Actor Profile: Elizabeth Berkley

Today is just… dismal. I’m sorry, but the biggest actors born today are Lori Loughlin, Elizabeth Berkley, Alexis Arquette, Sally Struthers, Peter Cullen, and Dustin Milligan. I don’t really know what to do with that. I’ve seen seven things with Elizabeth Berkley in it. That’s by far the lowest for any actor profile I’ve done so far.

The first thing I saw Elizabeth Berkley in, probably obviously, was Saved By The Bell. Based on my age, generation, etc., I obviously know her as Jesse Spano. After that, I remember seeing her in First Wives Club before I snuck a peek at Showgirls (which I caught on Showtime, at an age when I wasn’t supposed to be watching Showtime). I later rewatched Showgirls as an adult and realized how awful it was. When you’re a kid, it’s all boobs and sex, and you forget it’s also terrible acting, writing, and directing. She fell off the radar for a while, but maybe she’ll get back into it. Who knows.

BEST PERFORMANCE:
I really enjoyed her in First Wives Club as the ditzy up and coming actress. I wish her career had gone more in that direction, and that she had never done Showgirls.

MOST ICONIC ROLE
She’s probably best known for being Jessie Spano on Saved By The Bell, though if you’re an old fart you only know her from Showgirls infamy or Dancing With The Stars.

MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMANCE:
See Roger Dodger. She’s only a supporting role as a hooker, but Berkley seems to slay bit parts in comedies. Also, the pill popping episode of Saved By The Bell was surprisingly good.

BEST PERFORMANCE I’VE HEARD WAS GOOD AND HAVEN’T SEEN
She was recurring for a bit on The L Word, which I never watched. I always heard good things about that show.

WORST PERFORMANCE
Showgirls. Duh.

Roles I’ve Seen:
1) Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
2) Showgirls (1995)
3) First Wives Club (1996)
4) Any Given Sunday (1999)
5) Roger Dodger (2002)
6) Dancing With The Stars (2013)

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