Sandhal Bergman is Kansas City’s only female Golden Globe winner…
She’ll be here May 6th to accept a lifetime achievement award from Shawnee Mission East, her high school. Bergman won the Golden Globe for Conan The Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982. This is the second time Shawnee Mission East has given the award.
Sandhal moved to LA from New York in the late 70’s, after a Broadway career. She was in Pippin with Ben Vereen and All That Jazz. Bergman latter co starred in the film version of All That Jazz.
And Sandhal was one of the first "A List" movie stars to appear, well, naked. She did the "tits and ass" dance in All That Jazz with her top off. The film starred Roy Scheider and was directed by Bob Fosse, Sandhal’s mentor in New York.
Bergman spent most of her youth in Kansas City where she became a local star at Starlight Theater in the 70’s. She moved to New York after being selected by the Dean Martin show as a "golddigger" dancer. She would later star in many other films including "Red Sonja" again with Arnold and Brigitte Nielsen.
After a long relationship with film star Ray Liotta, Sandhal settled down and went back to the stage for 15 years doing off Broadway plays including Chicago in LA, Vegas and New York. I saw her in that play while it was in Los Angeles and let me tell you, the girl can dance and still looked great. Sandhal also was the dance choreographer for several of the Academy Awards shows in the late 80’s.
Today she still does stage and some TV, but mostly teaches dance and directs plays for high schools in Los Angeles where she lives. In fact right now she is directing Pippin for Hamilton High just outside Beverly Hills.
"The kids today are kinda asexual in it – girls acting like boys – unless they dress like a stripper and grind on them," Bergman says. "It’s a new world with all the cell phones and crap. The other day a teacher asked a student who just got a call on his cell phone, "What is that all about?" And he said, "Please, I have to take this" and just turned away from her – things have changed."
Sandhal says the kids are not as smart as we were and don’t care about much but who did what on Facebook or YouTube.
"They have lost the art of speech, they don’t talk to each other," she says. "It’s all text messages now."
Yes, I dated Sandhal for a time in the ’90s right after I got out of prison – I’ve written about all that. We had a rough ending, but became great friends. I attended her wedding in LA back in the mid ’90’s. Her sister Nancy who went to East also lives in LA and works for Warner Brothers.
I remember seeing Bergman in the hall at East and she wouldn’t even look at me. I was a sophomore, she was a senior. Until I started dating the school’s hottest girl, Karen Abrams. I saw Sandhal a few years latter in LA when she and Olivia Newton John came to pick up my roommate for tennis match. Again she barely noticed me.
My cousin kinda fixed us up on a date after she broke up with Ray Liota.
See Sandhal, wasn’t I the better catch? Who needs all those hit films and million dollar paydays – not us. She dumped me after we dated for five months. Maybe because my film didn’t get made at the time. That’s Hollywood.
We’re friends now and I’ll go with her to the award ceremony here. It’s the ride off to the sunset with the bad guy.