Liz Torres was born on September 27, 1947. She grew up in New York in the care of her mother who wanted her to take another career path which isn’t show business.
Torres recalled her mother instructing her in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, “‘Be a bank teller. She had a fantasy of me working in a bank. That was her immigrant dream, the ultimate goal.”
“People who knew me in high school thought I was: A strange bird. I didn’t speak English very well, and my mother was very strict,” the Puerto Rican-American added. “I always wanted to be like an American, and I never really felt like that until now, I always felt like an immigrant.”
When she entered high-school, she soon found her passion and that was in drama and went on to perform in several school productions. Along the way she also fell in love with comedy, music and dance, but early arthritis couldn’t let her dance like she wanted to.
After graduating from high-school, she went on to study music in Manhattan School of Music, though she dropped out to attend NYU instead.
Comedy later became her main interest, and she wanted to do that for the rest of her life.
Torres recalled, “I was very serious about anything until an old Vaudeville-styled comic named Phil Foster, who was on the Tonight Show all the time, ran into me at a party. He said, ‘You’re very funny. You should do standup!’ I thought he was nuts. I said, ‘No, my English is not strong.’ He said, “You’re very funny. I’ll teach you how to write.”
“So, he taught me how to write comedy. I wrote a little nightclub act, and he worked on it with me and took me to Improvisation in New York, which was a little nightclub. I got up and had my first laugh, and I became a laugh [prostitute],” she added.
She knew she wanted to make a living with comedy and went for it. Sooner than later people got to know she had talent and was outstanding.
She was doing great and got an Emmy award to her name.
In 1975 she got married to director Peter Locke. Along the line she got overweight and have been complaining about it. A recent picture of her shows she has lost drastic weight.
Torres the Los Angeles Times in 1997, “I’m heavy. This is the reality. I don’t kick myself about it, but I don’t think I look fabulous in my clothes. I know that in my suits I look like a box walking down the street. That’s the thing that hurts me most. Thank God, there’s a product out there that you can wear that’s passable. It’s corrective dressing, but it’s not who I am and ultimately that’s very hard.”
Today has lost some pounds and doing great for herself.