Recognized by The London London Times as "a fearless and committed actress", Elizabeth Berkley Lauren has clearly demonstrated her versatility and the range of her talent from comedy to drama, in a host successful film, television, and stage performances. Growing up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, she dreamed of becoming a performer in all of those mediums. She devoted herself to dance (tap, jazz and ballet), which developed a strong work ethic that powers a continuing dedication to the achievement of her professional goals as well as a personal commitment to philanthropy and charitable outreach.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren launched her acting career at the age of 15 as "Jessie", in the hit NBC sitcom, "Saved By the Bell", which is now in daily syndication worldwide. Her TV success led to film roles: opposite Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton in the Paramount Pictures smash hit, "First Wives Club", opposite Matthew Modine, and Catherine Keener in the Sundance "The Real Blonde", and opposite Al Pacino in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday". She also appeared in "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" directed by and starring Woody Allen, "Showgirls for MGM, and "Rodger Dodger, awarded best film at both the Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. She has recurred and guest starred on some of the most prolific shows on television including "NYPD BLUE", "Without ATrace", "CSI", and "Law And Order" to name a few. On the London stage, she starred in "Lenny" opposite Eddie Izzard, directed by the legendary Sir Peter Hall. On Broadway, she most recently starred in "Sly Fox", directed by Arthur Penn, opposite Richard Dreyfuss, and in the critically acclaimed "Hurlyburly" opposite Ethan Hawke and Parker Posey.
Even with a full work schedule, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren continues to dedicate her time and energy to causes that are close to her heart. Her desire to help empower adolescent girls (11-17) led her to create "Ask-Elizabeth", a series of interactive workshops she conducts at schools and youth groups around the country. While the girls may at first be excited at the chance to speak with a successful Hollywood actress, the dynamics between Elizabeth and the group end up feeling more like a sleepover party with their big sister, whom they can talk openly with. Elizabeth's mission is for them to leave feeling like the "best versions of themselves".
In the same fearless and committed way that Elizabeth Berkley Lauren approaches her theatrical career, she is dedicated to making tools for girls accessible and possible, by giving them the ability to know that empowerment is within their reach, by bringing them...