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Elizabeth Berkley Is Still Really Close to Her Saved by the Bell Costars | Elizabeth Berkley

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UpdatePosted 10/03/2013 08:40AM

Elizabeth Berkley Is Still Really Close to Her Saved by the Bell Costars

Originally posted 10/01/2013 06:00PM

As Zack Attack sang on Saved by the Bell, Elizabeth Berkley and her former costars are indeed "friends forever."

"It's amazing," Berkley, 41, told PEOPLE backstage Monday at Dancing with the Stars. "I don't know if you have people from high school who you're still close with, [but] even if we don't see each other for a long time, it's a connection that we'll have forever."

"Luckily we do check in, and we always have each other's backs," she adds. "It's a really special thing."

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PHOTOS: SBTB's Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, Then and Now!

Saved by the Bell's Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, Then and Now!

Originally posted 09/19/2013 05:30PM

What a difference 20 years doesn't make!

Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, aka Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater from Saved by the Bell, got together for a little tango Wednesday on the set of Lopez's Extra.

And it was just like the old days at Bayside High School.

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Dustin Diamond: She's Not the Lark Voorhies I Knew | Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Dustin Diamond: She's Not the Lark Voorhies I Knew

Originally posted 10/04/2012 04:50PM

In 2003, Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond reunited after many years to record commentary for a Saved by the Bell box set. But it wasn't the Screech-and-Lisa reunion he expected.

"I was always used to playing off of her and looking into her eyes," Diamond says of his former costar. "When I saw her at the commentary, it wasn't the Lark I knew."

Voorhies stared into space, Diamond says, much like she did during a series of interviews with PEOPLE. Voorhies says she is spiritual, but her mother Tricia revealed her daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She wasn't always like this. Voorhies, who famously played the bubbly Lisa Turtle on the '90s Saturday morning sitcom, was just as engaging offscreen, recalls Mario Lopez.

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Lark Voorhies Battling Bipolar Disorder, Her Mom Says | Lark Voorhies

Lark Voorhies Battling Bipolar Disorder, Her Mom Tells PEOPLE

Originally posted 10/03/2012 03:00PM

While most of the cast from Saved by the Bell have remained in the spotlight, Lark Voorhies has largely been out of sight.

The former teen star, known to a generation of fans as the fashionable Lisa Turtle, denies anything is wrong, but after a bizarre Yahoo! video went viral earlier this year, some questioned whether drugs played a role. Voorhies adamantly denied it. Instead, her mother says, she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

In a series of interviews with PEOPLE, it was clear something wasn't right. Voorhies, 38, would frequently stop mid-sentence and stare off, often mumbling to herself or to others who weren't there.  

"There are things that have traumatized her," says Tricia, 64, who shares a home with her daughter in Pasadena, Calif. "I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life."

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PHOTOS: Saved By the Bell's Lark Voorhies: What She Looks Like Now

Lark Voorhies of Saved By the Bell: What She Looks Like Now

Originally posted 05/11/2012 07:30PM

Lark Voorhies, who played popular Bayside High School student Lisa Turtle on Saved by the Bell, seemed to slip into her shell once the show went off the air in 1993.

The actress, 38, popped up this week on Michael Yo's The Yo Show on Yahoo!'s OMG! blog – and the Internet was buzzing over how much she's changed. (See the side-by-side photos above).

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Mario Lopez: Saved by the Bell Reunion Came Down to Wire | Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez: Saved by the Bell Reunion Came Down to Wire

Originally posted 07/30/2009 02:00PM

It's a reunion 20 years in the making ... and a story that took over a year in planning.

When the cast of Saved by the Bell assembled for this week's PEOPLE photo shoot and cover story, everyone breathed a sigh of relief-including Mario Lopez, who nearly missed the whole thing.

"Everybody knew the 20-year anniversary was coming up," says Lopez. "This PEOPLE story has been in the works for over a year, long before [late night host] Jimmy Fallon started talking about it. We were all excited about it."

But Lopez's work ethic almost prevented the reunion from coming to fruition. "I'm so busy. I was concerned about my schedule," says Lopez, who in the past year alone has danced on Broadway in A Chorus Line, become the new host of TV's Extra and written a fitness book, Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness. The night before the PEOPLE shoot in Los Angeles he was making a public appearance in Canada, across the country, and arrived on set straight from the airport after a seven-hour flight.

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