Lark Voorhies



Real Name : Lark Holloway

Born: 25/03/1974 (43 yo)
Birth place: Nashville, Tenessee (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress



Summary


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, which is developing Voorhies' film entitled, The Hope for Pandora's Box as of 2012.



Biography


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.

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."

Entertainment career

Acting

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.

Modeling

As a model, she endorsed Head & Shoulders shampoo and Oxy10.

Music

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.



Websites & Social Networks


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Television:

  • 1988–89 Good Morning, Miss Bliss (13 episodes)
  • 1989      Small Wonder  
  • 1989      The Robert Guillaume Show
  • 1989–93 Saved by the Bell (85 episodes)
  • 1992      The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • 1992      Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (Television film)
  • 1993      Martin
  • 1993–94 Days of our Lives           Wendy Reardon             
  • 1994      Saved by the Bell: The College Years
  • 1994      Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas
  • 1994      Me and the Boys             Denise Episode: "Talent Show"
  • 1994      Saved by the Bell: The New Class
  • 1995      CBS Schoolbreak Special
  • 1995      Star Trek: Deep Space Nine       
  • 1995      Family Matters                 Dream Girl         
  • 1995–96, 2004   The Bold and the Beautiful        
  • 1997      Malcolm & Eddie            
  • 1997      The Last Don    
  • 1997–99 In the House (18 episodes)
  • 1998      The Love Boat: The Next Wave               
  • 1999      Mutiny                               
  • 1999      The Parkers      
  • 2000      Grown Ups       
  • 2001      Fire & Ice           
  • 2002      Widows              
  • 2008      Robot Chicken

 


Filmography:

  • 1997      Def Jam's How to Be a Player                   
  • 2000      Longshot            
  • 2001      How High           
  • 2002      Civil Brand                         
  • 2008      The Next Hit                     
  • 2009      Mimi's Place (Short film)
  • 2011      Measure of Faith
  • 2012      Little Creeps    

 

Awards won:

Young Artist Award

  • 1990: "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series" – Saved by the Bell
  • 1993: "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series" – Saved by the Bell

 


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