Growing up in a Christian home with a father who was a televangelist and gospel singer, some people expected that Crystal Bernard would tow a more ‘Christian’ career path than what she ended up choosing. She instead opted for a career in show business as an actress and singer. Her sojourn in the entertainment industry had begun when she was very young, singing gospel songs with her older sister who later became an actress as well.
Convinced that she was cut out to be a professional actress, Crystal enrolled in Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, where she learned the ropes of the profession. After completing her high school education, she studied acting and international relations at Baylor University before moving out to Los Angeles to launch her career.
Today, Crystal Bernard is recognized for her brilliance in front of the camera. She is most remembered for playing the role of Helen Chappell-Hackett in the NBC sitcom, Wings. After a successful career that began in 1982, the actress decided to leave the scene in 2008, leaving many to wonder what would have been if she had continued.
Crystal Bernard’s Fact Sheet
Her Acting Career
Although Crystal Bernard originally left her home to pursue a career as a musician, it was her talent as an actress that eventually brought her success and fame. She made her screen debut in 1982 when she featured in the film Young Doctors in Love and in the series, Gimme a Break!. Later in the same year, she landed her first main role in the primetime television sitcom, Happy Days, where she portrayed the character of K.C. Cunningham.
The actress went on to make a number of guest appearances in shows such as Fantasy Island, High School U.S.A., The Love Boat, and The Master before joining the cast of the sitcom It’s a Living in 1985. She played the role of a waitress named Amy Tompkins from the time the show was brought back in 1985 until it ended in 1989.
While working on It’s a Living, Crystal Bernard played the role of Courtney Bates in the 1987 horror film, Slumber Party Massacre II. In 1989, she had guest roles in My Two Dads and Paradise and was also cast in the TV film Chameleons where she played the role of Shelly.
The following year, the actress starred in the movies Without Her Consent and When Will I Be Loved?, playing the characters of Marty and Julie Weston respectively. She also appeared on NBC’s Wings as an airport lunch-counter operator named Helen Chappell-Hackett, a role she played all through the show’s 8-season run from 1990 to 1997. This role turned out to be a career-defining one as it launched her into the limelight.
From 1992 through 1999, Crystal Bernard featured in several television movies, including Lady Against the Odds, Miracle Child, As Good as Dead, The Secret Path, A Face to Kill For, and To Love, Honor and Betray. She also played the role of Jean MacLemore in the 1999 film, Gideon.
In 2001, Crystal appeared as Cheryl in the movie Jackpot and followed it up in 2003 by guest-starring in the series According to Jim. Thereafter, she appeared in three television movies – Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus, Meet the Santas, and Grave Misconduct before taking a bow in 2008.
In addition to her on-screen acting, Crystal Bernard also appeared in a number of theatre productions. They include Crimes of the Heart in Los Angeles, 1999, a Marquis Theatre revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 2001, and a Falcon Theatre production of Barbra’s Wedding in Burbank, California in 2005.
The Success She Enjoyed as a Musician
Crystal Bernard also managed to have a music career as a singer and songwriter. Easily recognized for her hissing voice, the multi-talented lady released two albums; Girl Next Door in 1996, and Don’t Touch Me There in 1999, both under the River North Records label. One of the tracks in the second album includes a gospel song she recorded alongside her father and another song she did with American country musician, Billy Dean.
In 1995, Crystal recorded a duet titled “(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight” with Peter Cetera which was released on the latter’s album, One Clear Voice. That same year, a song she co-wrote with Rhett Lawrence titled “If I Were Your Girl”, was featured on Paula Abdul’s album, Head over Heels. Other artists that Crystal also wrote music for include Lisa Stansfield, Tracie Spencer, and Debbie & Angie Winans.
Facts About Her Family
Crystal Lynn Bernard, who was born on the 30th of September, 1961 in Garland, Texas, is the daughter of a Southern Baptist televangelist and gospel singer named Dr. Jerry Wayne Bernard. She has an older sister named Robyn who was born Robyn Renee Bernard on the 26th of May, 1959 in Gladewater, Texas. Robyn is an actress known for appearing in projects like Diva (1981), Betty Blue (1986) and General Hospital (1963).
The two sisters appeared to have inherited their father’s singing talent as they began their entertainment career as little girls, singing gospel songs alongside their father. Besides Robyn, Crystal has two other sisters named Scarlett Bernard and Angelique Bernard.
What We Know of Crystal Bernard’s Relationship History
During her active days, Crystal Bernard was said to have been involved with a number of celebrities, the first of which was writer and producer Michael Shipley but their relationship, however, did not last long. After they broke up, the singer began dating actor and producer Tony Thomas. The pair dated for quite a long time but unfortunately, their relationship did not last long enough for them to exchange marital vows.
Moving on, Crystal got involved with conservative political commentator and radio personality Rush Limbaugh. After that relationship, she moved on to date singer Billy Dean for about a year before they parted ways.
Following her retirement from acting and singing in 2008, Crystal Bernard has tried to stay away from the public light. She has, however, been quite unsuccessful at this as she has featured on the news on a couple of occasions on issues regarding her love life.
In recent years, there have been speculations that the actress secretly tied the knot with singer Peter Cetera whom she was first romantically linked with when they recorded a duet in 1995. Nevertheless, there is no concrete information to prove whether this is true or not, therefore, it remains nothing but speculation.