Lark Voorhies and her foundation are back in the news…Yeah, never a good thing.
The actress is best remembered for playing aspiring designer Lisa Turtle on the high school comedy classic Saved by the Bell. The outspoken Lisa kept Voorhies on NBC’s payroll from the show’s inception in 1988 until its finale in 1993. For those born during the Clinton/Gore years though, Lark’s leading role is that of “The Strange Lady Who Makes Public Appearances in Harajuku Makeup.”
Voorhies made a rare public appearance last weekend, stepping out to attend the Where We Started premiere in Hollywood. Judging by the reactions across social media, we’re guessing she probably wishes she’d just spent the evening at home with Netflix.
It didn’t take long for the Interwebs to explode with commentary about Lark’s questionable look. A not-so-clandestine lacefront wig paired curiously with Voorhies’ plum-colored cheeks and berry-dipped lips quickly became fodder for conversation (and conspiracy theories) across the blogosphere. A face coated in porcelain-tinted finishing powder completed the ensemble.
Lark has been plagued by erratic behavior for years. In 2012, Lark’s mother and former manager, Tricia, revealed that the one-time teen star had been quietly battling bipolar disorder. A claim Lark later denied.
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, her mom claimed.
The first public indication of trouble came when a heavily made-up and noticeably bloated Lark gave a rambling interview to Yahoo! News in the spring of 2012. The almost unrecognizable beauty’s apparent downward spiral sent Twitter into a tizzy. 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.
“She’s trying so hard. She says she’s delayed, but she’s going to get there.”