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10/22/10: Sara Gilbert ’97

When Archimedes stepped into his bathtub, he figured out how to measure an object’s volume by the amount of water it displaces. When Sara Gilbert ’97 got in the tub, she solved a different problem: how to share her support group for second-time mothers with the rest of the world.

“I thought, oh my God, people across the country need this—this kind of support system,” Gilbert said this week in introducing her solution. The Talk, a somewhat younger version of The View, premiered October 18 on CBS. “You know, it was one thing [when] I had this idea in the bathtub, but now I’m sitting in front of millions of people,” Gilbert told her cohosts. “And I’m just like—wait a minute. I am so not a talk show host.”

So true. Though Gilbert is now 35 and, with partner Allison Adler, parent of a son and daughter, she looks pretty much the same as she did as Darlene, the younger daughter on Roseanne, in the 1980s and ’90s: a charmingly scruffy adolescent, sardonic and self-deprecating. In The Talk’s opening moments, as her cohosts bubbled about their nervousness and primped, Gilbert’s first words were: “I’m like, is there stuff in my teeth? Is my shirt on right?”

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