A quick search on You Tube yields scores of old clips, a good number of them from Bernhard’s many appearances on Late Night With David Letterman in the Eighties, where she’d often derail the host’s attempts at an interview or do things like drag then-BFF Madonna to the taping (their friendship was tabloid-friendly and, apparently, short-lived); Bernhard recently admitted that she eventually stopped getting invited back.
Minutes before we drop Griffith off so that Bernhard and I can continue to our scheduled lunch interview, the car stops at a poster of Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2016 campaign, which stars Bernhard.
The image is a tribute to Bernhard’s nearly 40 years as a stage performer (creating groundbreaking works, such as 1988’s Without You I’m Nothing), actress (in pioneering roles on shows such as Roseanne and Difficult People), singer (Bernhard has released numerous albums), author (she’s written three books) and designer/pop star muse (witness her scene-stealing in documentaries such as Madonna’s Truth or Dare and Isaac Mizrahi’s Unzipped).
Yes Tracy Chapman and Alice Walker had a relationship together! I'm open to the spirit of a person whether that's a man or a woman or whoever, that's not what's important to me. Having looked at her life and all that she's done and having seen her in relationships with women and men, I think she's absolutely true to herself and open to whoever rings her bell.
So yes they are lesbians, or at least Tracy is a lesbian, Alice declares herself as "curious" and then here's the blog about their story! Yes, she did have a very high profile relationship with Tracy Chapman, so there's always this incredible curiosity about Alice's sexuality, and I do interview her about it in the film. American Masters — Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth charts Walker’s inspiring journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, to the present.
“Even by her ruthless standards, Madonna has been particularly driven on the tour, and when Rocco did see her, he felt like she was trying to micromanage his life.” “When he’s in England, [Rocco] gets to live a low-key life . “He finds making friendships in New York much more difficult. Rocco is allowed to play guitar until the early hours of the morning.
Over here, everyone [is] trying to score an invitation over to Madonna’s house.” Adds the Ritchie film colleague: “When he stays with his father . Guy does have rules, but he had zero confidence growing up and wants his son to feel as empowered as possible.” It’s all a far cry from Madonna’s parenting philosophy.
Sandra Bernhard is an intimidating interview subject.
Anyone familiar with the comedian and actress knows that she’s unapologetically brash and outspoken, having made more than a few enemies as a result of her satirical take on the narcissistic qualities of American celebrity culture.
Then there’s the fact that Bernhard is a celebrity herself.
She’s the best kind of celebrity: not mega-famous, not unreachable, but still the type who is easily recognized when she’s walking on the street in Chelsea, mixing with midtown businessmen while taking an elevator down from the Sirius XM offices (her show, Sandyland, airs daily on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy channel), or riding the subway.
The pair go to town discussing the issues, and Bernhard’s questions and segues direct the conversation with ease.