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Tiffani Amber Thiessen (born January 23, 1974) is an American actress.

She is best known for starring as Kelly Kapowski on NBC's sitcom Saved by the Bell, as Valerie Malone on Fox's Teen Drama Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Elizabeth Burke in USA Network's crime drama White Collar.

She's married to fellow actor Brady Smith and they have two children together.


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  • Actor Allusion:
    • In Alexa & Katie, a party planner asks Thiessen's character if she's an event planner. Thiessen's previous role in White Collar, Elizabeth Burke, was an event player.
    • Lori's first kiss was with a guy named Zack, an obvious nod to Saved by the Bell.
  • Dawson Casting:invoked
    • Averted on Saved By The Bell, where she was fifteen when cast in the first season and only nineteen by the end, making her just around the same age as Kelly.
    • She was twenty-one playing seventeen in the Lifetime movie She Fought Alone.
  • Dye Hard: Normally brunette, she dyed her hair blonde in the 2000s and kept it that way for a long time. She has since reverted to brown.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:invoked She's said that she would lose weight for a part if it was right for the character, but not just for the sake of it.
  • Friendship on the Set:invoked She and Jennie Garth became good friends on 90210, although they drifted apart in the 2000s and are no longer close.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:invoked In She Fought Alone, the doctor who examines her character Caitlin after her rape is played by John Mansfield, who played her father in Saved by the Bell.
  • Playing Against Type:invoked Known for her Girl Next Door roles in the early 90s, she got to play against type as a conniving Alpha Bitch in 90210. She's said she finds it more interesting to "play the bitch".
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • The introduction of Tori in Season 4 of Saved By The Bell was influenced by Tiffani declining to re-sign (along with Elizabeth Berkley) when the network ordered more episodes after their contracts had run out.
    • In White Collar, Thiessen’s character Elizabeth spends a significant portion of the second season working in San Francisco, partially to hide Thiessen’s pregnancy & partially to write her off the show during her maternity leave.
  • Romance on the Set: Had a relationship with Brian Austin Green (David) in Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: She played Misty the Wonderful Witch on Jake And The Neverland Pirates so her then two-year-old daughter Harper could watch something she was in.
  • What Could Have Been:

Alternative Title(s): Tiffani Amber Thiessen