Jami Gertz

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Jami Gertz

Born

10/28/1965, Chicago, Illinois

Birth Name

Jami Beth Gertz

Gender

Female
  • Jami Gertz on The Neighbors Season 1.
8.1
out of 10
User Rating
79 votes

Biography

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Gertz was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 28th, 1965 to Walter and Sharyn Gertz. She was brought up in the Jewish religion. She attended Main East High School in Park Ride, Illinois. She went on to major in drama at New York University. She then moved to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Still Standing would sometimes film on Tuesdays (instead of the traditional Friday), because Jami is Jewish and celebrated the Sabbath on Friday.

    • In 1993, Jami was one of several celebrity guests who appeared in personal trainer Kathy Kaehler's home fitness video.

    • Jamie claims she was offered one of the lead roles in Friends, but turned it down to have her second son.

    • Jami researched her role as Gilda Radner in the TV movie It's Always Something by interviewing Gilda's friends and family, listening to Gilda's biography on tape repeatedly, and watching numerous hours of archived footage.

    • Jami has been friends with Daryl Hannah's sister, Page Hannah-Adler, since childhood.

    • Jami remains good friends with Jason Patric (star of The Lost Boys).

    • In high school, Jami was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Most Likely to be Remembered. However, the awards came after she had appeared in Square Pegs, so she credits the show, not her popularity.

    • Jami was discovered in high school by legendary producer Norman Lear during a nationwide talent search.

    • Jami decided she wanted to be an actress after she played Dorothy in her 5th grade production of The Wizard of Oz.

    • Jami claims that she is most recognized for her role in the movie The Lost Boys. Although, Still Standing is a close second.

    • Jami is married to Tony Ressler--they have been married since 1989. They met on a blind date.

    • Jami is 5'5" (1.65 m).

    • Jami appears in a Direct TV commercial in a clip from Twister. (2006)

  • Quotes

    • Jami (On her religion): [I'm] a traditionalist more than a very religious person. I love our traditions and celebrating them and the aspect of fulfilling mitzvot and doing good things for your family and friends. I always celebrate the Sabbath at our home.

    • Jami (On playing Gilda Radner): People started telling me how much they loved Gilda, and I was scared I wasn't going to do her justice...What was profoundly sad to me was how desperately Gilda wanted a baby, because I have three children of my own. I was very aware that I am living the happy ending she would have wanted.

    • Jami (On working with the charity, Hole in the Wall Gang camp): This camp is really important to all of us. My goal is that we will truly be able to help many children for years and years and make a real difference in their lives.

    • Jami (On the film 'Keeping Up with Steins'): This picture is about a lot more than bar mitzvahs. It's about a young man coming of age, a grandfather coming back to repair a relationship with his son -- though told with lots of humor, despite all the issues.

    • Jami (On her short-lived sit-com, 'Sibs'): It really never worked from the beginning. And it was kept [on the air] for some reason. I think professionally for me it was not a great experience. Ultimately, it wasn't funny.

    • Jami: I love making people laugh.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Neighbors........... Totally Ridiculous...

    9.0
    Great writing and acting Jami Gertz is funny ,funny,funny
  • outstanding actress

    10
    I have no idea what certain posters are talking about on these reviews. jami getz is really a great actress and especially on this show. Throughout the series, she gives off the vibe that she does resent her kids and her husband because they remind her that she is no longer the cool and fun-loving person she used to be and yet at times, there's a certain amount of affection and sincerity that does come through (especially when she's talking with her children)which shows that she has accepted her current circumstances even if she would rather go out, get drunk, and relive the high moments of her youth. Add great comidic timing, a perchant for sarcastic wit, and endless facial expressions and you've got an excellent actress whose absolutly perfect for this role.moreless