Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was born on
January 23, 1974 (1/23/74) in Long Beach, California. She was the second child of Robin and Frank
Thiessen. Her brothers are Schuyler, 18 and Todd, 26. Schuyler is a freshman at college. I believe that he is at Berkeley, which she envies.
On herself going to college she says, "If I have to wait until I'm
forty, I'm going." Her other brother, Todd is a professional cyclist. Her
father is a parks landscaper and her mother is a homemaker.
Her uncle Roger Ernest, a former actor and screenwriter had
suggested when she was eight that she try modeling. Soon after that she was doing commercials for the Peaches and Cream barbie doll. On that
experience, "They never let me hold the barbie. I only got to hold
Ken. I guess I wasn't blond enough." After that she began competing in
beauty pageants and won the Miss. Junior America Pageant in 1987. " I
would never do another one, " says Tiffani, "but at the time they were
fun." After this experience she wasn't exactly the most popular girl in school. She
claims to have had only a few close friends while in grade-school and that kids
would, "Write horrible things on the wall about me, and I don't
Her best friend's name is Candice who says that she used to
"Protect her from all the mean kids in school. Yeah, I beat um' up."
Next she starred in her first TV movie, 1992's "A killer Among
Friends" in which she got tortured and killed by her two best
friends. I remember watching this movie and almost throwing up. They pushed her
character around, pulled her hair and drowned her in a creek, pushing
her head underneath the water then quickly up and down again. When they were
finished they put a log on top of her so that she couldn't get up. She comments, "We did the killing scene in one day-I was so drained I
got back to the hotel and went- "MASSEUSE!"
While guest-starring in Married...with Children she met her
boyfriend for 2 1/2 years, Brian Austin Green. They were best friends
for about 4 years then all of a sudden "Saw each other in a completely
different light." Although, sadly they ended their relationship, they say
that, "We get along wonderfully, we're the best of friends and always will be,
even before we started dating." Also their publicist claims, "It's
a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship that still could be."
Her big break came on Saved By The Bell where she played the
popular cheerleader, Kelly Kapowski. ON her Saved -buds, "I grew up
with these kids. It was just like us at school having fun. We were best
friends for years." On the set her nickname, I know this is corny, was
"Tiffles." She says the worst thing Kelly ever did on Saved, "She cheated on
Zack and then broke up with him to date a college guy. That was probably the
worst thing she ever did in her whole LIFE." When Saved By the Bell was
canceled, she was cast in the Pauly Shore movie, "Son-in-Law". "The
cast was amazing. We had a great time. We played around a lot. If we weren't working, we
were out together doing something." She also filmed a Milk commercial.
You know the one. Two girls. One girl says of her friend (who is Tiff) "At
12, my friend was skinny, SCRAWNY, invisible to guys. Then she started drinking
milk." (You see some fifteen year old pretending to be Tiff,
gulping milk) "And look at her now! So, what do you want now?" she asks
Tiff. Tiff replies, "I want Kurt Davis." Other girl, "MY Kurt
Davis???" (Some guy walks up behind other girl and puts arms around her) Tiff: "Well,
does he have a brother??" Other girl: "Yes, he has a brother."
(Another guy walks up and puts arms around Tiff) Tiff: "Hi!!" *Milk, does a body
After this she chopped off her long hair and became Kelly Kapowski
again in Saved By The Bell: The College Years which was canceled after
one season only. During the summer that followed this, I'd guess was one of
the best summer's of her life. She filmed Saved By The Bell: Wedding in Las
Vegas and was hired to play Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills, 90210.
"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."
She's claims to have had to struggle with her weight since she were
seventeen and that its been an on-going battle. "There's a lot of
added pressure because I work with so many beautiful, thin people, and I've
been asked to lose weight before by producers (This was a while ago on Saved)
It really hurts, but that's part of what this business is about. I work out
four times a week with a trainer, and I try to get on the bike every
day. I want to look good and be healthy." She also takes kick-boxing
lessons. Another way that Tiff keeps healthy is that she stays away from drugs.
"I've seen the effects of drugs too often. My brother had a big
problem with them for five years. He's better now, but I've never needed or
wanted to be involved with them."
Summer of 95' was another exciting summer for her. She filmed the
two movies, "The Stranger Beside Me" with Eric Close and
"She Fought Alone" with Brian Austin Green. In Stranger, she plays Jennifer Gallagher a
rape victim who unwittingly marries a serial rapist. Since cops don't believe
that he is the rapist, she is forced to try to uncover the truth and
prove his guilt.
In "She Fought Alone" she plays Caitlin Rose a high school
girl who joins "the cool crowd" in school then gets raped by a
classmate. Brian plays her boyfriend (not the rapist). Since the rapist is a football
player hero he gets of scot-free and everyone scorns Caitlin as a slut. These
two movies show that she has good acting ability. They were both played
during the fall.
Now she's back on 90210, having fun. Here are some fun facts that
you might not know about her.... Tiff is a vegetarian. Her favorite
colors are black & white. She has two golden retrievers name Bonnie &
Clyde and two cats named Sadie & Savannah. She and Jennie Garth, although they
play enemies on 90210 are actually best friends in real life....
by Devon Kirkpatrick