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Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was born on January 23, 1974, in Long Beach, California, USA, to Frank Thiessen, a park designer, and Robyn Ernest, a homemaker. She grew up in Long Beach with her parents and her brothers, professional cyclist Todd (b. 1968) and Schuyler (b. 1977). When Tiffani was 8, her uncle, Roger Ernest, suggested that she try acting and modeling. Soon afterward, she appeared in her first TV commercial, for Peaches and Cream Barbie. From there she started competing in several beauty pageants and, in 1987, she won the Miss Junior America pageant.She got her big break when she was cast as the popular cheerleader Kelly Kapowski on the NBC series Saved by the Bell (1989), which lasted for five years. But this was not at all the end of her career. Coinciding with the cancellation of the short-lived Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993), she was cast as the bitchy, conniving vixen Valerie Malone on Aaron Spelling's long-running hit series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). Here, she played the constant enemy of Kelly Taylor, played by Jennie Garth, although in real life, the two are actually best friends. Tiffani also lived with co-star Brian Austin Green for several years. She stayed with the show until 1998 and then left to pursue her movie career. The result was two independent movies, followed by two comedies and then Hollywood Ending (2002), in which she starred alongside Woody Allen.She met actor Richard Ruccolo while starring as Marti in the hit sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998) where in 2001, the couple became engaged. During the fall of 2002, she hooked up with best friend Jennie's husband, Peter Facinelli, and Bill Bellamy on Fox's action/drama series, Fastlane (2002), where she starred as Billie Chambers, but the show was canceled after one season. In 2003, Tiffani broke off her engagement to Richard Ruccolo and in 2005, she married actor Brady Smith.

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Jan 23, 1974 In Long Beach, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Charles in Charge 1984-10-03
Latest Project:
Series Celebrity Name Game 2014-09-22

1 win & 4 nominations.

Known For
Poster of White Collar
Poster of Beverly Hills, 90210
Poster of Saved by the Bell
Celebrity Name Game Unknown 2014-09-22
The Kitchen Unknown 2014-01-04
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Cupcake Wars Unknown 2010-06-13
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
White Collar Elizabeth Burke 81 episodes, 2009-2014 2009-10-23
What About Brian Unknown 2006-04-16
HGTV Design Star Unknown 2006-07-23
Hell's Kitchen Unknown 2005-05-30
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Fastlane Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers 22 episodes, 2002-2003 2002-09-18
Fashion Police Unknown 2002-02-27
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Unknown 1998-03-10
Cupid Unknown 1998-09-26
Just Shoot Me! Unknown 1997
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
NewsRadio Unknown 1995-03-21
Saved by the Bell: The College Years Kelly Kapowski 18 episodes, 1993-1994 1993-05-22
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Unknown 1993-09-11
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Step by Step Unknown 1991-09-20
Blossom Unknown 1990-07-05
Beverly Hills, 90210 Valerie Malone 136 episodes, 1994-2000 1990-10-04
Saved by the Bell Kelly Kapowski 76 episodes, 1989-1992 1989-08-20
Married... with Children Unknown 1987-04-05
Charles in Charge Unknown 1984-10-03