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October 23, 1974 |
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Other names||Helena Kiff|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, director|
Kaleena Kiff (born October 23, 1974) is an American actress, producer, and director. Kiff is best known for her roles in the sitcoms Love, Sidney and The New Leave It to Beaver. Kaleena is correctly pronounced Kuh Lee Na (kuh-LEE-nuh).
Born in Santa Monica, California, Kiff began acting in the early 1980s. In 1982, she appeared in the NBC comedy Love, Sidney as Patti Morgan opposite Tony Randall and Swoosie Kurtz. In 1985, she landed the role of Kelly Cleaver, daughter of Wally (Tony Dow) and Mary Ellen Cleaver (Janice Kent) and later, older sister to Kevin Cleaver (Troy Davidson) in the 1985 revival series The New Leave It to Beaver. After the series ended in 1988, Kiff acted sporadically in mainly bit roles
In 2008, she produced the musical short E vuoto per amore (He Is Empty for Love), directed by Galen Fletcher, screened at the Red Rock Film Festival. In 2008 she directed a short film titled Alice & Huck, starring Allison Mack from the TV series Smallville. The short won three accolades at The Big Easy Shorts Festival: Best director (for herself), Best Editing, and Best Drama. She co-created and directed the first five episodes of the online science-fiction/fantasy webseries Riese: Kingdom Falling which aired in 2009.
|1987||Jaws: The Revenge||Additional Voices|
|1988||Oliver & Company||Additional Voices|
|1990||Ghost Dad||Additional Voices|
|2005||When Jesse Was Born||
|2008||Alice & Huck||
||Short film; director, producer|
|He Is Empty for Love||
|2014||Death Do Us Part||
|2015||The Legend of Barney Thomson||
|1980||The Jeffersons||Liza||1 episode|
|1981||Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend||Patti Morgan||Television movie|
|1981–83||Love, Sidney||Patti Morgan||44 episodes|
|1983||Still the Beaver||Kelly Cleaver||Television movie|
|Memorial Day||Kara||Television movie|
|An Uncommon Love||Lindsay||Television movie|
|Family Ties||Young Mallory||1 episode|
|1984||Three's Company||Muffit||1 episode|
|Pole Position||Daisy (Voice)||13 episodes|
|1985||Down to Earth||Roxanne||1 episode|
|1985–88||The New Leave It to Beaver||Kelly Cleaver||100 episodes|
|1986||Headin' Home for the Holidays||Jenny||Television movie
Credited as Helena Kiff
|1987||Popeye and Son||Dee Dee (Voice)||Unknown episodes|
|1991||Never Forget||Student||Television movie|
|2005||Smallville||Warehouse Worker||1 episode|
|2008||Supernatural||Female victim||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|1983||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series||Love, Sidney|
|1988||Won||Best Young Actress in a Cable Series or Special||The New Leave It to Beaver|
- "E Vuoto Per Amore (He is Empty for Love)". redrockfilmfestival.bside.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- "2008 Big Easy Shorts Festival Award Winners". bigeasyfilmfestivals.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- "Riese the Series".
- Dave McNary (January 31, 2014). "Berlin: Emma Thompson Starring in ‘Long Midnight of Barney Thomson’". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
- Leo Barraclough (June 4, 2014). "U.K.’s Icon Film Distribution Acquires Four Films". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
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