Josie Bissett

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Josie Bissett
BornJolyn Christine Heutmaker
(1970-10-05) October 5, 1970 (age 44)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Rob Estes (m. 1992–2006)
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Josie Bissett
BornJolyn Christine Heutmaker
(1970-10-05) October 5, 1970 (age 44)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Rob Estes (m. 1992–2006)

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.

Early life[edit]

A native of Seattle, Washington, Bissett began her career in front of the camera at the age of 12 as a model in print advertisements and television commercials.


At age 16, she left home and moved to Japan to further her career.[citation needed] At age 17, she headed to Hollywood, California.[citation needed]

In early 1990, Bissett played a recurring role on the sitcom The Hogan Family for two seasons. In 1992, she was cast as fashion designer Jane Andrews-Mancini on the prime time soap opera Melrose Place. Bissett remained with the series for five and a half seasons until halfway through the 1996–97 season when she suffered a real-life miscarriage. She then took some time off from the series, but returned to the show in 1998 for its final season. In 2009–10, Bissett made guest appearances in two episodes of The CW's updated version of Melrose Place, reprising her role as Jane Andrews-Mancini.[1]

She has made appearances in such projects as the telefilms The Fire Above and Dare to Love on ABC, Deadly Vows on FOX, Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear on USA, and I Do, They Don't on ABC Family. She has also made numerous guest-starring appearances, such as a 2003 appearance on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2008, she began a recurring role on the ABC Family TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She starred in the Lifetime Television original film The Other Woman, based on the novel by Joy Fielding and directed by Jason Priestley. It debuted on June 28, 2008.[2]

Bissett's feature film debut was in 1991, in Oliver Stone's The Doors, as the girlfriend of Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger. Her subsequent films include the coming-of-age comedy Book of Love and the psychological thriller Mikey.

Bissett has hosted television series on the topic of parenting, including Parenting & Beyond, which offered parents creative solutions to everyday problems. She also hosted the PBS educational special Teach More, Love More which follows four families, each with a child in a stage of early childhood development.[2]

She has appeared on several magazine covers, including TV Guide, Rolling Stone,[3] Entertainment Weekly, Shape's Fit Pregnancy and New Woman.[4]

Bissett has been the face of several national commercial campaigns, including Neutrogena's skin care line, Dr. Scholl's Pedicure Essentials, and Murad Skin Care.[2]

She has also been the spokesperson of the 1997 Lee National Denim Day with the Lee Company, a VF Company, A leader in quality apparel. This was to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer and for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

She has co-edited two books, Little Bits Of Wisdom and Making Memories, which compile parenting stories and advice from parents around the world. She also authored a children's book, Tickle Monster, released in April 2008.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bissett and actor Rob Estes (who also starred on Melrose Place) were married in 1992, and divorced in 2006.[5] Bissett suffered a miscarriage in 1996, but the couple later had two children together — Mason Tru (born 21 July 1999) and Maya Rose (born 14 April 2002). Bissett resides in Seattle with her mother Linda.[5]



1989Fear In The DarkDaniela Foster
Hitcher In The DarkTiffanySupporting role
1990Book of LoveSophie ArmstrongMain role
No Going BackStephSupporting role
1991The DoorsCasey ScottMain role
I Posed for PlayboyClaireMain role
1992Halfway HouseDebbera "Debbie" SutherlandMain role
Lies, Or Things That Arnt TrueCindy KunninghamSupporting role
SecretsGabby SmithSupporting role
MikeyJesse OwensMain role
1993All American MurderTally FullerMain role
1994Deadly VowsBobby Gilbert WestonMain role
1995Hot and SteamyLeanneSupporting role
1996Dare To LoveJessica WellsMain role
1998Baby Monitor: Sound of FearAnn LenzMain role
The Sky's On FireJennifer ThorneSupporting role
2000Man-ChildDonna Goodwhin
2005I Do, They Don'tCarrie LewalyonMain role
The Other WomanHaylieSupporting role
Call off The DoggsTammy CrustrissnaSupporting role
Gimmie The TruthHollyMain role
The FactsLynnette AmericaMain role
2006ObituaryDenise WilcoxMain role
2008Joy Fielding's The Other WomanJill PlumleyMain role


YearTitleRoleNo. EpisodesSeason
1989–1990Doogie HowserCrista Benson10 episodes1
1990Quantum LeapBecky1 episode3
1990–1991The Hogan FamilyCara11 episodes5–6
1991Parker Lewis Can't LoseSarah1 episode1
1992P.S. I Luv UDianne Peters4 episodes2
1992Burke's LawConnie O'Neal1 episode7
1992–1997, 1998–1999Melrose PlaceJane Andrews-Mancini172 episodes1–5, 7
2003Law and Order: SVUJennifer Fulton1 episode5
2008–2013The Secret Life of the American TeenagerKathleen Bowman90 episodes1–5
2009–10Melrose PlaceJane Andrews2 episodes1


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