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Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman is an American Actress, Stand-up Comedian, Singer, Writer, and producer who is famous for her comedy on controversial topics, politics, racism, and other social taboos. Sarah Silverman has worked on many movies, TV series, and music videos throughout her career. Some of her famous films are The Bachelor, Screwed, School of Rock, Funny People, The Book of Henry, etc.

Early Life and Childhood

Sarah Silverman an American Actress, Comedian, Singer, Writer, and Producer (53 years) was born on December 1, 1970, in Bedford, New Hampshire, United States. Her other popular name is Sarah Kate Silverman. The name her father is Donald Silverman, and Her mother’s name is Beth Ann O’Hara. Silverman’s parents divorced and later remarried others. She is the youngest of five siblings.

Her sisters are Reform rabbi Susan Silverman, writer Jodyne Speyer, and actress Laura Silverman and her brother Jeffrey Michael died when he was three months old. She belongs to the Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity and follows the Jewish religion. Her birth sign is Sagittarius. She grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Moreover, Sarah Silverman became a vegetarian at the age of ten. She is also open about her lifelong battle with clinical depression, which at one point led to her developing an addiction to Xanax. She credited her subsequent emotional health to taking the prescription drug Zoloft.

Additionally, she struggled with bedwetting from the time she was young until well into her teens and stated in a 2007 interview that she had wet the bed recently. Moreover, in July 2016, Silverman spent a week in the intensive care unit at Cedars Sinai Hospital with epiglottitis.

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Caption: Sarah on her childhood photo (Source: Instagram)


She studied at The Derryfield School in Manchester from the class of 1989. Then later joined New York University but didn’t complete it and rather focused on Stand-up comedy. The first time Silverman performed stand-up comedy was in Boston at age 17 and she described her performance as “awful”. Instead, she performed stand-up comedy in Greenwich Village.

Sarah Silverman – Net Worth 2024

Multi-talented has an estimated net worth of around $12 million. She earns a lot of money from movies, TV shows, and other entertainment industries.

Professional Life

Sarah is a multi-talented star with acting, singing, and producing skills. She has numerous amount of movies in her career. Here are some of the highlights of her career.

Sarah has worked on many TV series. Then, she made a debut in TV Series such as “Saturday Night Live” in 1993-1994, Some other TV series such as JAG in 1997, Futurama in 2000-2013, “VIP” in 2002, Robert Chicken in 2006, Board to Death in 2011, Louie in 2012-1014, Out There in 2013, Maron in 2014, Man Seeking Women in 2015, Lady Dynamite in 2016, Crashing in 2017, Crank Yankers in 2019.

She has worked on many films throughout his career. Her films include Who’s the Caboose in 1997, Bulworth in 1998, The Bachelor in 1999, Screwed in 2000, Evolution in 2001, School of Rock in 2003, Bad Santa in 2003, Hair High in 2004, Super High Me in 2008, Funny People in 2009, Peep World in 2010, The Muppets in 2011, Gravy in 2014, Ashby in 2015, The Book of Henry in 2017, Ralph Breaks the Internet in 2018.

Sarah was featured in the Video game “Wreak-it Ralph” in 2012 in the role of Vanellope Von Schweetz. Other video games she featured in are Disney Infinity, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heros, and Disney Infinity 3.0.

Sarah’s music career

Sarah has worked on a different album. Her album includes Jesus is Magic in 2006, In 2010 she released her second album Songs of The Sarah Silverman Program: From Our Rears To Your Ears!, another album We Are Miracles was released in 2014, and A Speck of Dust was released in 2017.

Politics and Activism

In 2015, Sarah signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for. The letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women, as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in Ethiopia, respectively. Those events would start to set the priorities in development funding before the main UN summit in September 2015 that establishes new development goals for the generation.

Further, during the 2016 election, Sarah became increasingly politically active. In 2015, Silverman endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States, saying:

“He says what he means & he means what he says & he’s not for sale.”

She had previously introduced Sanders at a rally in Los Angeles, California that drew an audience of over 27,500 people. She initially supported Sanders and, following the Democratic nomination later spoke in support of Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

In her convention speech, Sarah urged other Sanders supporters to back Clinton. Later, amid some boos from some Sanders supporters, said:

“Can I just say? To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous”

The Washington Post and Politico called this one of the most memorable moments of the night and The New York Times called her speech “the perfect breath of fresh air”. Michael Grunwald of Politico coined the term “Silverman Democrats” for Sanders supporters who followed Silverman’s advice to support Clinton in the presidential election.

In addition to discussing her regular use of marijuana on Conan and at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Sarah Silverman has been vocally against racial bias and unfair arrests for marijuana possession. She supports social justice programs to find work opportunities for non-violent offenders and was a primary investor in Lowell Herb Co. which aims to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Personal Life and Marriage

Silverman dated comedian and fellow SNL writer Dave Attell. She then began dating Jimmy Kimmel in 2002. She referred to the relationship in some of her comedy, joking:

“I’m Jewish, but I wear this Saint Christopher medal sometimes; my boyfriend is Catholic – but you know … it was cute the way he gave it to me. He said if it doesn’t burn a hole through my skin, it will protect me.”

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Caption: Sarah with Michael Sheen, (Sources: EOnline)

Similarly, in July 2008, Vanity Fair reported that the couple had split. However, in October 2008, the media reported they were on “the road back to being together”. Moreover, the couple attended the wedding of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky but split again in March 2009.

Additionally, at the Emmy Awards in August 2014, Silverman acknowledged she and Welsh actor Michael Sheen were in a relationship. However, Sarah Silverman said in February 2018 that the two had broken up over the holidays. As per who dated who, here’s a list of guys Sarah has been romantically linked to:

  1. Michael Sheen (2014 – 2017)
  2. Kyle Dunnigan (2011 – 2013)
  3. Alec Sulkin (2010)
  4. Rob Huebel (2008)
  5. Jimmy Kimmel (2002 – 2009)
  6. Tom Gianas (2001)
  7. David Cross (1997)
  8. Sam Seder (1996 – 1997)
  9. Louis C.K. (1990)
  10. Colin Quinn (1990)
  11. Dave Attell (1989)
  12. Kevin Brennan (1988)

Awards and Nominations

The multi-talented actress has won three awards and has been nominated 18 times throughout her career. Then in 2008, she won Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. Her other awards came in Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special in 2014 and Outstanding Performance in Seymour Cassel Awards in 2015.

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Caption: Sarah after getting Awards, (Sources: AOL)


She got fired from movies because she made a blackface sketch in her show and spoke on The Bill Simmons Podcast. Furthermore, a minor controversy arose over Silverman’s performance in the documentary film The Aristocrats (2005). The film shows her doing the Aristocrats joke, a sample of transgressive art told by numerous comedians since the vaudeville era like it was an autobiographical account of her life as a child sex performer.

As part of the routine, she mentioned that Joe Franklin, a long-time New York radio and TV personality, would ask her to perform privately for him in his apartment, and as the punchline, deadpanned that “Joe Franklin raped me.” After the film’s release, Franklin took offense at her using his name in the routine and considered suing her. A month later, The New York Times noted he remained undecided but had said, “The best thing I could do is get Sarah better writers so she’d have funnier material.”

Media Action Network for Asian Americans incident

There is one more controversy involving Sarah Silverman, and that is the Media Action Network for Asian Americans incident. In a July 2001 interview on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Sarah used the ethnic slur “chink” in explaining that a friend advised her to avoid jury duty by writing a racial slur on the selection form, “something inappropriate, like ‘I hate chinks.'”

Sarah Silverman said she decided that she did not want to be thought of as a racist, so “I wrote ‘I love chinks’ – and who doesn’t?” Sarah said the joke satirizes the racist thought process. Guy Aoki of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) objected to her use of the slur. Following this, NBC and O’Brien apologized, but Silverman did not.

Later, appearing on Politically Incorrect in July and August 2001, Sarah Silverman questioned Aoki’s sincerity, accusing him of exploiting the opportunity for publicity. In a later episode, Aoki and Silverman appeared together on the show. There, Aoki stated he did not accept Silverman’s explanation.

He said that it was not a successful satire and that comedians should consult groups such as his before performing such material. Moreover, Sarah stated in an NPR Fresh Air interview that she asked to repeat the joke on Politically Incorrect, among other places, but eventually dropped it from her act because she felt it was becoming stale. Sarah Silverman has since turned the complaint into grist for her standup act, saying that the experience helped teach her the important lesson that racism is bad: “And I mean bad, like in that black way.”

Body Measurements

Sarah has a height of 5 ft 7 (1.73m) and a weight of 59 kg (130 lb). Furthermore, her body measurement is 36-23-37 inches. She has brown eyes color black hair and an hourglass body shape.

Sarah Silverman – Social Media

The multi-talented star is active on social media. Her Instagram account name “Sarah Silverman” has amassed more than 1.9 million followers. Her Twitter @SarahKSilverman account also gained over 12.5 million followers, as well as her Facebook account, which has 1.1 million followers. She is one of the most famous celebrities in the world.