Who is Liz Torres?
Elizabeth Larrieu ‘Liz’ Torres was born on 27 September 1947 under the zodiac sign of Libra, in The Bronx, New York City USA. She is a 74-year-old actress, comedian and singer, probably still best recognized for landing the role of Teresa Betancourt in the CBS sitcom “All In The Family” (1976-1977), playing Mahalia Sanchez in the NBC sitcom “The John Larroquette Show” (1993-1996), and featuring as Miss Patty in The WB’s family comedy-drama series “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007).
How rich is she, as of now? Liz Torres Net Worth
As of mid-2022, Liz Torres’ net worth is estimated at over $6 million. acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment. She has garnered over 120 television and film acting credits since she launched her career in the mid-1960s.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Liz Torres spent her early years in The Bronx, where her parents settled down after moving from Puerto Rico – she was raised by them, however, there is no information regarding their names and professions. It’s also unknown whether she has siblings or is an only child. She holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian. Regarding her educational background, she completed her primary and secondary education in her hometown. It is also known that she received a full scholarship to New York University.
Liz Torres launched her career when she started performing as a comedian and singer on the local nightclub circuit, together with her friend Bette Midler. Her big break came when she was spotted by one of the producers of Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show”, who invited her to perform a stand-up comedy on the show. Her debut feature film appearance came in 1969 when she played a park prostitute in the low-budget comedy film “Utterly Without Redeeming Social Value”, after which she made guest appearances in such TV series as “The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show” and “Love, American Style”. In 1973, she landed the role of Morticia in the musical version of the ABC sitcom “The Addams Family”.
Rise to Prominence
Liz Torres released her debut music single in 1975, entitled “Hustle Latino”, through RCA Records, and it was included on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand”. Her first major role came when she was chosen to play Julie Erskine in the CBS sitcom “Phyllis”, in which she starred from 1975 to 1976 – the show was the spin-off series from the Primetime Emmy Award-winning sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. Thereafter, she appeared as Cat in the CBS musical “Pinocchio” (1976), opposite Sandy Duncan and Danny Kaye. She then got a chance to appear in the recurring role of Teresa Betancourt in the highly popular CBS sitcom “All In The Family” from 1976 to 1977.
Following by her portrayals of Juanita in the made-for-TV action-adventure comedy film “More Wild Wild West” (1980), alongside Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, and as Elena Beltran in the short-lived CBS sitcom “Checking In” (1981). She then played Susie in the 1984 made-for-TV comedy-drama film “Her Life As A Man”, had the part of Dolores Frantico in the 1986 comedy film “America”, and featured as Big Erma in the 1987 romantic Western film “Poker Alice”. In 1988, Liz portrayed Rosa in the mystery Western crime film “Sunset”, alongside Bruce Willis and James Garner. The following year, she guest-starred as Aunt Angie in two episodes of the CBS sitcom “The Famous Teddy Z”, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 1990, she was cast as Anna-Maria Batista in the CBS sitcom “City”, in which she shared the screen with Valerie Harper, Stephen Lee, and Todd Susman. It was followed by her appearance as Carney in the 1992 action comedy film “Rescue Me”, which was directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Her next notable appearance came when she joined the cast of the NBC sitcom “The John Larroquette Show”, in which she landed the role of Mahalia Sanchez from 1993 to 1996; for her performance in the series, she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Concurrently, she worked on other projects, playing Judge Fernandez in the 1994 thriller film “Body Shot”, and featuring as Delores Rodriguez in the 1995 action crime film “Just Cause”. In 1997, Liz Torres had the part of Rose in the short-lived ABC sitcom “Over The Top”, along with Tim Curry, Steve Carell and Annie Potts. It was followed by her portrayals of Dita in the biographical romantic drama film “Permanent Midnight” (1998), co-starring Ben Stiller, and Judge Sanchez in the romantic comedy film “Luminarias” (1999).
In 2000, she joined the main cast of The WB’s family comedy-drama series “Gilmore Girls”, in which she starred as Miss Patty in 79 episodes through 2007, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and received critical acclaim. She shared the screen with such actors as Lauren Graham, Melissa McCarthy, and Scott Patterson. Parallel with that, Liz also featured as Julia in the romantic drama film “Gabriela” in 2001, and the following year, she had the recurring part of Janet Crowley in the CBS legal drama series “First Monday”, and was cast as Rosa in the PBS drama series “American Family”.
Here's Liz Torres being Liz Torres in both shows. pic.twitter.com/du6pHM5Lkz
— Molly Tolsky (@mollytolsky) November 3, 2020
Still much in demand, her next appearance was as Teri Richards in the 2005 drama film “Taylor”, which was written and directed by Mark Roemmich, and following the end of “Gilmore Girls”, Liz Torres landed the role of Mom in the comedy-drama film “West Of Brooklyn”, and featured as Juanita in the Polish romantic comedy film “Expecting Love”, both released in 2008. She then focused on minor roles, guest-starring in such TV series as “Scandal”, “Devious Maids”, and “Desperate Housewives”, to name a few. Most recently, in 2021 she took the title role of Eleanor Roosevelt in the drama film “E. Roosevelt”.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Liz Torres has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.70m), weighs around 145lbs (65kgs), with vital statistics of 33-25-35 and bra size 38B. Her dress and shoe size aren’t available.
Liz Torres is a married woman – her husband is Peter Locke, a well-known American film producer, and co-founder of The Kushner-Locke Company. The couple exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held on 28 March 1975, and are still going strongly; the couple doesn’t have any children. Their current residence is in Los Angeles, California.