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January 12, 1968 |
Corpus Christi, Texas
|Other names||Farrah R. Forke|
Farrah Rachael Forke, sometimes credited as Farrah R. Forke (born January 12, 1968), is an American actress known for her role as Alex Lambert on the NBC sitcom Wings, and Mayson Drake on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She also voices the character Big Barda on the animated television series Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited.
Life and career
Forke was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended The Hockaday School, an all-girls private school in Dallas. She spent one year at Cullen Junior High in Corpus Christi where she was a cheerleader for that year. She also spent a year at North Side Middle School while living in Elkhart, Indiana. One other point of notoriety was in fifth grade, when she kissed Jeff Hagedorn behind the furnace in Jenny Talkington's basement. 
She entered acting with a role in a Texas production of the musical The Rocky Horror Show. After moving to New York City and studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she made her feature debut in the 1991 film Brain Twisters (1991). Other films include Academy Award winner Barry Levinson's Disclosure (film) (1994), Michael Mann's Heat (1995), and Kate's Addiction (1998), in which she and actress Kari Wuhrer play women in a lesbian love affair, and the TV-movies Journey to the Center of the Earth (NBC, 1993); Complex of Fear (CBS, 1993); Bionic Ever After? (CBS, 1994), a Bionic Woman movie; and Abandoned and Deceived (ABC, 1995).
She became best known as Alex Lambert, a former U.S. Army Apache helicopter pilot during Operation Desert Storm who afterward ran a Nantucket Island helicopter service for two seasons on the NBC sitcom Wings. The part was a recurring role during the 1992-93 season, and a regular cast role the following year.
In 1989, at age 21, she underwent plastic surgery to receive silicone breast implants; however, the implants later ruptured and caused health complications for Forke, who had them removed four years later in February 1993. On March 24, 1994, she filed a lawsuit in Houston against Dow Corning, the Dow Chemical Company, the Inamed Corporation and the McGhan Corporation.
Forke had a recurring role on Lois and Clark as Mayson Drake, an attorney who considered Superman a vigilante yet held a candle for Clark Kent. Her character was killed by a car bombing in a noted scene where Clark attempts to shield her from the blast, causing a partial revealing of his Superman uniform. Drake dies before confiding in Kent that she should have known an honorable man like him was Superman. Forke would once again take part in the Superman universe voicing the character Big Barda on an episode of Superman: The Animated Series. Farrah would go on to reprise the role in three episodes of Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited, animated shows set in the same universe.
After Wings, Forke played Carey, an office manager for a computer software company, in the 1995 CBS sitcom Dweebs (1995), and then, from 1996 to 1997, a prep school teacher in NBC's Mr. Rhodes. She also appeared on Ned and Stacey with her old Wings cast mate Thomas Haden Church.
Forke also was the voice woman of several high end companies such as Cadillac and Arby's. Forke has taken a break from the acting community, and currently lives in Houston, Texas, where she is raising her twin boys, and makes occasional appearances at comic book conventions.