If you watched the mid-1980s American children’s science fiction comedy sitcom Small Wonder (1985-89), you might remember Vicki the Robot, the character played by former child actress Tiffany Brissette.
Brissette became a star at 6 years old when she won a state pageant for children. She had a dream of being a movie star like Carol Lawrence, and her mother helped her achieve it by taking her to TV auditions. She landed the role of Vicki the Robot in Small Wonder in September 1985. The show was canceled in 1988, and Brissette went back to school and pursued a different career. She is now a nurse in Boulder, Colorado. Here is what we know about her.
Tiffany Brissette, 49, Hails From Redding, California
Tiffany Brissette’s place of birth is unclear. She was born on December 26, 1974, in California, but different sources report different cities. Local newspapers say she is from Redding, while Wikipedia says she is from Paradise.
According to local newspapers, she grew up in Redding with her mother, Diane Brissette, and two siblings whose names are not public. She has never mentioned her father or his identity.
Brissette went to Grace Baptist School in Redding, where she was active in various activities, including playing volleyball for the school team. She later graduated from Westmont College with a psychology degree.
Now That You Know A Little About The Background Of Brissette, Here Are Some Fascinating Facts About Her
1. She Won The Miss California La Petite Title At The Age Of 6
Tiffany Brissette became a star at a young age. She won the Miss California La Petite title in the 3-6 age group when she was 6 years old in 1980. She excelled in various categories, such as dramatics, ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. She also won first, second, and third prizes in vocal competitions and second prize in gymnastics. Her title gave her a chance to compete in the world event in Las Vegas. She also got a portable TV, clothing, and $500 as rewards for her year-long reign as Miss California La Petite.
In March 1983, when she was 8 years and 3 months old, she won another beauty pageant, the Royalty Miss Beauty, in Antioch. She received a crown, a trophy, and a pillow as prizes. She also qualified for the national pageant in Sacramento in July of that year.
2. Brissette And Her Mother Moved To Southern California In 1984 To Pursue Acting
Brissette had a dream of being a movie star like Carol Lawrence, an American actress famous for her TV and musical theater roles from the 1950s to 2018. She was inspired to pursue acting after winning the Miss California La Petite title in 1980. She and her mother, Diane Brissette, moved to southern California to pursue her acting career in 1984. She got the role of Vicki the Robot in Small Wonder, a comedy sitcom about a robot child, which began in 1985.
Over the next 4 years, she worked hard, spending 40 hours a week on the set of Small Wonder. She enjoyed the first year, but the next three years were more challenging. She had trouble making friends at school or with her co-stars.
3. She Returned To Her Native Town Of Redding After The Show Was Canceled
Small Wonder ended its production in 1988, but the show was made almost a year in advance. So, new episodes were aired until 1989.
Brissette did not find any other TV roles after Small Wonder, so she and her mother moved back to Redding. Her mother got a marketing job with a restaurant owner. She felt more normal as a kid in her hometown and decided to continue with high school at Grace Baptist School.
She expressed her interest in becoming a pediatrician. She had always wanted to work with children, especially those who suffered from abuse.
4. She Now Works As A Nurse
Brissette did not become a pediatrician, but she pursued a career as a registered nurse. She works at the Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, Colorado.
5. Is She Married?
There is no public information about Tiffany Brissette’s personal and romantic life, so it is hard to know if she is married or not. She said on The Morning Show with Mike And Juliet in 2009 that she was not married and had no children. However, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t dating anyone at the time.