Who is Crystal Bernard?
Crystal Bernard is a former actress, singer and songwriter, perhaps best known for her roles on popular sitcoms such as “Wings”, “Happy Days” and “It’s a Living”. She was born under the zodiac sign Libra on September 30, 1961 in Garland, Texas, USA, so as of early 2022, Crystal will be 60 years old and hold American nationality.
Early life and family
Crystal was born to parents Jerry Wayne Bernard and Gylon Fussell. Her father, Jerry, was a television evangelist and singer, who spent most of his life singing, teaching and preaching the word of God in the US. In addition to his prolific and long career as a Baptist minister, Jerry launched a career as an actor in old age, portraying minor characters in films and series, including “Chameleons”, “Lady Against the Odds” and “The Contract”.
Actress Crystal Bernard attends the Fifth Annual LA Garlic Festival on July 14, 1987 at the Bel Age Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Her mother, Gylon, worked as a teacher, but changed her profession in the 1980s to become an artist and sculptor. Gylon spent most of her childhood and formative years in Oak Creek Village. As for her siblings, Crystal has three sisters, Robyn, Angelique and Scarlet.
From an early age she followed in her father’s footsteps and started singing, dancing and performing at gatherings and family reunions. Her sisters also shared an interest in music, especially Robyn, which prompted them to write and record several religious songs, including “The Monkey Song,” which contained lyrics that went against the theory of evolution.
Since her father preached at Tomas Road Baptist Church, their music was recorded and performed here, including gospel songs.
When it comes to her educationshe attended Spring High School, where Crystal was an outstanding student with a wide range of interests and talents, including acting, which was natural for her given that she had gained experience performing in church.
After graduating in 1979, Crystal enrolled at Baylor University, graduating with a degree in theater and international relations. To further her acting knowledge, Crystal joined the professional company Alley Theater in Houston, Texas.
Crystal kicked her off career in 1982, with small roles in the comedy film “Young Doctors in Love”, and the sitcom “Gimme a Break!”. In the same year, she got the recurring role as KC Cunningham in the hit sitcom “Happy Days”, appearing in 16 episodes from 1982 to 1983.
After appearing in one episode in the “Fantasy Island” series, Crystal Ann portrayed Marie Conklin in the TV movie “High School USA,” then starred in the 1984 movie “Master Ninja II,” appearing in an episode of the action-adventure series “The Master”.
After her several guest appearances in the first two seasons of the sitcom “It’s a Living”, she was cast as one of the main characters, Carrie Brown, in the third season, eventually through six. The series followed the lives of waitresses who worked in a Los Angeles restaurant and ended in 1989.
In 1987, Crystal portrayed the lead role of Courtney Bates in the slasher/comedy movie “Slumber Party Massacre II”, alongside Kimberly McArthur and Juliette Cummings. Despite collecting negative reviews, the film was a commercial success, grossing 1.3 million on a budget of $500,000.
Over the next decade, she focused mainly on TV appearances, starring in several series and films such as “Paradise” and “When Will I Be Loved?” In 1990 she got her most notable role in the sitcom “Wings”, like Helen Chappel, a petite blond girl with a Texas accent, who works at the airport terminal but wants to become a singer. Crystal shared the screen with Tim Daly, Steven Weber and Thomas Church and appeared on the show’s eighth season, which ended in 1997.
At the same time, Crystal starred in numerous TV movies, including “Miracle Child”, “As Good As Dead” and “Siringo”, until she was cast in 1999 as Jean McLemore in the romantic/tragic comedy “Gideon”.
Crystal kicked off the new millennium as Cheryl in the comedy/drama film “Jackpot”, followed by her appearance in an episode of the sitcom “According to Jim”. From 2004 to 2005, Crystal worked with Hallmark Channel and appeared in two films, “Single Santa Seeks Mrs Claus” and “Meet the Santa’s”. Her last roles were in the 2007 film “Welcome to Paradise” and the 2008 thriller “Grave Misconduct”.
Career in theatre
After “Wings” ended, she also played in the theater, which appears in a number of plays. In 1999, she performed in the LA production of “Crimes of the Heart”, which was later nominated for Best Play by Tony Awards. Crystal went on to play the character of sharpshooter Annie Oakley in the musical “Annie Get the Gun” (2001).
In 2005, she shared the stage with Daniel Stern, the actor, screenwriter and director in the Falcon Theater production of “Barbara’s Wedding”.
A versatile person, while at the same time building her profile as an actress, Crystal has always had a passion for music, and in 1995 she released her first music video, for the single “I Wanna Take Forever Tonight”. They also co-wrote the song “If I Were Your Girl”, which appeared on Paula Abdul’s album “Head Over Heels”.
The following year she released her debut album – “Girl Next Door” – under the River North music label, and the music video for the single “Have We Forgotten What Love Is”.
Crystal went on to record the songs “State of Mind” and “You’re Gonna Miss a Whole Lotta Love”.
In 1999 she has issued her second album, “Don’t Touch Me There”, and the lead single of the same name. During her short music career, Crystal collaborated with other artists such as Jim Messina and Peter Cetera.
While active in the entertainment industry, she was linked to various celebrities and actors – Crystal dated Grammy winner and producer Michael Shipley, and later had a long-term relationship with TV producer Tony Thomas. In the ’90s, she had a brief date with political commentator Rush Limbaugh, but they couldn’t handle their busy schedules, so they broke up. In 2004, she was linked to Billy Dean, with whom she dated for a year.
At the time Crystal was actively pursuing her music career, rumors circulated that she was in a romantic relationship and later secretly married singer Peter Cetera with whom she recorded the 1995 single “I Wanna Take Forever Tonight”. However, she never disclosed any relevant information or confirmed the rumours. In fact, she has never walked down the aisle and is believed to be currently single.
Physical Statistics and Hobbies
Crystal is 5ft 3ins high (160 cm), weighs about 116 lbs (53 kg), with vital stats of 34-25-34. Although her natural hair is dark brown, she has dyed it blonde for most of her life. Crystal has hazel eyes.
Throughout her career, Crystal was praised for her slim appearance and was often complimented on her physique.
Even today she has managed to maintain her fit figure; she never revealed the secret of her mesmerizing looks and jealous physique. As for her fashion style, she has always preferred to wear short skirts, feminine dresses and blouses that accentuate her curves.
At the moment, she does not use a social platform, but previously had Twitter and Facebook accounts, which she left in 2016.
Want to know her net worth?
From 2022, Crystal net value is estimated to be over $5 million, which she has earned through her numerous endeavors. Although she ended her acting career in 2008, her active involvement in other avenues of the entertainment industry allowed her to maintain her wealth.