Elizabeth Berkley

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Posted July 6, 2013 by Richi in Comedy

Overview

Born: July 28, 1972 (age 40), Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
 
Height: 1.78 m
 
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Elizabeth Berkley Lauren is an American television, film, and theater actress. Berkley’s most notable roles were in the television series Saved by the Bell, as brainy feminist Jessie Spano, and the 1995 Paul Verhoeven film Showgirls, as exotic stripper Nomi Malone.

Curious facts

  • Has different color eyes: right eye is half green and half brown and left eye is green. This condition is known as Heterochromia.
  • The producers of ”Saved by the Bell” (1989) created the role of Jessie for her when they could not choose between her and Tiffani Thiessen for the role of Kelly.
  • Once sat next to a man on an international flight who watched Showgirls (1995) on his in-seat video screen and never recognized her.
  • 1997: Donned a $600 form-fitting gown made entirely of collard greens for the “Lettuce Be Lean” campaign sponsored by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. According to “People Weekly”, a source claims “she had to be misted every 20 minutes, like a produce section”.
  • Has an older brother, Jason.
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Auditioned for the film Annie (1982), but was turned down because she was too tall.
  • Attended Warner Middle School in Farmington Hills, MI. This is also the junior high school where actors Sam Logan Khaleghi and Brandon T. Jackson attended, although years later.
  • Her husband, Greg Lauren, is a successful and professional nude painter. Elizabeth and Greg met each other in a dance class in 2000.
  • Married Greg Lauren in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the Esperanza Hotel. Ralph Lauren (Greg’s uncle) designed Elizabeth’s dress–a silk sheath with pearled spaghetti straps–and Greg wore a white tuxedo jacket and black bow tie.
  • In the early 1990s a 12-inch doll was made of her as her character, Jessie Spano, from ”Saved by the Bell” (1989). The same was done for the other cast members.
  • Good friends with Jennifer Beals. They each appeared in a Joe Eszterhas-written film (Berkley: Showgirls (1995); Beals: Flashdance (1983)), and they appeared together in Roger Dodger (2002).
  • Was advised by her manager not to do Roger Dodger (2002). She ignored him and decided to do the film because she loved the script.
  • After Showgirls (1995), she got a degree in English Literature from UCLA and entered into the United Talent Agency.
  • Attended the prestigious Cranbrook-Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, at the same time as actress Selma Blair. Another former student was Jaime Ray Newman.
  • Good friends with Lauren Bush.
  • Her first book, entitled Ask Elizabeth: Real Answers to Everything You Secretly Wanted to Ask About Love, Friends, Your Body… and Life in General, will be released on March 22nd, 2011. It ties in with the self help program she founded in 2006.
  • In 2006, she founded a self help group for young girls called Ask Elizabeth, in which she helps girls discuss problems and ask questions to each other which they would usually feel uncomfortable sharing with others.
  • Expecting her first child with husband Greg Lauren [March 5, 2012].
  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 39, a son Sky Cole Lauren on July 20, 2012. Child’s father is her husband, Greg Lauren.

Filmography

Films:

  • 1988 Platinum Blonde
  • 1994 Molly & Gina
  • 1995 White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild
  • 1995 Showgirls
  • 1996 The First Wives Club
  • 1997 A Time to Revenge
  • 1997 Armitage III
  • 1997 The Real Blonde
  • 1998 Random Encounter
  • 1999 Taxman
  • 1999 Africa
  • 1999 Last Call
  • 1999 Tail Lights Fade
  • 1999 Any Given Sunday
  • 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • 2001 The Shipment
  • 2002 Cover Story
  • 2002 Roger Dodger
  • 2003 Detonator
  • 2003 Moving Malcolm
  • 2008 Meet Market
  • 2008 The Butler’s in Love
  • 2009 Women in Trouble
  • 2009 S. Darko

TV:

  • 1986 Gimme a Break!
  • 1986 Silver Spoons
  • 1987 Frog
  • 1988 Day by Day
  • 1989-1993 Saved by the Bell
  • 1990 The Hogan Family
  • 1990 Married People
  • 1990 Life Goes On
  • 1992 Raven
  • 1992 Step by Step
  • 1992 Baywatch
  • 1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
  • 1993 Crossroads
  • 1994 Diagnosis: Murder
  • 1994 Burke’s Law
  • 1994 Bandit: Bandit Goes Country
  • 1994 Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas
  • 1997 Perversions of Science
  • 1999 Brother’s Keeper
  • 2000 Jack & Jill
  • 2000 NYPD Blue
  • 2000 Becoming Dick
  • 2001 The Elevator
  • 2001-2002 Titus
  • 2002 The Twilight Zone
  • 2003 Control Factor
  • 2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • 2003 Student Seduction
  • 2004 Without a Trace
  • 2005 Threshold
  • 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • 2008 Black Widow
  • 2008-2009 CSI: Miami
  • 2009 The L Word
  • 2011 Lucky Christmas