Real name: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
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Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (born January 23, 1974 in Long Beach, California) is an American television and film actress. After many years of going by her full name, she is now credited as simply Tiffani Thiessen.
As a child, she competed in many beauty pageants, and she won the Miss Junior America pageant in 1987. Her first big break in show business was her role on the television program Saved By The Bell, as nice girl Kelly Kapowski, a role she continued playing in the short lived Saved by the Bell: The College Years. This was very different from her next major role, as a duplicitous vixen, Valerie Malone, on Beverly Hills 90210.
She later starred in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl and the short-lived action show Fastlane, as well as guest-starring on Just Shoot Me!. Her transition to film has not gone well so far, as most of her movies, including Love Stinks, have been critically panned. In 2002, she appeared in the film Hollywood Ending by Woody Allen.
In March of 1999, her 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.
In 2005, she released a short (21 minute) film she had directed called Just Pray. It placed at several film festivals and was the first major effort from her new production company, Tit 4 Tat Productions.
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.
As of January 2007 Thiessen has joined the cast of ABC's relationship drama What About Brian. Thiessen plays the boss of Brian, and a potential love interest for Adam.