Happy birthday, Tiffani Thiessen!

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Tiffani Thiessen turns 39 today!

The American actress, best known for her role as Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210, was born to a park designer and a homemaker in Long Beach, California.

Having a beauty pageant childhood, Thiessen was crowned Miss Junior America in 1987, and in the following year, she won Teen magazine's Great Model Search.

She landed the role of Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell because she won the 1989 Cover Girl magazine's Model of the Year title.

The role in the sitcom earned her several awards and nominations, such as Young Artist Award nomination and Best Young Actress in Off-Primetime Series.

These established Thiessen's acting career even more. She landed roles in several movies, which led her to a role in hit teen-drama Beverly Hills, 90210 as Valerie Malone, right after Saved by the Bell ended.

She left in the early episodes of the fifth season, and earned more leading roles in movies, such as The Stranger Beside Me and She Fought Alone.

Thiessen was the first actress with whom Beverly Hills, 90210 producer Aaron Spelling opted to replace Shannen Doherty in TV series Charmed, but she refused the offer.

She then acted in several other movies and TV series through the present. Her latest role is in White Collar as Elizabeth Burke, the wife of FBI agent Peter Burke.

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