About Actress Tiffani Thiessen

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 20, 2003

My favorite actress is Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Can you tell me what she is currently involved in and a little about her background and private life?
—Michael M., New Mexico

First, the 29-year-old actress has dropped the "Amber" and goes by Tiffani Thiessen. You can catch her on the show, Fastlane, on Fox, in which she plays an undercover cop opposite Peter Facinelli, who just happens to be married to her best friend and Beverly Hills, 90210 colleague Jennie Garth. She's engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo, who she met when she worked on the now-defunct series Two Guys and a Girl. A native of Long Beach, Calif., she started modeling at age 8, and won the Miss Junior America pageant at age 13. She got her big acting break when she was cast as a good-girl cheerleader in the teen show Saved By The Bell, and years later proved herself as an adult actress playing the vixenish bad girl Valerie in Beverly Hills, 90210. A longtime fan of kickboxing and karate, she gets to use some of her moves in the new series.