Gertz was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 28th,1965 to Walter and Sharyn Gertz. 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 Los Angeles to star in the television series Square Pegs. Jami then had roles in Sixteen Candles, The Lost Boys and Less Than Zero. She became best known for her role as Dr. Melissa Reeves in the Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton movie Twister in 1996. In 2000, she started a stint on Ally McBeal as Kimmi Bishop. She appeared on four episodes of the series.
When the Emmy's were announced on July 12th, 2001, Jami's name was on the ballot for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series but lost the award to Jean Smart. She currenty lives in Los Angeles with her husband Tony Ressler and her children Oliver and Nicholas.
Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson started acting before the age of ten, when she appeared in Stepford Wives, The (1975) in 1975 with her father. Afterwards, at the direction of her parents, Mary Stuart led a life outside of the limelight, attending school in New York. She appeared in a few productions at New York's Dalton School.
At the age of 15, the young actress appeared on Broadway in Eva LeGallienne 's version of Alice In Wonderland. She played two parts, the Four of Hearts and the Small White Rabbit. She returned to films in 1985 with the role of Dani in Heaven Help Us (1985). For eight months afterwards, Mary Stuart attended New York University, where she studied anthropology.
Her biggest film credits include Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Chances Are (1989) and Bed of Roses (1996).
She has received an Outer Critics' Circle Award nomination (2003) for Best Supporting Actress in the new revival of the Broadway musical "Nine".