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Crystal Bernard
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Born:

Crystal Bernard

Date of Birth:

September 30, 1961

Place of Birth:

Garland, Texas

Occupation:

Film and Television Actress - Singer

Bernard was born in Garland, Texas. She became an amateur entertainer at a young age, singing gospel songs with her older sister, Robyn Bernard (also an actress, who played, "Terry Brock," on General Hospital, 1984-1990). One recording of the two that has survived from those years is a song called, "The Monkey Song" (an objection to evolution), on, Feudin' Fussin' and Frettin, a recording of a 1972 Thomas Road Baptist Church service led by Jerry Falwell. Bernard's father is famed televangelist, Dr. Jerry Wayne Bernard, with whom Bernard still travels and sings gospel music.

Bernard developed her acting and performing abilities at, Alley Theatre, while growing up in, Houston, Texas. She continued her education at Baylor University where she studied acting and international relations.


Career

She got her start in prime-time television on the long-running sitcom Happy Days, playing "K.C. Cunningham" during the show's second-to-last season. After various guest appearances on television, she joined the cast of the resurrected, syndicated version of the sitcom It's a Living, playing waitress Amy Tompkins. But she is best known for her role as strong-willed airport lunch-counter operator "Helen Chappel Hackett" on the sitcom Wings, a role she played for the show's duration (1990-1997).


Early in her film career, she appeared in Young Doctors in Love. She starred in the Roger Corman-produced, direct-to-video film Slumber Party Massacre 2. During the 21st century, her work includes a role in the film, Jackpot, and starring roles in Welcome to Paradise, and Grave Misconduct. She has also starred in two Hallmark Channel TV-movies, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and Meet the Santas.

She also starred in an unsold, 1989 TV-series pilot, Chameleons, created by Glen A. Larson. She played Shelley,a self-proclaimed crazed heiress who discovers that her eccentric millionaire uncle Jason Carr has been murdered. She sets out on a quest to find the truth behind his murder.


Bernard has appeared in stage productions since the end of Wings:
In 1999, she was in a Los Angeles production of Crimes of the Heart;
In 2001, she was the last in a series of actresses to play, Annie Oakley, in a 1999 Marquis Theatre revival of Annie Get Your Gun
In 2005, she was in the West Coast premiere of Barbra's Wedding, starring opposite actor/playwright Daniel Stern, in a production staged at Falcon Theatre, in Burbank, California.


In addition to acting, Bernard has a music career as a singer-songwriter. Albums include The Girl Next Door (1996) and Don't Touch Me There (1999). The latter includes a gospel track she recorded with her father and one sung with country artist Billy Dean. Bernard did a duet with Peter Cetera called, "(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight," released on Cetera's One Clear Voice album.

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