A List of Teen Actresses from the '90s

Updated April 17, 2017

Every decade has its share of actresses that defined the era. The 1990s were no different, with several teen actresses portraying the everyday lives of teenage girls. In both television and film, these teen actresses showed the world what it was like to be a teen girl in the '90s in dramatic -- and sometimes humorous -- ways.

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen is an actress best known for her roles in two of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s. She first starred as "Kelly Kapowski" in the popular teenage comedy "Saved by the Bell" from 1989 to 1993. Set in a high school, Thiessen's Kelly was the most popular girl in the school and was the captain of the cheerleading, swim, softball, and volleyball teams. Thiessen was later featured in the Fox drama series "Beverly Hills 90210," which aired from 1990 to 2000. Thiessen played the role of "Valerie Malone" from 1994 to 1998. Valerie was a love interest for several of the male characters on the television show.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt is an actress with many film and television credits during her teenage years in the 1990s. Her most notable roles were starring leads in the horror films "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998). In both films, Hewitt plays the role of "Helen Shivers," a teenage girl who is haunted by various other characters. Hewitt also starred in the 1990s teen drama "Party of Five," which aired from 1994 to 2000 on Fox. She played the role of "Sarah," the girlfriend to one of the central characters in the series.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar is best known for her portrayal of the title lead in the popular teen television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Airing from 1997 to 2003 on The WB and UPN, the supernatural drama followed high school student Buffy Summers as she battled against vampires, demons and other deadly enemies. Gellar also starred in the ABC soap opera "All My Children" as Kendra Hart from 1993 to 1995. Additionally, Gellar was featured in many popular teen movies during the 90s. Most notably, she had starring roles in the 1997 thriller "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and the 1999 drama "Cruel Intentions."

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart is best known for prominent roles in two family-based comedies in the 1990s. From 1991 to 1994, Hart starred in a popular Nickelodeon comedy called "Clarissa Explains It All." Hart's "Clarissa," a teenage girl living in a small suburban Ohio town, faced everyday scenarios concerning school and boyfriends. Hart also starred in the comedy "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Airing on ABC and The WB from 1996 to 2003, the sitcom featured Hart in the title role as a girl who must learn to manage her magical powers before she can receive her witch's license.

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Derek King is an undergraduate student attending the University of Austin. King was editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper for four years. In addition to online instructional articles, he also creates content for the music and entertainment blog