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Molly Ringwald

As a child, Ringwald appeared in many local TV commercials and stage plays in the Sacramento area. In 1978, at the age of 10, she was chosen to play Kate in the West Coast production of Annie, performing in Los Angeles. In 1979, Ringwald appeared in the TV series Diff'rent Strokes and was selected to become a cast member of the spin-off Facts of Life. She played "Molly Parker," a perky, fun-loving student at Eastland Girls School. Although she had essentially a supporting role, one entire episode, "Molly's Holiday" revolved around her character dealing with the effects of her parents' divorce. After the first thirteen episodes, the producers restructured the show to be more like the popular film Little Darlings,[citation needed] so Ringwald and three other girls were written out of the series in 1980. However, she made a final guest appearance at the start of the second season. In 1980, Ringwald performed as a lead vocalist on two Disney albums. On the patriotic album Yankee Doodle Mickey, Ringwald sang "This Is My Country," "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America." She later performed one track on a Disney Christmas album. Turning toward motion pictures, she found her breakout role in Sixteen Candles (1984). Molly Ringwald was a member of the so-called Brat Pack of 1980s teen actors. Though she played a high school "princess" in her biggest hit, 1985's The Breakfast Club, Ringwald specialized in portrayals of moody, awkward, brainy, angst-filled characters. Among Ringwald's movies are Fresh Horses, The Pick-up Artist and Pretty in Pink. During the mid- to late-1980s, when Ringwald was among Hollywood's top female teens, she appeared on many covers of such publications as Tiger Beat, Teen, Time and Life. In the early 1990s, Ringwald's high profile movie career went into rapid decline. Ringwald reportedly turned down the female lead roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost. During the 1990s, Ringwald lived in France for four years and appeared in French language films. She performed in Horton Foote's Lily Dale Off-Broadway and performed in When Harry Met Sally on the West End in London. In 1994 she starred in the tv adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. In 1995 she played a leading role in the movie Malicious as Melissa Nelson, a disturbed woman who has an affair with a college star baseball player . 1996 saw her return to television, starring on the ABC sitcom Townies. While critically praised, low viewer ratings resulted in the show's cancellation after nine episodes. She also made one appearance as a blind woman on the critically acclaimed cable series Remember WENN. She also starred with Lara Flynn Boyle and Teri Hatcher in the 1998 made for TV movie Since You've Been Gone. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Showtime's The Outer Limits. In 2000, Ringwald appeared in the ensemble restaurant-themed film, In the Weeds; in 2001 she had a cameo in Not Another Teen Movie. In late 2004, she starred in the play Modern Orthodox on Broadway, opposite Jason Biggs and Craig Bierko. In 2006 she starred in the TV movie The Wives He Forgot. Ringwald recently appeared in an episode of the TV series Medium. Ringwald has appeared in Cabaret, tick, tick... BOOM!, and Enchanted April on Broadway, and in the fall and winter of 2006 she starred as Charity Hope Valentine in the national tour of the Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. Ringwald is currently starring in the ABC Family network's series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which debuted on July 1, 2008,playing the title teenager's mother.

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Feb 18, 1968 In Roseville, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Diff'rent Strokes 1978-11-03
Latest Project:
Series The Movies 2019-07-07
Known For
Poster of In the Weeds
Poster of Teaching Mrs. Tingle
Poster of Face The Music
Poster of Strike It Rich
Series The Movies 2019-07-07
Movie All These Small Moments Carla Sheffield 2019-01-17
Series Tales of the City Claire's mother 2019-06-07
Movie The Kissing Booth Mrs. Flynn 2018-05-11
Movie Siberia Gabby 2018-07-13
Movie Always at The Carlyle Herself 2018-05-11
Movie SPF-18 Linda Sanders 2017-09-29
Movie King Cobra Amy 2016-10-21
Movie Bad Night The Collector 2015-07-21
Movie Jem and the Holograms Aunt Bailey 2015-10-22
Movie Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Herself 2014-10-06
Movie Wishin' and Hopin' Madame Frechette 2014-11-23
Movie More Business of Being Born Herself 2011-11-08
Series The Secret Life of the American Teenager Anne Juergens 2008-07-01
Series Psych Infirmière McElroy 2006-07-07
Movie The Wives He Forgot Charlotte Saint John 2006-09-10
Movie Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front Mrs. Helen McIntire 2006-11-26
Series The Megan Mullally Show Unknown 2006-09-18
Series Medium Unknown 2005-01-03
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Movie The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Actress 2003-05-24
Movie Cowboy Up Connie 2002-09-03
Movie The Big Time Marion Powers 2002-10-20
Movie Not Another Teen Movie Flight Attendant 2001-12-07
Movie The Giving Tree Penelope 2000-03-07
Movie Cut Vanessa Turnbill / Chloe 2000-02-23
Series The $treet Unknown 2000-11-01
Movie Kimberly Nancy 2000-11-07
Movie In the Weeds Chloe 2000-06-11
Movie Teaching Mrs. Tingle Miss Banks 1999-08-11
Movie Since You've Been Gone Claire the Fan 1998-06-06
Movie Office Killer Kim Poole 1997-01-01
Movie Enfants de salaud Susan 1996-04-03
Series Townies Carrie Donovan 1996-09-18
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Movie Baja Bebe Stone 1995-01-01
Movie Malicious Melissa Nelson 1995-11-06
Movie Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Teresa Tatum 1994-03-26
Movie The Stand Frannie Goldsmith 1994-01-01
Series The Stand Frannie Goldsmith 1994-05-08
Movie Face The Music Lisa Hunter 1993-01-01
Movie Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story Alison Gertz 1992-03-26
Movie Women and Men: Stories of Seduction Kit 1990-04-02
Movie Strike It Rich Cary 1990-01-26
Movie Betsy's Wedding Betsy Hopper 1990-06-22
Movie For Keeps Darcy Elliot Bobrucz 1988-01-15
Movie Fresh Horses Jewel 1988-11-18
Movie P.K. and the Kid P.K. Bayette 1987-01-06
Movie The Pick-up Artist Randy Jensen 1987-09-18
Movie King Lear Cordelia (uncredited) 1987-05-17
Movie Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Herself 1986-01-14
Movie Pretty in Pink Andie Walsh 1986-02-28
Movie Surviving Lonnie 1985-02-10
Movie The Breakfast Club Claire Standish 1985-02-15
Movie Sixteen Candles Samantha 'Sam' Baker 1984-05-04
Movie Packin' It In Melissa Webber 1983-02-07
Movie Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Nikki 1983-05-20
Movie Tempest Miranda Dimitrius 1982-08-13
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Series Diff'rent Strokes Molly Parker 1978-11-03