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Sara Gilbert Biography

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Talk show host Sara Gilbert
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Sara Gilbert was born …:

… on January 29, 1975, as Sara Rebecca Abeles. She is the biological daughter of parents Barbara Crane and Harold Abeles and the sister of actress Melissa Gilbert and actor Jonathan Gilbert. Melissa and Jonathan are the adopted siblings of Crane and Paul Gilbert, her first husband, who died in 1975.

Growing Up with Sara …:

… was growing up around the television and movie industry in Santa Monica, Calif. Because her sister and brother were involved in the classic family drama Little House on the Praire, the acting bug bit Sara early. She changed her surname to Gilbert in 1984 and pursued acting in earnest before she turned 10 years old.

Her biggest break to date came in 1988 when she was cast as Darlene Connor on the hit show Roseanne. She stuck with the show until it ended in 1997.

From there, Sara took on a number of big roles in small films, including Poison Ivy, with co-star Drew Barrymore, and High Fidelity, with John Cusack.

Becoming a Talk Show Host::

After her recurring role on the CBS sit-com The Big Bang Theory was made regular - and then reverted back to recurring - Sara was approached to do a talk show on CBS.

The show, titled The Talk, will find Sara leading a panel of mothers discussing current events and topical issues. Other co-hosts include Julie Chen, who will leave her co-host duties on CBS's The Early Show, actresses Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, as well as international star and former talk show host Sharon Osbourne.

Fast Facts::

  • Sara graduated from Yale University in 1997, majoring in art.
  • Sara and her partner, producer Allison Adler, have two children.
  • Producers of Roseanne taped Sara’s segments for the sit-com at a studio in New York while she was attending Yale.
  • Wrote at least one episode of Roseanne, season four’s “Don’t Make Me Over.”
  • Sara is a vegan.
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