Bernie was born in Covina, California, the youngest of 5 children. Her family lived in Southern California until 1966 when they moved to Bakersfield. She graduated from West High school in 1976. She then attended UC Berkeley graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1980. She went on to law school at UCLA and practiced law for a few years before giving it up to pursue her true passion which was to become an actress.
She started out in local LA theater productions but eventually managed to carve out a niche in comedy. She performed stand-up at comedy clubs all around Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. She also wrote and starred in a one woman show and produced her own web series. Her TV credits include Days of our Lives. Bernadette was tall, beautiful, smart, and funny and made an impression on everyone she met. She never wavered in her desire to be a performer and pursued it with great passion.
Bernadette died in her hometown of Santa Monica after a 5-month battle with cancer.
She is survived by her daughter, Allyson Hemar of Los Angeles, her mother Rachel Kennedy of Bakersfield, brothers Frank (Lupe) Kennedy of Wasco, and Joe Kennedy of Playa del Rey, sisters Mary (David) Hersch of Folsom, and Eileen (Sherwin) Mateo of Cotati, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father John F. "Jack" Kennedy.
A special thank you to her brother Joe, who with Vikki Strong, was by her side the last few months of her life. Also, a thank you to the staff at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara for their assistance during these difficult times.
She was much loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
Services will be held on Monday July 11, 2016 at St. Francis Church. Rosary at 9:30 am and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, River Boulevard.
DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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