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All About Crystal

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Crystal's birthday was on September 30, 1961. She was born to Jerry Wayne and Gaylon Bernard in Garland, Texas. Her musical career began early, when she began singing at her father's revival meetings at the age of three. Crystal has aways had a positive attitude about life which was undoubtedly formed during this time growing up with her close-knit family.

Crystal, along with her sister Robyn and her dad, formed the Bernard Trio and had recorded 12 Gospel albums by the time she was 14. When country singer Bobbie Gentry happened to catch one of the Trio's performances, she asked the two girls to be backup singers for her in her Las Vegas show. This experience only whetted Crystal's appetite for performing and when she returned home she also began to study acting at Houston's Alley Theatre in addition to her music.

At 18, Crystal enrolled at Baylor University in Texas, majoring in drama and international relations (she even studied abroad one summer in Paris and London).

But Hollywood would not wait. She moved to Los Angeles and was soon finding work in commercials (for Pepsi), movies (1982's Young Doctors In Love) and TV (on Happy Days '82-'83 season cast there by Young Doctors' director Garry Marshall). Crystal also appeared in guest spots on several '80's TV series (see filmography) before being cast as Amy on It's A Living during its '85-'89 run in syndication. Most recently, for eight seasons, ('90-'97) she played Helen Chappel on NBC's Wings. Crystal has also starred in several made-for-TV movies including As Good As Dead (1994), A Face To Die For (1999) and To Love, Honor And Betray (1999). Crystal's latest movies have been for the Hallmark Channel: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004) co-starring with Steve Guttenberg, a follow-up, Meet the Santas (2005) and Grave Miscoduct (2008, for Lifetime).

During this time, Crystal's aspirations for a music career were not forgotten. She wrote songs and recorded demo tapes in her home studio. Several of the songs were recorded by major stars including Paula Abdul and Lisa Stansfield and Crystal's duet with Peter Cetera led to two albums by Crystal for Cetera's record company, River North. Both albums, The Girl Next Door and Don't Touch Me There were well-received and Crystal went on tour in support of the first.

Crystal appeared in a live production of Crimes Of The Heart in November, 1999 at Burbank, Ca.'s Falcon Theater. The play was directed by Garry Marshall and co-starred Morgan Fairchild and Faith Ford. Summer 2001 saw Crystal appearing as Annie Oakley in the stage musical of Annie Get Your Gun. The road production toured several cities in the southern U.S. in the spring and then Crystal replaced Reba Mcintyre on Broadway for two months.

As of this writing, Crystal is living in Los Angeles. It's unknown whether she will return on a series or continue making movies. Whichever it is, I'll try and keep everyone updated.

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YEAR TITLE TYPE NAME
2008 Grave Misconduct TV movie Julia London
2007 Welcome to Paradise Movie Debbie Laramie
2005 Meet the Santas TV movie Beth
2004 Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus TV movie Beth
2003 According to Jim TV series (guest) Lisa Christie
2001 Jackpot Movie Cheryl
1999 Gideon Movie Jean MacLemore
1999 To Love, Honor & Betray TV Movie Melissa Brennan
1999 A Face To Kill For TV Movie Allison Bevens
1999 The Secret Path TV Movie Marie Foley
1990-1997 Wings TV series Helen Chapel
1997 Just Shoot Me TV Series (guest) Herself
1996 Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story TV Movie Ellen Hart Pena
1995 Siringo TV Movie Kaitlin Mulhane
1995 AS Good As Dead TV movie Susan Warfield
1993 Miracle Child TV movie Lisa Porter
1992 Lady Against the Odds TV movie Dol Bonner
1990 When Will I Be Loved? TV movie Julie Weston
1990 Without Her Consent TV movie Marty
1989 Chameleons TV movie Shelly
1989 Guns of Paradise (guest) TV series Laura Clark
1985-1989 It's A Living TV series Amy Tompkins
1989 My Two Dads (guest) TV series Liz Schaefer
1987 Slumber Party Massacre 2 Movie Courtney Bates
1985 The Love Boat (guest) TV series Susie Epshaw
1984 High School USA TV movie Anne-Marie Conklin
1984 The Master (guest) TV series Carrie Brown
1983 The Love Boat (guest) TV series Wendy 'Minerva' Pryor
1983 High School USA TV movie Anne-Marie Conklin
1982-1983 Happy Days TV series K. C. Cunningham
1983 Fantasy Island (guest) TV series Ally Miller
1982 Young Doctors In Love Movie Julie
1982 Gimme A Break (guest) TV series Kelly

Source: IMDB

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Don't Touch Me There - 1999

Track Listing
  • Hey
  • Don't Touch Me There
  • We Don't Live There Anymore
  • To Dream Without You
  • Here's Looking At You
  • Love Never Ends
  • Gardenia
  • Music Box
  • Something to Go On
  • If You Need a Touch
  • Cover Art

The Girl Next Door - 1997

Track Listing
  • Intro
  • Could Have Been Mine
  • You're Gonna Miss a Whole Lotta Love
  • Eleven Roses
  • Have We Forgotten What Love Is
  • This Purple Heart
  • State of Mind
  • Too Far This Time
  • Miracle
  • When You Took Your Love Away
  • Til I Get Over You
  • Call It Love
  • If You Have Love
  • Cover Art
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YEAR TITLE NAME
2005 Barbra's Wedding Molly
2001 Annie Get Your Gun Annie
199 Crimes of the Heart Babe