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Also Known As: Mary Sean Young, Sean P Young Died:
Born: November 20, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer, model, receptionist

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Initially touted as one of Hollywood's most promising starlets, actress Sean Young experienced a precipitous fall from grace within a decade of making her film debut. A former model and dancer, Young made an early splash in popular films like the Bill Murray comedy "Stripes" (1981) and the futuristic noir "Blade Runner" (1982), opposite Harrison Ford. Although not every project would yield a hit - director David Lynch's big-budget sci-fi flop "Dune" (1984) being the most notorious - high-profile movies like the Kevin Costner thriller "No Way Out" (1987) indicated a career on the rise. Things began to change with repeated rumors of personality clashes between the actress and her co-workers, including a well-reported battle with her "Wall Street" (1987) director, Oliver Stone. Rumors turned to outright scandal after James Woods, Young's co-star in the cocaine drama "The Boost" (1988), filed a lawsuit against Young, claiming she had stalked him after he rebuffed her advances. Less ominous, although equally embarrassing, was Young's ill-conceived ploy to win the role of Catwoman by dressing up as the latex-clad villain and storming the set of director Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992). An unflattering...

Initially touted as one of Hollywood's most promising starlets, actress Sean Young experienced a precipitous fall from grace within a decade of making her film debut. A former model and dancer, Young made an early splash in popular films like the Bill Murray comedy "Stripes" (1981) and the futuristic noir "Blade Runner" (1982), opposite Harrison Ford. Although not every project would yield a hit - director David Lynch's big-budget sci-fi flop "Dune" (1984) being the most notorious - high-profile movies like the Kevin Costner thriller "No Way Out" (1987) indicated a career on the rise. Things began to change with repeated rumors of personality clashes between the actress and her co-workers, including a well-reported battle with her "Wall Street" (1987) director, Oliver Stone. Rumors turned to outright scandal after James Woods, Young's co-star in the cocaine drama "The Boost" (1988), filed a lawsuit against Young, claiming she had stalked him after he rebuffed her advances. Less ominous, although equally embarrassing, was Young's ill-conceived ploy to win the role of Catwoman by dressing up as the latex-clad villain and storming the set of director Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992). An unflattering role in the Jim Carrey slapstick comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994) marked one of Young's increasingly rare movie appearances over the decades that followed. A later career - consisting mostly of television and direct-to-DVD efforts - was less prolific than Young's widely reported stints in rehab and run-ins with the law, all of which sadly overshadowed her earlier leading lady promise.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kickback (2015)
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3.
 Jug Face (2013)
4.
 Haunted Echoes (2010)
6.
7.
 Living the Dream (2006)
8.
 Headspace (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Ohio
1978:
Moved to New York
1980:
Film acting debut in the Merchant-Ivory production "Jane Austen in Manhattan"
1981:
Appeared in the Ivan Reitman comedy "Stripes" opposite Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
1982:
Breakthrough film role, the replicant in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"
1985:
TV-movie debut in "Under the Biltmore Clock" (for "American Playhouse" on PBS)
1987:
Cast in "Wall Street" as the wife of Michael Douglas' character; role was significantly reduced due to clashes with director Oliver Stone and her co-stars
1987:
Co-starred with Kevin Costner in "No Way Out"
1989:
Played Ted Danson's wife in "Cousins"
1989:
Originally cast as Vicky Vale for Tim Burton's "Batman"; Young was thrown from a horse filming a scene and her injury forced her to withdrawal and was replaced by Kim Basinger
1990:
Hired to play Tess Trueheart in "Dick Tracy"; fired by Warren Beatty after only a few days
1991:
Formed Shonderosa Productions
1992:
Made musical stage debut in "Stardust" at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills (May)
1992:
First vocal performance in film, "Love Crimes"
1994:
Cast in Tom Shadyac's wacky comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," starring Jim Carrey
1995:
Was outrageously wicked as Helen Hyde in "Dr. Jeckyl and Ms. Hyde"
1996:
Appeared in another Merchant-Ivory production "The Proprietor"
1997:
Played a woman who found herself pregnant with alien baby in the HBO movie "The Invader"
2000:
Appeared in the film "Poor White Trash," directed by Michael Addis
2005:
Originally slated to appear in "Wicked Wicked Games" (MyNetwork); replaced by Tatum O'Neal after reports surfaced that Young was difficult and demanding during filming of promotional spots
2010:
Landed a role on the CBS soap opera "The Young And The Restless"
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Education

School of American Ballet: New York , New York -
Interlochen Arts Academy: Interlochen , Michigan - 1978

Notes

"We laugh sometimes about this heavy-duty reputation that I have. Because when you get down to what any actress really is, if she's any good, she's insecure. Look, creatively I have to be on fire. I don't want to be medicated. And I tell ya, in acting, I feel I haven't done anything close to what I'm capable of yet. It's my social ability that often falls short. I've had difficulty socially." --Sean Young quoted in ESQUIRE, November 1991

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
James Woods. Actor. Had brief relationship during and after filming of "The Boost" (1988).
husband:
Robert Lujan. Actor, musician. Married in 1990; met on set of TV-movie "Blood and Orchids" (1986); of Mexican/Spanish descent; grew up in suburban Los Angeles.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald Young Jr. TV news producer; journalist. Died February 14, 1995 at age 63.
mother:
Lee Guthrie. Journalist; screenwriter.
sister:
Cathleen Young. Screenwriter. Co-wrote the TV-movie "A Place for Annie" with Lee Gutherie.
brother:
Don Young.
son:
Rio Kelly Lujan. Born on November 2, 1994; father, Robert Lujan.
son:
Quinn Lee Lujan. Born on January 26, 1998; father, Robert Lujan.
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