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Molly Ringwald

Lowest Rated:   0% Fresh Horses (1988)
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Birthplace:   Roseville, California,
From the mid- to late '80s, slender, carrot-topped, and luscious-lipped Molly Ringwald was the reigning teen queen of mainstream films. At the peak of her popularity, Ringwald was on the cover of Time magazine and even had groups of adolescent girl fans, called "Ringlets," who would emulate her every move.The daughter of jazzman Bob Ringwald, the leader of the Great Pacific Jazz Band, Ringwald was raised in Sacramento, CA, where she was born February 14, 1968. She started performing as a toddler, although not as an actress. She embarked on a very early and brief career as a singer after her parents discovered that she had a remarkable ability to perfectly match the tune and phrasing of almost any song she heard. Ringwald began singing jazz with her father at state fairs, and by the age of six, she already had a jazz album, I Wanna Be Loved By You--Molly Sings. In the meantime, Ringwald began to develop an interest in acting: she was four when she started hanging around the local community theater and five when she started getting small parts, including the role of a preacher's child in Truman Capote's The Grass Harp. At the age of eight, Ringwald appeared on The New Mickey Mouse Club. Encouraged by her talent and driven by her father's desire to get better bookings for his band, Ringwald's family moved to L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. In 1979, the actress won a part on Norman Lear's sitcom The Facts of Life. Ringwald only lasted a season before she was let go, but her television work paved the way for subsequent screen roles.In 1982, Ringwald made an auspicious film debut in Paul Mazursky's acclaimed Tempest, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of John Cassavetes' daughter. In order to prepare for the role, Mazursky had Ringwald and her family move to a flat in New York's Greenwich Village to help her develop the necessary New York accent and attitude. Her performance in the film attracted the attention of screenwriter/aspiring director John Hughes who cast her as the protagonist of Sixteen Candles (1984), his wistful chronicle of suburban teenaged angst. The film was a hit, and so was Ringwald. Hughes would cast her in two more teen films, The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986), both of which were hugely popular with teen audiences. In addition to a solid film career, Ringwald -- who had become a household name -- also occasionally appeared in television movies. Despite her continued success through the early '90s, Ringwald felt her life had reached a crossroads; by 1992, she decided to sell her house, put her personal effects in storage, pack up seven suitcases, and exchange life in the L.A. fast lane for a more romantic existence in Paris, where she was busy shooting Seven Sundays (released in 1994). Ringwald, who had learned French while attending a French high school in Los Angeles, remained there, dividing her time between reading (she has been a voracious reader since childhood when she and her siblings would read stories to her blind father), writing short stories and screenplays, cooking, and hanging out with her French husband. She occasionally continued to act in American and internationally produced films and television projects that include George Hickenlooper's Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1993), Stephen King's The Stand (1994), and Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999). Ringwald also continued to do stage work, appearing in an acclaimed 1998 off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive. She spoofed her own iconic persona by appearing in the 2001 comedy Not Another Teen Movie, and in 2008 she was cast as the mother in the Fox Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% King Cobra
  • Amy
$71.1k 2016
18% Jem and the Holograms
  • Aunt Bailey
2015
No Score Yet Me
  • Pepper Folly
2014
No Score Yet Wishin' And Hopin'
  • Madame Frechette
2014
93% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  • Actor
2012
68% Guest of Cindy Sherman
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
  • Helen McIntire
2006
No Score Yet The Wives He Forgot
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Requiem for Murder
  • Anne Winslow
2005
No Score Yet Daddy Who?
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Big Time
  • Marion Powers
2002
29% Not Another Teen Movie
  • Flight Attendant
$37.9M 2001
No Score Yet Cowboy Up
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet In the Weeds
  • Chloe
2000
No Score Yet The Giving Tree
  • Penelope
2000
11% Cut
  • Vanessa Turnbill/Chloe
2000
No Score Yet Cowboy Up
  • Connie
2000
No Score Yet Brutal Truth
  • Actor
1999
19% Teaching Mrs. Tingle
  • Ms. Banks
1999
No Score Yet Daddy Who? (Kimberly)
  • Nancy
1999
12% Office Killer
  • Kim Poole
1997
No Score Yet Malicious
  • Melissa Nelson
1995
No Score Yet Baja
  • Bebe
1995
No Score Yet Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade
  • Teresa
1994
No Score Yet Tous les jours dimanche (Seven Sundays)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Face the Music
  • Lisa Hunter
1993
No Score Yet Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story
  • Alison Gertz
1992
50% Betsy's Wedding
  • Betsy Hopper
1990
No Score Yet Strike It Rich
  • Cary Porter
1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction
  • Kit
1990
0% Fresh Horses
  • Jewel
1988
20% For Keeps
  • Darcy Elliot
1988
55% The Pick-Up Artist
  • Randy Jensen
1987
50% King Lear
  • Cordelia
1987
No Score Yet P.K. and the Kid
  • P.K. Bayette
1987
80% Pretty in Pink
  • Andie Walsh
1986
89% The Breakfast Club
  • Claire Standish
1985
No Score Yet Surviving
  • Lonnie
1985
86% Sixteen Candles
  • Samantha
1984
18% Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  • Niki
1983
No Score Yet Packin' It In
  • Melissa Webber
1983
71% Tempest
  • Miranda
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Riverdale
2017
  • Mary
  • 2017
No Score Yet Odd Mom Out
2015
  • Joy Green
  • 2016
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the American Teenager
2008-2013
  • Anne Juergens
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Host
  • 2012
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Nurse McElroy
  • 2011
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Kathleen Walsh
  • 2006
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Molly
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Molly Molly Parker
  • 1980
  • 1979

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