To creator Aaron Spelling, the kids of Beverly Hills, 90210 were like his own. Luke Perry would shoot pool at Spelling’s Holmby Hills mansion; Gabrielle Carteris once called to announce, “Boss, I’m pregnant”; Jennie Garth recently showed off her engagement ring. Now, says Spelling, “it’s an empty nest.” That’s because TV’s longest-running teen-angst drama, which provided a prime-time showcase for dozens of young stars since its fall 1990 debut, will air its 300th and final episode May 17. Here, a West Beverly High yearbook…complete with alumni notes.
“I would like in two or three years to do a reunion show,” says producer Spelling, 77.
In 1994, recalls Gabrielle Carteris, 39, “I was in labor” with the first of two daughters, “watching myself [as Andrea] give birth on the show. It was unreal.”
Due to her dad’s edict, it took seven years for Tori Spelling, 27, to lose her virginity as Donna. “FOX said, ‘C’mon, she’s not a baby anymore!’ ” remembers Aaron Spelling.
8 Seconds, his 1994 big-screen breakout, lasted that long at the box office, so in ’98, Luke Perry, 33, returned to 90210 as Dylan McKay. On March 5 he wowed Mardi Gras revelers as the King of Bacchus (left) and will play Evel Knievel in a TV film.
DRIVER’S ED CASE
Jason Priestley, 30 (Brandon), was busted for drunk driving last December, when he totaled his Porsche in Los Angeles.
As Kelly, she was scarred by fire, rape and drugs, so why is Jennie Garth, 28, smiling? She’s engaged to actor Peter Facinelli.
MOST LIKELY TO CAST A SPELL
Shannen Doherty, 29 (Brenda), left in 1994, but rematerialized in prime time in ’98 as a witch on The WB’s Charmed.
Like his character, nerd-turned-cool-guy David, Brian Austin Green, 26, has also risen through the ranks—doubling as a 90210 producer.
LEAST LIKELY TO RETURN
“I will come back,” says actor and 90210 producer Ian Ziering, 36 (Steve), “only if we are rescuing the castaways on Gilligan’s Island.”
JUNIOR VARSITY PLAYERS
Rising off the bench after the starting eight peaked, they kept 90210 jumping
“Fans would say, ‘My God, you’re such a bitch!’ ” recalls Tiffani Thiessen, 26 (Valerie), “but with a big smile.”
Lindsay Price, 23 (Janet), will film a thriller this summer, playing, she says, “a rock star who is a drug addict.”
Vincent Young, 34 (Noah), a Philadelphia native, replaced Jason Priestley as moody hunk in residence in 1997.
Vanessa Marcil, 31 (Gina), has done two independent films, including Nice Guys Sleep Alone. (Nice girls too?)
These former 90210 bit players proved to be in a class by themselves
Lucy Liu, 31 (Courtney in 1991-92), keeps getting busier….She’s Ally McBeal’s office-mate, one of the big-screen Charlie’s Angels and the new Revlon girl.
Following his 1992-93 stint as Rick, Dean Cain, 33, soared as Superman on Lois & Clark, and now—Believe It or Not!—hosts that TBS series.
“I wore a blond wig,” says Pauly Shore, 32, of his 1995-96 turn as a comic named Pauly. He got to play real-life comic Lenny Bruce in Hefner: Unauthorized, a 1999 TV biopic.
David Arquette (Diesel in 1992-93), 28, married Courteney Cox Arquette and recently body-slammed his way to the WCW world title.
GIRL/BOY MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
Cheers to Hilary Swank, 25, from the Peach Pit, where her character, Carly (1997-98), waitressed. Who knew she’d win an Oscar for her gender-bending role in Boys Don’t Cry? Next stop: The Gift, a thriller with Keanu Reeves due out this fall.