Elizabeth Berkley Biography
(born July 28, 1972 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA)
is a Jewish-American television, film, and stage actress.
Elizabeth Berkley gained prominence for her role as Jessica "Jessie" Myrtle
Spano in the sitcom Saved by the Bell, which she played from 1989 to 1992.
Besides her work on Saved by the Bell, Berkley is best known as Nomi Malone, the
lead character in the controversial 1995 film Showgirls. The s-- and
nudity-laden movie, given an NC-17 rating in the United States, was a box office
bomb, was widely panned, and is generally credited with ruining Berkley's movie
As time has put distance between Elizabeth Berkley and the infamous film (and
the fact that it had gained cult status among movie buffs), she has gained
reasonable critical praise with her performances in smaller roles in independent
films like The Real Blonde, Roger Dodger, and Woody Allen's The Curse of the
Elizabeth Berkley received much acclaim for her role as Honey Bruce in the 1999
London stage version of Lenny, opposite Eddie Izzard. She most recently got
favorable reviews as Bonnie in the Off-Broadway production of Hurlyburly, which
opened June 11, 2005.
- She has different colored eyes: her right eye is half green and half
brown, and her left eye is green.
- When Berkley was nine years old, she took part in the nation-wide search
for the title role in the film version of Annie. After making it to the
semi-finals, she was rejected for being "too tall".
- She was the subject of a $45 million lawsuit filed by ex-boyfriend Roger
Wilson against Leonardo DiCaprio.
It is alleged DiCaprio bombarded Berkley with messages after spotting her at
the promotional party to his film The Man in the Iron Mask and having his
initial advances ignored. After encountering Wilson and Berkley outside a
New York bar in 1998, DiCaprio alledgedly instructed friends to attack
Wilson, who suffered a serious throat injury after the subsequent assault. A
judge threw out the case in 2004.
- On November 1, 2003, Berkley married actor/painter Greg Lauren at the
Esperanza Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Ralph Lauren (Greg's uncle)
designed her wedding dress, a silk sheath with pearled spaghetti straps.
- Berkley attended North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills,
Michigan. She was active on student council and a member of the school
- "Ever since those reviews for Showgirls, it's like I was that woman in
The Scarlet Letter. Except that instead of having to wear the letter 'A' for
adulteress, I was condemned to wear an 'S' for showgirl."
- Saved by the Bell (1989)
- Molly & Gina (1994)
- Showgirls (1995)
- The First Wives Club (1996)
- Armitage III: Poly-Matrix (1997)
- The Real Blonde (1997)
- Any Given Sunday (1999)
- Random Encounter (1999)
- Tail Lights Fade (1999)
- The Taxman (1999)
- The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
- The Shipment (2001)
- Roger Dodger (2002)
- Moving Malcolm (2003)
- Meet Market (2004)
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