Tiffani Thiessen
(born Tiffani-Amber Thiessen on 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.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Thiessen was born in Long Beach, California. Her father, Frank, is a park designer of German descent; her mother, Robyn, is a homemaker of Greek, Turkish and Welsh descent. She 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, Greek and Welsh on the other. My mom is very olive-skinned; I get my blue eyes from my dad."[2] She credits her brother, Todd, as one of her most important sources of inspiration, and her mother and grandmother as role models.[3] Her uncle, Roger Ernest, attended college with Steven Spielberg and co-wrote one of his student films called Slipstream. He 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.


Template:Expand 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. A year later, her first big break in show business was her role on the television program Saved by the Bell, which was publicized and given a great deal of fanfare by the same magazine. She portrayed Kelly Kapowski, a role she continued playing in the short-lived Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Thiessen began to appear in guest roles on several television film, including Hawaiian Style, A Killer Among Friends, Son in Law, and Wedding in Las Vegas.

In 1994, Thiessen was cast in Beverly Hills, 90210 playing Valerie Malone. This was very different from her previous roles, playing a naive, and a fun young woman but also a trouble maker at times. 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.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

She has had past relationships with co-stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Brian Austin Green, Mario Lopez and Jason Priestley. In March of 1999, Thiessen's then-boyfriend, actor David Strickland, committed suicide. From October 2001 to April 2003, she was engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo, whom she had met during the Two Guys and a Girl run. On July 9, 2005, she married actor Brady Smith in Montecito, California.

Thiessen is a part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In February 2006, she accepted an invitation to serve on the National Advisory Council for the organization.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Saved by the Bell Kelly Kapowski TV series (1989-1993)
1990 Married with Children Heather McCoy What Goes Around Came Around
1992 Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style Kelly Kapowski TV movie
A Killer Among Friends Jenny Monroe TV movie
1993 Son in Law Tracy
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Kelly Kapowski TV series (1993-1994)
1994 Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Kelly Kapowski TV movie
Beverly Hills, 90210 Valerie Malone TV series (1994-1998)
1995 The Stranger Beside Me Jennifer Gallagher TV movie
She Fought Alone Caitlin Rose TV movie
1996 Sweet Dreams Alison Sullivan TV movie
Buried Secrets Annalisse Vellum TV movie (also co-producer)
1999 Speedway Junky Wilma Price
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Pam
Love Stinks Rebecca Melini/Juliette
2000 Ivans XTC Marie Stein
The Ladies Man Honey DeLune
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Hagitha Utslay
2001 Everything But the Girl Denise TV movie
A Christmas Adventure from a Book Called Wisely's Tales Vixen (voice)
Just Shoot Me! Amy Watson 3 episodes
2002 Hollywood Ending Sharon Bates
2002 Fastlane Wilhelmina 'Billie' Chambers TV series (2002-2003)
2005 Just Pray Short film (co-producer only)
2006 Stroller Wars Lainey TV series
2007 Pandemic Kayla Martin TV movie
What About Brian Natasha Drew TV series
2008 Cyborg Soldier Lindsey Reardon

Award nominationsEdit

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2003 - Choice TV Actress: Drama, "Fastlane"

Young Artist Awards


  • Recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign
  • She was featured in the following music videos:

External linksEdit

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