They’ll always be in high school in our hearts. But “life happens” to teen idols too. And Lark Voorhies is no exception.
The brown-skinned cutie, who rose to fame playing fashion-loving Lisa Turtle on the TNBC series Saved by the Bell from 1988 to 1993, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Lark has been plagued by erratic behavior for years. Doctors first noticed something was wrong when she began alternating between moments of pure joy and constant chatter to times of prolonged silence and a vacant stare, Lark’s mom, Tricia, tells People magazine. Tricia insists the condition was brought on by a series of undisclosed events, which left the out-of-work actress traumatized.
Voorhies turned heads with appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin and alongside rap legend LL Cool J on In the House. She even made feature film appearances in the urban comedies How to Be a Player and How High. But Lark was left devastated when her acting career took a nosedive in the late ’90s.
“It’s frustrating…They can’t explain it…I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life,” her mother laments.
The first public indication of trouble came earlier this year — when a heavily made-up and noticeably bloated Lark gave a rambling interview to Yahoo! News. The almost unrecognizable beauty’s apparent downward spiral sent Twitter into a tizzy.
Lark, now 38, was recently prescribed medication to help deal with the illness, mom Tricia says.
“She’s trying so hard. She says she’s delayed, but she’s going to get there.”