Born: September 30, 1961
Birthplace: Garland, Texas, U.S.
Crystal Lynn Bernard (born September 30, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is known for her seven-year-long role on the comedy Wings. While her main work has been on television, she has appeared in some films and has also pursued a music career.
Bernard was born in Garland, Texas. She was raised in a Southern Baptist home. Her father, Dr. Jerry Wayne Bernard, was a televangelist who traveled across the United States preaching and singing. She became an entertainer at a young age, singing gospel songs with her elder sister, Robyn, also an actress. 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' 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.
Crystal and one of her sisters sang the "Monkey Song" many years ago in the 1980s at the First Assembly of God church in Slidell, Louisiana, when she was traveling with her father, who was an evangelist.
Bernard studied acting at Alley Theatre while growing up in Houston, Texas. She attended Spring High School and continued her education at Baylor University, and where she studied acting and international relations.
Bernard got her start in primetime television on the sitcom Happy Days, playing K.C. Cunningham during season 10 (1982-83). Then, after various guest appearances on other shows, she joined the cast of the resurrected, syndicated version of the sitcom It’s a Living, playing waitress Amy Tompkins. She played strong-willed airport lunch-counter operator Helen Chappel Hackett on the sitcom Wings for the show’s entire eight-season duration (1990-97).
Early in her film career, she appeared in Young Doctors in Love, along with her Happy Days co-star Ted McGinley. She starred in the Roger Corman-produced direct-to-video film Slumber Party Massacre 2.
In the 21st century, her work has included a role in the film Jackpot and starring roles in Welcome to Paradise and Grave Misconduct.
She has also starred in two Hallmark Channel movies, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and its sequel, Meet the Santas.
In 1989, she starred in a 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 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.
She co-wrote the song "If I Were Your Girl" with Rhett Lawrence, which appeared on the Paula Abdul album Head over Heels in 1995.
Bernard did a duet with Peter Cetera called "(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight", released on Cetera's One Clear Voice album.
She appeared in the video for the song "Birdhouse in Your Soul" by They Might Be Giants.
She sang a duet with Jim Messina called "Watching the River Run".
|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||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 & 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|
|2007||Welcome to Paradise||Debbie Laramie||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|
|US Country||US AC||US Pop|
|1995||"(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight" (with Peter Cetera)"||—||22||86||One Clear Voice (Cetera)|
|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|
|1996||"Have We Forgotten What Love Is"||Steven R. Monroe|
|1997||"State of Mind"|