Though the Tanners couldn’t get rid of her, Andrea Barber — who played D.J.’s (Candace Cameron-Bure) irritatingly ditzy best friend Kimmy Gibbler — seemed to disappear when “Full House” ended. Barber’s first major role was as the original Carrie Brady on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives, from 1982 to 1986. She also guest starred and starred in many movies and television series.
The now full-time mom, who is still friends with Cameron Bure, said she originally auditioned for the role of D.J. “She’s like the total opposite of Kimmy Gibbler on the show,” Cameron Bure said. “I mean, she’s very intelligent and smart. I was like, ‘I should’ve been playing Kimmy Gibbler. You should’ve been playing D.J.
Barber left the business 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, Barber married Jeremy Rytky with whom she has two children — a nine-year-old son named Tate and a six-year-old daughter named Felicity.
She has now reclaimed her iconic role in Netflix’s revival series: “Fuller House”.