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Bernard at the 1994 Emmy rehearsal
Crystal Lynn Bernard
September 30, 1961
Garland, Texas, US
Bernard was born in Garland, Texas to Southern Baptists. Her father, the televangelist Jerry Wayne Bernard, traveled across the United States preaching and singing. Her mother, Gaylon née Fussell Bernard, was a teacher who in the 1980s, became an artist and sculptor. Bernard became an entertainer at a young age, singing gospel songs with her older sister, Robyn, also an actress. One recording of the two that has survived from those years is a song called "The Monkey Song", on Feudin' Fussin' and Frettin' recorded when Crystal was 8 years old, a recording of a 1972 Thomas Road Baptist Church service led by Jerry Falwell. She has two younger sisters, Scarlett and Angelique Bernard.
Bernard studied acting at Alley Theatre while growing up in Houston, Texas. She attended Spring High School and continued her education at Baylor University, studying acting and international relations.
Bernard got her start in prime time television on the sitcom Happy Days, playing K.C. Cunningham during season 10 (1982-83). Then, after various guest appearances on other series, she joined the cast of the resurrected, syndicated version of the sitcom It's a Living, playing waitress Amy Tompkins. In 1989, she starred in a television 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.
She played strong-willed airport lunch-counter operator Helen Chappel Hackett on the sitcom Wings for the series' entire eight-season duration (1990-97). In 1999, she starred in the television movie To Love, Honor and Betray opposite David Cubitt and James Brolin.
Early in her film career, she appeared in Young Doctors in Love (1982), along with her Happy Days co-star Ted McGinley. She starred in Roger Corman's horror film Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987). Later, her work included a role in the film Jackpot (2001) and starring roles in Welcome to Paradise (2007) and Grave Misconduct (2008). She also starred in two Hallmark Channel movies, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004) and its sequel, Meet the Santas (2005).
Bernard has appeared in these stage productions since the end of Wings:
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. The single "Don't Touch Me There" peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Bernard sang a duet with Peter Cetera called "(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight", released on Cetera's album One Clear Voice (1995). The single peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
She was in "They Might Be Giants" music video for "Birdhouse in Your Soul".
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Julie|
|1987||Slumber Party Massacre II||Courtney Bates|
|2007||Welcome to Paradise||Debbie Laramie|
|1982||Gimme a Break!||Kelly||Episode: "Hot Muffins"|
|1982-83||Happy Days||K.C. Cunningham||16 episodes|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Ally Miller||Episode: "The Devil Stick/Touch and Go"|
|High School U.S.A.||Anne-Marie Conklin||Movie|
|1983/85||The Love Boat||Wendy 'Minerva' Pryor / Susie Epshaw||2 episodes|
|1984||The Master||Carrie Brown||Episode: "State of the Union"|
|1985-89||It's a Living||Amy Tompkins||93 episodes|
|1989||My Two Dads||Liz Schaefer||Episode: "The Courtship of Nicole's Fathers"|
|Paradise||Laura Clark||Episode: "A Proper Stranger"|
|1990||Without Her Consent||Marty||Movie|
|When Will I Be Loved?||Julie Weston||Movie|
|1990-97||Wings||Helen Chappell-Hackett||172 episodes|
|1992||Lady Against the Odds||Dol Bonner||Movie|
|1993||Miracle Child||Lisa Porter||Movie|
|1995||As Good as Dead||Susan Warfield||Movie|
|1996||Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Peña Story||Ellen Hart Peña||Movie|
|1999||The Secret Path||Marie Foley||Movie|
|A Face to Kill For||Allison Bevens||Movie|
|To Love, Honor and Betray||Melissa Brennan||Movie|
|2003||According to Jim||Lisa Christie||Episode: "The Ring"|
|2004||Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus||Beth Sawtelle||Hallmark Channel movie|
|2005||Meet the Santas||Beth Sawtelle||Hallmark Channel movie|
|2008||Grave Misconduct||Julia London||Movie|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart|
|US Country||US Heat|
|Girl Next Door||
|Don't Touch Me There||
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1995||"(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight" (with Peter Cetera)||--||22||86||One Clear Voice|
|1996||"Have We Forgotten What Love Is"||56||--||--||Girl Next Door|
|1997||"State of Mind"||70||--||--|
|"You're Gonna Miss a Whole Lotta Love"||--||--||--|
|1999||"Don't Touch Me There"||--||25||--||Don't Touch Me There|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1995||"I Wanna Take Forever Tonight|
|1996||"Have We Forgotten What Love Is"||Steven R. Monroe|
|1997||"State of Mind"|