Josie Bissett: Model Mommy Josie Bissett, né¥ Joelynn Heutmaker, grew up in a close-knit household in a suburb of Seattle. Fun and outgoing, she began modeling in high school, with her family's full support. It wasn't long before Bissett was appearing in catalogs and teen magazines, and at age 18 she moved to Los Angeles to further her career. After a year of struggling while taking acting classes, Bissett landed a few roles in commercials and music videos. In 1990, she landed a guest part on "Doogie Howser, M.D." and a small role in the biopic flick "The Doors," directed by Oliver Stone. At one fateful audition, Bissett met a handsome aspiring actor named Rob Estes. The pair fell for each other fast, and they exchanged vows on May 1, 1992, just days before each launched into breakthrough roles. Bissett starred on the Aaron Spelling soap "Melrose Place," and Estes was a part of the Miami cop show "Silk Stalkings." Bissett's character, Jane Mancini, was the nice, normal girl caught up in a sea of intrigue, passion and nastiness. Playing the victim over and over eventually wore on Bissett, as did the fact that her husband was working on the other side of the country, surrounded by beautiful women. Feeling unfulfilled, Bissett left "Melrose" during the show's fifth season after discovering that she was pregnant. The expectant mother looked forward to a new chapter in her life but was heartbroken when she miscarried. But the couple kept trying to conceive, and in June 1999, their son, Mason, was born. Bissett cherished her role as a mother and decided to capture her new experiences in a book. The first-time author wrote a parenting book called "Little Bits of Wisdom" in 2000, based on tips she pulled together from various moms and dads. She is working on a follow-up book and is backing a line of children's toys and girls' clothing. In 2002, Bissett gave birth to daughter Maya Rose and also returned to television as the host of "Parenting and Beyond."moreless
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