Tiffani Thiessen (Actress) - Saved by the Bell
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Updated: 12/17/09

Name: Tiffani Thiessen

Born: January 23, 1974, Long Beach, California

Claim To Fame: She is best known for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210.

Family Life: She married actor Brady Smith on July 9, 2005. The couple recently announced that they are expecting their first child in May 2010.

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Info: Ever since a young age, Thiessen has been no stranger to the spotlight. In 1987, she was crowned Miss Junior America, and a year later she won Teen magazine's "Great Model Search," appearing on the cover of that issue.

At the age of 15, she was chosen to star on the television series Saved by the Bell as the popular cheerleader Kelly Kapowski, a role she played for five seasons.

During this time, she also made her feature film debut in Son In Law, opposite Pauly Shore. In 1993, she was cast by Aaron Spelling in Beverly Hills 90210, where she played bad girl Valerie Malone for five seasons.

Her other feature film roles include the comedy Ladies Man, the independent film Speedway Junky, Love Stinks, with Tyra Banks and French Stewart, and the horror/comedy spoof Shriek! If you Knew What I did Last Friday 13th opposite Tom Arnold.

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Trivia: Has two dogs, Buck and Pearl, and two cats, Sadie and Savannah.

Attended Valley Professional High School in Studio City, California.

Won the Miss Junior America beauty pageant (1987).

Won Teen Magazine's Great Model Search (1988).

Made Cover Girl Magazine's Model of the Year (1989).

Romantically linked to David Strickland at the time of his death (1999).

Was offered a role on "Charmed" (1998) to replace Shannen Doherty, but turned it down.

Accepted an invitation to serve on the National Advisory Council of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (2006).

Ranked #43 in "100 Greatest Teen Stars" (2006).

Volunteered at Camp Rainbow Gold, a summer camp for children stricken with cancer, located near Ketchum, Idaho, USA.

Ranked #95 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002).

Her middle name Amber, was chosen by her grandmother. She initially dropped it from her name professionally, in order to be taken more seriously as an actress.

Made USA network audition casting history, when the role of Elizabeth Burke on White Collar (2009) took her no more than 3 hours to read for her scene with Tim DeKay before it was finally decided that she was cast.

Middle sister of Todd Tesen and Schuyler Thiessen.

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Where Are They Now: In 2005, she started up her own production company called Tit 4 Tat Productions and directed her first short film entitled Just Pray the same year.

The film went on to win many awards at top film festivals around the country. She is also set to direct Hung, produced by Anne Clements in 2010.

This year, Thiessen was cast in the new USA network television series White Collar. She plays Elizabeth, the wife of an FBI agent.

She appeared on the September 6, 2009 episode of the HGTV interior designing reality series Design Star as a celebrity client for Lonni Paul, one of the final three contestants of season 4. Lonni Paul was given the task of redesigning Thiessen's guest bedroom with an eco-friendly theme.

Finally after long awaited speculation, on November 9, 2009, People Magazine reported that Thiessen is pregnant with her first child. The couple are expecting the baby's arrival in May 2010.

Fans of Thiessen can keep up with her life on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TiffaniThiessen

Official Website: http://www.tiffanithiessen.com/


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