Beth Broderick

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Beth Broderick
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Broderick in 2011
Elizabeth Alice Broderick

(1959-02-24) February 24, 1959 (age 61)
Other namesNorris O'Neal
Alma mater American Academy of Arts
Years active1983–present
    Brian Porizek
    (m. 1998;div. 2000)
      Scott Paetty
      (m. 2005)

Elizabeth Alice Broderick (born February 24, 1959 [1] ) is an American actress. She is notable for her portrayal of the character Zelda Spellman in the ABC/WB television sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003). [2] [3] She also had recurring roles as Diane Janssen in the ABC mystery drama series Lost (2005–2008) and as Rose Twitchell in the CBS science fiction drama series Under the Dome (2013). [4]


Early life

Beth Broderick was born in Falmouth, Kentucky, the daughter of Nina Lou (née Bowden) and Thomas Joseph Broderick. [1] She grew up in Huntington Beach, California. Even as a child, she was interested in theatre. She graduated from high school at sixteen, and then from the American Academy of Arts in Pasadena, California, at the age of eighteen. Afterwards, she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. She has two sisters.


Billed as Elizabeth Alice Broderick, and later as Norris O'Neal, she made her debut in two adult films, In Love (1983) and Bordello: House of the Rising Sun (1985). Both roles portrayed her as a lesbian and were financially unsuccessful. Again as Norris O'Neal, she appeared in the mainstream comedy Sex Appeal (1986). In 1986 she had small roles in If Looks Could Kill, Student Affairs, Young Nurses in Love, and Slammer Girls, a spoof of the women in prison film genre.

Her first significant role was in Stealing Home (1988), in which she played Leslie, a young woman who seduces a teenager (played by Jonathan Silverman). In 1990, she had a small part in The Bonfire of the Vanities . Her movie credits include Man of the Year (1995), Maternal Instincts (1996), Breast Men (1997), Psycho Beach Party (2000) and The Inner Circle (2003). She also played a small role in the movie Fools Rush In (1997), with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, as a business woman. In the film Timber Falls , she played a crazy religious woman, who together with her husband and brother, torture couples who break the rules of chastity while camping.

Her television credits include Married... with Children , The 5 Mrs. Buchanans , Hearts Afire , Supernatural and Glory Days . She guest starred on Northern Exposure in the 1992 episode "It Happened In Juneau", playing a lusty doctor hunting for a one-night stand with Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Rob Morrow. In 1997 she appeared in the racy Showtime series Women: Stories of Passion ("The Bitter and the Sweet" 2:17). She had a minor, recurring role in the hit ABC series Lost as Kate Austen's mother, Diane. She played a minor role in CSI: Miami during a tsunami where she played a neighbor of CSI Ryan Wolfe's uncle. [2] More recently, she had guest starring roles on Leverage and Castle . In 2019, she was in "Sister of the Bride", a Hallmark channel movie.

She has appeared in several theater productions like Carnal Knowledge , Triplets in Uniform and Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline (which she also co-produced). In New York she has starred in The Mousetrap , The Lion in Winter and many more. She was recently in the Chicago Northlight Theatre production of the one-woman show titled Bad Dates.

Broderick has written A Cup of Joe, Wonderland and Literatti with Dennis Bailey.

She directed three episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: "Guilty!" (2002), "Cloud Ten" (2002), and "Making the Grade" (2001).

Personal life

Broderick married Brian Porizek on January 26, 1998, and the couple divorced on July 11, 2000. Broderick married Scott Paetty on April 29, 2005. She had a year-long romance with director Brian De Palma during production of The Bonfire of the Vanities . [5]

She is the founding director of Momentum, one of the first organizations in New York established to assist people with AIDS. Broderick was also a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council of the City Light Women's Rehabilitation Program at the Los Angeles Mission, which provides hands-on service to homeless women, helps them to overcome substance abuse and learn job skills to help them reclaim their lives and families. She appears in a promotional video for Camp Wellstone saying she attended the camp because she wants to run for office.

Her favorite authors are Reynolds Price, Tim McLaurin, Jim Harrison, and Truman Capote. She optioned McLaurin's novel The Last Great Snake Show. Her writing partner is Dennis Bailey.

Her interests are gourmet cooking, flower arranging, reading, and writing.

Broderick currently resides in Austin, Texas, and appears in local theater productions.



1983In LoveEllaAs Beth Alison Broderick
1985Bordello: House of the Rising SunCaz WilcoxAs Norris O'Neil
1986If Looks Could KillNewswoman
1986Sex AppealFranAs Norris O'Neil
1987Student AffairsAlexis
1987Slammer GirlsAbigail
1988 Stealing Home Lesley
1989Young Nurses in LovePutnam
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Caroline Heftshank
1991 Thousand Pieces of Gold Berthe
1992The SilencerBarbie Rodgers (uncredited)
1995 French Exit Andie Ross
1995 Man of the Year Kelly Bound
1996Maternal InstinctsDr. Eva Warden
1997Women Without ImplantsShort film
1997 Fools Rush In Tracey Verna (uncredited)
1997 Breast Men Terri
2000 Psycho Beach Party Mrs. Ruth Forrest
2003Inside the Inner CircleHerselfShort film
2005Tom's Nu Heaven
2005The Inner CircleJean
2006 State's Evidence Scott's Mom
2007 Timber Falls Ida
2011 Bad Actress Alyssa Rampart-Pillage
2011 Fly Away Jeanne
2011Retail TherapyCelebrity CustomerShort film
2014 Two Step Dot
2015 Echoes of War Doris McCluskey
2018Crash BlossomNancy O'Connor
2018The Neighborhood WatchGladys


1987 Tales from the Darkside Voice on RadioEpisode: "The Enormous Radio"
1988 Matlock Jane BarnesEpisode: "The Hucksters"
1988–19891st & Ten: The ChampionshipEpisodes: "Injustice for All" & "Duty Calls"
1989 Hooperman EuropaEpisode: "Intolerance"
1989 The Nutt House Gwen GoodeEpisode: "A Frick Called Wanda"
1989 Mancuso, F.B.I. DallasEpisode: "Suspicious Minds"
1990 Murphy Brown RitaEpisode: "Bad Girls"
1990 Glory Days Sheila Jackson6 episodes
1990 Married... with Children Miss PenzaEpisode: "And Baby Makes Money"
1991 Get a Life JackieEpisode: "Chris and Larry Switch Lives"
1991 Doctor Doctor Roxanne AbramsEpisode: "Two Angry Men"
1991Rewrite for MurderTV movie
1991 Drexell's Class MariaEpisode: "Bully for Otis"
1992Are You Lonesome TonightLauraTV movie
1992 Northern Exposure Linda AngeloEpisode: "It Happened in Juneau"
1992In the Deep WoodsMyra CantrellTV movie
1992–1993 Hearts Afire Dee Dee Starr25 episodes
1993 Hearts Afire Lee Ann Folsom7 episodes
1993ShadowhunterBobby CainTV movie
1994Justice in a Small TownMelissa BrewerTV movie
1994–1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Delilah Buchanan17 episodes
1996–2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Zelda Spellman Main role; 141 episodes
1997 Women: Stories of Passion EllieEpisode: "The Bitter and the Sweet"
1997 Teen Angel Zelda SpellmanEpisode: "One Dog Night"
1997 Men in Black: The Series Aileen (voice)Episode: 'The Inanimate Syndrome"
1998A Champion's FightPatricia EllisTV movie
2002 The Nightmare Room Real Madame Zora (uncredited)Episode: "My Name Is Evil"
2003 The Lyon's Den Lana OlmsteadEpisode: "Separation Anxiety"
2004 Homeland Security Elise McKeeTV movie
2004 CSI: Miami MonaEpisode: "Crime Wave"
2006 Supernatural Alice MillerEpisode: "Nightmare"
2006 The Closer Morgan BloomEpisode: "Head Over Heels"
2007 Bionic Woman AlexisEpisode: "The List"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Belinda / LindaEpisode: "Cockroaches"
2005–2008 Lost Diane Janssen5 episodes
2008 ER Edith LandryEpisode: "Tandem Repeats"
2009Two Dollar BeerMomTV movie
2009 Cold Case Libby TraynorEpisode: "Jackals"
2009 Leverage Monica HunterEpisode: "The Three Days of the Hunter Job"
2010 Castle Barbara MannEpisode: "The Late Shaft"
2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Olivia McNabbTV movie
2010 Lone Star CarolEpisodes: "Pilot" & "One in Every Family"
2013 Under the Dome Rose Twitchell5 episodes
2014 Melissa & Joey Dr. Ellen RadierEpisodes: "Accidents Will Happen" & "Witch Came First"
2014A Perfect Christmas ListMichelleTV movie
2016Late BloomerEileen TaftTV movie
2017 Bosch Judge Sharon Houghton3 episodes
2017A Very Merry Toy StorePam ForresterTV movie
2017Romance at Reindeer LodgePennyTV movie
2018 Sharp Objects [3] AnnieEpisodes: "Vanish" & "Dirt" & "Ripe"
2019Christmas TownBettyHallmark Channel Original Movie
2019Always and Forever ChristmasCarolLifetime Channel Original Movie

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