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Elizabeth Berkley Bio
Born in Farmington Hills, Michigan on July 28th, 1972, baby Elizabeth Berkley showed an early aptitude for dance. At age five, her parents enrolled her at the Detroit Dance Company. As her love for dance grew with the years, she began performing at high-profile shows such as Swan Lake , which attracted large audiences. As talent scouts started to frequent her shows, her parents were able to land her parts on TV shows such as Gimme a Break! and Silver Spoons , when she was seven years old.
After her film debut in 1987's made-for-TV movie Frog , she landed her most important part yet- the role of Jessie Spano in the Saturday morning TV sensation, Saved by the Bell .
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After four successful seasons, Elizabeth was finally of age to start an official movie career. The 1995 release of Showgirls , however, was not the kind of beginning she had envisioned. Drooled over by men and vilified by the media for her portrayal of a lap dancer, she took most of the rap for the film's failure.
Admirably, Elizabeth kept plugging away, determined to make a positive name for herself in the movie industry. She continued to do television, and made guest appearances on NYPD Blue and Jack and Jill . In 1996, Goldie Hawn recommended her for a small role in the movie The First Wives Club after publicly stating that Elizabeth deserved a chance to redeem herself after doing Showgirls .