Crystal Lynn Bernard was born on the 30th September 1961, in Garland, Texas, USA, and is an actress as well as a singer and songwriter, best known for her appearance in the role of Helen Chapel in NBC’s sitcom “Wings” in which she starred in during its seven seasons between 1990 and 1997. Apart from this, she is also widely known for starring in “It’s a Living” comedy TV series as well as in the movies “Slumber Party Massacre II” (1987) and “Welcome to Paradise” (2007).
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this multitalented performer has accumulated? How rich Crystal Bernard is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Crystal Bernard’s net worth, as of early 2017, is $5 million, acquired primarily through her acting career which has been active since 1982, but her music career has provided an important part of Bernard’s current wealth too.
Crystal Bernard Net Worth $5 million
Crystal was born the second out of four daughters of Gaylon Fussell and Jerry Wayne Bernard, who was a televangelist. At a very early age she became interested in gospel music, and later in acting while she was involved with Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. After matriculating from Spring High School in Texas, she enrolled at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from which she graduated with a degree in acting and international relations.
In order to pursue a full-time acting career, Bernard transferred to Los Angeles, California, where at first she took part in commercials. She debuted on the big screen in 1982, as Julie in Garry Marshall’s comedy movie “Young Doctors in Love”, followed by a role in one episode of the “Gimme a Break!” TV series. After briefly appearing in the “Fantasy Island” TV series in 1983, Crystal Bernard got her first, more notable role, in “Happy Days”, ABC’s sitcom in which she appeared as K. C. Cunningham in its 10th season. All these engagements provided the basis for Crystal Bernard’s net worth and also opened the doors towards a more prominent acting career.
Prior to her career breakthrough, Crystal Bernard starred as Amy Tompkins in the “It’s a Living” sitcom between 1985 and 1989. In 1990, she began appearing in what later became her most memorable role, as Helen Chapel in NBC’s sitcom “Wings”. She was a regular cast member of the series’ entire eight seasons-long run, ’til it was cancelled in 1997. In 2003, she appeared in one episode of the popular comedy TV series “According to Jim”, and doubtlessly, these roles have helped Crystal Bernard to massively increase her popularity as well as her net worth by a large margin.
Besides in series, Bernard has also appeared in over a dozen movies and TV movies, of which some more famous are, apart from those mentioned above, “Without Her Consent” (1990), “Miracle Child” (1993), “As Good as Dead” (1995), “Gideon” (1998), “The Secret Path” (1999) as well as “A Face to Kill for” (1999) and “Grave Misconduct” (2008). Crystal has also added several stageplay roles to her acting portfolio, including “Crimes of the Heart” (1999), “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001) and more recently “Barbra’s Wedding” (2005). It is certain that all these ventures have dramatically increased the overall size of Crystal Bernard’s wealth.
As a singer, Crystal Bernard has released two studio albums – “The Girl Next Door” in 1996 and “Don’t Touch Me There” in 1999.
When it comes to her personal life, it is acknowledged that Crystal Bernard was in a longtime relationship with a producer Tony Thomas before he married in 2005, previous to which Crystal was dating Richard Wayne Kennedy.
Spokesperson for 'O Premium Waters' - a bottled water supplier in Phoenix, Arizona.
Former longtime girlfriend of producer Tony Thomas, son of Danny Thomas.
Began her career, at age three, singing gospel music with her older sister, Robyn Bernard. They traveled the country and recorded 12 albums -- all before they reached adulthood.
Singer Bobbie Gentry, best known for her single hit "Ode to Billy Joe," heard Crystal and Robyn perform at a gospel jubilee in Mississippi and hired them as a featured act in her Vegas show.
Moved to Los Angeles following high school graduation and initially took up songwriting before developing a strong interest in acting.
Has written songs for Paula Abdul, Lisa Stansfield, Tracie Spencer, and Debbie and Angie Winans.
Wrote several songs for her debut album (1996) and wrote and produced her second album released late in 1999.
Her Wings (1990) character of "Helen Chapel", the cello-playing lunch counter waitress at the airport, was supposed to have been of Greek descent and played by actress Peri Gilpin of Frasier (1993) fame. Gilpin had to decline the part and it was eventually rewritten as a Texas girl to fit the talents of Crystal.
Despite her Southern Baptist background, she is not a firm believer in marriage.
Involved with Grammy-winning producer/engineer/music mixer Michael Shipley.
Attended Bammel Middle School in Houston, Texas (close to Spring, Texas). Created her own video which included a self-written song about Tom Sawyer for a school project.
Sister of Scarlett Bernard and Angelique Bernard who graduated from Westfield High Schoold in Houston, Texas.
Grew up in the Oak Creek Village subdivision in Houston, Texas.
Daughter of Jerry Wayne Bernard.
Younger sister of Robyn Bernard.
She sang the duet "Forever Tonight" with Peter Cetera.
Graduated from Spring High School.
She co-wrote the song "If I Were Your Girl", which is performed by Paula Abdul and appears on her album "Head Over Heels".
Crystal got her start as a child entertainer, singing with her father at revivals in the early 1970s.
We actors have to be conscious of ourselves; there's vanity involved. There's a competitiveness. There's something that's not appealing to me about myself that I try to get away from. I'm constantly trying. To see that in others, that doesn't feel like home to me.
I knew that I did not want to be a statistic, that I wanted happiness within, and I wanted to be present because I knew what a great mover I was. I could move things and make things happen.