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Also Known As: Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy Died:
Born: June 13, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, writer

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Living in the spotlight after being pigeon-holed with an unfair label was no easy task for any actress, yet Gen-X favorite Ally Sheedy succeeded in breaking away from the pack. She first rose to fame as the mischievous teen who, along with computer nerd Matthew Broderick, almost starts WWIII in "WarGames" (1983) and as the misfit weirdo spending a day in detention in the John Hughes classic, "The Breakfast Club" (1985). Her next blockbuster vehicle was the post-college drama "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), where she played a headstrong Gen-Xer who wants to live life to the fullest before settling into married life. All three films provided Sheedy with both instant fame and a membership in the so-called "Brat Pack," an exclusive clique of young, rich, and famous actors in the 1980s that included Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Rob Lowe, among many others. Apart from appearing together movies, they led lives of excess that epitomized the decade. Never comfortable with the label or lifestyle, Sheedy's career peaked in the '80s and she soon found herself mired in a dearth of second-rate movies and TV shows for much of the following decade. After many years of unforgettable roles, Sheedy came...

Living in the spotlight after being pigeon-holed with an unfair label was no easy task for any actress, yet Gen-X favorite Ally Sheedy succeeded in breaking away from the pack. She first rose to fame as the mischievous teen who, along with computer nerd Matthew Broderick, almost starts WWIII in "WarGames" (1983) and as the misfit weirdo spending a day in detention in the John Hughes classic, "The Breakfast Club" (1985). Her next blockbuster vehicle was the post-college drama "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), where she played a headstrong Gen-Xer who wants to live life to the fullest before settling into married life. All three films provided Sheedy with both instant fame and a membership in the so-called "Brat Pack," an exclusive clique of young, rich, and famous actors in the 1980s that included Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Rob Lowe, among many others. Apart from appearing together movies, they led lives of excess that epitomized the decade. Never comfortable with the label or lifestyle, Sheedy's career peaked in the '80s and she soon found herself mired in a dearth of second-rate movies and TV shows for much of the following decade. After many years of unforgettable roles, Sheedy came back strong with her award-winning portrayal of heroin-addict and photographer, Lucy Berliner, in the independent film "High Art" (1998). The role propelled Sheedy back into the limelight, earned her critical reviews, and eradicated any doubts about her abilities as a serious actress.

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 Ten Stories Tall (2010)
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 Perestroika (2009)
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 Citizen Jane (2009)
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 Harold (2008)
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 Steam (2008)
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Started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at age six
1973:
Made professional debut with the American Ballet Theatre
1974:
Wrote best-selling children's book, <i>She Was Nice to Mice</i> at age 12
1977:
Began appearing in TV commercials at age 15; first one was for "Burger King"
1981:
Made her TV movie debut in "The Best Little Girl in the World" (ABC)
1983:
Played Sean Penn's girlfriend in her film debut, "Bad Boys"
1983:
Had a recurring role of a Catholic high school girl on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)
1983:
Co-starred with Matthew Broderick in "WarGames"
1984:
First film with Rob Lowe, "Oxford Blues"
1985:
Had breakout role as Allison, the basket case, in John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club"
1985:
Joined an ensemble cast for Joel Schumacher's "St. Elmo's Fire
1986:
Co-starred with Steve Guttenberg in the sci-fi comedy, "Short Circuit"
1987:
Starred as a spoiled rich girl in "Maid to Order"
1990:
Re-teamed with her "Breakfast Club" co-star, Molly Ringwald in "Betsy's Wedding"
1991:
Made Off-Broadway acting debut in "Advice From a Caterpillar"
1998:
Had best screen role in years as a drug-addicted photographer in "High Art"
1999:
Cast as a repressed Hollywood production designer in "Sugar Town"
1999:
Gave a delightful comic turn as a distressed woman in "I'll Take You There"
1999:
Returned to the Off-Broadway stage playing the lead role of a transsexual rock singer in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
2003:
Reunited with "Breakfast Club" co-star Anthony Michael Hall when she appeared on his television show, "The Dead Zone" (USA Network)
2007:
Had a supporting role as a psychiatrist in "Day Zero"
2008:
Had a recurring role on "Kyle XY" (ABC Family) as Sarah, the mother of all genetically enhanced mysteries
2010:
Played Melissa Leo's sister in "Welcome to the Rileys"
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Education

Columbia Grammar and Prepatory School: New York , New York -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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companion:
Eric Stoltz. Actor. Lived together in the early 1980s.
companion:
Richie Sambora. Musician. Dated briefly in the late 1980s.
husband:
David Lansbury. Actor. Born on February 25, 1961; son of producer Edgar Lansbury and nephew of actress Angela Lansbury; married on October 10, 1992.

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father:
John Sheedy. Executive. Divorced from Sheedy's mother c. 1971.
mother:
Charlotte Sheedy. Literary agent. Divorced from Sheedy's father c. 1971; came out as a lesbian to Sheedy c. 1980.
brother:
Patrick Sheedy. Producer.
daughter:
Rebecca Lansbury. Born in 1994.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"She Was Nice to Mice" McGraw-Hill
"Yesterday I Saw the Sun" Summit Books

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