Gabrielle Carteris (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Gabrielle Anne Carteris (born January 2, 1961) is an American actress known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on the early seasons of the 1990s television series Beverly Hills, 90210.
Carteris was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the daughter of Marlene, a realtor, and Ernest J. Carteris, a restaurant owner. Her father was of Greek ancestry. She has a twin brother, James. Her parents separated six months after her birth. Carteris's mother moved with her children to San Francisco, California, where she set up a children's clothing store. While attending high school in Marin County, California, Carteris took an interest in the arts, studying ballet and performing as a mime on a European tour at 16 years old. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts.
She married Charles Isaacs, a stockbroker, in 1992, and has two daughters with him named Kelsey Rose (born may 11, 1994) and Mollie Elizabeth (born 1999).
In the March 17, 2008 issue of People magazine, Carteris described an injury suffered while filming a TV movie in Vancouver, Canada, in 2006 that partially paralyzed her face and affected her speech for over six months.
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, Carteris's early television career found her typically cast as a teenager in such fare as "ABC Afterschool Specials", "CBS Schoolbreak Special", and the long-running soap opera "Another World". This trend of playing significantly younger would continue when, in 1990, Carteris was cast in her best known role as studious school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills, 90210. At age 29, she was the oldest cast member to portray a 16-year-old.
Carteris left the series in 1995 and became the host of her own television talk show, entitled Gabrielle (TV series), which lasted only one season.
However she has seen greater success in other ventures. Since exiting the series that put her on the map, Carteris has worked regularly as an actor and voice over artist, amassing a considerable amount of post-90210 credits in television, film, and video games. She's gone on to become a mainstay on the made-for-television movie circuit, starring in nearly a dozen such films. Her first, "Seduced and Betrayed", a suspense yarn opposite Baywatch's David Charvet, and Erica Kane herself, Susan Lucci, was released in 1995 while she still a contract player on 90210. She has also become a regular presence on network television, guest starring in such television mainstays as "Touched by an Angel", "King of the Hill", "NYPD Blue", "JAG", "Batman", "Criminal Minds", and "The Event". She was a part of the premier cast of VH1's celebrity reality show, "The Surreal Life". She also returned as a special guest star on "Beverly Hills 90210" as Andrea Zuckerman in seasons 6, 8, and 10.
Carteris's major motion picture work includes a very small role in "Jacknife", starring Robert DeNiro, Charles S. Dutton, and Ed Harris, and a slightly larger role opposite John Lithgow in 1992's "Raising Cain".
Today Carteris continues to work regularly as an actor, but in a bit of life-imitating-art twist, she has also taken up Labor leadership and advocacy. She was elected president of AFTRA LA in 2011. Under the recent SAG (Screen Actors' Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) merger, Carteris became the national vice president of SAG-AFTRA, Los Angeles in 2012. She also serves as a vice president of the California Labor Federation.