October 12, 1962 |
Deborah Lynn Foreman (born October 12, 1962) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1983 movie Valley Girl, as "Julie Richman" acting opposite Nicolas Cage as "Randy".
Foreman was born in California, the daughter of Lynette and Clyde Foreman, a Marine Corps pilot. She was raised in Arizona and Texas. When she was thirteen, her parents enrolled her at the Barbizon School of Modeling in Houston to help her overcome shyness, where she received a trophy after completing the courses. In high school, Foreman received high marks and was a cheerleader. While she was still a student, local photographer Wally Lewis hired her for newspaper and catalog ads. A chance meeting with a representative of Wilhelmina Models led to her signing with their California office and modeling assignments for Maybelline cosmetics.
Four weeks after arriving in Los Angeles, Foreman earned her SAG card after appearing in a McDonald's of England commercial. Resolving to become a serious actress, she took acting lessons from a variety of teachers. Her first acting job was in a comedy pilot for NBC's The Grady Nutt Show. More TV work and two supporting film roles soon followed. After a 1983 appearance on the popular sitcom Family Ties, her first starring role in a feature film was Valley Girl (1983) with the then-little-known Nicolas Cage, which brought her national fame. Initially, a New York Times reviewer did not understand the movie Valley Girl while her counterpart at the Los Angeles Times enjoyed the same movie. Mark Deming of AllMovie wrote that Foreman "made an indelible impression on fans of 1980s pop culture with her performance in the title role of the film Valley Girl."
In 1985, Foreman had a small role in the film Real Genius. In 1986, she was named Most Promising New Star by ShoWest, the largest and most notable film convention in the world. Foreman's Hollywood career may have stalled at least in part because she was subsequently cast in a string of weakly scripted and directed comedies.
She had a starring role in the 1986 comedy My Chauffeur, in which she played a somewhat Madonna-influenced character who gets a job as a driver for a stuffy Brentwood limousine service. However, unlike Valley Girl, the film did not feature elements of dramatic teen angst. My Chauffeur was widely publicised, but connected only modestly with teen audiences and critics. New York Times reviewer Lawrence Van Gelder wrote "Miss Foreman, who with discipline and far better script might become an engaging comedienne, is mired here in a character who at one moment is delivering a lecture on proper treatment of women and at the next is smirking". The Los Angeles Times reviewer Michael Wilmington called Foreman a "New Wave Carole Lombard crossed with early Shirley MacLaine". However, Robert Blau of the Chicago Tribune wrote that Foreman "gives a breathlessly irritating portrayal of Casey". In contrast, Charles Taylor of the Boston Phoenix wrote that Foreman "is an appealing comic actress who goes at even the most inane situations with tireless enthusiasm and dimpley sex appeal" and although "she can't salvage My Chauffeur, she does give perkiness a good name."
That same year, Foreman played dual roles in the offbeat dark comedy and preppy murder mystery April Fool's Day. Although her performance was praised by reviewers, the film's plot and surprise ending were widely panned, with critic Vincent Canby commenting for the New York Times, "... the dialogue is mostly composed of rude variations on eek, ugh and I'd like to sleep with you this evening."
During the five years following, Foreman appeared in over half a dozen low-budget horror movies and independent films. Syndicated columnist Joe Bob Briggs gave Foreman a "Drive-In Academy Award nomination as the damsel in distress" for saying It's all very simple! Bunny men from Neptune have invaded Mars!.
|1982||Love in the Present Tense||Heather Jenkins|
|I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can||Cindy|
|In the Custody of Strangers||Karen|
|1983||Valley Girl||Julie Richman|
|1985||Real Genius||Susan Decker|
|1986||Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment||Coed/Recruiter|
|My Chauffeur||Casey Meadows|
|April Fool's Day||Muffy/Buffy St. John|
|1987||Predator: The Concert||Park Ranger's Daughter|
|1989||Friends, Lovers, & Lunatics||Annie|
|Lobster Man From Mars||Mary|
|1990||Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat||Sandy White|
|1991||Lunatics: A Love Story||Nancy|
- Maslin, Janet. "Movie Review: Valley Girl (1983): 'Valley Girl,' A Coast Comedy". New York Times, April 29, 1983.
- Benson, Sheila. "Movie Reviews: 'Valley Girl' And 'Wicked': Nicolas Cage Steals A Romeo And Juliet Show". Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1983, page H1. Link via ProQuest.
- Deming, Mark. "Deborah Foreman". AllMovie.
- Lovell, Glenn. "Future Stars? 12 newcomers moving up on the Hollywood horizon". Pittsburgh Press, May 25, 1986, Page F3.
- Broeske, Pat H. "A 'Valley Girl' Grows Up". Los Angeles Times, June 30, 1985, Page AC14. Link via ProQuest.
- Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Movie Review: My Chauffeur (1986): Screen:'My Chauffeur'". New York Times, January 30, 1986.
- Wilmington, Michael. Movie Review : A Rambunctious Ride With 'My Chauffeur'. Los Angeles Times, January 28, 1986.
- Blau, Robert. "Pointless Obscenity Makes 'My Chauffeur' A Movie Violation". Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1986.
- Taylor, Charles. "My Chauffeur". Boston Phoenix, March 18, 1986, Section 3, Page 14.
- Goldstein, Patrick. "Movie Reviews: 'April Fool's Day' Fools Itself". Los Angeles Times, March 28, 1986.
- Taylor, Charles. "April Fool's Day". Boston Phoenix, April 15, 1986, Section 3, Page 5.
- Summers, Jimmy. "Reviews: April Fool's Day". Boxoffice, June 1, 1986, Page R64.
- Canby, Vincent. "Movie Review: April Fool's Day (1986): Screen: 'April Fool's Day' Directed By Fred Walton". New York Times, March 27, 1986.
- Thomas, Kevin. "Movie Review: 'Friends, Lovers & Lunatics' Not Played for Laughs". Los Angeles Times, November 10, 1989.
- Thomas, Kevin. "Movie Review: 'Lobster' Launches Midnight Film Policy". Los Angeles Times, February 9, 1990.
- Thomas, Kevin. "Movie Review: 'Lunatics': High Imagination, Low Budget". Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1992.
- Hicks, Christopher. "'Showdown' should be rated 'S' for its total stupidity". Deseret News, Apr 18, 1986, Page W3.
- Briggs, Joe Bob. "'Lobster Man From Mars' Is A Good Kind Of Bad". Orlando Sentinel, August 10, 1990.
- Sciarretto, Amy. "She Wants Revenge to Release "Valleyheart" on May 24th". Artistdirect, March 24, 2011.
- Official Web Site (warning, music plays automatically)
- Deborah Foreman at the Internet Movie Database
- Deborah Foreman at AllMovie
- Deborah Foreman at Rotten Tomatoes
- Kevin Smith's SMoviola Presents "Valley Girl" at Lincoln Center (video interviews)