Sandra Bernhard is an American model, actress, comedian, singer and author. Bernhard 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 best known as portraying Nancy Barlett Thomas on the ABC sitcom Roseanne beginning in the fourth season (1991) until the show ended in 1997. Bernhard is number ninety-seven on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.
Bernhard is openly bisexual and a strong supporter of gay rights. On July 4, 1998, Bernhard gave birth to a daughter, Cicely Yasin Bernhard, whom she raises with her longtime partner, Sara Switzer.