Hey, what's going on with Sara Gilbert? Nothing much -- only that she's engaged!
Fans of 1990s nostalgia, rejoice, for Darlene from "Roseanne" is set to wed Linda Perry, her girlfriend of more than a year and a musician who was once the lead singer of 4 Non Blondes. Sara, now a co-host of the CBS daytime show "The Talk," announced the news on Monday's episode of the series and also told what her sister Melissa Gilbert of "Little House on the Prairie" fame called Twitter the "best proposal story ever!"
Sara, 38, said Perry suggested they have a picnic in the park. While they were eating, a street musician started playing. Sara said her fiancee asked him to play "Love Song" by The Cure -- a track they had deemed "their" song after nixing the actress' first choice, John Waite's "Missing You," due to its breakup theme.
The actress said she began to daydream, thinking such a moment would be perfect for a proposal, only that she would have string instrument musicians join in. And then her dream came true.
"The song ends and suddenly, the people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket and walk over and start playing 'Love Song' with the guy that is playing guitar and singing. And then like a trombone and a saxophone come out. And I'm like, 'Oh, this is even better than my version!'"
Sara said Perry then pulled out from a backpack T-shirts spelling out the phrase "Will You Marry Me?" as well as a ring. She told her to turn around and when the actress did, she saw their mothers and several friends.
"So I think that's it and it's like the most amazing proposal ever and then she says, 'Oh, there's one more thing,'" Sara said. "And I'm like, 'What?' And this guy walks up with a guitar and she's like, 'This is John Waite.' And he starts playing 'Missing You.' So we had our proposal with our breakup song, which is great."
Perry, who turns 48 on April 15, has not commented. She rose to fame with the rock band 4 Non Blondes, which released the hit "What's Up" in 1993. Perry later went solo and became a music A&R producer. She has worked with the likes of pop crooner James Blunt and rocker Pink. On her Twitter profile, she writes that she lives her "dogs, friends, family, music & Darlene :)."
Gay marriage debate
News of Sara's engagement comes amid an ongoing Supreme Court discussion about gay marriage, which is banned in 38 states, including in California, where Sara lives, following the 2008 passing of a controversial state constitutional amendment called Proposition 8.
Same-sex marriage is legal in nine states -- Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Washington -- as well as in Washington D.C., but such unions are not recognized by the federal government.
"You know, a couple of weeks ago I happened to be talking about gay marriage and I thanked all of you for your support on that issue and all the emails and everything," Sara said on "The Talk." "That was before I had any idea about any of this."
"So just, I'm super shy and don't usually want to share anything. Like, I had to tell family members today before I even said it on the show, that I haven't told yet. But I wanted you guys to know because I feel like you're part of our family here. And also thought maybe it will give us all something to root for by the time it happens."
Sara had confirmed her relationship with Perry on "The Talk" on Nov. 30, 2011 after the two were photographed by the paparazzi in West Hollywood. Sara had previously dated Allison Adler for 10 years. The two share custody of a son and daughter.
Check out VIDEO of Sara Gilbert talking about Linda Perry's proposal, on the CBS show "The Talk."