose Women2009-2011TV SeriesHerself
The Green Room with Paul Provenza2010TV SeriesHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Head Case2009TV SeriesHerself
Every Little Step2008DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Cho Show2008TV SeriesHerself
In the Life2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Project Runway2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
The World's Greatest Comedy Characters2007TV MovieHerself / Nancy Bartlett
100 Greatest Stand-Ups2007TV Special documentaryHerself
Paul Mooney: Jesus Is Black - So Was Cleopatra - Know Your History2007Video documentaryHerself
Reflections on Paul Mooney2007Video documentary shortHerself
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Legends: Rodney Dangerfield2006TV MovieHerself
My First Time2006TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2005-2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Advocate Newsmagazine2006TV SeriesHerself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett2005-2006TV SeriesHerself - Hostess / Herself - Celebrity Co-Hostess
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Nick at Nite's Search for the Funniest Mom in America2005TV SpecialHerself
Weekends at the DL2005TV SeriesHerself
Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live from the Ladies Room: The WE Awards Night Bathroom Break Party2005TV SpecialHerself - Hostess
Rove Live2005TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The N Word2004DocumentaryHerself
The Graham Norton Effect2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hollywood Squares1998-2004TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
NY Graham Norton2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Real Roseanne Show2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Totally Gay!2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Heroes of Jewish Comedy2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro2003TV MovieHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2001-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
A Shot at the Top: The Making of 'The King of Comedy'2002Video documentary shortHerself - 'Masha'
The Greatest2002TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Will & Grace2001-2002TV SeriesHerself
Liza and David2002TV SpecialHerself
The Sandra Bernhard Experience2001TV SeriesHost
Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Lip2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Proud Voices2001TV MovieHerself
Howard Stern1994-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
FY2K: Graham Norton Live1999TV SpecialHerself
Sandra Bernhard: I'm Still Here... Damn It!1999TV SpecialHerself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller1999TV MovieHerself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The World's Best Sellers: The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comedy Central's Hi Fi Party1998TV SpecialHerself - Hostess
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself
1998 MTV Video Music Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast1997TV MovieHerself
MADtv1997TV SeriesHerself
Reel Wild Cinema1996-1997TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Jeopardy!1996TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sandra After Dark1996TV SeriesHerself
The 23rd Annual American Music Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
Lauren Hutton and...1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Reggae Movie1995DocumentaryHerself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1995TV SeriesHerself
Unzipped1995DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Sandra Bernhard: Confessions of a Pretty Lady1994DocumentaryHerself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS This Morning1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Camp Christmas1993TV MovieHerself
Viva Cabaret1993TV SeriesHerself
Cracker: Low1993Video shortHerself
The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday1992TV MovieHerself
The Word1992TV SeriesHerself
The A-List1992TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1992TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Sandra After Dark1992TV MovieHerself
Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 21992TV Special documentaryHerself
Women of the Night 31991TV SpecialHerself - Hostess
Madonna: Truth or Dare1991DocumentaryHerself
The Full Wax1991TV SeriesHerself
Without You I'm Nothing1990Herself
Decade1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
Heavy Petting1989DocumentaryHerself
1989 MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The Bob Monkhouse Show1986TV SeriesHerself - Guest
On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show1983TV Special documentaryHerself
The Midnight Special1980TV SeriesHerself
The Big Laff Off1978TV SeriesHerself
The Richard Pryor Show1977TV SeriesHerself / Various
The Richard Pryor Special?1977TV SpecialWoman Writer
The Robin Byrd Show1977TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
The Undefeated2011DocumentaryHerself
Howard Stern2004TV SeriesHerself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHerself #97
Hercules1999TV SeriesCassandra
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentary


Won Awards

2006Artistic Achievement AwardPhiladelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
2002Davidson/Valentini AwardGLAAD Media Awards
1984NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressThe King of Comedy (1982)

Nominated Awards

1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Syndicated SeriesHighlander (1992)
1992Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressHudson Hawk (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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