Sara Gilbert is an actress, director, and producer who is best known for her roles in the sitcoms ‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ She is also known as the co-host and creator of the daytime talk show ‘The Talk.’ Since her career in television began in 1984, she has become very successful, both professionally and financially. It is now estimated that Gilbert has a net worth of $35 million. Here is how this talented actress became so wealthy.
Sara Gilbert’s Early Life
Born as Sara Rebecca Abeles in California on January 29, 1975, Sara Gilbert is from a talented family. Her maternal grandfather was Harry Crane, the creator of the television ‘The Honeymooners.’ She also had four half-siblings, two of whom have worked on television. Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert are her half-siblings on her mother’s side, and they were in ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ On her father’s side, Gilbert has a half-sister Patrice and a half-brother Joseph. Despite beginning her career as a child and having a well-established career as an actress by her teens, Sara Gilbert went to university. She majored in art with an emphasis on photography, and she graduated from Yale University in 1997.
Her Career in Television
According to The Things, Gilbert’s first television job was appearing in a Kool-Aid commercial. She then progressed her career on television in 1984 when she played Jean in the television movie ‘Calamity Jane.’ She went on to appear in several commercials and an episode of ‘ABC Weekend Special’ in 1988. Her big break came when she was just 13, and she landed the role of Roseanne’s daughter Darlene in the hit sitcom ‘Roseanne.’ She played this role in 190 episodes between 1988 and 1997 before returning for a final series in 2018.
During that time, she was nominated for multiple awards and won a TV Land Award for Innovator Award and two Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series. Gilbert also became an executive producer of the series. After the initial end of ‘Roseanne,’ Sara Gilbert had several minor roles in television series and movies throughout the latter part of the 1990s. She then landed the role of Amy Manning in ‘Welcome to New York’, in which she appeared from 2000 to 2001. Her next serious television job was appearing as Paula Schaeffer in five episodes of ‘24’ in 2002.
Gilbert also played Dr. Jane Figler in 15 episodes of ‘ER’ between 2004 and 2007, and Mitchee Arnold in 18 episodes of ‘Twins’ from 2005 to 2006. Just after this series ended, she played Fern Velch in six episodes of ‘The Glass.’ Other than her role in ‘Roseanne,’ many fans remember Sara Gilbert best for playing Leslie Winkle in ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Her character was a physicist working at the university alongside the lead male characters, and she dated both Leonard Hofstadter and Howard Wolowitz. Between 2007 and 2010, and then again in 2016, she appeared in a total of 9 episodes.
In recent years, Sara Gilbert has continued to enjoy a successful career in television. She appeared in 13 episodes of ‘Bad Teacher’ in 2014, and then 13 episodes of ‘Living Biblically. She reprised her role as Darlene Conner-Healy in 2018 for the ‘Roseanne’ spin-off, ‘The Conners’, which is an ongoing series. Most recently, she has played the recurring role of Professor Judd in ‘Atypical.’ Although she is best known for her acting work, Gilbert also diversified into working as a television host. She was the creator, executive producer, and co-host of the daytime talk show ‘The Talk.’ This talk show debuted in 2010, and it ran until 2019.
Gilbert’s Career in Film
The first feature film in which Sara Gilbert had a role was the 1992 film ‘Poison Ivy.’ For her performance playing Sylvie Cooper, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. During the 1990s, she went on to have roles in many other films. These included ‘Dead Beat,’ ‘Walking on Sunshine: The Movie,’ ‘$30’, ‘Desert Blue,’ and ‘Light It Up.’ Gilbert then appeared in three films in 2000, including ‘The Big tease,’ ‘High Fidelity,’ and ‘Boys Life 3’. Most recently, she had roles in the 2001 film ‘Riding in Cars with Boys’ and the 2004 movie ‘Laws of Attraction.’ In addition to appearing in front of the camera, Sara Gilbert has also worked as a film director. She directed the short film ‘Persona Non Grata’ in 1998. Gilbert had also acted on stage when she appeared in the 2000 theater production of ‘The Hot L Baltimore.’ It was part of the Williamstown theater festival.
Sara Gilbert’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Sara Gilbert’s net worth is estimated at $35 million. She has predominantly earned her money by appearing as an actress in television and film. However, she has also made money from working as a television talk show host and producing and directing.
Her Personal Life
During her teens, Sara Gilbert dated her ‘Roseanne’ co-star Johnny Galecki, who was also her on-screen boyfriend in the sitcom. It was while dating Galecki that Gilbert realized she was a lesbian. The pair remained close friends, and they co-starred again together in ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ and their characters dated on-screen once again. Gilbert started dating Ali Adler, a television producer, in 2001. The couple went on to have two children together. Adler gave birth to their son Levi Hank in 2004, and then Gilbert gave birth to their daughter Sawyer Jane in 2007. Gilbert and Adler separated amicably in 2011. After her split from Adler, Gilbert began dating Linda Perry, a songwriter and the 4 Non Blondes frontwoman. The couple became engaged in 2013 and then married a year later. Gilbert gave birth to their son Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, in 2015. Unfortunately, the relationship did not last, and Gilbert filed for legal separation in 2019.