Voorhies in 2008.
March 25, 1974
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, Singer, Spokeswoman, Model|
|Awards||1990: Young Artist Award 'Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series' - (Saved by the Bell)
1993: Young Artist Award 'Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series' - (Saved by the Bell)
Lark Voorhies (born Lark Holloway, March 25, 1974) is an American actress who rose to fame playing Lisa Turtle in Saved by the Bell, for which she was nominated for the Young Artist Award four times, winning in 1990 and 1993. She also portrayed the role as a regular on Good Morning, Miss Bliss.
Lark Voorhies was born Lark Holloway in Nashville, Tennessee, and later adopted "Voorhies" as a stage name. Her mother, Tricia, named her "Lark" after the character in the 1972 film Cool Breeze, played by Margaret Avery. By the time Voorhies was two years old, the family had moved to Pasadena, California. At this time, her mother took her to a talent agent, because "she was a natural-born ham." However, her first audition did not go well—she froze. She appeared in a national television commercial for Universal Studios Tour at age 12 advertising its upcoming King Kong attraction: "I was on this tram screaming with all these other people. I had such a great time doing that."
Voorhies made her acting debut at the age of two. Though photogenic, she was shy, and her mother put Voorhies' acting career on hold until she was more comfortable in front of the cameras. Later, at the age of fourteen, Voorhies reappeared on an episode of Small Wonder in 1988. In June of that same year, she landed the recurring role of Lisa Turtle in Good Morning, Miss Bliss and appeared in thirteen episodes from 1988 to 1989. She remained as the same character, as did Zack, Screech, and Mr. Belding, after Disney dropped the series and it was picked-up and re-tooled by NBC and renamed Saved by the Bell. The characters Miss Bliss, Mylo, Mikey, and Nicky were dropped. During its first season on NBC 1989-1990, the characters Kelly Kapowski, A.C. Slater, and Jessie Spano were added. The setting was also changed from John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis to Bayside High School in Los Angeles.
Voorhies has since appeared in several television sitcoms and soap operas. She played the role of single mom Wendy Reardon on Days of Our Lives from 1993 to 1994. On The Bold and the Beautiful Voorhies played the role of amiable intern fashion-designer, Jasmine Malone beginning in January 1995. She was released from her contract in November 1996 when her role required her to act in sex scenes, which the actress refused to do citing her religious beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness. She returned in April 2004 when Jasmine Malone returns to L.A when Eric and Stephiane hire her to work as a designer in the basement at Forrester Creations. She decided to renew her contract when the show offered to sign her to a one-year deal and departed the show again in July 2004 when her character Jasmine took a job at Forrester International in Europe, courtesy of Eric Forrester.
In 1995, Voorhies guest-starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Life Support". During the same year, Voorhies guest-starred in the season 6 episode of Family Matters, entitled "Home Sweet Home," as Eddie's upstairs dream girl. She has continued to act in various roles since then, such as In the House, in which she played the girlfriend-turned-wife of Alfonso Ribeiro’s character, Dr. Max Stanton. Previously, she played Ribeiro's love interest twice on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Besides sitcoms, Voorhies also appeared in movies and direct-to-video films. In 2001, Voorhies played a major role in the film How High as Lauren, a Harvard student. She was involved in a 1990 movie adaptation of the book The Black Man's Guide to Understanding Black Women, and played Ana Smith in the 2008 movie entitled The Next Hit.
Voorhies has appeared in notable music video roles. She played Kenny Lattimore's love interest in his debut video "Never Too Busy", from his 1996 self-titled debut album, and Wanya's girlfriend in Boyz II Men's music video "On Bended Knee". She was also featured in Montell Jordan's "Somethin' for the Honeyz", and Dru Hill's "These Are the Times". In 1994, Voorhies was in a group originally called the X-Girls (now known as Geneva) with Stacee and Yashi Brown (the daughters of singer and oldest Jackson family sibling, Rebbie Jackson). Voorhies founded and was the lead singer in an alternative band named Third Degree. After the group disbanded, Voorhies decided to further her music career as a soloist.
Since 2010, Voorhies has written three books: Reciprocity, True Light: A, superior, take, unto, the, premier, haloing, of, tenuation. Readily, available, True Light, provides, resource, into, time's, motifed, and, vestuved, authenticate, revelation, and Trek of the Cheshire.
Mental health issues
In an interview with Voorhies in November 2012, Entertainment Tonight inquired about the People magazine article, in which her mother Tricia, who lives with Lark, claimed that Voorhies was bipolar. Her former co-star Dustin Diamond said she would, "stare into space" and that "it wasn't the Lark I knew." Voorhies responded to the accusations in a rambling statement with odd word phrasing. Her book True Light is written with commas after almost every word.
In popular culture
|1997||Def Jam's How to Be a Player||Lisa|
|2000||Longshot||Woman at Bar||Alternative title: Jack of All Trades|
|2002||Civil Brand||Lil' Mama|
|2008||The Next Hit||Ana Smith|
|2009||Mimi's Place||Sydney||Short film|
|2011||Measure of Faith||Kim||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Little Creeps||The Dean||Direct-to-video|
|1988–89||Good Morning, Miss Bliss||Lisa Turtle||13 episodes|
|Small Wonder||Brandie Ross
|Episodes: "When You Hear the Beep", "The Tattletale"|
|1989||The Robert Guillaume Show||Danica||Episode: "Educating Ann"|
|1989–93||Saved by the Bell||Lisa Turtle||85 episodes|
|1992||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Cindy||Episode: "Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe"|
|Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style||Lisa Turtle||Television film|
|1993||Martin||Nicole||Episodes: "The Break Up" (2), "The Break Up" (3)|
|Getting By||Tasha||Episodes: "Men Don't Dance", "Turnabout Dance"|
|1993–94||Days of our Lives||Wendy Reardon|
|1994||Saved by the Bell: The College Years||Lisa Turtle||Episode: "Wedding Plans"|
|Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas||Lisa Turtle||Television film|
|Me and the Boys||Denise||Episode: "Talent Show"|
|Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Lisa Turtle||Episode: "Goodbye Bayside" (2)|
|1995||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Breena Black||Episode: "What About Your Friends"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Leanne||Episode: "Life Support"|
|Family Matters||Dream Girl||Episode: "Home Sweet Home"|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Jasmine Malone||Originated the role from January 1995 to November 1996; reprised in April 2004; again departed the role in June 2004, and last appeared on-screen in July 2004|
|1997||Malcolm & Eddie||Lydia||Episode: "Club Story"|
|The Last Don||Tiffany||Miniseries|
|1997–99||In the House||Mercedes Langford||18 episodes|
|1998||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Johari Mayfield||Episode: "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"|
|The Parkers||Chandra||Episodes: "Grape Nuts", "Scammed Straight"|
|2000||Grown Ups||Stacy||Episode: "J's Pet Peeve"|
|2001||Fire & Ice||Holly Aimes||Television film|
|2008||Robot Chicken||Lisa Turtle / Betty Childs / Borg Queen (voice)||Episode: Boo Cocky|
Awards and nominations
- 1989: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in a Cable Family Series" – Good Morning, Miss Bliss
- 1990: Nominated, "Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast" – Saved by the Bell
- 1990: Won, "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series" – Saved by the Bell
- 1991: Nominated, "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series" – Saved by the Bell
- 1992: Nominated, "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series" – Saved by the Bell
- 1993: Won, "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series" – Saved by the Bell
- Suzy Baldwin (March 25, 2005). News and Features. "Signposts". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 30.
- Diamond, Dustin (2009). Behind the Bell. Transit Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 0981239692.
- Iona Kirby (October 3, 2012). "Saved By The Bell star Lark Voorhies battling bipolar disorder: Mother says the actress is mentally ill". Daily Mail. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- Nancy M. Reichardt (November 27, 1995). Accent. "Voorhies Boldly Jumps Into Daytime Drama". Palm Beach Post. p. 2D.
- Lilana Novakovich (October 20, 1996). Entertainment. "Soap star had long climb to Another World". Calgary Herald. p. C7.
- John M. Wilson (December 22, 1985). CA-Calendar. "Monkey Breath". Los Angeles Times. p. 35. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- The Ed Bark (June 3, 1989). Today. "Shakeup set for Saturday morning TV". The Dallas Morning News. p. 5C. "NBC also is experimenting with the first Saturday morning situation comedy. Saved By the Bell keeps track of six mischievous, adventurous teens played by flesh-and-blood actors you've never heard of unless you're one of their parents. Fave name: Lark Voorhies."
- Entertainment. "Lark Voorhies Cast on "Days of Our Lives"". Tulsa World. April 1, 1993. p. C3.
- "Then/Now: 'Saved By the Bell'". FoxNews. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
- AP. “ ‘Saved by the Bell’ Actress Sues Tabloid”, ABC News, 1 June 2006.[dead link]