Jennifer Aniston in “Ferris Bueller”? Yep!
March 16, 2009
Dear David Inman: Please clear this up for my friends and me! On “The Weakest Link” the other day that asked what star of “Friends” played the older sister in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” They said the correct answer was Jennifer Aniston. I have this movie and cannot find any of the “Friends” cast in it, and the actress who plays the older sister is Jennifer Grey! Today on “Jeopardy!” they asked the same question and again said the answer was Jennifer Aniston! Can you clear this up? If we are correct, can you let the game shows know? – D.Y., via e-mail
Dear D.Y.: Well, those game show folks are undoubtedly shaking in their boots at the possibility of a reprimand from me, but fortunately I won’t have to take such a drastic step.
Because … you’re BOTH right! Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Johnny!
Yes, that’s right, you’re both correct because there are TWO versions of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Nutty, but true!
There is the 1986 movie, of course, with Matthew Broderick as Ferris and Jennifer Grey as older sis Jeanie.
BUT there is also the 1990 TV sitcom version, which ran on NBC in 1990! Charlie Schlatter played Ferris, and Aniston played Jeanie. About 12 people saw the show, which ran only a few weeks, and a friend of mine highly recommends watching it “if you want to throw up.”