Elizabeth Berkley Lauren is an American actress. She is also the wife of an American actor and fashion designer, Grey Lauren. Berkeley Lauren has acted in several movies and TV shows. She is known for the role she played in character Jessie Spano in the television series Saved by the Bell and in Paul Verhoeven movie Showgirls as Nomi Malone. Elizabeth Berkley also voiced the title role in the English dub of the anime film Armitage III: Poly-Matrix. Apart from that, Berkley also had supporting roles in the comedy film The First Wives Club and Roger Dodger.  Here is her biography.

Profile Summary 

Full name: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren 

Date of birth: 28th July 1972

Place of birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA 

Nationality: American 

Ethnicity: Caucasian 

Sibling: Jason Berkley 

Spouse: Greg Lauren 

Profession: Actress, TV Personality, Author, Activist

Early Life

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren was born in Farmington, USA, on July 28 1972. She was born and raised in a Jewish family in Farmington Hills, Detroit’s northern suburbs in affluent Oakland County, Michigan.  Berkley Lauren was born with a medical condition called sectoral heterochromia. A condition in which the two eyes have different colours. In Elizabeth Berkley’s case, her left eye is green while her right eye is partially green and brown.


Berkeley Lauren is the daughter of Jere and Fred Berkley. Her mother, Jere, is a gift basket business owner, while her father, Fred Berkley, is a lawyer. Berkley Lauren has a sibling, an older brother, Jason.


 Berkley Lauren first attended the Cranbrook Kingswood School, a private school in Bloomfield Hills. She later attended the North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills and graduated in 1990.


Actress Berkley biography

Berkley Lauren loves to dance When she was very young, she used to dance and practice in the basement of her home. Berkley Lauren later travelled to New York City to train with dancers and choreographers. She played in several ballets, including Swan Lake, she also appeared in some musicals in 1983.

Berkley Lauren was a teenage model for Elite before pursuing an acting career. In 1978, She made her first television debut in the television film Frog.  Berkley Lauren’s performance was outstanding; she made several guest appearances on various movies and TV shows. In 1989, Berkley Lauren auditioned for Kelly Kapwoski in the Saved by the Bell movie, but the producers could not cast Berkley Tiffani Thiessen. In the end, the producers cast Berkley for the role of the character Jessie Spano; she played the role from 1989 to 1993.

After leaving Saved by the Bell movie to pursue a film career, Elizabeth Berkley played the role of Nomi Malone, a stripper who dreamed of becoming a top las-vegas showgirl. She was the lead character in the controversial Paul Verhoeven movie Showgirls (1995). Berkeley Lauren’s performance in the Showgirl movie was subjected to harsh criticism.  

The Showgirls movie has achieved rank 36 on the Entertainment Weekly list of the Top 50 Cult Movies. Berkley was cast in the anime film Armitage III: Poly Matrix and also in the comedy The First Wives Club. In November 2020, Berkely re-played the role of Jessie Spano in the Saved by the Bell regular series. She is currently starring as Jessie Spano in Saved by the Bell.


Actress Elizabeth Berkley

In 2010, Elizabeth Berkley set a self-help program online for teen girls called Ask-Elizabeth. The website was created when Berkley commented on the number of girls that come to his wife for advice. The show featured Berkley Lauren travelling around the United States, looking at the issues and topics most important to teenagers. Berkeley Lauren regularly meets with the teenagers to discuss different issues and help them with any problems they face.

In 2011, Berkley Lauren published Ask-Elizabeth, a self-help book for teenage girls, drawing from the workshops she conducted for the Ask-Elizabeth program.

The Law Suit    

In 2000, Berkley Lauren was involved in a $45 million lawsuit when actor and screenwriter Roger Wilson filed against Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio was claimed to have pursued Berkley whilst she was in a relationship with Wilson. Wilson claimed that DiCaprio had encouraged his friends to assault him in a street fight, related to invitations to socialise directed at Berkley. 


Berkley Lauren and spouse

In 2000, Elizabeth met Grey in a dance class, and they started dating. On November 1, 2003, Elizabeth Berkley married Greg Lauren.  Grey is an American actor, painter and fashion designer. , 

The wedding took place at the Esperanza Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. In July 2012, Berkley Lauren gave birth to their son, Sky Cole Lauren. Berkeley Lauren and her husband Grey Lauren have been happily married for seventeen years now.


1987: Frog as Kathy   

1988: Platinum Blonde     

1991: Point Break as Macrame Girl   

1992: In Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style as Jessie Spano    

1993:  Molly & Gina as Kimberly Sweeny    

1994: Round-Up as Tiffany    

1994: Bandit Goes Country as Beth  

1994: In Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas as Jessie Spano    

1995: In White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild as Crystal    

1995: Showgirls as Nomi Malone / Pollyanna Costello    

1996: Anime film Armitage III: Poly-Matrix as Naomi Armitage (voice)    

1996: The First Wives Club as Phoebe LaVelle.

1997:  The Real Blonde as Tina    

1998: Random Encounter as Alicia ‘Allie’ Brayman    

1999 : Taxman as Nadia Rubakov    

1999: Africa as Barbara Craig    

1999: Last Call as Helena    

1999: Tail Lights Fade as Eve    

1999: Any Given Sunday as Mandy Murphy    

2000: Becoming Dick as Maggie    

2001: Curse of the Jade Scorpion as Jill    

2001: The Elevator as Celeste    

2001:  The Shipment as Candy Colucci    

2002: Cover Story as Samantha Noble    

2002: Roger Dodger as Andrea    

2003 : Detonator as Jane Dreyer    

2003:  Moving Malcolm as Liz Woodward    

2003:  Control Factor    Karen Bishop  

2003: Student Seduction as Christie Dawson 

2008: Meet Market as Linda    

2008: The Butler’s in Love as Angelique    Short film

2008:  Black Widow as Olivia Whitfield / Grace Miller    

2009: Women in Trouble    Tracy    

2009:  S. Darko    Trudy    

2011: Lucky Christmas as Holly Ceroni    

2020:  You Don’t Nomi      

Television Film

1986: Gimme a Break!      

1986: Silver Spoons as Melissa   

1988: Day by Day as Lisabeth    

1989–1993: Saved by the Bell as Jessica ‘Jessie’ Myrtle Spano  

1990: The Hogan Family as Ashley    

1990: Married People as Isabel   

1990: Life Goes On as Selena  

1993: Crossroads    Jen    Episode: “Paradise Found.”

2008–2009: CSI: Miami as Julia Winston    

2009: The L Word film as Kelly Wentworth  

2013: Dancing with the Stars    Herself    

2014: Melissa & Joey Dr Kathryn Miller   

2015: Dinner at Tiffani’s    

2015:  Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Jessie Spano   

2016: New Girl as Becky Cavatappi   

2020–present: Saved by the Bell film as Jessie Spano