Sara Gilbert

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Sara Gilbert
Birth name Sara Rebecca Abeles
Born January 29, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Notable Roles Darlene Conner in Roseanne
Notable Episodes

Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner in the hit series Roseanne



At an early age Sara decided that she wanted to be an actress while watching her siblings Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert star in Little House on the Prairie. Sara's mother got her started in a Kool-Aid commercial and she went off to do many other cameo roles. Then came her big break playing Darlene Conner on the hit sitcom Roseanne. During her stretch on Roseanne she starred in the feature films Sudie and Simpson and Poison Ivy. After Roseanne ended its nine-year run she directed a short film (Persona Non Grata) and had a starring part in the movie Light It Up. Later she guest-starred in many hit TV shows like 24, ER, and Will & Grace. More recently, Sara starred in the short-lived series Twins and had a recurring role as Fern on The Class on CBS.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Roseanne Darlene Conner 1988–2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Welcome to New York Amy Manning 2000–2001 1
Twins Mitchee Arnold 2005–2006 1
The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle 2008 2
The Talk Co-Host 2010–2019
Bad Teacher Irene 2014 1
The Conners Darlene Conner 2018–present 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Saturday Night Live Herself/Host 19x11 - Sara Gilbert/Counting Crows January 15, 1994
The Simpsons Laura Powers 6x03 - Another Simpsons Clip Show September 25, 1994
24 Paula Schaeffer 2x01 - Day 2: 8:00AM - 9:00AM October 29, 2002
24 Paula Schaeffer 2x02 - Day 2: 9:00AM - 10:00AM November 5, 2002
24 Paula Schaeffer 2x03 - Day 2: 10:00AM - 11:00AM November 12, 2002
24 Paula Schaeffer 2x04 - Day 2: 11:00AM - 12:00PM November 19, 2002
24 Paula Schaeffer 2x05 - Day 2: 12:00PM - 1:00PM November 26, 2002
Will & Grace Cheryl 6x10 - Fanilow December 11, 2003
ER Jane Figler 11x05 - An Intern's Guide to the Galaxy November 4, 2004
ER Jane Figler 11x06 - Time of Death November 11, 2004
ER Jane Figler 11x10 - Skin January 13, 2005
ER Jane Figler 11x11 - Only Connect January 20, 2005
ER Jane Figler 11x13 - Middleman February 3, 2005
ER Jane Figler 11x14 - Just as I Am February 10, 2005
ER Jane Figler 11x15 - Alone in a Crowd February 17, 2005
ER Jane Figler 11x22 - The Show Must Go On May 19, 2005
ER Jane Figler 12x01 - Cañon City September 22, 2005
The Class Fern 1x04 - The Class Blows the Whistle October 9, 2006
The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle 1x03 - The Fuzzy Boots Corollary October 8, 2007
The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle 1x05 - The Hamburger Postulate October 22, 2007
Private Practice Kelly 1x07 - In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride November 14, 2007
The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle 1x13 - The Bat Jar Conjecture April 21, 2008
Grey's Anatomy Kim Allen 6x18 - Suicide Is Painless March 25, 2010

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Sudie and Simpson Sudie Harrigan September 11, 1990

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances


Series Episode Airdate Credit
Roseanne 4x24 - Don't Make Me Over May 5, 1992 (story)


Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Talk 2011 –  Executive Producer

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1993, 1994)


  • Her mother adopted Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert in 1964 with her husband Paul Gilbert, so Sara is the only biological child of Barbra and Harold Abeles.
  • Took the last name "Gilbert" from her mother's first husband, Paul Gilbert
  • Has two siblings on her father's side: brother Joseph and sister Patrice
  • Her maternal grandfather is Harry Crane (the creator of "The Honeymooners")
  • Graduated from Yale University in 1997 with honors, majoring in art with an emphasis on photography
  • Dated Johnny Galecki as a teenager
  • Had a relationship with television producer, Allison Adler; they have two children: son Levi (born to Adler in October of 2004) & daughter Sawyer (born to Gilbert in August of 2007); they separated in August of 2011
  • Married music producer, songwriter and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry on March 30, 2014; they have a son, Rhodes (born to Gilbert in February of 2015).