Jul. 28th, 1972
Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA
Elizabeth Berkley's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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When Elizabeth was 5, her parents enrolled her at Detroit Dance Company. Loving dance, young Elizabeth began to take part in several ballets, including "Swan Lake" and, in 1983, she starred in some musicals (sometimes singing in Italian).
Her screen debut was a role in the TV movie Frog (1987). She then got work as an extra in some TV series: TV 101 (1988), Day by Day (1988), etc. In the summer of 1989, she was in L.A. and auditioned for a role on "Saved by the Bell" (1989). She got the role and became a TV star. After 4 seasons, she left the show to try to break into cinema.
In 1994, she filmed 4 movies, including Showgirls (1995), and continued to guest star in very popular TV shows, like Diagnosis Murder (1993). At the same time, she was studying English Literature at a college in California. After Showgirls, she signed with United Talent Agency and then filmed some Hollywood films with small roles The First Wives Club (1996) and Any Given Sunday (1999) and starred in some indies Taxman (1998), Last Call (1999), The Real Blonde (1997).
In 1999, Elizabeth performed on stage in London as Honey in "Lenny". Her performances in Roger Dodger (2002) and Moving Malcolm (2003), two independent movies released in 2002 and 2003, impressed the critics.
On November 1, 2003, Berkley married New York artist and occasional actor 'Greg Lauren' at the Esperanza Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Berkley formally changed her name to Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, however, she still uses her maiden name professionally. On March 5, 2012, Berkley announced she was expecting her first child in the summer. On July 20, 2012, son Sky Cole was born. Berkley gave birth just 8 days before her 40th birthday.
She made her Broadway debut in "Sly Fox", in February 2004, just three months after she got married. She then returned to The Great White Way in the terrific Off-Broadway production "Hurlyburly" directed by 'Scott Elliott' and co-starring 'Ethan Hawke', 'Parker Posey' and 'Wallace Shawn'. She received some of the best reviews of her acting career for her impressive performance as Bonnie.
In 2006, she created her own website to help teen girls. The website, which she administrates herself, is a self-esteem program called Ask-Elizabeth.
In 2011, Berkley played the lead female role in Hallmark Channel's original movie Lucky Christmas, about a woman who wins the lottery only to have to recover the ticket from the glove compartment of her stolen car. The film premiered on Hallmark Movie Channel on November 12, 2011.
In September 2013, Berkley was announced as one of the contestants on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars. She is partnered with 'Valentin Chmerkovskiy'.
- In the early 1990s a 12-inch doll was made of her as her character, Jessie Spano, from _"Saved by the Bell" (1989)_ (qv). The same was done for the other cast members.
- Has an older brother, Jason.
- 1997-99: Dated actor 'Roger Wilson (I)' (qv).
- Shares a birthday with 'Jacqueline Kennedy (I)' (qv), 'Sally Struthers' (qv), 'Tom Pelphrey' (qv), 'Laquayva' (qv), 'Lori Loughlin' (qv) and 'Leonor Watling' (qv).
- Attended Warner Middle School in Farmington Hills, MI. This is also the junior high school where actors 'Sam Logan Khaleghi' (qv) and 'Brandon T. Jackson' (qv) attended, although years later.
- Was advised by her manager not to do _Roger Dodger (2002)_ (qv). She ignored him and decided to do the film because she loved the script.
- Is a vegetarian.
- Good friends with 'Jennifer Beals (I)' (qv). They each appeared in a 'Joe Eszterhas' (qv)-written film (Berkley: _Showgirls (1995)_ (qv); Beals: _Flashdance (1983)_ (qv)), and they appeared together in _Roger Dodger (2002)_ (qv).