What Are They Up To? Roseanne's Natalie West
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
As Crystal Anderson Conner on the award-winning sitcom Roseanne, Natalie West was known for her Southern accent uptight persona and neurotic behavior.  She portrayed Roseanne’s friend from childhood and former coworker at the Wellman Plastics factory who later on quit in order to start a successful cosmetics sales career.  Moreover, she brought in humor as a character with a colorful marital history, being married three times prior to marrying Ed and becoming the stepmother of Dan (John Goodman).  Later this year, she’ll be marking her comeback in the showbiz world with a new movie.

Natalie West will be featured in the drama movie The Poker House as the character Dolly, joining lead stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) and Bokeem Woodbine (City o Angels).  Set in 1976, the film tells the story of a 14-year-old girl and her two younger sisters as they struggle through everyday life that seems to entail a continuous string of tragedy.  The project is directed by Lori Petty and is currently in postproduction stages.

Before she was cast in The Poker House, the former Roseanne actress briefly took a break from acting and returned on the big screen with a psychological thriller film called Life Sentence.  The plot explored the turbulent and destructive relationship between an unstable writer and a burned-out critic. She played the role of Louise, alongside Patrick Clear (Losing Isaiah) and Andrew Rothenberg (EZ Streets).

Despite her brief absence in the limelight, Natalie West remains to be etched in the hearts of her fans as the edgy character on Roseanne who added eccentricity, fuss and comical amusement to the series during her four-year stint.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist