Actress Jami Gertz

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A
on January 10, 2013

Is the actress who plays Debbie Weaver on “The Neighbors” the same one who was in “Square Pegs”?
—Patricia Campbell, Clinton, Ohio

Yes, that’s Jami Gertz. The actress, 47, was discovered by producer Norman Lear while still in her teens and went on to appear in films including “Sixteen Candles,” “The Lost Boys” and “Less Than Zero,” as well as the 1980s TV series “Square Pegs,” before transitioning to adult roles on “Still Standing,” “Entourage,” “Ally McBeal” and the TV movie “Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something.” “I think it is a blessing to make someone laugh,” says the Chicago-born mother of three sons. “That is a gift. I feel lucky to be able to do that and bring it to the world.”