Gabrielle Carteris, who played no-nonsense blazer-wearing journalistic Jew Andrea Zuckerman on the original “Beverly Hills, 90210,” turned fifty years old yesterday. Most news outlets are treating this news like “Whoa, Gabrielle Carteris is 50!” But personally, I’m like, “Whoa Gabrielle Carteris is only 50?” I would have pegged her to be getting Social Security by now.
Actually, Carteris was 29 when she began portraying 16-year-old Andrea. And given that Hollywood regularly uses grown adults to play teenagers on TV, it really says something that her age could jar even the most fervent viewers from their suspension of disbelief. I mean, Luke Perry was a more believable teenager, and he had crow’s feet.
So happy birthday, Gabrielle. We shall always remember you as the least believable teenager in TV history.