Lark Voorhies

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Lark Voorhies
Lark Voorhies.jpg
Voorhies in 2008
Born(1974-03-25) March 25, 1974 (age 39)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, spokeswoman, model
Years active1988–present
 
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Lark Voorhies
Lark Voorhies.jpg
Voorhies in 2008
Born(1974-03-25) March 25, 1974 (age 39)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, spokeswoman, model
Years active1988–present

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. In May 2001, Voorhies started the Beverly Hills-based production company, You Soy Productions,[1] which is developing Voorhies' film entitled, The Hope for Pandora's Box as of 2012.

Early life[edit]

Lark Voorhies was born Lark Holloway in Nashville, Tennessee, and later adopted "Voorhies" as a stage name.[2][3] Her mother, Tricia,[4] named her "Lark" after the character in the 1972 film Cool Breeze, played by Margaret Avery.[5] 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."[6] However, her first audition did not go well—she froze.[6]

Voorhies' career took off at the age of 12, when she appeared in a national television commercial for Universal Studios Tour to advertise its upcoming King Kong attraction: "I was on this tram screaming with all these other people. I had such a great time doing that."[5][7]

Entertainment career[edit]

Acting[edit]

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[8] 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[9] 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,[10] and played Ana Smith in the 2008 movie entitled The Next Hit.[11]

Modeling[edit]

As a model, she endorsed Head & Shoulders shampoo and Oxy10.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Business career[edit]

Voorhies owns Lark Voorhies Productions and Voorhies Management, Inc., which she co-founded with her brother and business partners.[citation needed]

Legal dispute[edit]

On May 30, 2006, Voorhies filed a lawsuit against The National Enquirer for libel over an article that included claims she had a drug problem.[12]

In popular culture[edit]

Voorhies is mentioned in Asher Roth's single "Lark on My Go-Kart" and in Ludacris' song "Coming 2 America", off his Word of Mouf album.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Def Jam's How to Be a PlayerLisa
2000LongshotWoman at BarAlternative title: Jack of All Trades
2001How HighLauren
2002Civil BrandLil' Mama
2008The Next HitAna Smith
2009Mimi's PlaceSydneyShort film
2011Measure of FaithKimDirect-to-video
2012Little CreepsThe DeanDirect-to-video
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1988–89Good Morning, Miss BlissLisa Turtle13 episodes
1988,
1989
Small WonderBrandie Ross
Binky
Episodes: "When You Hear the Beep", "The Tattletale"
1989The Robert Guillaume ShowDanicaEpisode: "Educating Ann"
1989–93Saved by the BellLisa Turtle85 episodes
1992The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirCindyEpisode: "Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe"
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian StyleLisa TurtleTelevision film
1993MartinNicoleEpisodes: "The Break Up" (2), "The Break Up" (3)
Getting ByTashaEpisodes: "Men Don't Dance", "Turnabout Dance"
1993–94Days of our LivesWendy Reardon
1994Saved by the Bell: The College YearsLisa TurtleEpisode: "Wedding Plans"
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las VegasLisa TurtleTelevision film
Me and the BoysDeniseEpisode: "Talent Show"
Saved by the Bell: The New ClassLisa TurtleEpisode: "Goodbye Bayside" (2)
1995CBS Schoolbreak SpecialBreena BlackEpisode: "What About Your Friends"
Star Trek: Deep Space NineLeanneEpisode: "Life Support"
Family MattersDream GirlEpisode: "Home Sweet Home"
1995–96,
2004
The Bold and the BeautifulJasmine MaloneOriginated 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
1997Malcolm & EddieLydiaEpisode: "Club Story"
The Last DonTiffanyMiniseries
1997–99In the HouseMercedes Langford18 episodes
1998The Love Boat: The Next WaveJohari MayfieldEpisode: "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"
1999MutinyTelevision film
The ParkersChandraEpisodes: "Grape Nuts", "Scammed Straight"
2000Grown UpsStacyEpisode: "J's Pet Peeve"
2001Fire & IceHolly AimesTelevision film
2002WidowsMiniseries
2008Robot ChickenLisa Turtle / Betty Childs / Borg Queen (voice)Episode: Boo Cocky

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Business Search". California Secretary of State. Entity Number 200113510062. 
  2. ^ Suzy Baldwin (March 25, 2005). News and Features. "Signposts". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 30. 
  3. ^ Diamond, Dustin (2009). Behind the Bell. Transit Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 0981239692. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b Nancy M. Reichardt (November 27, 1995). Accent. "Voorhies Boldly Jumps Into Daytime Drama". Palm Beach Post. p. 2D. 
  6. ^ a b Lilana Novakovich (October 20, 1996). Entertainment. "Soap star had long climb to Another World". Calgary Herald. p. C7. 
  7. ^ John M. Wilson (December 22, 1985). CA-Calendar. "Monkey Breath". Los Angeles Times. p. 35. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ 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." 
  9. ^ Entertainment. "Lark Voorhies Cast on "Days of Our Lives"". Tulsa World. April 1, 1993. p. C3. 
  10. ^ "Then/Now: 'Saved By the Bell'". FoxNews. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  11. ^ http://washedupcelebrities.blogspot.com/2008/02/lark-voorhies.html
  12. ^ AP. “ ‘Saved by the Bell’ Actress Sues Tabloid”, ABC News, 1 June 2006.[dead link]

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