Sandra Bernhard (born 1955) is an American feminist, minor "comedienne" and actress. She was born in Flint, Michigan and went to live on a kibbutz in Israel for a time after leaving high school. She returned to America and developed an acting and comedy career in the late 1970s. In the 1980s she became famous for her close friendship with Madonna Ciccone.
Bernhard is controversial because of her liberal views and her abrasive "comedic" style. She strongly supports access to abortion. In September 2008, she made deeply offensive remarks concerning Sarah Palin. During the same comedy performance, Bernhard denigrated the New Testament. Her comments were regarded as deeply offensive to African Americans also. Bernhard has not apologized for her remarks.