Bern Nadette Stanis was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of five her grandmother took her to tap dancing lessons where she first began her career as a performer.
She began acting while still in high school and was accepted to the Julliard School of Performing Arts. There she received her bachelor's in drama.
Shortly after earning the title of "Miss New York" at the New York Beauty Contest, Bern Nadette was discovered by a director who told her about a new CBS sitcom in development. She auditioned for it and in 1974 she debuted as Thelma Evans on Good Times.
Today, Bern Nadette has two daughters and continues to perform in Los Angeles, where she lives. She is also an accomplished writer and recently wrote the relationship book, Situations 101, available at www.thelmaofgoodtimes.com.