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Sara Gilbert

Darlene Conner

Sara Gilbert was born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, Calif. on Jan. 29, 1975. Her mother Barbara was previously married to the late Paul Gilbert. When her sister, Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sara told her mother that she wanted to be an actress, too. She landed string of commercials, and she appeared in the 1984 TV movie Calamity Jane. That same year she adopted the Gilbert family name.

Gilbert, best-known for her nine-year run as the malcontent youngest daughter Darlene on Roseanne, was actually given time to study Yale University during her tenure on the show. She graduated with honors in 1997. Gilbert has since appeared on ER, 24, Law & Order and Twins, and had a recurring role on the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory with Johnny Galecki -- who played her boyfriend David on Roseanne. She starred in several movies including High Fidelity, Riding in Cars with Boys and Poison Ivy.

Character Bio

Darlene Conner is a series of dichotomies all wrapped up into one complicated, sarcastic, extremely intelligent (if underachieving) package. She's a tomboy and yet she's all girl, a sports enthusiast and budding artist, tight-lipped and a poet shouting from the rooftops. Darlene may indeed be the most well-rounded Conner of them all, and as such, her mother hangs upon her the mantel of "most likely to be the first Conner to graduate college and get out of Lanford." Darlene's significant other David Healy is the younger brother of Mark Healy, her sister Becky's main squeeze.

Roseanne TV Schedule

November 27
We Gather Together
The Conner clan gathers for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner. Dan is shocked to learn his father has feelings for Roseanne’s widowed friend Crystal.
Thanksgiving 1991
Roseanne doesn't believe her mother's excuse for why her father isn't attending Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving '93
In the midst of the Conner clan's Thanksgiving celebration, a fight breaks out and a long hidden, dark family secret is revealed. As a result, emotions fly and Bev flees the house.
Thanksgiving 1994
Nana Mary's introduces her new husband at Thanksgiving.. Roseanne and Dan anxiously await the results from her prenatal test and learn that something may be wrong with the baby.
The Last Thursday in November
D.J. performs in his school's Thanksgiving pageant in which the pilgrims pull out weapons and gun down the Indians "Pulp Fiction" style. D.J.'s Native-American teacher enlightens the parents with his story of Thanksgiving.
December 1
Dear Mom and Dad
Dan and Jackie encourage the normally outspoken Roseanne to stand up to her parents.
Let's Call It Quits
Roseanne makes a deal with her overbearing new supervisor: she’ll stop cracking wise at work if he begins to treat her fellow employees with respect.
December 2
Inherit the Wind
Becky passes gas in front of her date at school. Meanwhile Roseanne makes one last desperate effort to borrow a dress for a formal event.
Little Sister
Roseanne refuses to support Jackie when she decides to become a police officer. Meanwhile, sparks fly between two other siblings when Darlene tattles on Becky.