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Also Known As: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiffany Amber Thiessen, Tiffani Amber Thiessen Died:
Born: January 23, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, USA Profession: actor, model, pageant contestant

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Going from all-American teenage superstar to respected, grown-up working actress, Tiffani Thiessen never lost the affection she earned from fans with her breakthrough role as Kelly Kapowski on "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993). The endearingly cheesy Saturday-morning show was a phenomenon, and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen - as she was billed then - was chief among its charms as a good girl whose relationship with Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) became a romance for the Gen-X ages. Easily stretching to play the devious vixen Valerie Malone, Thiessen revitalized a post-Shannen Doherty "Beverly Hills, 90210" (FOX, 1990-2000). She also starred in a string of made-for-TV movies and brought her next-generation-Heather-Locklear touch to many troubled series, including "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (ABC, 1998-2001) and "Fastlane" (FOX, 2002-03). She worked with Woody Allen in his feature "Hollywood Ending" (2002) and settled comfortably into marriage, motherhood and a starring role on "White Collar" (USA Network, 2009- ). While she made her name as the queen of TV guilty pleasures, as an adult Thiessen proved she had talent and staying power to spare.

Going from all-American teenage superstar to respected, grown-up working actress, Tiffani Thiessen never lost the affection she earned from fans with her breakthrough role as Kelly Kapowski on "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993). The endearingly cheesy Saturday-morning show was a phenomenon, and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen - as she was billed then - was chief among its charms as a good girl whose relationship with Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) became a romance for the Gen-X ages. Easily stretching to play the devious vixen Valerie Malone, Thiessen revitalized a post-Shannen Doherty "Beverly Hills, 90210" (FOX, 1990-2000). She also starred in a string of made-for-TV movies and brought her next-generation-Heather-Locklear touch to many troubled series, including "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (ABC, 1998-2001) and "Fastlane" (FOX, 2002-03). She worked with Woody Allen in his feature "Hollywood Ending" (2002) and settled comfortably into marriage, motherhood and a starring role on "White Collar" (USA Network, 2009- ). While she made her name as the queen of TV guilty pleasures, as an adult Thiessen proved she had talent and staying power to spare.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hollywood Ending (2002) Sharon Bates
3.
 Ladies Man, The (2000) Honey Delune
5.
 Ivans XTC. (2000) Marie Stein
6.
 Beautiful (2000)
7.
 Speedway Junky (1999) Wilma
8.
 Love Stinks (1999) Rebecca Mellini
9.
 Buried Secrets (1996) Annalisse
10.
 Sweet Dreams (1996) Alison Sullivan
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
Began modeling in print catalogues and ads (date approximate)
1983:
Began competing in beauty pagents at age nine
:
Landed the "Peaches'n'Cream Barbie" commercial
1987:
Won the beauty pageant title of Miss Junior America
1988:
Played popular and sweet cheerleader Kelly Kapowski on the successful NBC Saturday morning teen series "Saved By the Bell"
1993:
Reprised role of Kelly on the short-lived primetime spin-off "Saved By The Bell: The College Years" (NBC)
1994:
Co-starred in "Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas" (NBC)
1993:
Feature acting debut, "Son-in-Law"
1994:
Joined the cast of Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" in its fourth season as trouble-making Valerie Malone
1998:
Signed production deal with ABC to develop sitcom
2000:
Played recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Two Guys and a Girl"
2000:
Had leading role in the screen comedy "The Ladies Man"
2001:
Played recurring role as a sex columnist on "Just Shoot Me" (NBC)
2002:
Acted in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"
2002:
Had supporting role in Fox series "Fast Lane"
2003:
Had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Good Morning, Miami"
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Formed the production company, Tit 4 Tat Productions
2005:
Directed a short (21 minute) film titled "Just Pray"; first major effort from her new production company, Tit 4 Tat Productions
2007:
Joined the cast of the ABC ensemble drama "What About Brian" as Natasha Dylan, Dave's (Rick Gomez) new boss at KC Gaming
2009:
Joined the cast of USA Network's crime drama "White Collar"
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Education

Valley Professional High School: Long Beach , California -

Notes

"After all those years on "Saved by the Bell," I was worried that casting people would see me only as a good girl. The fact that Valerie was a conniving bitch really attracted me to the role." --Thiessen on her transition from good girl to bad girl with her "90210" role

"When I'm 75 in my rocking chair, I can tell my grandchildren I was in a Woody Allen film." --Thiessen on being cast in "Hollywood Ending."

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companion:
Brian Austin Greene. Actor. Co-star of "Beverly Hills 90210"; together from 1993 until 1995.
companion:
Kevin Washington. Dating in 1998.
companion:
David Strickland. Actor. Dated in 1999; committed suicide in 1999.
companion:
Richard Ruccolo. Actor. Met when she made guest appearances on "Two Guys and a Girl" in 2000; announced engagement in October 2001; no longer together as of March 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Frank Thiessen. Parks designer.
mother:
Robyn Thiessen. Homemaker.
brother:
Skyler M Thiessen. Born on August 1, 1968.
brother:
Todd D Thiessen. Professional cyclist. Born on May 10, 1977.
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