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JOSIE BISSETT is recognized internationally for her role as the popular `Jane Mancini` on FOX-TV`s "Melrose Place," which ended its successful seven-year run in May of 1999. To date, she has graced over 40 magazine covers, including such publications as TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Shape`s Fit Pregnancy and New Woman.
Josie recently wrapped production on a starring role in the Lifetime Television original film "The Other Woman," based on the best-selling novel by Joy Fielding and directed by Jason Priestley. The film is scheduled to debut on June 21, 2008.
She is currently in production on ABC Family Channel`s new one-hour drama series created by Brenda Hampton ("7th Heaven"). The show revolves around an unexpected teen pregnancy and will premiere this summer. Josie will play `Kathleen Johnson`, wife to `Dr. Marshall Johnson` (John Schneider) and mother of two.
Josie has written her first children`s book, "Tickle Monster," due for release in September 2008. It is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated storybook for kids, based on a treasured family tradition that Josie has continued with her own kids. "`Tickle Monster` is a very special book that creates spontaneous laughter between children and parents," says Kobi Yamada, CEO of Compendium Publishing in Seattle. Compendium has published all three of Josie`s books.
She is currently penning the children`s book, "Maya and the Magic Bubble Gum," about a young girl who finds a pack of "magic" bubble gum. When she blows a bubble, it takes her to magical places around the world. The book will be beautifully illustrated, exciting, adventurous and educational.
Josie`s first book, "Little Bits Of Wisdom," was inspired by the birth of her first child in 2001 and is now in its third printing. It is a heart-warming collection of parenting wisdom and child-rearing "tricks of the trade" gathered from more than 1,000 parents and grandparents throughout the world.
Two years later, Josie completed a second book, "Making Memories," which featured over 200 ways for parents to create rich family memories with their children that last a lifetime. Tens of thousands of parents have already embraced this magical book, the premise of which is so simple and powerful: The moments with our children pass so quickly, but the memories we create today will last forever.
The Seattle native began her career in front of the camera at the age of 12 as a model in print advertisements and television commercials. At 16, she left home and moved to Japan to further her career, and at 17 headed to Hollywood to make her mark.
Josie soon landed the role of `Cara` on "The Hogan Family," where she spent two seasons. Within two years of her arrival in Los Angeles, Josie was cast on "Melrose Place" and quickly became one of television`s most recognizable actors. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to explore many diverse and interesting characters in such projects as the ABC movies "The Fire Above" and "Dare to Love," the FOX telefilm "Deadly Vows" and the USA cable film "Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear." She most recently starred in the ABC Family Channel original telefilm "I Do, They Don`t," a romantic comedy about two widowed parents whose spontaneous marriage thrusts them into the position of having to blend two families into one. She has also made numerous guest-starring appearances, most recently on NBC`s "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
On the big screen, she made her feature film debut in Oliver Stone`s "The Doors," in which she played the wife of Doors` guitarist Robbie Krieger. Her subsequent films include the coming-of-age comedy "Book of Love" and the psychological thriller "Mikey."
Josie has hosted numerous shows including "Parenting & Beyond." The show offered parents creative solutions to everyday problems, so that they can have more quality time to enjoy their family and watch their children growing up.
She also hosted the PBS educational special, "Teach More, Love More," which follows four families, each with a child in one of the four critical stages of early childhood development -- newborn, infancy, toddlerhood and preschool. As host, Josie guided viewers through the program which explores the joys, fears and a myriad of questions that accompany the beginning of life. "Teach More, Love More" included interviews with nationally renowned experts such as Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.
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Jolyn Christine Heutmaker
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Jolyn Christine Heutmaker (born October 5, 1970), known professionally as Josie Bissett, is an American actress best known for her role as Jane Mancini on the television series Melrose Place.