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Also Known As: Molly Kathleen Ringwald, Molly K Ringwald Died:
Born: February 18, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Roseville, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer, book reviewer

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During the mid-1980s, Molly Ringwald was the uncontested queen of teen movies and the poster child of suburban adolescent angst. As a member of the so-called Brat Pack - which included fellow stars Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy - her three-picture run with filmmaker John Hughes in instant classics like "Sixteen Candles" (1984), "The Breakfast Club" (1985) and "Pretty in Pink" (1986) established Ringwald as a teen kindred spirit who awkwardly navigated secret crushes, school dances and bitter clique wars, inching closer to adulthood by the time a triumphant pop song signaled the end credits. However, like all child and teen stars, the redhead's flame never burned quite so bright as those important years which launched a brand new genre of youth filmmaking. After several failed efforts to segue into adult romantic comedies, the actress moved to France where she appeared in foreign films and occasionally made stateside appearances in made-for-TV movies. After a long absence from the public consciousness, Ringwald resurfaced in 2008 as part of the cast of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (ABC Family, 2008- ), in which her career came full circle as she appeared as the mother...

During the mid-1980s, Molly Ringwald was the uncontested queen of teen movies and the poster child of suburban adolescent angst. As a member of the so-called Brat Pack - which included fellow stars Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy - her three-picture run with filmmaker John Hughes in instant classics like "Sixteen Candles" (1984), "The Breakfast Club" (1985) and "Pretty in Pink" (1986) established Ringwald as a teen kindred spirit who awkwardly navigated secret crushes, school dances and bitter clique wars, inching closer to adulthood by the time a triumphant pop song signaled the end credits. However, like all child and teen stars, the redhead's flame never burned quite so bright as those important years which launched a brand new genre of youth filmmaking. After several failed efforts to segue into adult romantic comedies, the actress moved to France where she appeared in foreign films and occasionally made stateside appearances in made-for-TV movies. After a long absence from the public consciousness, Ringwald resurfaced in 2008 as part of the cast of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (ABC Family, 2008- ), in which her career came full circle as she appeared as the mother of a pregnant high school student on the controversial drama series. Though she was relatively quiet later in her career, Ringwald nonetheless remained synonymous with the 1980s despite occasional efforts to reinvent herself.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Big Time, The (2001) Marion Powers
6.
 Not Another Teen Movie (2001) Flight Attendant
7.
 Cut (2001) Vanessa Turnbill/Chloe
8.
 Brutal Truth, The (2000) Penelope
9.
 Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) Miss Banks
10.
 Since You've Been Gone (1998) Claire The Autograph-Seeker
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Milestones close milestones

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Began singing with father's band, the Fulton Street Jazz Band at age four
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Professional stage debut at age five in "The Grass Harp"
1977:
Made appearance on "The New Mickey Mouse Club" (ABC)
1979:
Was a regular on "The Facts of Life" (NBC)
1982:
Feature acting debut, "Tempest"
1983:
Made TV movie debut, "Packin' It In" (CBS)
1984:
Breakout role and first collaboration with director John Hughes, "Sixteen Candles"
1985:
Played the high school <i>princess</i> in John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club"
1986:
Third collaboration with director John Hughes, "Pretty in Pink"
1991:
Moved to Paris, France
1992:
Starred in the ABC TV-movie "Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story"
1994:
Starred in ABC miniseries "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" (ABC)
1994:
Appeared in first French-language film, "Seven Sunday"
1995:
Created controvery when she appeared nude in the film "Malicious"
1996:
Co-starred in independent American film "Office Killer"
1996:
Starred in the short-lived ABC series "Townies"
1999:
Had supporting role in "Teaching Mrs. Tingle"
1999:
Starred in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "How I Learned to Drive"
2001:
Returned to the NYC stage in the musical "tick, tick ... BOOM!"
2001:
Assumed role of Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of "Cabaret" (December)
2004:
Co-starred opposite Jason Biggs in the Broadway play "Modern Orthodox"
2006:
Cast as Charity Valentine, the musical revival of "Sweet Charity" (national tour)
2008:
Cast in the ABC Family series, "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager"
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit
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Education

Lycee Francaise School: Los Angeles , California - 1986

Notes

"I wouldn't know Molly Ringwald if she sat on my face."--Quote attributed to DreamWorks mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg in MOVIELINE, September 1995

"I've done kissing scenes with people who have been loaded. I'd think, 'Do you actually have to drink that Jack Daniels to kiss me?'"--Molly Ringwald in MOVIELINE, September 1995

"John Hughes was the first person who broke my heart. I adored him. That sounds like we had an affair or something, which isn't the case. Of course I didn't have an affair with him. But it was definitely the strongest relationship in my life at the time, my teenage years, when everything that happens sort of prepares you for life. For men thing especially."--Molly Ringwald in "MOVIELINE, September 1995

"Some days I'm ecstatic. Others I'm blue...On the other hand, if you talk to me next week, I may be moving to Spain."--Ringwald in VANITY FAIR

"I prefer the structure of cinema. Television had a format that I don't like--everything had to lead up to a commercial break."--Ringwald

"I can't say that anyone has my best interest at heart except me and my family." --Ringwald quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, September 20, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Danny. Musician. Ringwald has said she lost her virginity to this man when she was 15 and he was 26.
companion:
Anthony Michael Hall. Actor. Dated when they appeared together in films like "16 Candles" and "The Breakfast Club".
husband:
Valery Lameignere. Fiction writer. Together since c. 1992; French; married on July 28, 1999 in Bordeaux, France; filed for divorce in November 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Bob Ringwald. Jazz musician; blind.
mother:
Adele Ringwald.
brother:
Robert Ringwald. Born in December 1961.
sister:
Elizabeth Ringwald. Born in October 1964.
sister:
Kelly Ringwald. Born in May 1966.
daughter:
Mathilda Ereni. Born October 22, 2003; father Panio Gianopoulos.
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