July 8, 1971 |
Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
|Other names||Mandy Peterson|
Amanda Peterson (born July 8, 1971) is a former American actress. Peterson gained fame during the late 1980s for her role as Cindy Mancini, a popular Tucson, Arizona high-school student, in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love.
Early life and career 
A native of Greeley, Colorado, Peterson is the youngest of three children. While living in Colorado, she made her stage debut in a production of The Sound of Music. At the age of 9, she won a role in the musical film Annie, where she appeared as a dancing extra. Peterson went on to land guest spots on Father Murphy and Silver Spoons. In the 1983–1984 television season, she co-starred as Squirt Sawyer on NBC's Boone. Boone was canceled after one season.
In 1985, she won her first starring role in the feature film Explorers. The following year, she co-starred in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries A Year in the Life. It was third-highest rated miniseries of the 1986–87 US television season with a 16.9/27 rating/share. and was later adapted into a television series of the same name. The series aired from 1987 to 1988 on NBC.
In 1987, Peterson co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in the teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love. The film earned mixed reviews but became the sleeper hit of the summer. As a result, Peterson and Dempsey obtained teen idol status after the release and subsequently appeared on covers of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, Teen Beat and many others for a considerable amount of time. Peterson went on to appear in other films including Listen to Me (1989), and made guest appearance on Doogie Howser, M.D. in 1990. Peterson's last onscreen role was in the 1994 film, WindRunner, starring Jason Wiles.
|1982||Annie||Dancer||Credited as Mandy Peterson|
|1982||Father Murphy||Elizabeth||Episode: "Matthew and Elizabeth"|
|1982||Silver Spoons||Sally Frumbel||Episode: "Takin' a Chance on Love"|
|1983||Boone||Squirt Sawyer||Episode: "Words and Music"|
|1984||Best Kept Secrets||Gretchen||Television movie|
|1985||And the Children Shall Lead||Jenny||Television movie
Alternative title: Wonderworks: And the Children Shall Lead
|1986||A Year in the Life||Sunny Sisk||Miniseries|
|1986||Carly Mills||Trisha Mills||Television movie|
|A Year in the Life||Sunny Sisk||22 episodes|
|1987||Can't Buy Me Love||Cindy Mancini||Alternative title: Boy Rents Girl|
|1988||The Lawless Land||Diana|
|1989||Listen to Me||Donna Lumis|
|1989||Love and Betrayal||Stephanie||Television movie
Alternative title: Throw Away Wives
|1990||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Bernadette Callen||Episode: "Vinnie's Blind Date"|
|1990||Fatal Charm||Valerie||Television movie|
|1991||Hell Hath No Fury||Michelle Ferguson||Television movie|
|1991||Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories||Abigail Baywood||Television movie
Alternative title: I Posed for Playboy
|1994||WindRunner||Julie Moore||Alternative title: WindRunner: A Spirited Journey|
Awards and nominations 
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1984||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress in a New Television Series||Boone||Nominated|
|1985||Young Artist Award||Best Young Supporting Actress in a Daytime or Nighttime Drama||Boone||Nominated|
|1986||Young Artist Award||Best Starring Performance by a Young Actress – Motion Picture||Explorers||Nominated|
|1988||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy||Can't Buy Me Love||Nominated|
|1988||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series||A Year in the Life||Won|
- Blank, Ed (1987-08-19). "Amanda Peterson celebrity at age 16". The Pittsburgh Press. p. B4. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "Top TV Teens". Toledo Blade. 1988-04-06. p. 20. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- (Three or more parts.) TV Guide magazine, June 27–July 3, 1987, issue #1787. All figures are based on the Nielsen ratings. The rating represents the percentage of the 87.4 million TV households tuned to a station (sets watching this show). The share represents the percentage of TV sets tuned to a television station at the time of the broadcast (sets in use)