Molly Ringwald

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Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald in Greece.jpg
Ringwald in Greece, 2010
Born Molly Kathleen Ringwald
(1968-02-18) February 18, 1968 (age 46)
Roseville, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, writer
Years active 1977–present
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) Valery Lameignère (1999–2002)
Panio Gianopoulos (m. 2007)
Children 3

Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. She was born in Roseville, California. She starred in mostly television roles as a child before she went on to star in Tempest which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She later went on to appear in the successful John Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), which went on to all become classics and have all been called the most influential teen movies of all time. These roles led Ringwald to be a part of the "Brat Pack". She gained more success with her role in For Keeps (1988), which has since gained a cult following.

Ringwald starred in many films in 1990s which all varied in success, and starred in many television roles during this time period. She has also played Anne Juergens in the ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She has wrote novels and launched her music career when she released a jazz album in 2013 which was critically successful. Ringwald was established as a teen icon and has been credited as the most influential teen of all time. Ringwald was ranked number 1 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Molly Kathleen Ringwald was born in Roseville, California, just outside of Sacramento,[4] the daughter of Adele Edith (née Frembd), a housewife and chef, and Robert Scott "Bob" Ringwald, a blind jazz pianist.[5] Ringwald has two siblings, Elizabeth and Kelly, and an older brother who died before she was born.[6] She started her acting career at age five, starring in a stage production of Alice in Wonderland as the Dormouse. The next year, she recorded "I Wanna Be Loved by You," a music album of Dixieland jazz with her father and his group, the Fulton Street Jazz Band.[7]

Life and career[edit]

1978-83: Career beginnings and early success[edit]

In 1978, at the age of 10, Ringwald was chosen to play Kate in the West Coast production of Annie, performing in Los Angeles.[8] She appeared in one episode of The New Mickey Mouse Club as herself before she went on to appear in the TV series Diff'rent Strokes in 1979, and was selected to become part of a very large cast of the spin-off Facts of Life. She played "Molly Parker," a perky, feminist student at Eastland Girls School. One entire episode, "Molly's Holiday" revolved around her character dealing with the effects of her parents' divorce. At the beginning of the second season, the show underwent a major revamp and most of the cast, including Ringwald, were fired. Ringwald later said that Nancy McKeon replaced her to play a new character named Jo.[9]

In 1980, Ringwald performed as a lead vocalist on two Disney albums. On the patriotic album Yankee Doodle Mickey, Ringwald sang "This Is My Country", "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America". She later performed one track on a Disney Christmas album.[10] Turning toward motion pictures, she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role in the 1982 film Tempest.[11]

1984-86: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink[edit]

Ringwald rose to prominence with her breakout role in Sixteen Candles. Following Sixteen Candles Ringwald became a member of the so-called Brat Pack of 1980s teen actors.[12] Ringwald was later cast in another John Hughes film called The Breakfast Club which was a commercial and critical success. The following year she was in another Hughes film called Pretty In Pink which was another success. Ringwald was offered a role in another John Hughes film called Some Kind of Wonderful but she turned down the role as she felt it was to similar to her other films she made with John.[13] Her films with John Hughes all became modern classics establishing her as a teen icon. Her acting was praised by critics. On May 26, 1986 Ringwald appeared on the cover of Time.[14] Ringwald was set to star in another John Hughes film called, Oil and Vinegar however John was told to rewrite the script and he didn't want to rewrite so the film was cancelled.[15] After Oil and Vinegar was scrapped, Ringwald and Hughes never worked together on film again, ending their successful partnership.

1987-90: For Keeps and continued success[edit]

Following her roles with John Hughes she planned to star in more mature roles.[16] In 1987 she starred in The Pick-up Artist which was commercially successful but received rather mixed reviews. The Pick-up Artist is considered one of Ringwald's more mature roles.The following year Ringwald starred in the film For Keeps which was another commercial success and received mixed to positive reviews. Many critics cited this film as her final teen movie and praised her mature performance. Ringwald's next role was in Fresh Horses which was a moderate commercial success and received generally mixed reviews. She later starred in Strike It Rich which was a critical and commercial failure. In the early 1990s, Ringwald reportedly turned down the female lead roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost[17] which went on to become huge successes.

1991-99: Commercial decline[edit]

In the 1990s, Ringwald's success began to decline. Ringwald's first role in the 1990s was in the film Betsy's Wedding, it was met with generally mixed reviews but was commercially successful. Following Betsy's Wedding, Molly was nominated for Razzie Award for Worst Actress. After she had been educated at a French high school in Los Angeles called Lycée Français de Los Angeles and was fluent in French, she moved to Paris and starred in several French movies.[18] She returned home to the US intermittently to appear in US movies and television which all varied in success.

In 1994, she starred in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, it was met with generally positive reviews.[19] In 1996, she played a leading role in the film Malicious as Melissa Nelson, a disturbed woman who has an affair with a college star baseball player. It was met with generally mixed to negative reviews. In 1996 saw her return to television, starring on the ABC sitcom Townies. Townies was eventually cancelled shortly after airing. She also made one appearance as a blind woman on the critically acclaimed cable series Remember WENN. She starred with Lara Flynn Boyle and Teri Hatcher in the 1998 made for television film Since You've Been Gone. In 1999, she played the starring role of "Li'l Bit" in Paula Vogel's play How I Learned to Drive at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Showtime's The Outer Limits.

2000-12: Television roles[edit]

Ringwald in April 2013

In 2000, Ringwald appeared in the ensemble restaurant-themed film, In the Weeds; in 2001, she had a cameo in Not Another Teen Movie. In late 2004, she starred in the play Modern Orthodox on Broadway, opposite Jason Biggs and Craig Bierko.[20] In 2006, she starred in the television film The Wives He Forgot.

Ringwald has appeared in Cabaret; Tick, tick... BOOM!;[21] and Enchanted April on Broadway, and in the fall and winter of 2006, she starred as Charity Hope Valentine in the national tour of the Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity.[22]

Ringwald starred in the ABC Family network's series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which debuted on July 1, 2008,[23] playing the title teenager's mother.

Ringwald read the audiobook edition of the 2012 novel The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg.

2013-present: Except Sometimes and future roles[edit]

In early 2013, Ringwald released her debut album Except Sometimes. The album is a jazz record. It follows a tradition in jazz for the Ringwald family set by her father. “I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician [pianist Bob Ringwald]. Beginning at around age three I started singing with his band and jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It’s always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded,” Ringwald said in a statement.[24] It has been confirmed that Ringwald is set to have a role in the upcoming movie Jem and the Holograms[25] and in another film called Wishin' and Hopin'.[26]

Bibliography[edit]

Ringwald at the WeHo Book Fair in 2010

Ringwald has written two books:

  • Molly Ringwald (2010). Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick. It Books. ISBN 0-06-180944-6. , a "memoir and girlfriend-y guide to girlfriend-y things — style, food, relationships, motherhood."[27]
  • Molly Ringwald (2012). When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories. It Books. ISBN 0-06-180946-2. , "a novel told in stories centered around Phillip and Greta, a couple whose marriage is floundering."[28]

Personal life[edit]

Ringwald was dating Dweezil Zappa in 1986.[29] She was married to Valéry Lameignère, a French writer, in Bordeaux, France, on July 28, 1999; they divorced in 2002.[30] She married Panio Gianopoulos, a Greek-American writer and book editor, in 2007. They have a daughter, Mathilda (born 2003), and twins, Adele and Roman (born 2009). Her pregnancy was written into the storyline of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.[31]

Legacy[edit]

Molly has been called the greatest teen star of all time.[32] The three films she made with John Hughes became critical and commercial successes and became modern classics, they have influenced many modern teen movies. Ringwald's roles in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink have been praised by critics and audiences a like. It has been said that she will always be an influence on teens because of these roles.[33] She has influenced many people including, Ariana Grande,[34] Debby Ryan,[35] and Shailene Woodley. Following her roles in the John Hughes films, Ringwald gained a large fan base and at one point had a group of girls (one critic calls them "the Ringlets"), mimic her looks and dress during the early success in her career.[36] Ringwald was ranked number 4 on Time's Top 10 Teen Idols.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Features
Year Film Role Notes
1982 Tempest Miranda Dimitrius Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1983 Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Niki
Packin' It In Melissa Webber
1984 Sixteen Candles Samantha Baker Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film
1985 Surviving: A Family in Crisis Lonnie
The Breakfast Club Claire Standish
1986 Pretty in Pink Andie Walsh
1987 P.K. and the Kid P.K. Bayette
King Lear Cordelia
The Pick-up Artist Randy Jensen
1988 For Keeps Darcy Elliot Bobrucz Paris Film Festival Award for Best Actress (tied with Elisabeth Shue)
Fresh Horses Jewel
1990 Strike It Rich Cary
Betsy's Wedding Betsy Hopper Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story Alison Gertz
1993 Face the Music Lisa Hunter
1995 Baja Bebe Stone
Seven Sundays Janet Gifford
1996 Bastard Children Susan
Malicious Melissa Nelson
1997 Office Killer Kim Poole
1998 Twice upon a Life Beth Sager
1999 Requiem for Murder Anne Winslow
Teaching Mrs. Tingle Miss Banks
Kimberly Nancy
2000 Cut Vanessa Turnbill/Chloe
The Brutal Truth
In the Weeds Chloe
2001 Cowboy Up Connie
Not Another Teen Movie Flight Attendant Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Cameo
2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases
2006 The Wives He Forgot Charlotte Saint John Television film
Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front Helen McIntire Television film
2008 Guest of Cindy Sherman Documentary
TBA Jem and the Holograms
Short
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade Theresa Tatum
1998 Titey voice
2000 The Translator
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The New Mickey Mouse Club[38] Herself
1979–1980 The Facts of Life Molly Parker Nominated—TV Land Award for Favorite Character(s) Who "Went Missing"
1986 Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends: Johnny Appleseed Jenny Smith
1994 The Stand Frannie Goldsmith
1996 Townies Carrie Donovan
2006 Medium Kathleen Walsh 1 episode “The Darkness is Light Enough”
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Anne Juergens Main cast
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit (shared with Mark Derwin)
2011 Psych Nurse McElroy 1 episode
RuPaul's Drag U Herself

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Sweetbriar, BeBe (April 18, 2013). "Molly Ringwald Swings on New CD". EDGE Boston. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
    • a "BeBe: I’m from the Sacramento, California area as are you, and we did a production of ’Oliver’ together (as apart of Fagin’s gang) at Sacramento State University once upon a time." — ¶ 14.
    • b "BeBe: With my experience in knowing you from way back when in the theaters of our hometown of Sacramento, I was not of course surprised with this release from you knowing your roots in jazz with your Dad...— ¶ 34.
  5. ^ Molly Ringwald Biography (1968–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
  6. ^ [1]. This American Life Episode 526, Transcript.
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  10. ^ Disney Family Christmas: Various Artists, Molly Ringwald, Larry Groce: Music. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-05-29.
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  22. ^ AP. "Molly Ringwald to take 'Sweet Charity' on the road this fall", USA Today, February 27, 2006.
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  28. ^ John Williams (August 15, 2012). "Leaning Toward the Light: Molly Ringwald Talks About Her New Novel". New York Times. 
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  31. ^ Molly Ringwald Expecting Twins People, January 23, 2009
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