Originally, so the story goes, the character of Helen, who ran the lunch counter at the airport in Wings, was supposed to have been of Greek descent and played by Peri Gilpin (Roz on Frasier for the last several years). But she couldn't take the part so in stepped a cute blond from Texas (with the accent to prove it) named Crystal Bernard and tuna-on-toast has never been the same.
Of course, Crystal had been on TV before. First, as K. C. on the '82-'83 season of ABC's Happy Days (its next-to-last season) and then as Amy on the syndicated series It's A Living from '85-'89. Now, if pressed, I'll claim some recollection of these performances but don't ask me for any details.:-) For me, though, Crystal will always be Helen Chappell: frustrated cellist, chief cook and bottle washer and owner (as her future brother-in-law would put it) of a "world-class set o' legs.":-)
Crystal is also a talented singer/songwriter, having sung in her father's gospel group from a very young age. It was her singing talent, in fact, that brought her west (to Las Vegas) when she was asked to be a backup singer for Bobbie Gentry. When Crystal moved to Los Angeles she continued with her songwriting but performing music took a backseat to acting. Until recently, anyway. During Wings' last season, Crystal wrote and recorded The Girl Next Door which was followed up a year later by her second album, Don't Touch Me There. Crystal is a wonderful singer and the albums are well worth owning.
I hope you all like this web page. There will be lots of pics (especially from Wings), a filmography and discography, some discussion resources, an article or two and some links to other great Crystal sites. I'm planning on updating the site from time to time so check back every so often for new stuff.
And now the standard disclaimer: I am not Crystal Bernard nor do I have any connection to her. I am just a fan. All photos are copyright their original owners. This site is intended for entertainment purposes only. If you have any comments or concerns please feel free to drop me an email by heading over to the contact page. My name is Joe.