Lacey Nicole Chabert
(born September 30, 1982) is an American actress and vocal performer, best known for her roles as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of Five
and as Gretchen Wieners in the movie Mean Girls
She has also become famous for providing the voice of Eliza Thornberry in the Wild Thornberrys TV show and two feature films, as well as Meg Griffin in the animated sitcom Family Guy
Chabert was born in Purvis, Mississippi, the daughter of Julie, a homemaker, and Tony Chabert, a French-speaking Cajun from Louisiana who worked as a maintenance operations representative for an oil company. She has a younger brother, T.J., and two older sisters, Wendy and Crissy, one of whom owns her own restaurant in Purvis. Chabert lives in Southern California, where she moved with her family in 1994 when she began work on Party of Five. Lacey was "World's Baby Petite" in the "World's Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition" of 1985.