Sandra Bernhard was born on the 6th June 1955, in Flint, Michigan USA, and is a multi-talented comedian, actress, author, and singer, but best known for her stand-up performances. Bernhard has also starred in numerous films and series, and her acting skills have significantly increased her net worth. Bernhard’s career started in 1970.
Have you ever wondered how rich Sandra Bernhard is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Sandra’s net worth is as high as $8 million. In addition to being a successful comedian and actress, Sandra has also worked as a singer and written a few books which improved her wealth.
Sandra Bernhard Net Worth $8 Million
Sandra Bernhard was born into a conservative Jewish family as a daughter of Jerome and Jeanette Bernhard. Together with her parents and three older brothers, Sandra moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when she was ten. Bernhard started with her comedy gigs while in high school, and after matriculating from Saguaro High School, Sandra moved to Israel to volunteer on a kibbutz. A year later, Bernhard moved to Los Angeles where she supported herself thanks to a manicuring job.
Sandra gained a lot of popularity while working in a comedy club called The Comedy Store during the 70’s. That popularity landed her a TV debut on “The Richard Pryor Show” (1977), and later she appeared in various talk-shows. In the 80’s, Bernhard had roles in Cheech and Chong’s “Nice Dreams” (1981), Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” (1982) starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, Ken Kwapis’ “Follow That Bird” (1985), and Nicolas Roeg’s “Track 29” (1988). All added to her net worth.
Bernhard was quite busy in the 90’s, and appeared in movies such as “Hudson Hawk” (1991) starring Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, and Andie MacDowell; Ann Turner’s “Dallas Doll” (1994), and Betty Thomas’ “The Late Shift” (1996). Sandra also had a bigger part in the TV series “Roseanne” (1991-1997), playing Nancy Bartlett in 33 episodes. At the end of the 90’s, Bernhard appeared in “Wrongfully Accused” (1998) starring Leslie Nielsen, Richard Crenna, and Kelly LeBrock, and gave her voice to Cassandra in the animated series “Hercules” (1998-1999).
In the 2000’s, Bernhard had roles in Matthew Huffman’s “Playing Mona Lisa” (2000), Bob Giraldi’s “Dinner Rush” (2000) starring Danny Aiello, and “Dare” (2009) with Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, and Ashley Springer. In the meantime, Sandra appeared in several series and TV movies, and most recently she played in “Switched at Birth” (2014), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2014-2015), “2 Broke Girls” (2015), and “’79 Parts” (2016). All steadily increased her net worth.
Sandra Bernhard has released several albums combinations of music and comedy, including “I’m Your Woman” (1985), “Without You I’m Nothing” (1987), “Excuses for Bad Behavior” (1991), “I’m Still Here… Damn It!” (1998), “Gems of Mystery” (2006), and “Everything Bad & Beautiful” (2006) – again, her net worth has benefited.
Bernhard has also published three books: an autobiography “Confessions of a Pretty Lady” (1989), the essay collection “Love, Love and Love” (1993), and a semi-autobiography “May I Kiss You On The Lips, Miss Sandra?” (1999).
Regarding her personal life, Sandra Bernhard is openly bisexual and is a big supporter of gay rights. In 1998, she gave birth to her only child Cicely Yasin Bernhard, and they live together along with Bernhard’s longtime partner, Sara Switzer.
According 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.
Developed 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.
In 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.
Her 1988 show "Without You I'm Nothing" was recorded and received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy in 1991.
At 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.
Has three older brothers.
Posed nude for Playboy magazine.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 50. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Toured with the 1999 Lilith Fair as the only comedienne.
Before beginning her career as a stand-up comedian she was a manicurist for a posh L.A. salon.
Graduate of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
She 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.
Distinctive facial features
[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.
[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.
[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.
I never slept with Madonna. We were pulling everybody's chains, creating a media frenzy.
I keep my friends my whole life, but Madonna feels differently.
Madonna 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.
Did I tell you about my nightmare? I dreamt I was Madonna, shopping at Tiffany's, where I was trying to buy some class.
[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.
[when Madonna was doing Marlene Dietrich's look] I could hear Dietrich screaming from the grave, "Kill that trash, and kill her now!"
You can be a celebrity and not get too noticed. Unless you're out with a publicity hog like Madonna.
[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.
[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.
[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.
Paranoia is a full-time job.
[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.
[1992: On seeing someone hawking, coughing and spitting loudly] That kind of stuff makes me laugh. Sick human beings, weird human beings, ya know?
My family wasn't the Brady Bunch. They were the Broody Bunch.
I 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.
I 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.
I'm the only actress in Hollywood who didn't pay to have these lips.
My father was a proctologist and my mother was an abstract artist, so that's how I view the world.
I 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.
She's like jazz. She created her own beat. - friend and fellow comedian Paul Mooney