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This 'Saved By The Bell' Actress Is Opening Up About Mental Health

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By Jennifer Passmore

"Saved By The Bell" wasn't always the show that we know and love and get all nostalgic about today. Originally, it was made for the Disney channel, and it was called "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." After one season, though, it was canceled. However, NBC saw potential in the show, and decided to pick it back up and rebrand it as "Saved By The Bell." There were all your favorite characters, Screech, Slater, Zach, Kelly, Jessie, and of course, Lisa Turtle, played by none other than Lark Voorhies.

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Who Is Lark Voorhies?

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Lark Voorhies was thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of two by her mother. The Tennessee native and her family relocated to California, and she was signed to a talent agency. However, Voorhies was not comfortable in front of the camera. She was photogenic, so the focus was switched to modeling, rather than acting. At age 14, Voorhies decided that she would give acting another go and try again. The move paid off for her, as she began with appearing on an episode of "Small Wonders," and in the same year was cast as Lisa Turtle in Disney's "Good Morning, Miss Bliss."

Saved By The Bell: Lisa Turtle

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Amongst the other characters in "Saved By The Bell," which followed the adventures of a crew of high school kids, Lisa Turtle was a wealthy character that was more obsessed with her appearance. She is mostly known for her role on "Saved By The Bell," however, she did go on to guest star in a variety of shows which include, "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air," "Days of our Lives," and more. She also appeared in the 2001 movie "How High."

Erratic Behavior

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When the new millenium hit, Voorhies acting career had pretty much came to a stop. Not too many people saw her. After she resurfaced, she looked different, which caused rumors to fly that she was battling some sort of substance abuse. Her behavior became erratic, especially in 2015, when she wed a known gang member in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted only six months long and a long battle for spousal support ensued, just adding fuel to the fire of all this behavior.

In Reality: Bipolar Disorder

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In an interview with People in 2012, Voorhies mother sat down and did an interview. She revealed that Voorhies suffered from bipolar disorder. Her mother believed that her mental health began to decline after her marriage to Miguel Coleman, an actor, and producer, crumbled. At the time of that interview, Lark was not ready to seek help for her mental health disorder, for fear that people would not understand it. Today, though, she is ready to talk about her experiences.

Time To Talk

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Despite the rough times that she has had battling with bipolar disorder, it looks like Lark is ready to open up. A "Dr. Oz" episode that is scheduled to air tomorrow, she opens up. She has said, "I want thank everybody who has been so supportive throughout my journey these last several years. It was very hard to find the right way to talk about some of the challenges that I go through on a daily basis,” she began in her statement. “Please tune in this Wednesday to the Dr Oz show to learn about living with a mental disorder that many people do not understand."

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