Young at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Special Awards Presentation
|Born||Mary Sean Young
November 20, 1959
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Lujan (1990–2002, 2011–present 2 children)|
Young was born as Mary Sean Young in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Lee Guthrie, a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, a television news producer and journalist. She attended Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. She has also attended the School of American Ballet in New York. Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and dancer.
Young began her film career in 1980 in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan, followed by a role in the 1981 film Stripes. She then acted out the female lead, Rachael, alongside Harrison Ford in the futuristic classic Blade Runner (1982). On television in 1986, Young played the woman lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Myra Meets His Family. The following year, she had a small role in the film Wall Street as the wife of Michael Douglas's character, Gordon Gekko. Her role was originally intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone.
One of her most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician (Gene Hackman) in 1987's No Way Out, alongside Kevin Costner. Other notable credits include Dune, Fatal Instinct, and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.
In 1988, Young appeared in The Boost with James Woods. Woods later sued her for harassing him and his then-fiancée, alleging that, in addition to other disruptive behavior, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep. Young denied the allegations and claimed that Woods filed the lawsuit out of spite. Young stated, "It was a crush being turned down, that's all.... So sue me! And he [Woods] did." The suit was settled out of court in 1989.
Young was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's successful 1989 film Batman. Unfortunately, during rehearsals, she broke her arm after falling off a horse and was replaced by Kim Basinger. In an unsuccessful attempt to win the role as Catwoman (which was offered to Annette Bening but ultimately played by Michelle Pfeiffer after Bening became pregnant) in the sequel Batman Returns, Young constructed a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to confront Burton and actor Michael Keaton during production.
Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy. However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later claimed her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a claim Beatty denies. In 1991, she was awarded the Worst Actress and the Worst Supporting Actress Razzies for her roles in A Kiss Before Dying. She played a supporting role in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. During most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled. In 1997, however, Young reprised her role as Rachael in the 1997 Blade Runner video game. Her face was scanned and reproduced in 3D, one of the first times such technology was used in a game.
After the turn of the 21st Century
Since 2000, Young has appeared in a variety of independent films and made guest appearances on television, including roles in Poor White Trash, Mockingbird Don't Sing, Sugar & Spice, Boston Public, and Reno 911! In 2005, she spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Esenin, in which she impersonated dancer Isadora Duncan. She also had a small role on the CW's One Tree Hill in 2007.
In late 2007, Young finished work on two films, The Man Who Came Back and Haunted Echoes.
In 2008, Young competed in the television program Gone Country 2, which included a competition in a celebrity demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee. Young went on to win the celebrity derby "heat" and then went on to go against professional demolition derby drivers. Young and 21 other drivers squared off in the area. Young finished in fourth place against the professional demolition derby drivers.
Young appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain, alongside good friend Eric Braeden. She returned to the show on July 14 in a recurring role, which lasted through February 2011.
In 2010, she was cast on the first season of the ABC show Skating with the Stars as a celebrity contestant who skated with professional skater Denis Petukhov. But she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.
In October 2011, Young appeared on the CBS television show Late Show with David Letterman. During the interview, she described how she was now looking for movie work after raising her two sons, and produced an amusing short video clip promoting her job search which Letterman played. She was subsequently cast in a film about Nikola Tesla, slated for release in 2013, titled Fragments From Olympus—The Vision of Nikola Tesla.
In October 2013, Young played the role of Dr. Lucien in Star Trek: Renegades, a fan project to create a pilot for a new Star Trek series (scheduled for release in 2014) where several former Star Trek actors appeared, including Tim Russ (who appeared and directed the pilot) as well as Walter Koenig, Garrett Wang and J. G. Hertzler.
In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, with whom she has two sons, Rio Kelly and Quinn Lee. The couple divorced in 2002. However, during Young's stay in rehab in 2011, which was depicted on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Lujan was identified as her husband, both when he visited her during Family Weekend in Episode 6, and when he and Young spoke to Doctors Drew Pinsky and John Sharp about their relationship.
On June 9, 2013, Young performed in a benefit skating event at the Ice Theater of New York. She competed in a Celebrity Skating competition against Michael Buckley, YouTube personality, and Tim Morehouse, US Olympic Fencing silver medalist.
|1980||Jane Austen in Manhattan||Ariadne Charlton|
|Young Doctors in Love||Dr. Stephanie Brody|
|1985||Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend||Susan Matthews-Loomis|
|Tender Is the Night||Rosemary Hoyt|
|1986||Blood & Orchids||Leonore Bergman|
|Under the Biltmore Clock||Myra Harper|
|1987||No Way Out||Susan Atwell|
|Wall Street||Kate Gekko|
|1988||The Boost||Linda Brown|
|1990||Fire Birds||Billie Lee Guthrie|
|1991||A Kiss Before Dying||Dorothy Carlsson|
|1992||Forever||Mary Miles Minter|
|Love Crimes||Dana Greenway|
|Once Upon a Crime||Phoebe|
|Sketch Artist||Rayanne Whitfield|
|Blue Ice||Stacy Mansdorf|
|Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me||Twinkle|
|1993||Even Cowgirls Get the Blues||Marie Barth|
|Fatal Instinct||Lola Cain|
|Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||Lt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle|
|Witness to the Execution||Jessica Traynor|
|Model by Day||Mercedes|
|Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde||Helen Hyde|
|1996||Evil has a Face||Gwen McGerrall|
|The Proprietor||Virginia Kelly|
|Everything to Gain||Mallory Ashton Jordan Keswick|
|1997||Exception to the Rule||Angela Bayer|
|The Invader||Annie Neilsen|
|A Dog of Flanders||Sister Alois|
|1998||The Cowboy and the Movie Star||Sean Livingston|
|Out of Control||Lena|
|1999||Motel Blue||Lana Hawking|
|2000||Secret Cutting||Joyce Cottrell|
|Poor White Trash||Linda Bronco|
|The Amati Girls||Christine|
|2001||Sugar & Spice||Mrs. Hill|
|Mockingbird Don't Sing||Dr. Judy Bingham|
|Night Class||Claire Sherwood|
|The House Next Door||Monica|
|Threat of Exposure||Dr. Daryl Sheleigh|
|Before I Say Goodbye||Nell MacDermott Cauliff|
|1st to Die||Joanna Wade|
|The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay||Sandy Bateman|
|2004||A Killer Within||Rebecca 'Becky' Terrill|
|Until the Night||Cosma|
|2005||Ghosts Never Sleep||Rebecca|
|Home for the Holidays||Martha McCarthy|
|Third Man Out||Ann Rutka|
|The Garden||Miss Grace Chapman|
|Living the Dream||Brenda|
|A Job to Kill For||Jennifer Kamplan|
|2007||Jesse Stone: Sea Change||Sybil Martin|
|2008||The Man Who Came Back||Kate|
|2012||Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader||Brenda Stratford|
|Star Trek:Renegades||Dr. Lucien|
- Sean Young Biography (1959-)
- Interlochen Arts Academy - Famous Alumni
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- Austin American Statesman Jan 24, 1989 Page C6 Nasty reputation Vulnerable woman from Boost juggles real-life trouble
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- Esenin at the Internet Movie Database
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- Sean Young Speaks Out! (Interview)
- Sean Young on her upcoming stint as “Sultry” Meggie on Y&R!
- "Sean Young Returning for More Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com.
- Congrats to Our Skating Soap Star!
- Pro Skater Pairings, Host and Color Commentator for ABC's "Skating With the Stars" Announced
- "Sean Young in Late Show Appearance". Gawker.com.
- "Family Weekend". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 6. July 31, 2011. VH1.
- "Preparing for Discharge". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 8. August 14, 2011. VH1.
- Tracking the awards: A list of movie awards leading up to the Oscars
- Sean Young to Rehab After DGA Outburst. January 30, 2008. FOXNEWS.com
- DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film For 2007. directors-guild.org. January 8, 2008.
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- Sean Young at the Internet Movie Database
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- Sean Young at AllMovie