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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

August 5
Jackie babysits while Roseanne and Dan go out to a restaurant for dinner where they see a recently divorced friend.
Language Lessons
A body language test seems to reveal Dan's innermost feelings about Jackie; Darlene has a bone to pick with D.J.
August 6
Radio Days
A radio sponsored songwriting contest unleashes unusual creativity in Dan and Roseanne, while Booker unleashes uncontrolled impulses in Jackie. Guest Star: George Clooney
Lovers' Lanes
Roseanne checks out Becky's new boyfriend Chip during a family outing to the bowling alley; Jackie and Booker are bowling for more than dollars. Guest Star: George Clooney
The Memory Game
Roseanne discovers that Dan had a one-night stand years ago with her high-school rival. Guest Star: George Clooney
August 7
Here's to Good Friends
Roseanne and Jackie agree to help Crystal drown her sorrows over a recent break up by taking her to the Lobo Lounge for a few pink squirrels. Guest Star: George Clooney
Dan's Birthday Bash
Dan's birthday bash at the Lobo Lounge is interrupted by a bully intent on picking a fight with Dan. Guest Star: George Clooney