|Born:||January 23, 1974|
Long Beach, California, USA
|Bra/cup size:||36D (80D)|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
Tiffani Thiessen (born Tiffani-Amber Thiessen; January 23, 1974) is an American actress known for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210. After many years of going by her full name, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, she is now credited as simply Tiffani Thiessen.
Thiessen was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Robyn, a homemaker, and Frank Thiessen, a park designer and landscape architect. She has two siblings; an older brother named Todd, an actor and avid cyclist, and a younger brother named Schuyler. Her father is of German descent and her mother is a mix of Greek, Turkish and Welsh descent. She credits her brother, Todd, as one of her most important sources of inspiration, and her mother and grandmother as role models. She attended Cubberley Elementary and Marshall Junior High School in Long Beach. In 1992, Thiessen graduated as valedictorian at Valley Professional High School in Studio City, Los Angeles. Her uncle, Roger Ernest, was the first person to suggest that Thiessen enter show business; he attended college with Steven Spielberg, co-writing and starring in one of his student films called Slipstream, and later appeared in Spielberg's The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
After a childhood of beauty pageants, Thiessen was crowned Miss Junior America in 1987 and won Teen magazine's "Great Model Search" in 1988, gracing the cover of that issue. At the age of fifteen, she auditioned for the role of Kelly Kapowski on the television program Saved by the Bell, which was publicized and given a great deal of fanfare by the same magazine. In the end, Thiessen got the role. Her character was popular on the show and within the industry and in 1989 she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast, also being nominated in 1991 and 1992, but did not win. The show was so successful that the six main cast members were immortalized in toy form when a 12 inch doll was made of each character. She continued to play Kelly Kapowski, in the short-lived Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Thiessen began to appear in guest roles on several television film, including Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style|Hawaiian Style, A Killer Among Friends, Son in Law, and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas|Wedding in Las Vegas. During the years of Saved by the Bell, Thiessen was seen in guest roles on shows like Charles in Charge (1990), Married... with Children episode What Goes Around Came Around as Heather McCoy (1990), The Hogan Family (1990), Step by Step (1992), and The Powers That Be (1992).
After Saved by the Bell, Thiessen went through many television movies, and also a small role alongside Pauly Shore in the comedy Son in Law in 1993. Thiessen then went on to appear in films including The Stranger Beside Me (1995), She Fought Alone (1995), Sweet Dreams (1996), and Buried Secrets (1996). In 1994, Thiessen was cast in the hit teen-drama Beverly Hills, 90210 playing Valerie Malone. Her role was very different from her previous roles, playing a naive, and a fun young woman but also a trouble maker at times. She portrayed her role as Valerie Malone for five seasons. She created lots of love triangles and was in the middle of them most of the time. She played the role of Valerie Malone for four and a half years (seasons 5-8 and seven episodes in the 9th season).
Thiessen later guest-starred in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl and starred in the short-lived action show Fastlane, as well as guest-starring on Just Shoot Me! playing Amy Watson. Her transition to film has not gone well so far, as most of her movies have been critically panned. In 2002, she appeared in the film Hollywood Ending, directed by Woody Allen.
In 2005, Thiessen directed a 21-minute film called Just Pray. It placed at several film festivals and was the first major effort from her new production company, Tit 4 Tat Productions.
In January 2007, Thiessen joined the cast of ABC's drama What About Brian, playing the boss of Brian, and potential love interest for Adam. However, in May 2007, ABC officially canceled the series.
On December 2. 2008, TV Guide reported that Thiessen has been cast in White Collar, a new USA Networks pilot.
In early 1993, Thiessen started dating Brian Austin Green, introduced by mutual friend David Faustino in 1988; they moved in together in July 1994, but they broke up in the fall of the next year. In 1999, she went through a difficult period in her personal life, when David Strickland, whom she had recently begun dating, committed suicide. From 2001 to the spring of 2003, she was engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo, whom she had met during the Two Guys and a Girl run. She married actor Brady Smith on July 9, 2005, and gave birth to their daughter, Harper Renn Smith, on June 15, 2010.
Thiessen served as maid of honor at 90210 co-star and best friend Jennie Garth's wedding to actor Peter Facinelli, with whom she co-starred on Fastlane, but their friendship has come to an end. Thiessen's friendship with fellow 90210 star Tori Spelling also broke up, after Spelling's split from her first husband.
In 2013, Thiessen participated in the One Bag party for April for Earth Month, in which Glad promoted "clean, green living".
Teen Choice Awards
- 2003 - Choice TV Actress: Drama, "Fastlane"
Young Artist Awards
- 1989 - Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast, "Saved by the Bell"
- 1991 - Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Prime Time or Cable Series, "Saved by the Bell"
- 1992 - Best Young Actress in an Off-Prime Time Series, "Saved by the Bell"
- Recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign
- She was featured in the following music videos:
- "You're a God" by Vertical Horizon
- "American Television" by Australian artist Ben Lee.
- TV STUFF: Tiffani Drops Amber. Hollywood.com (2000-03-29). Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
- Tiffani Thiessen Biography (1974-). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on December 23, 2012.
- Paterakis, Milaine (November 10, 2011). Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Greek. Ryanseacrest.com. Retrieved on August 4, 2012.
- Tiffani Thiessen's interview. Tiffani Thiessen fansite. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved on November 14, 2007.
- Making the Connection. Making the Connection]. Juicee News Daily (2005). Retrieved on 2005-8-19.
- Exclusive: Diahann Carroll joins USA Network pilot" TV Guide. December 2, 2008. Retrieved on December 3 2008.
- Brian Austin Green & Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. People.com (February 13, 1995). Retrieved on June 28, 2012.
- Robin Williams Secures an 'Aladdin' Sequel. Entertainment Weekly (October 9, 1995). Retrieved on December 23, 2012.
- Sudden Tragedy. Entertainment Weekly (April 2, 1999). Retrieved on December 23, 2012.
- Tiffani Thiessen Weds Actor Brady Smith. People.com (July 12, 2005). Retrieved on June 28, 2012.
- Eunice Oh (June 15, 2010). Tiffani Thiessen Welcomes Daughter Harper Renn. People.com. Retrieved on June 28, 2012.
- Jennie Garth, Tiffani Thiessen Still Not Speaking. Us Weekly (May 15, 2012). Retrieved on June 28, 2012.
- Tiffani Amber Thiessen Discusses Co-Star Feuds. The inquisitr (July 31, 2012). Retrieved on December 23, 2012.
- Elavksy, Cindy (May 19, 2013). Celebrity Extra. Downriver Sunday Times. Retrieved on August 2, 2013.