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Also Known As: Lea Katherine Thompson Died:
Born: May 31, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rochester, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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Curiously renowned for playing an adorably randy teenager who attempted to seduce her own time-traveling son, Leah Thompson became a cinematic darling of the 1980s. A native Midwesterner who fell in love with dance at an early age, Thompson broke into the arts as a ballerina. When a career en pointe did not pan out, undaunted, she moved to New York and in relatively short time began raising eyebrows. Her fresh-scrubbed, all-American good-looks won her largely teen parts in a series of archetypal Eighties films, such as "All the Right Moves" (1983), "Red Dawn" (1984), "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987) and "Back to the Future" (1985); the latter a blockbuster that would see her recur the role of Lorraine McFly, the mother of Michael J. Fox's hapless cross-time adventurer, throughout the trilogy. Her star would fade into less auspicious film work and supporting roles until, in 1995, she crossed over into series television as lead with the sitcom, "Caroline in the City" (NBC, 1995-99). In the 2000s, she re-established a serial presence on cable in the Hallmark Channel "Jane Doe" movie franchise, playing a suburban housewife drawn back into her old profession as a government agent. Known for a sparkling,...

Curiously renowned for playing an adorably randy teenager who attempted to seduce her own time-traveling son, Leah Thompson became a cinematic darling of the 1980s. A native Midwesterner who fell in love with dance at an early age, Thompson broke into the arts as a ballerina. When a career en pointe did not pan out, undaunted, she moved to New York and in relatively short time began raising eyebrows. Her fresh-scrubbed, all-American good-looks won her largely teen parts in a series of archetypal Eighties films, such as "All the Right Moves" (1983), "Red Dawn" (1984), "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987) and "Back to the Future" (1985); the latter a blockbuster that would see her recur the role of Lorraine McFly, the mother of Michael J. Fox's hapless cross-time adventurer, throughout the trilogy. Her star would fade into less auspicious film work and supporting roles until, in 1995, she crossed over into series television as lead with the sitcom, "Caroline in the City" (NBC, 1995-99). In the 2000s, she re-established a serial presence on cable in the Hallmark Channel "Jane Doe" movie franchise, playing a suburban housewife drawn back into her old profession as a government agent. Known for a sparkling, dimpled smile, Thompson etched a lasting imprint as an accessible, Ivory Girl-esque dreamboat for young male moviegoers of the 1980s, going on to create a template for successfully shifting career gears when her cinematic halcyon days ebbed.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ping-Pong Summer (2014)
2.
 Left Behind (2014)
5.
 Bound by Flesh (2012)
8.
 Thin Ice (2011)
9.
 Mayor Cupcake (2011)
10.
 Cabin, The (2011)
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Joined a professional dance company at 14
1979:
Danced professionally and studied on scholarship with such companies as the Pennsylvania Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater's second company, Ballet Repertory
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Appeared in over 20 Burger King commercials
1983:
Feature film acting debut, "Jaws 3-D"
1983:
Cast opposite Tom Cruise in "All the Right Moves"
1984:
Starred with Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell in John Milius' "Red Dawn"
1985:
Breakthrough screen role as the young version of Michael J. Fox's mother in "Back to the Future"
1986:
Starred in "SpaceCamp," about a group of campers accidentally launched into space
1986:
Landed leading role in the unfortunate "Howard the Duck," directed by future husband Howard Deutch
1987:
Starred opposite Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson in romantic drama "Some Kind of Wonderful," written by John Hughes
1988:
Starred in the comedy "Casual Sex?" with Victoria Jackson and Andrew Dice Clay
1989:
TV debut, opposite Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez in TNT movie "Nightbreaker"
1989:
Reprised role of Michael J. Fox's mother in "Back to the Future Part II" and "Back to the Future Part III" (1990)
1992:
Cast in "Article 99," about a group of doctors in a veterans' hospital
1993:
Played Alice Mitchell in the genial big screen comedy "Dennis the Menace"
1995:
TV series debut as title character on NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City"
1998:
Starred in the NBC miniseries "A Will of Their Own"
2000:
Played Sally Bowles in a touring company of "Cabaret"
2004:
Joined the cast of NBC's "Ed" for three episodes as the title character's philandering ex-girlfriend
2005:
Starred in the "Jane Doe" TV-movie franchise developed for the Hallmark Channel; made first appearance as secret agent Cathy Davis/Jane Doe in "Jane Doe: Vanishing Act"
2006:
TV directorial debut, "Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall" (Hallmark Channel); also starred
2008:
Once again directed and starred in "Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder" (Hallmark Channel)
2008:
Starred in the holiday themed "The Christmas Clause" (ION Television)
2011:
Co-starred on the ABC Family drama series "Switched at Birth"
2011:
Portrayed the mother of actress Ginger Rogers in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar"
2011:
Acted alongside Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup in the crime drama "Thin Ice"
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Education

Marshall-University High School: -

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companion:
Dennis Quaid. Actor. Lived together c. 1983-87.
husband:
Howard Deutch. Director. Married 1989; met while making "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987); directed Thompson in "Article 99" (1992).

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brother:
Andrew Thompson. Dancer. Older.
brother:
Barry Thompson. Jeweler, writer. Older.
sister:
Colleen Thompson. Actor. Older.
daughter:
Madeline Deutch. Born March 23, 1991; father Howard Deutch.
daughter:
Zoey Deutch. Born December 1994.
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