Most famous for playing Darlene Conner in the recently revived Roseanne, Sara Gilbert has been a regular face on our screens for the best part of 30 years. But the actress has experienced plenty of drama away from the cameras, too. Here’s a closer look at the Emmy nominee’s highs and lows.
Born in Santa Monica, California, in 1975, Sara Gilbert grew up in a showbiz family. Her half-siblings Jonathan and Melissa, for instance, had both appeared in Little House on the Prairie, while grandfather Harry helped create classic sitcom The Honeymooners. And Gilbert first followed in their footsteps when she landed a role in 1984 TV movie Calamity Jane.
Following this, Gilbert got her big break in 1988 when she was cast as Darlene Conner in Roseanne Barr’s eponymous sitcom. The actress played the famously sarcastic Darlene for nine years and even penned a story for one of season four’s episodes. Gilbert was so highly regarded, in fact, that producers seemed to bend over backwards to ensure that she stayed on the show during her time studying at Yale University.