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Lark Voorhies
Born March 25, 1974 (1974-03-25) (age 35)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, spokeswoman, model
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Miguel Coleman (1996-2004) (divorced)

Lark Voorhies (born March 25, 1974) is an American actress who rose to fame playing Lisa Turtle in Saved by the Bell, for which she twice won the Young Artist Award, in 1990 and 1993, and was twice nominated for the same award in 1991 and 1992.

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Early life

Voorhies was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Pasadena, California. Voorhies is the second oldest of four siblings. Her first name, "Lark," was the name of a character in the movie Cool Breeze. Voorhies's mother, who loved the character, decided to name her daughter this.

Growing up, Voorhies took vocal lessons, dance lessons, joined the church choir, and attended gymnastic classes. She went to Pasadena Civic Ballet Company, where she studied different dance style routines for five years, including jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop. Voorhies was an aspiring ballerina when she was younger.

Acting career

Voorhies made her acting debut at the age of two. She postponed her acting career until the age of 11. The reason behind this was because of her shyness. Her mother put Voorhies's 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. 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 also played the character in its spinoff, Saved by the Bell.

Voorhies has since appeared in several television sitcoms and soap operas. She played a role of snooty socialite Wendy Reardon in Days of Our Lives, and in The Bold and the Beautiful Voorhies played the role of intern fashion-designer, Jasmine Malone. She was released from her contract when her role required her to act in sex scenes, which the actress refused to do citing her religious beliefs.

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.

Voorhies has not restricted her acting to television sitcoms and movies alone. She has appeared in number of music videos, including Kenny Lattimore's "Never Too Busy," Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee," Montell Jordan's "Somethin' for the Honeyz," and Dru Hill's "These Are the Times." Voorhies, as a model, endorsed Head and Shoulders shampoo and "Oxy10."

In 2001 Voorhies played a major role in the film "How High" as Lauren, a Harvard student. A movie in which Redman and Method Man go to Harvard after they find out that smoking their dead friend Ivory makes it so they can see his ghost and gives them all the answers so they get straight A's.

Her latest film project is a movie adaptation of the book The Black Man's Guide to Understanding Black Women, and she is also involved in a movie entitled The Next Hit, which was released in August, 2008.[1]

She has been rumoured to play Whitney Houston in the Grammy Winning Singer's upcoming biopic film.

Music

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 the oldest Jackson family member Rebbie Jackson).

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Third Degree

Voorhies was formerly in an alternative band named Third Degree. She was the founder and lead singer of the group. Due to the band splitting, Voorhies decided to further her music career as a soloist.

Solo artist

Voorhies is currently preparing to release her new single, entitled "Backyard" under her own management/production company by January 2010. The album title is currently unknown.

Asher Roth

Voorhies is mentioned in Asher Roth's single "Lark on My Go-Kart".

Boyz II Men

Voorhies played Wanya's girlfriend in the music video "On Bended Knee"

Ludacris

Voorhies is mentioned in Ludacris' song "Coming 2 America" off his "Word of Mouf" album.

Business

Voorhies owns Lark Voorhies Productions and Voorhies Management, Inc, which she co-founded with her brother and some of her business partners.

Legal dispute

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.[2]

Personal life

Voorhies has had several romances with several Hollywood actors and co-stars, including Saved by the Bell co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, whom she dated for three years. Voorhies had a brief romance with and was engaged to American comedy actor Martin Lawrence in 1993. On March 9, 1996, she married actor/producer Miguel Coleman. The marriage lasted for eight years, from 1996 to 2004, at which point the couple divorced.[3]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1997 Def Jam's How to Be a Player Lisa
2000 Longshot Woman at Bar Alternative title: Jack of All Trades
2001 How High Lauren
2002 Civil Brand Lil' Momma
2008 The Next Hit Ana Smith
2009 Mimi's Place Sydney Short film
2010 Redemption Sister Mary pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 Good Morning, Miss Bliss Lisa Turtle 13 episodes
1988, 1989 Small Wonder Brandie Ross
Binky
Episode: When You Hear the Beep
Episode: The Tattletale
1989 The Robert Guillaume Show Danica Episode: Educating Ann
1989–1993 Saved by the Bell Lisa Turtle 86 episodes
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cindy Episode: Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style Lisa Turtle TV-Movie
1993 Martin Nicole Episode: The Break Up (2)
Episode: The Break Up (3)
Getting By Tasha Episode: Men Don't Dance
Episode: Turnabout Dance
1993–1994 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 TV-Movie
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
1995–1996 The Bold and the Beautiful Jasmine Malone 4 episodes
1997 Malcolm & Eddie Lydia Episode: Club Story
The Last Don Tiffany Miniseries
1997–1999 In the House Mercedes Langford 18 episodes
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Johari Mayfield Episode: I Can't Get No Satisfaction
1999 Mutiny TV-Movie
The Parkers Chandra Episode: Grape Nuts
Episode: Scammed Straight
2000 Grown Ups Stacy Episode: J's Pet Peeve
2001 Fire & Ice Holly Aimes TV-Movie
2002 Widows Miniseries
2008 Robot Chicken Lisa Turtle/Betty Childs/Borg Queen Voice Role
Episode: Boo Cocky

Awards and nominations

Young Artist Award

  • 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

References

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