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Tiffany Amber Thiessen


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Tiffany Amber Thiessen






Long Beach, California, USA



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United States

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Kelly Kapowski, Saved by the Bell


5' 5" (1.65 m)

Tiffany Amber Thiessen



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Tiffany Amber Thiessen - Biography


Tiffani Thiessen (born Tiffani-Amber Thiessen; January 23, 1974) is an American actress best known for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210. She is also known for her role on Fastlane as Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers. As of 2009, she plays the role of Elizabeth Burke, in White Collar. 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 professional cyclist, and a younger brother named Schuyler. Her father is of German descent and her mother is of Turkish and Welsh descent. Thiessen told InStyle magazine: "I'm a mutt. I have so much of everything in me, and half of it I don't even know. German on one side, Turkish and Welsh on the other. My mom is very olive-skinned; I get my blue eyes from my dad.". 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, California. Her uncle, Roger Ernest, attended college with Steven Spielberg and co-wrote one of his student films called Slipstream. Her uncle also appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Sugarland Express, playing a police officer in both films. Ernest was the first person to suggest that Thiessen enter show business.

After a childhood of beauty pageants, Thiessen was crowned Miss Junior America in 1987 and a year later won Teen magazine's "Great Model Search" in 1988, by gracing the cover of that issue. At the age of fifteen, she auditioned for the role of Kelly Kapowski on the television show Saved by the Bell, which was highly publicized and received a great deal of fanfare from the same magazine that discovered her. In the end, Thiessen's publicity from that magazine had landed her the role. Her character was popular on the show and within the youth-oriented industry. As a result, she was nominated for, but did not win, the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast. also being nominated in 1989, 1991, and 1992. The show was so successful that the six main cast members were immortalized in toy form of a 12 inch doll that was created individually for each character's likeness. She continued to play Kelly Kapowski, in the short-lived spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years. To broaden her visibility on television, Thiessen began making television appearances with guest starring roles on several television shows and television movies, as well as in film. Including Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992), A Killer Among Friends (1992), Son in Law (1993), and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994). During her years while on Saved by the Bell, Thiessen was seen in guest roles on such shows as Charles in Charge (1990), Married... with Children (1990), The Hogan Family (1990), Step by Step (1992), and The Powers That Be (1992).
After her tenure on Saved by the Bell, ended in 1994, prolific producer Aaron Spelling then cast Thiessen in the hit teen-drama Beverly Hills, 90210 playing the bad girl vixen Valerie Malone (1994-1998). Thiessen then began to take on dramatic roles in several made-for-television movies, including The Stranger Beside Me (1995), She Fought Alone (1995), Sweet Dreams (1996), and Buried Secrets (1996). Thiessen later guest-starred on NewsRadio (1999) and the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl and starred in the short-lived action drama series Fastlane. She also guest-starred on Just Shoot Me! (2001) playing Amy Watson and the short-lived Good Morning, Miami (2003-2004) playing Victoria Hill. Unfortunately, her transition into film has not gone well thus far, as most of her movies have been universally panned by film critics. In 2002, she appeared in the film Hollywood Ending, directed by Hollywood veteran, Woody Allen.
In 2005, Thiessen directed a 21-minute short film entitled, Just Pray. It placed at several film festivals and was the first major effort from her latest 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 a potential love interest for Adam. However, in May 2007, ABC officially canceled the series.
Then on December 2, 2008, TV Guide reported that Thiessen was cast in White Collar, a new USA Network television pilot.
Thiessen appeared as a celebrity client for Lonni Paul, one of the final three contestants on the season 4 HGTV interior designing reality series Design Star, on the September 6, 2009 episode. Interior designer Lonni Paul was given the task of redesigning Thiessen's guest bedroom with an eco-friendly theme. Her husband Brady Smith also appears in this episode.

During the early and mid-1990s she dated Brian Austin Green.
From October 2001 to March 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. The couple announced on November 9, 2009 that they are expecting their first child in May 2010.


Tiffany Amber Thiessen - Personal Quotes


"There are too many rotten things in this world, and if I can put a smile on one little girl's face, one little boy's face, then I've done my job." - on acting professionally in show business

"My mom always taught me to be sweet and polite and cross my legs because it's what the guys like. Actually, they like a raunchy girl once in a while." - being a feminine woman

People expect me to be thin and perfect... I'm not.

My dog and two cats are such a vital part of my life. To say that I am their owner doesn't reflect at all the profound bond and responsibility that I have towards them. Therefore, I thoroughly support In Defense of Animals' initiative to utilize 'guardian' instead of owner.

I've seen the effects of drugs too often. My brother had a big problem with them for five years. He's better now, but I've never needed or wanted to be involved with them.

It's much more interesting to play the bitch.

When you interact with someone you always take something from them

I'm a pretty big clothes horse. I shop for clothes constantly. I do so much shopping. I should go to Shoppers Anonymous

The weight issues is a huge one that arises almost in every woman. But I don't think it's increased it's always been there. Since the 1920's women have been encouraged to be thin. But even that is dictated by fashion. It alternates between being really skinny and being healthy

I wake up every morning and I'm thankful for what I have. I've been blessed with a lot of wonderful things and I try to reflect on that every chance I can

"I was never clean, prissy and perfect like Kelly, and I was never a pot-smoking slut like Valerie. Kelly was the cheerleader and the perfect girl next door, and being that I grew up in the business, I never went to school. I was never a cheerleader. I never went to the prom. I didn't have any of those experiences".

I love to shop for lingerie! My drawer for my lingerie is probably as big as my drawer for sweats and jeans. It's really huge.

I would love to be totally thin and be able to eat whatever I like, but I don't have a problem with my body. I like my body. I don't want to make myself crazy watching my weight.

It's never really been a hard thing for me for some reason. After the first time, it was, like, no big deal. All the guys on 90210 treat me with total respect. They don't try anything.

"I was definitely surprised when I won, 'cause that year those girls were absolutely gorgeous." On winning in Teen Magazine

I've collected pigs since I was really little, miniature pigs and stuff like that

In this business, you've got to take a lot of rejection-and you can't take it personally. If you're not chosen, you're either not ready or not right for it. My mom used to tell me that a quitter never wins, and a winner never quits. And that's something I've always gone by.

I'm a very spiritual person and to know that now women are able to do just as much as men is really great...Working for myself and being young and being a woman, I can finally get respect from people...I mean I've got my own house, I've got my career set--nobody can tell me I can't do it.

My brother Todd's been a really big inspiration to me. He's had a lot of problems, and how he's come out of it is just amazing. Knowing someone who's been at the bottom and completely restructured themselves...makes me think I could do anything. I have total respect for him.

Since I'm into modeling, I know young girls always try to watch their weight and what they look like. And it is important to some extent but...I've known girls who have gone through a lot of problems with dieting, and it's not worth it. It's terrible to think that our society has to be tall, skinny and beautiful. It's really horrible that we have to look like that and it's not worth it. It really isn't. I've met a lot of beautiful people who don't have anything inside.

"I would never do another one but at the time it was fun."- On entering a beauty pageant contest

I just want to keep playing something different each time out.It is the same thing most actors want in their careers; the chance to do a variety of characters. Otherwise, you end up playing the same character over and over again until it gets downright boring. That's not how I want to spend my life.

"To us, it was this cute little show that was on against a bunch of cartoons on Saturday morning. None of us expected it to last very long. We didn't realize anything big was happening until our first personal appearance, and then we were shocked out of our minds. We went to a mall and there were 4,000 screaming kids waiting for us. They were tearing off our clothes and begging for the cups of water that we were drinking from. We kept looking at each other in amazement. We had no idea this was happening, and I still don't understand it." On the success of "Saved by the Bell" (1989).

The winner never loses, and the loser never wins.

"Honestly, I enjoy food. And I'm never going to be stick thin like Kate Moss. But, I don't eat like a pig".

"They never let me hold the Barbie I only got to hold Ken. I guess I wasn't blonde enough".

I really don't have a career plan. I like being challenged and thrown around. But it's only acting.

I'm very grateful for what I have been given and wouldn't change anything. I feel that we are given everything we have for a reason, both good and bad, and that we learn from them. This is what gives us character.

I think people in the entertainment field have no privacy. All the tabloids want to see is a person fail at something.

It was so much fun going from playing a good girl to a bad girl.

I like playing Valerie. She's a chameleon. One moment she's charming and the next she's a 'you know what'. I like her because she's so two-sided -- she's two different characters in one.

I always feel that everything you do in life is a learning experience and that you become a wiser person for it.

It's definitely difficult but it's kind of the price you pay when you're in this kind of business. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I really don't look at my life as being an accomplishment. I'm just very thankful for what I've been given.

I'd say I've enjoyed every role that I've done in my life.

"Jennie Garth is my closest friend".

I like a man to be romantic, have a sense of humor, independent, definitely and have definite goals for himself.

"If you work with Aaron Spelling and he likes you, you'll always work for Aaron. And believe me, that's not a bad thing".

If I didn't work out, it'd be a disaster. The weight issue has been a really big thing for me all my life. I come from an overweight family, and in this business, it's something you simply can't be. I love eating, but I work out six days a week, usually for an hour and a half.

What do I wanna do 10 years from now? I love doing TV and I hope I can do it as long as I can. Some day I want to get married and have a family. And I would love to travel. I want to go back to Australia - absolutely.

If it were right for the role, I'd do it. If it was `lose weight just to lose weight,' they'd get a nice 'no thanks!'

I think guys are intimidated by any woman who appears to be strong. Now women are so independent, which I am. But I try to solve that by asking men out. I'm not going to wait.

I've had to struggle with my weight since I was 17. There's a lot of added pressure because I work with so many beautiful, thin people, and I've been asked to lose weight before by producers. It really hurts but that's part of what this business is about. People expect me to be thin and perfect and I'm not.

"We have one of those friendships that started long ago, so I'm really thankful for it, and I know I'll have it for the rest of my life." On her friendship with Jennie Garth.

It's kind of the same thing with TV and film. I enjoy both! I think they're both difficult and rewarding in different ways and I would like to keep up with both sides to keep it going.

"I love her like a sister, "I tell her everything." On best friend Jennie Garth.

"I mean there's things I'm embarrassed about, but I don't think I'm ever ashamed of anything just because my family tried to teach me, when I was young, that I should never be upset or feel bad about the decisions I make, in my life, and that you learn from them and you move on. So I don't think I can honestly say that I'm ashamed on something. I've been embarrassed about certain things, in my life, but never ashamed. We're all human, you know! We make mistakes, but we learn from them.

"When someone can make me laugh from like the inside out, that's usually when I feel the most happy. And it's usually coming from my boyfriend, my family and my closest friend".

My first date ever was actually with my very first boyfriend. We ended up being together for quite awhile, four and a half years. But it was actually with his sister who was quite older - a lot older than him, kind of like a guardian and...my mother, that was my first date and we went to the movies. It was really funny because, you know, they were actually saying 'we'll let you sit away from us and we'll sit back' and I'm like 'okay that's gonna be REALLY strange. So why don't you just sit with us and we'll watch the movie and we'll go home.

"I'll never forget that reading; it was an amazing experience. You come into the room and look over and see this amazing genius sitting there, this legend. It was all very exciting, but to this day, I still don't know what the movie is about. That's just how Woody works." On Woody Allen and the film Hollywood Ending (2002).

It was so funny cause like the first time they gave me a gun to shoot they were like 'Do you know how to shoot this?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, my dad taught me when I was 17'. And they're like 'What!?' Ya know? So this character is so much like me that it's actually kinda fun you know."

"It's a very sweet, simple story, It is something that has been very close to my heart for a long time. The hardest part was finally saying yes and committing; it was the producing side that was harder for me, trying to find a company we could trust and produce it with us.Everybody remembers you from your last five minutes, and I don't think people took me seriously. Being a woman doesn't help, and having people remember me from the types of shows that I've done doesn't either. But I never like things to come easy, and this wasn't."- On her first producing project Just Pray (2005)

I don't know if I prefer one or the other. I can't really say,they're both really challenging, and they're both really fun.

Luckily I have a very type-A personality and I'm very observant of my surroundings,I think that's probably because I'm a woman and because I am an actress. I tend to watch what I do, and like any good actor, you constantly watch your surroundings and you listen to your fellow actors. I think that really helped me. Anytime I was on the set as an actress, I was always that girl who sat next to the camera and was like, `What does that do? What does this do?' And for years and years I was like that, but that was just me being curious. Luckily it paid off in the long run.

"It's not uncommon for actors to get involved in the development and production side of the camera. Look at Drew Barrymore and her Flower Films or Sandra Bullock and Fortis Films. The list goes on. Having spent so many years on sets, working with different levels of material and building so many relationships with people, I felt capable and prepared to create a business entity that would allow me to direct and produce while complimenting my acting career. To remain stagnate and only focus on acting would be short sighted. And, since I love the business and it's all I've ever known, it was a natural progression to start such a company".

"Since I started out very young, I definitely knew where he was coming from, and I knew his attention span was probably a lot shorter than us adults. I had to play with that and work with that, but he really did give a beautiful performance."

"It was such a perfect day and a perfect weekend. We had such an amazing time with our friends and our family and seriously, not one thing went wrong. We were very blessed to have everything go so beautifully. Every time I think about it, I get giddy." On her wedding to Brady Smith

"We did the killing scene in one day - I was so drained I got back to the hotel and went, 'Masseuse!" - On filming A Killer Among Friends (1992) (TV)

"I'm a very free spirit; there are two sides to me, completely. If I could take you into my closet, you'd go, 'Yep, you're right.' It's split right down the middle. I have just as many sweatshirts as I have sweaters. I have just as many jeans as I have black pants."


Tiffany Amber Thiessen - Filmography


"White Collar" .... Elizabeth Burke (12 episodes, 2009-2010)
- Bottlenecked (2010) TV episode .... Elizabeth Burke
- Home Invasion (2010) TV episode .... Elizabeth Burke
- Vital Signs (2010) TV episode .... Elizabeth Burke
- Bad Judgment (2010) TV episode .... Elizabeth Burke
- Hard Sell (2010) TV episode .... Elizabeth Burke
(7 more)
Cyborg Soldier (2008) (V) .... Lindsey Reardon
"What About Brian" .... Natasha Drew (5 episodes, 2007)
- What About Calling All Friends... (2007) TV episode .... Natasha Drew
- What About Secret Lovers... (2007) TV episode .... Natasha Drew
- What About All That Glitters... (2007) TV episode .... Natasha Drew
- What About Strange Bedfellows... (2007) TV episode .... Natasha Drew
- What About Temptations... (2007) TV episode .... Natasha Drew
Pandemic (2007) (TV) .... Dr. Kayla Martin
Stroller Wars (2006) (TV) .... Lainey
"Good Morning, Miami" .... Victoria Hill (11 episodes, 2003-2004)
- Nightmare at 2000 Feet (2004) TV episode .... Victoria Hill
- Subterranean Workplace Blues (2004) TV episode .... Victoria Hill
- Victoria's Secret (2004) TV episode .... Victoria Hill
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Cages (2003) TV episode .... Victoria Hill
- Her Place or Mine? (2003) TV episode .... Victoria Hill
(6 more)
"Fastlane" .... Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
- Iced (2003) TV episode .... Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers
- Dosed (2003) TV episode .... Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers
- Asslane (2003) TV episode .... Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers
- Overkill (2003) TV episode .... Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers
- Monster (2003) TV episode .... Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers
(17 more)
Hollywood Ending (2002) .... Sharon Bates
"Just Shoot Me!" .... Amy Watson (3 episodes, 2001)
- The Impossible Dream (2001) TV episode .... Amy Watson
- Finch Chasing Amy (2001) TV episode .... Amy Watson
- Maya Judging Amy (2001) TV episode .... Amy Watson
A Christmas Adventure from a Book Called Wisely's Tales (2001) (V) (voice) (as Tiffani Amber Thiessen) .... Vixen
Everything But the Girl (2001) (TV) .... Denise
"Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" .... Marti (8 episodes, 2000)
... aka Two Guys and a Girl (USA: fourth season title) (USA: third season title)
- A Germ Runs Through It (2000) TV episode .... Marti
- 15 Minutes of Shame (2000) TV episode .... Marti
- The Bear (2000) TV episode .... Marti
- El Matrimonio Loco (2000) TV episode .... Marti
- The Undercard (2000) TV episode .... Marti
(3 more)
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000) (V) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Hagitha Utslay
The Ladies Man (2000) .... Honey DeLune
... aka The Ladies' Man (UK)
Ivansxtc (2000) .... Marie Stein
... aka Ivans xtc. (To Live and Die in Hollywood) (USA: complete title)
"Beverly Hills, 90210" .... Valerie Malone (136 episodes, 1994-2000)
... aka Class of Beverly Hills (USA: teaser title)
- Ode to Joy (2000) TV episode (as Tiffani Theissen) .... Valerie Malone
- You Say GoodBye, I Say Hello (1998) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Valerie Malone
- Confession (1998) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Valerie Malone
- Brandon Leaves (1998) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Valerie Malone
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell (1998) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Valerie Malone
(131 more)
Love Stinks (1999) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Rebecca Melini
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) (V) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Pam
"NewsRadio" .... Foxy Jackson (1 episode, 1999)
... aka The Station
- Assistant (1999) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Foxy Jackson
Speedway Junky (1999) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Wilma Price
"Cupid" .... Stephanie MacGregor (1 episode, 1999)
- The Children's Hour (1999) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Stephanie MacGregor
Buried Secrets (1996) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Annalisse Vellum
Sweet Dreams (1996) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Alison Sullivan
She Fought Alone (1995) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Caitlin Rose
... aka Scared by Love
The Stranger Beside Me (1995) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Jennifer Gallagher
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
"Burke's Law" .... Andrea Pierce (1 episode, 1994)
- Who Killed Romeo? (1994) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Andrea Pierce
"Saved by the Bell: The College Years" .... Kelly Kapowski (18 episodes, 1993-1994)
- Marry Me (1994) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- Wedding Plans (1994) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- Love and Death (1994) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- Bedside Manner (1994) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- The Rave (1994) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
(13 more)
Son in Law (1993) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Tracy
"Saved by the Bell" .... Kelly Kapowski (74 episodes, 1989-1993)
- Graduation (1993) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- The Time Capsule (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- Slater's Friend (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- Screech's Birthday (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
- Snow White and the Seven Dorks (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
(69 more)
A Killer Among Friends (1992) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Jenny Monroe
... aka Friends to the End (USA: alternative title)
"The Powers That Be" .... Barbara (1 episode, 1992)
- The Intern (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Barbara
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992) (TV) (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Kelly Kapowski
"Blossom" .... Ricki (1 episode, 1992)
- Driver's Education (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Ricki
"Step by Step" .... Tina Gordon (1 episode, 1992)
- Daddy's Girl (1992) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Tina Gordon
"Valerie" .... Brooke (2 episodes, 1990)
... aka The Hogan Family (USA: new title)
... aka Valerie's Family (USA: new title)
- California Dreamin': Part 2 (1990) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Brooke
- California Dreamin': Part 1 (1990) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Brooke
"Married with Children" .... Heather McCoy (1 episode, 1990)
... aka Married... with Children (USA: promotional title)
- What Goes Around Came Around (1990) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Heather McCoy
"Charles in Charge" .... Jennifer (1 episode, 1990)
- There's a Girl in My Ficus (1990) TV episode (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) .... Jennifer
"Live-In" (1 episode, 1989)
- Mommy and Me and Au Pair Make Three (1989) TV episode (as Tiffani Amber Thiessen)


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