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Elizabeth Berkley (born July 28, 1972 in Farmington Hills, Michigan) is an American actress.
Berkley is best known for her role as Jessie Spano in the sitcom Saved by the Bell, which she played from 1989 to 1992.
In 1995, she played the lead role, Nomi, in the movie Showgirls. The sex and nudity-laden movie, given an NC-17 rating in the U.S., was a box-office dud and effectively ruined her career.
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The sex and nudity-laden movie, given an NC-17 rating in the U.S., was a box-office dud and effectively ruined her career. Michelle was set to head the cast of Mark Burnett's television series based on the Global Frequency series of comic books, but the pilot was not picked up. In 1995, she played the lead role, Nomi, in the movie Showgirls. In 2004, Michelle was part of the cast of Mark Milgard's Dandelion which received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival; appeared at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, in a short named Al Roach: Private Insectigator alongside James Garner; and also provided a voice for the video game Half-Life 2. Berkley is best known for her role as Jessie Spano in the sitcom Saved by the Bell, which she played from 1989 to 1992. While the show returned for a third season, Michelle did not. Elizabeth Berkley (born July 28, 1972 in Farmington Hills, Michigan) is an American actress. Notoriously, several plot points - including her fate - were left open and never resolved.
Michelle played Lynne Kresge, aide to African-American President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). Towards the end of the season, Lynne discovered a plot to unseat the President, led by the Vice President Jim Prescott (Alan Dale) and the Chief of Staff Mike Novick (Jude Ciccolella) but the price of her discovery was that she was almost killed. The series, set in real time over the course of one day, had been a critical success during its first season, and the second season opened with the threat of a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Michelle's next foray into television was in 2002, when she joined the cast of the Kiefer Sutherland-led FOX series 24. She also appeared in Perfume: a love-it-or-hate-it ensemble film about the world of fashion.
In 2001, Michelle learnt British Sign Language for the role of the deaf mute wife of Detective Red Metcalfe (Ken Stott) in the BBC television serial Messiah, and she returned for the sequels in 2003 and 2004. Michelle herself described it as a "mess that put [her] off series television". The series was critically hailed, but only aired for a few weeks before being cancelled. Michelle played one of the doctors.
In 2000, Michelle also had a recurring role in the first eight episodes of TV series The District which she followed up with the TV series Wonderland, a series set in a mental institution. For some time, Michelle was in a relationship with her Homicide co-star Reed Diamond. Her character was evantually written out, but she returned in the 2000 TV movie. In 1996, Michelle appeared alongside Stockard Channing in a TV film entitled The Prosecutors and then gained her first major television role in Homicide: Life on the Street playing Dr. Julianna Cox from 1996 to 1998.
For a brief while in the early 1990s, Michelle was reportedly married to actor Ross Kettle. Perhaps because of her huge fan base, the producers asked Michelle back again when launching Star Trek: Voyager but she again declined. Ensign Ro remains a hugely popular character amongst Trek fandom, and Dennis Haysbert, with whom she later starred with in 24 was apparently awestruck to be working alongside Ensign Ro. Michelle also guest starred in an episode of Seinfeld, playing a girlfriend of George Costanza (Jason Alexander), and then returned - to the enjoyment of the fans - for one final episode of TNG entitled Preemptive Strike.
In 1993, she starred with David Duchovny, Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis in the cult film Kalifornia, following this up alongside Kevin Spacey in Swimming with Sharks and in John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.. After this, Forbes and the Trek producers did not get on well, so she moved on. They originally envisioned Ensign Ro as the lead character, but at this stage in her career, Forbes wasn't interested in a long-running television role, so a new character, Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) was created for the show. With TNG such a hit, the producers decided to make another Trek series: Deep Space Nine.
Ro was a Bajoran whose bad-girl attitude had caused her to make several enemies, but the crew of the Enterprise - particularly Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) took her in. The producers were evidently impressed, as she was brought back in the fifth season to play Ro Laren, a recurring character, for several episodes. In 1991, she had a small role in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as the daughter of a character played by David Ogden Stiers. After this role, she continued in theater - an early love of hers - and began with small guest roles in television, to raise her profile.
While little is known about her early life, she moved to New York at age 16 and got a role on the daytime soap opera The Guiding Light which earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for her dual role as Sonni/Solita. Michelle was born in Austin, Texas on 8 January 1967. Michelle Forbes is an American actress best known for her television work on shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Homicide: Life on the Street and 24. (shared with co-stars Reiko Aylesworth, Xander Berkeley, Carlos Bernard, Jude Ciccolella, Sarah Clarke, Elisha Cuthbert, Laura Harris, Dennis Haysbert, Penny Johnson Jerald, Phillip Rhys, Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Wynter).
2003 - Nomination - Screen Actors Guild Award - Oustanding Ensemble - 24. 1990 - Nomination - Soap Opera Digest Award - Oustanding Villainess - The Guiding Light. 1990 - Nomination - Daytime Emmy - Oustanding Supporting Actress - The Guiding Light.