Happy 50th birthday Gabrielle Carteris!

gabrielle-carterisImage Credit: Spelling Television/Everett CollectionIf you’re under 25, that headline probably means nothing to you. If you’re over, you may have just broken into a cold sweat. But before you reach for the booze, keep this in mind: Carteris was 29 when she started playing 16-year old Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990. Her youngest costar, Brian Austin Green (a.k.a. David Silver) won’t hit the big five-0 until … 2023! Phew. That’s way in the future. And Shenae Grimes, star of the new 90210, won’t be 50 until 2039! Which, whoops, just made us feel old again. So forget that part. Happy birthday, GC!

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  • Cameron Yarde Jnr

    My God! Now I feel old! She was my fave on the original 90210 so many happy returns.

    • tomm

      Oh booo effin hooo, did you Gen X’ers really think you were never going to live past 30?

      • Tomm’s momma

        Someone needs his butt powdered…he’s grumpy…

      • @Tomm’s momma


      • Cameron Yarde Jnr

        We tend to live longer than the younger generation who seem to die from overdoses these days.

      • Kevin

        Dude, you realize you’re spending all morning trying to start a flame war on an article about a tv show that has been off the air for ten years, right?

      • T2

        Um Kevin? Try TWENTY years.

      • Alan of Montreal

        Actually, Kevin’s right…

      • ChocoShatner

        I can’t wait for you Gen Yers to turn 40. It’s going to be so sweet to watch the millennials be all “enough with your Gen Y angst, bitches”. I will sip my vodka (with a Metamucil chaser) and giggle like a little girl.

  • Kim

    wow !

  • Diana

    She was on last night’s episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories and looked better now than she did back in the day. I was wondering how old she was but wasn’t expecting 50!

  • Richard

    Shenae Grimes will always be Darcy Edwards to me! That was back when she looked hot and played a decent character.

    • Sen


  • dinana

    Where’s a picture of her?

    • Dinana

      ok…how about a NEW photo of her???

    • Long Balls

      I always wanted to drop a load on those glasses!

  • Rants of A Crazy Person

    Okay, I feel REALLY old. Thanks alot.

  • Miss Talk

    I feel really old…even knowing I was a pre-teen when the series first aired.
    I still remember I wanted Brandon to be her first but that never ever ever happened. Mr Spelling did us wrong on this one lol.
    One of my youngest cousin’s name is Andrea- her father named her after Zuckerman, so she would become a brainiac too!
    Thank you for the memories and happy B-day, Gabrielle!

    • tomm

      Oh get over yourself, did you really think you’d never age? And how do you think your parents that raised you feel?

      I’m tired of hearing Gen X’ers whining, which they have been doing for 20 years, about ‘feeling old’. Cry me a effin river.

      • dewlove

        Take your own advice and get over yourself, troll

      • Delon

        Honey, baby, the icons of our generation are Prince, Madonna, MJ. We learned from the best. We’re never getting old! Get yourself tired on that sucker!

      • Michael

        Dude take a pill and sit in a corner. I wonder how you felt when teen idols of your generation (and which Gen is that bTW?) grew up and hit the big 40 or 50? You’re making a big deal out of nothing.

  • allie

    wow. just wow.

  • darclyte

    How is it even possible that she was playing 16 when she was 29? They couldn’t find someone, oh I don’t know, within 10 years?

    • Flyer

      On “Glee,” 28-yr-old Cory Monteith plays Finn, who’s 16 or 17 yrs old.

      • Casey

        Yes, the two guys are close to 30, and are playing 15 year old sophomores. Creepy!

      • Alia

        Mark Salling’s 28, too. The girls are mostly 24-25.

      • T2

        and he LOOKS 28. A very homely 28.

    • Alan of Montreal

      child labour laws–if you cast an adult actor playing a kid, you can bypass ‘em.

  • Karrah

    She’s 50?! I knew she was a lot older than her character but geez!

    And for the record, I’m only 21 and I immediately knew who you were talking about when I saw the headline. I watched 90210 with my mom as a wee child.

  • Chris

    It was hilarious when Family Guy made fun of how old she was on the show.

    • Matt

      “Hilarious” and “Family Guy” should never be in the same sentence.

      • Bobby

        Thank you Matt, for the smartest comment I’ve read in awhile.

      • Delon


      • lettergirl

        ugh….thanks! FAMILY GUY suuuucks. love you!

      • Jade

        Matt wrote:“Hilarious” and “Family Guy” should never be in the same sentence.

        Said the guy with no sense of humor.

  • Liz

    Trevor Donovan on the current 90210 is 32 and playing a 17 year old. He’s also 6 years older than Ryan Eggold who plays the teacher. Age casting hasn’t gotten any better since back then.

    • Mindy

      Wow. I am now going to look up photos of those people.

      Happy Birthday to Ms. Carteris!

  • etm

    I love that show so much. I have “Beach Blanket Brandon” waiting for me on my DVR, as the matter of fact.

    • Ana

      thats awesome

  • Sam

    Cory Monteith on Glee is 28 playing a 17 year-old. And nobody seems to care. At least Gabrielle was never auto-tuned.

    • amanda

      I think CM is great, and looks (semi)believable as a teenager. BUT, yeah, there was no one younger who could have played Finn?

      GC looked ooooolllllldddd to me, from day one on 90210. I still liked her, though.

    • allie

      lol. well, that makes me feel less dirty for thinking he is cute!

  • Yolanda

    She looked old back in the 90’s.

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