Her mother is the daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. Her two older siblings on her mother's side, Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert, were stars of Little House on the Prairie.In 1984, Sara took the last name Gilbert for Paul Gilbert, her mother's first husband.As part of The Talk's week of revealing secrets (see: Julie Chen's admission of surgery on her eyes from earlier this week), Sara Gilbert shared her story of coming to terms with her sexuality in the early '90s on the set of Roseanne: So, some of you may know, that when I was a teenager I dated Johnny Galecki for a little while, who played my boyfriend and husband on Roseanne.
Gilbert noted at the end of her confession that she had given Galecki a heads up that she would be discussing this on , and he offered to come on the show to hold her hand while she did it.) The former child star, now 38 and engaged to Linda Perry, noted that Galecki never betrayed her trust by telling anyone what she had told him -- but she lived in fear anyway.Following appearances in television movies and a commercial for Kool-Aid, at 13 she landed the role of Darlene Conner, the sarcastic middle child, in Roseanne.Sara was a cast member in the show's nine-year run (1988–97), for which she wrote a fourth-season episode story (the teleplay was written by the Guild Writers for the show) called "Don't Make Me Over".During the filming of , Gilbert says she “started dating a woman who was like 18 years older… There can be a part of you that doesn’t want to feel different or feel scared.” After spending years guarding her secret, Galecki and Gilbert are still friends. If you want, I will be there, and I will hold your hand.” Well, if this isn’t the cutest friendship in the history of friendships, I don’t know what is.who was also in the public eye.” She goes on to say, “It was something people could have found out about. In fact, she contacted him before going on and asked him, “Is it okay? The story starts with you.” Galecki replied, “Of course. Johnny felt badly, I think, and started to take it personally and didn't know what was going on.