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Where Are They Now: The Kimmy Gibbler Edition

Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler

Looking back at this family favorite, Uncle Joey was the funny one, Aunt Becky the sensible one, Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner) turned to drugs once the show ended and the Olsen Twins became fashionably dressed bag ladies in over sized jumpers, but for most people, when remembering this show, always seem to mention the annoying neighbor in bright neon leggings – Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).  She, of the addiction to shopping and smelly feet remained a staple of Full House for it’s entire run and to this day, remains a fan favorite of the show.

Photo credit Noa Green Photography

Andrea Barber was the only member of the Full House family who did not either continue in the industry or win up in the pages of a gossip magazine once the show ended and funnily enough, recently revealed she originally auditioned for the role of D.J Tanner.

So what happened to our frizzy haired friend with the smelly feet? Well it seems Barber ditched Hollywood after “Full House” and acquired a degree in English from Whittier College, received an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of York in England and returned to Whittier as assistant to the director of Whittier College’s Office of International Programs. In 2002, she married Jeremy Rytky with whom she has two children — a nine-year-old son named Tate and a six-year-old daughter named Felicity.

Today, Andrea Barber remains close friends with her co-star Candice Cameron and is a heavy twitter user and while she has been tempted to step back into the industry, she has no plans to return to television anytime soon stating that “I definitely have those moments, but I would never go back to acting–that was more of a childhood hobby for me; it was like my after-school sport. It was fun, and I had a great experience with it, but it’s not something I’d like to sample again as an adult”  She did note however that if there were ever to be a Full House reunion, she would be up for that!

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This ‘Where are they now’ post is the start of a series of posts looking back at memorable character actors who have for one reason or another, faded away from the spotlight and the industry that made them household names in the 80’s and 90’s.