Jolyn Christine Heutmaker
October 5, 1970
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
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.
Bissett's acting debut was in the 1989 Italian-American produced horror film Hitcher in the Dark. At that time, she had adopted her stage name by borrowing her mother's maiden name after her original surname Heutmaker was found too difficult for agents to pronounce. 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.
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.
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.
She has also been the spokesperson of the 1997 Lee National Denim Day with the Lee Company. 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.
Bissett and actor Rob Estes, who also starred on Melrose Place, were married in 1992. Bissett suffered a miscarriage in 1996, but the couple later had two children together: Mason Tru (born July 21, 1999) and Maya Rose (born April 14, 2002). The couple divorced in 2006. Bissett resides in Seattle.
|1989||Hitcher In The Dark||Daniela Foster||also known as Paura nel buio|
|1990||Desire||Jessica Harrison||as Josie Bisset|
|1990||Book of Love||Sophie Armstrong|
|1991||The Doors||Casey Scott|
|1991||All-American Murder||Tally Fuller||Straight-to-video|
|1992||Halfway House||Debbera "Debbie" Sutherland|
|2016||Operation Chromite||Jean MacArthur|
|1990||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Crista Benson||Episode: "Attack of the Green-Eyed Monster"|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Becky||Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue - September 1, 1958"|
|1990–91||The Hogan Family||Cara||Recurring role (seasons 5–6), 16 episodes|
|1991||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Sarah||Episode: "Teens from a Mall"|
|1991||Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories||Claire||Television movie; also known as I Posed for Playboy|
|1992||P.S. I Luv U||Dianne Peters/Lisa||Episode: "The Chameleon"|
|1992||Secrets||Gabby Smith||Television movie|
|1992||Burke's Law||Connie O'Neal||Episode: "Who Killed the Fashion King?"|
|1992–97, 1998–99||Melrose Place||Jane Andrews-Mancini||Main role (season 1–5, 7), 172 episodes|
|1994||Deadly Vows||Bobby Gilbert Weston||Television movie|
|1995||Dare to Love||Jessica Wells||Television movie|
|1998||Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear||Ann Lenz||Television movie|
|1999||The Sky's On Fire||Jennifer Thorne||Television movie|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jennifer Fulton||Episode: "Choice"|
|2005||I Do, They Don't||Carrie Lewalyon||Television movie|
|2006||Obituary||Denise Wilcox||Television movie|
|2008||Joy Fielding's The Other Woman||Jill Plumley||Television movie|
|2008–13||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Kathleen Bowman||Main role, 90 episodes|
|2009–10||Melrose Place||Jane Andrews||Episodes: "Vine ", "Santa Fe"|
|2013||Christmas with Tucker||Jill||Television movie|
|2014||Paper Angels||Lynn Brandt||Television movie|
|2015||A Mother's Instinct||Nora Betnner||Television movie|
|2016||Pregnant at 17||Sonia Clifton||Television movie|
|2016||The Wedding March||Olivia||Hallmark Channel TV movie|
|2017||The Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love||Olivia||Hallmark Channel TV Movie|
|2017-2018||When Calls the Heart||AJ Foster||4 episodes|
|2018||The Wedding March 3: A Valentine Wedding||Olivia||Hallmark Channel TV Movie|
|2018||The Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New||Olivia||Hallmark Channel TV Movie|
|2019||The Wedding March 5: My Boyfriend's Back||Olivia||Hallmark Channel TV Movie|
- Wang, Cynthia. "Josie Bissett Returns to New Melrose Place". People.com.
- Josie Bissett Biography Archived 2010-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
- "1994 Rolling Stone Covers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 22, 2009.
- Josie Bissett Gallery Archived 2010-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Silverman, Stephen M. (January 26, 2006). "Former Melrose Place Duo Set for Divorce". People.