Kaleena Kiff

Kaleena Kiff

Personal Information
Also known as: Helena Kiff
Born: (1974-10-23) October 23, 1974 (age 42)
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Actress, producer, director
Years active: 1980 – present
Character information
Appeared on: The Jeffersons
Episodes appeared in: "All I Want For Christmas" in Season 7
Character played: Liza
Jeffersons Wiki Script Gold

Kaleena Kiff (born October 23, 1974) appeared as Liza, a little girl who lives in a nearby orphanage which George appears as Santa Claus at a Christmas party run by The Help Center in the Season 7 episode of The Jeffersons titled "All I Want For Christmas". A former child star, now turned an equally talented grown-up actress, as well as producer, and director, Kaleena is best known for her roles in two 1980's sitcoms, NBC-TV's Love, Sidney and The New Leave It to Beaver, which ran in syndication. Kaleena is correctly pronounced Kuh Lee Na (kuh-LEE-nuh).

Life and CareerEdit

Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, a very young Kaleena began acting in the early 1980s at the age of six. 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) 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.[1] 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.[2] Currently she is co-creating and directing the first five episodes of a Science Fiction/Fantasy called Riese:The Series which airs this fall.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Additional Voices None
1988 Oliver & Company Additional Voices None
1990 Ghost Dad Additional Voices None
2005 When Jesse Was Born
Executive producer
2007 Locked Out
2008 Alice & Huck
Director, producer
He Is Empty for Love
Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Jeffersons Liza 1 episode
1981 Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend Patti Morgan Television movie
1981–1983 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, titled
"Look What I Found"

Pole Position (TV series) Daisy (Voice) 13 episodes
1985 Down to Earth Roxanne 1 episode
1985–1988 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 nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Series
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


  1. E Vuoto Per Amore (He is Empty for Love). Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  2. 2008 Big Easy Shorts Festival Award Winners. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  3. Riese the Series.

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