Sandra Bernhard was my idol from age twelve onward. I first saw her in the Madonna documentary Truth or Dare and later in Issac Mizarahi's Unzipped. She was clearly the ideal BFF to have in 90's New York. I had never seen a woman who was so fearless and unbashedly eccentric, it was incredibly inspiring. It never occurred to me that you could be opinionated and political and also wear silver lamé miniskirts.
I haven't seen her perform in years but I saw her new show I Just Love Being Me, Don't You? last month and all my tween fangirl emotions came rushing back. When she opened her show with a cover of "Across 110th Street" I was sold. When Liza Minnelli and Rufus Wainwright made surprise appearances I just about died. And at some point she ripped off a ball gown to reveal a black spangly bodysuit, it was pretty major.
Photos from two 90's issues of Interview