Everyone Loved Saved By The Bell’s Lark Voorhies – But Today You Won’t Even Recognize Her

As Saved by the Bell’s Lisa Turtle, Lark Voorhies captured the hearts of countless 90’s kids. However – after graduating from Bayside High in 1993 – things took a turn for the worse in this teen star’s life. Now, she’s back in the spotlight, but the sad reason may come as a shock to her biggest fans.

Before she became the trendy Lisa Turtle, Lark Voorhies was another teen with a serious thirst for fame. Indeed, Voorhies’ mother Tricia recognized her daughter’s potential from an early age and even auditioned her for an agent at two-years old. Nevertheless, this first gamble didn’t pay off – little Lark was just too shy to perform.

Despite this early bout of stage fright, Voorhies quickly gained the confidence to become an actress. At the age of 12, she landed her first gig in a commercial for Universal Tours. Then – in 1988 – she gained the role of Lisa Turtle on the Disney Channel’s Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

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Good Morning, Miss Bliss wouldn’t stay on Disney for long, but the show’s basic premise would be revamped by NBC. While Voorhies stayed on to play Lisa Turtle, the series was given numerous changes. In particular, it received a far catchier name – Saved by the Bell.

Alongside fellow stars Dustin Diamond and Elizabeth Berkley, Voorhies helped make Saved by the Bell a hit. Set amongst the halls and classrooms of Bayside High, the series mixed classic comedy archetypes with more serious and relatable teenage issues. And fans were hooked right from the very first episode.

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Though she starred alongside a talented ensemble cast, Voorhies’ efforts were singled out for particular praise. Thanks to her performance as the glamorous fashionista, the actress won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in 1990. She walked away with the same award three years later in 1993.

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Naturally, Voorhies had garnered a good name throughout her time with the show. So – when she left Saved by the Bell in 1993 – big things were expected. Following her departure, the star joined the cast of Days of Our Lives before taking a job on another high profile soap The Bold and the Beautiful.

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However, Voorhies’ career didn’t play out the way many fans expected. After leaving The Bold and the Beautiful in 1996, the actress mainly stuck to guest appearances and indie projects. And – by the turn of the current decade – she had slipped completely off the showbiz map.

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With Voorhies making fewer TV and film appearances, many fans began to forget all about their favorite star. That is until the actress agreed to an unforgettably uncomfortable interview with Yahoo! in 2012. This thrust her into the spotlight once again – but for all the wrong reasons.

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Sporting a radically altered appearance, Voorhies was unrecognizable from her 90s heyday. A few months later, People magazine noted erratic and peculiar behavior when they sat down to chat with the actress. At the same time, former co-star Dustin Diamond revealed a strange anecdote about an encounter with Voorhies in 2003.

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“I was always used to playing off of her and looking into her eyes,” Diamond told People magazine before noting Voorhies’ propensity to stare into space. “When I saw her…it wasn’t the Lark I knew.” It was clear that something was very wrong – and Voorhies’ mother seemingly had the answer.

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Speaking to the same publication, Tricia Voorhies made a shocking claim – her daughter was suffering from bipolar disorder. “There are things that have traumatized her,” Tricia revealed. “I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life.”

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Almost immediately, Lark Voorhies shot back and denied these allegations. Within the same article – in which both Lark and Tricia were interviewed – the star laughed off her mother’s claims of ill-health. Instead, she had secluded herself in her work which included acting, making music and releasing self-penned books.

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Nevertheless, Voorhies added to speculation during a November interview with Entertainment Tonight. Rambling and hard to follow, the actress’ choice of words left many still concerned. “I have no worries myself,” she said, “nor do I exude, exhibit or possess within my living stratus any reason why someone should worry.”

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Meanwhile, those who investigated Voorhies’ self-published books found further cause for alarm. Indeed, a release from 2011 bears the almost unreadable title True Light: A, superior, take, unto, the, premier, haloing, of, tenuation. Readily, available, True Light, provides, resource, into, time’s, motifed, and, vestuved, authenticate, revelation.

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While time passed following these bizarre interviews, the actress again slipped out of public view. In 2015, Jimmy Fallon reunited Saved by the Bell’s cast on The Tonight Show, though Voorhies was notably absent. Her publicist later revealed to E! News that she declined the invitation due “to an intense work schedule.”

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That same year, Voorhies’ life was filled with even more drama when she married music engineer Jimmy Green in April. While this would have normally been a happy occasion, the marriage was marred by Tricia’s subsequent behavior. Claiming that Green was actually a Bloods gang member, Voorhies’ mother filed a restraining order against her new son-in-law.

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Furthermore, Tricia accused Green of taking advantage of her daughter – another sign of her supposed instability. In the end, the matriarch’s distrust in Green proved right and Voorhies’ herself eventually fell out of love with him. After just six months of marriage, the actress filed for divorce in October.

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The somewhat sad news was preceded by an explosive Instagram post by Voorhies in which she compared her ex-husband’s genitalia to “corn chips.” Soon afterwards, the African-American actress made another strange post wherein she claimed she was “not black.” On both occasions, she claimed her social media account had been hacked.

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With cast mate Elizabeth Berkley recently showing her interest in a Saved by the Bell reunion, now seems the perfect opportunity for Voorhies to return to the public eye. But only time will tell if this seldom-seen star is ready to be put back in the spotlight. For that, we’ll have to wait and see.

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