At age 16, Sissy Biggers made her television debut as an imposter on To Tell the Truth. In addition to a lifetime supply of Turtle Wax car products and the satisfaction of duping Peggy Cass, Sissy came away with a vision of a career in television. Initially drawn to the light behind — rather than in front of the camera — Sissy finished her degree in English and French Literature at Barnard College at Columbia University, and headed to Los Angeles to start her climb up the production ladder in the televison city.
Sissy began as a script supervisor at ABC's live, late night sketch comedy show, Fridays. Sissy added post-production skills to her resume as the associate producer of HBO's Not Necessarily the News.
Hired by Brandon Tartikoff in 1984, Sissy returned to New York to join the NBC network as the Director, Late Night and Specials Programming. Sissy continued to develop in the community of comedians as the executive in charge of such legendary programs as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. With the addition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Miss America Pageant and numerous comedy and reality specials including Spy Magazine's How to be Famous and the Emmy award winning, Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie, Sissy's versatility as a network current program and development executive was firmly established.
But Sissy's ultimate television calling was not realized until 1994 when, after 10 years at the peacock web, she landed her dream job as anchor of Lifetime's daily talk show, Live from Queens. It was clear that she was ready for her close-up, when the irreverent, reality format was nominated for the CableACE Award for Best Talk Show only six months after its debut. She continued at Lifetime through 1996 joining popular, family television host, Marc Summers as co-host of a second talk strip, Biggers & Summers.
In 1996, Sissy joined Food Network as host of the popular franchise program, Ready Set Cook! Quick to remind the audience, "I am not a chef, and I don't play one on TV!" Sissy was among the first to segue into this genre of food meets entertainment. This was also the launch pad for her own "brand" building as a busy mom with a fun and accessible sensibility. Sissy also headlined the network's 22-city promotional honing skills a glib and spontaneous master of ceremonies.
Sissy was a regular on the Later Today Show where she also substituted as a co-anchor. She continued onto the Today Show as a food and lifestyle contributor, reporting live from the Pillsbury Bake-Off last February. She also regularly showcased her brand of personality-driven information in off-beat food and lifestyle segments for the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Sissy's many other guest appearances include Weekend Today, The Other Half, The Christopher Lowell Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Maury Povich and the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. She has substituted as a co-anchor for the CBS overnight news broadcast, Up to the Minute and in 1999 hosted Fox Family Network's first parenting effort, Guiding Girls. Last year she joined William Shatner on the UPN Network as a color commentator and for the American version of Iron Chef, USA and this fall she joined the new CBS Early Show as a family lifestyle contributor on behalf of Better Homes & Gardens website, most recently reporting live from the International Housewares Show in Chicago.
Sissy's effervescence and ability has been seen in commercials for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and as the spokesperson for the venerable trademark. She continues to grow her media spokesperson career hosting satellite media tours and live events representing clients that include: Campbell's, Hefty and the 3M Company. In 2000 she toured as the spokesperson for the national PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week. Last year she contributed to AOL as their online entertaining advisor in nationally televised appearances.
Her media work extends to live event venues as the host of Food & Wine Magazine's annual Classic at Aspen in Colorado each June. Her company, Big Sis Productions provides media consulting and broadcast messaging strategy services.
Sissy and her husband, Kelsey and their two daughters, Sarah and Lucy live in Connecticut where she is a community volunteer, dedicated home-cook and energetic hostess.