Lisa Turtle is sadly unrecognizable now

Over 20 years ago, Lark Voorhies won the hearts of millions of kids by playing fashion-forward teen Lisa Turtle on the '80s and '90s sitcom, Saved by the Bell. But in the last few years, Voorhies went from being TV's sweetheart to someone the public barely recognized. How did it all happen?

She appeared in a bizarre Yahoo interview

In 2012, Voorhies returned to the national spotlight after giving a strange interview to Yahoo, during which her skin and voice looked and sounded radically different from her days on Saved by the Bell. Watching Voorhies stammer erratically through the interview, many began to wonder: just what happened to her?

Her mom claimed Voorhies is bipolar

Months after Voorhies' interview with Yahoo went viral, amid rumors of drug use, Voorhies' mother, Tricia, told People that Lark was actually suffering from bi-polar disorder. "There are things that have traumatized her," Tricia, who lives with her daughter, revealed in October 2012. "I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life." Lark adamantly denied her mother's claims in a series of interviews that were equal parts concerning and bizarre. "It is a small, uh, opinionata [sic] that is getting blown thoroughly out of proportion," Lark told Entertainment Tonight in November 2012. "I have no stating reasons why anyone should worry about me. I mean, clearly I am a very strong, top-of-the-line, always-rising-to-it personage." Um. If you say so.

She wrote some really, really weird books

Also in 2012, Gawker uncovered two books published by Voorhies, titled Reciprocity (2010) and True Light: A, superior, take, unto, the, premier, haloing, of, tenuation. Readily, available, True Light, provides, resource, into, time's, motifed, and, vestuved, authenticate, revelation (2011), respectively. The latter book, as you might guess from the title, contained pages upon pages of rambling, grammatically incorrect sentences that appeared to be written by someone who was, um, unwell. "For, ages, we have learned, to, search, for, the, truth, about, life," Voorhies writes. "The, truth, in, regard, to, the, opolous, insight. Facts, ascertaned, according, to, the, willing, advance, of, theme, and, time. Fames, tolled, apart, from, steads." One representative review on the book's Amazon listing: "As a fan of Saved by the Bell and commas, I, would, give, this, book, 17, stars, if, I, could. A true masterpiece in the commaphile genre."

She skipped Jimmy Fallon's Saved by the Bell reunion

For years, Jimmy Fallon had tried to re-unite the cast of Saved by the Bell for a skit on The Tonight Show. That finally happened in February 2015, only it was missing one key ingredient: Lisa Turtle. After the skit aired, a rep for Voorhies told E! News that the former actress was unable to make the show "due to an intense work schedule." Here's hoping she wasn't busy writing another book.

She married a former gang member

In April 2015, Voorhies married her third husband, music producer Jimmy Green. Drama unfolded shortly thereafter when Voorhies' mother filed a restraining order against Green because she was "constantly afraid that the Defendant [Green] will cause her physical harm and this has caused severe stress on her every day since April 2015," according to court documents. The documents also alleged that Green, who was living with Lark in Tricia's home, had gang affiliations and was taking advantage of her daughter. The couple ultimately went on television to defend themselves against Tricia's many allegations. "We're selectively together for all the right reasons," Voorhies told Entertainment Tonight in July 2015.

...And then they got divorced

Six months after they said "I do," Voorhies filed for divorce from Green, citing irreconcilable differences. In a statement to People, Voorhies' mother, Tricia revealed that "[Lark and Jimmy] can remain friends, but it's best they sever their marriage ties. Lark is ready to move forward with her life and wishes him well with his life."

She allegedly claimed she's "not black"

In January 2016, Voorhies made headlines once again—this time, for a controversial Instagram post in which she allegedly claimed she is "not black." "No, I am not black. I am American!" Voorhies wrote. "I was born in America. I was not born in Africa, therefore I am not african[sic]. Africans are not african-americans![sic]" We say allegedly, only because Voorhies has claimed to have been the victim of multiple Instagram hacks, some of which involved rants about Bill Cosby and John Travolta, of all people. Still, pretty weird, no?