Tiffani Thiessen Biography

Tiffani Thiessen is an actress, producer, and celebrity cook who has made a name for herself in the American household. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about her life.

Tiffani Thiessen
Quick Facts

Birthday: January 23, 1974

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born in: Long Beach, California, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Brady Smith (m. 2005)

father: Frank Thiessen

mother: Robyn Ernest

children: Harper Renn Smith, Holt Fisher Smith

U.S. State: California

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Tiffani Thiessen is an actress, producer, and celebrity cook who has made a name for herself in the American household. She was a typical ‘girl-next-door’ born in California, and comes from a family of mixed ancestry. Showbiz happened to her at an early age with her bagging her first commercial at the age of eight following which she went on to participate in various beauty pageants. Following her role as a chirpy cheerleader in a popular television series, she became an instant teen icon. During her acting career she went on do many movies and series, keeping her in the spotlight always. Her versatility blossomed when she ventured into production and direction and later emerged as a celebrity cook having her own channel. She also does a lot of charity work and has won accolades for the same. Her brother, mother and grandmother are a continuous source of inspiration, providing her support and believing in her dreams. She has a huge fan following on social media and she uses the same to build awareness about various societal issues and help those in need. Thiessen has evolved from a chirpy teen idol to a ‘do-it-all’ woman providing inspiration to many.

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Tiffani Thiessen
Childhood & Early Life
  • Tiffani Thiessen was born on January 23, 1974, at Long Beach, California to Robyn, a homemaker, and Frank Thiessen, a park designer and landscape architect. She has an elder brother, Todd, a professional cyclist, and a younger brother by the name Schuyler.
  • She spent her childhood years at Long Beach with her family and went to Cubberley Elementary and Marshall Junior High School. She later studied at the Valley Professional High School in Los Angeles for students in entertainment business and graduated as a valedictorian.
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Career
  • Tiffani Thiessen’s career started way back at the age of eight. At the insistence of her uncle, Roger Ernest, she started trying out for acting and modeling and soon appeared in her first TV commercial for , ‘Peaches and Cream Barbie’.
  • She competed in several beauty pageants and was crowned Miss Junior America in 1987. In 1988, she went on to win Teen Magazine’s ‘Great Model Search’ and in the following year Cover Girl Magazine’s ‘Model of the Year’.
  • She ventured into primetime television and her role as the popular cheerleader Kelly Kapowski on NBC’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ in 1989 was her big break. The series aired for four seasons. She became an instant success and a teen idol.
  • In 1994, she bagged the role of the conniving vamp Valerie Malone on Aaron Spelling’s long running hit series ‘Beverley Hills 90210’. She played the role for 136 episodes till 1998, before leaving the show to pursue her movie career.
  • She featured in the movies ‘The Stranger Beside Me’ (1995), ‘She Fought Alone’ (1995), and ‘Sweet Dreams‘(1996), and co-produced as well starred in ‘Buried Secrets’ (1996).
  • Her tryst with soaps continued, with her being cast in several television series over the years. She starred in ‘Cupid’ (1999), ‘News Radio’ (one episode,1999), ‘Two Guys and a Girl’ (2000), ‘Just Shoot Me’ (2001), ‘Fastlane’ (2002-2003), ‘Good Morning Miami’ (2003-2004).
  • In between she also featured in Vertical Horizon’s music video ‘You’re a God’ (2000). She appeared in Woody Allen’s ‘Hollywood Ending’ (2002) as well.
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  • In 2003, she ventured into production and launched her own production company Tit 4 Tat Productions and under the same banner directed ‘Just Pray’ in 2005 which earned acclaim at several film festivals.
  • In 2006, she accepted an invitation to serve on the National Advisory Council of the Make-A-Wish foundation. During the 2000s, she acted in the movie ‘Cyborg Soldier’ (2008) and featured in a Ben Lee’s music video ‘American Television’ (2008).
  • She has now ventured into the world of food and dining and has her own cooking channel ‘Dinner at Tiffani’s’ on Cooking Channel TV. She also has a website (www.tiffaniThiessen.com ) where she offers household organizing solutions, cooking recipes and DIY projects. She is also regularly featured in ‘People’ Magazine.’
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Major Works
  • Tiffani Thiessen is still known for her role as the bubbly cheerleader ‘Kelly Kapowski’ in the 1990s’ popular series ‘Saved by the Bell.’
  • Her role as Valerie Malone in hit teen drama ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ brought her much acclaim and success.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Tiffani Thiessen won the Miss Junior America beauty pageant in 1987.
  • She won the Teen Magazine’s Great Model Search in 1988.
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  • She was nominated for the Young Artist Awards in the categories ‘Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast’ (1990), ‘Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Prime-time or Cable Series’ (1992) and ‘ Best Young Actress in an Off-Prime-Time Series’ (1993) for her role as Kelly Kapowski in the popular series ‘Saved by the Bell’.
  • She was nominated in the category ‘Choice TV Actress- Drama/Action Adventure’ (2003) at Teen Choice Awards for her role as Wilhelmina ‘Billie’ Chambers in the series ‘Fastlane’.
  • In 2009, she won the CLCA Green Image Award by the Green Expo/Green Image Awards for her contributions towards teaching sustainable living techniques to residents and support for the California Green Movement.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Tiffani Thiessen dated her ‘Beverly Hills’ co-star Brian Austin Green from 1992 to 1995. Later she dated actor David Strickland, whose untimely death due to suicide in 1999 left her emotionally troubled.
  • She dated actor Richard Ruccolo whom she met on the sets of ‘Two Guys and a Girl’ and got engaged to him in 2001. They later broke up in 2003.
  • Thiessen later dated and married actor and artist Brady Smith on 9 July 2005. The couple has two children, Harper Renn (born in 2010) and Holt Fisher (born in 2015).
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Net Worth
  • Tiffani Thiessen’s estimated net worth is $13 million.
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Trivia
  • Tiffani Thiessen was longtime friends with her ‘Beverly Hills’ co-star Jennie Garth. It was Garth who played cupid and set up a blind date between Thiessen and Brady Smith.
  • She has four dogs named Buck, Pearl, Bo, and Penny; a cat named Savannah; a hen named Ruby; and four chickens named Anna, Elsa, Mable, and Sugar.
  • Her latest home was once owned by Jack L. Warner, the founder of Warner Bros. Studios, which hosted legendary guests over the years, including Marilyn Monroe.
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1. Hollywood Ending (2002)

  (Comedy, Romance)

2. Ivansxtc (2000)

  (Drama)


3. Love Stinks (1999)

  (Comedy)

4. Son in Law (1993)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)



5. Speedway Junky (1999)

  (Romance, Drama, Crime)

6. The Ladies Man (2000)

  (Comedy)




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- March 20, 2017

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