Tiffani-Amber Thiessen rose to fan-magazine fame for her portrayal of Kelly Kapowski on the teen-soap Saved by the Bell(1989). Two years before she landed the job she won Miss Junior America, after a childhood of competing in several pageants. Born to Frank, a park designer, and to Robyn, a homemaker, on January 24, 1974. Tiffani got her start in acting at an early age, and even earlier she modeled her way through the country. After hitting it big with her Miss Junior America accomplishment, she turned to acting. Two years later she had herself a job. Saved by the Bell(1989) lasted 4 years, after portraying a squeaky teen, Tiffani was in for a different character. In 1994 a much new Tiffani, including a different look (shorter hairstyle, breast implants) went on to play Valerie Malone on the hit teen-drama Beverly Hills, 90210(1990). Instead of playing a wholesome teen, she played a blackmailing, conniving vixen, who ended up sleeping with every male on the show, and becoming rivals with every female. During this time, she went through a slew of television movies, and also a small role alongside Pauly Shore in the comedy Son in Law(1993). Trying her utmost to surpass her former role as wholesome Kelly Kapowski, Tiffani posed nude several times in both 'Veronica' and 'New Look' magazines'. In 1998 she left her role on 90210, to pursue a career in movies. Speedway Junkie(1999) and Love Stinks(1999) both independent, followed. A small break came in late 1999, when her boyfriend David Strickland committed suicide. His body was found in a Las Vegas motel room hanging from a bed sheet. In 2000 she tried her comedy side out, starring in both The Ladies Man(2000) and Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Summer(2000). With 2 new films coming out, it looks as though she'll definitely be able to surpass the label child-actress and grow to become more successful then she is already.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen Awards
Palm Springs International ShortFest
Best Live Action Over 15 Minutes
Just Pray (2005).
Teen Choice Awards
Choice TV Actress - Drama/Action Adventure
Young Artist Awards
Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series
"Saved by the Bell" (1989).
Young Artist Awards
Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series