Amanda Peterson

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Amanda Peterson
Born (1971-07-08) July 8, 1971 (age 43)
Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Mandy Peterson
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–1995

Amanda Peterson (born July 8, 1971) is a former American actress. Peterson gained fame for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love.

Early life and acting career[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.[3] and was later adapted into a television series of the same name. The series aired from 1987 to 1988 on NBC.[1][2]

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.[2] 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.

After 1994, Peterson left the entertainment industry. She briefly modeled for a Colorado photographer in 2012.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
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 Explorers Lori Swenson
1985 And the Children Shall Lead Jenny Television movie
Alternative title: Wonderworks: And the Children Shall Lead
1986 Year in the Life, AA Year in the Life Sunny Sisk Miniseries
1986 Carly Mills Trisha Mills Television movie
Year in the Life, AA Year in the Life Sunny Sisk 22 episodes
1987 Can't Buy Me Love Cindy Mancini Alternative title: Boy Rents Girl
1988 Lawless Land, TheThe 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[edit]

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 Year in the Life, AA Year in the Life Won


  1. ^ a b Blank, Ed (1987-08-19). "Amanda Peterson celebrity at age 16". The Pittsburgh Press. p. B4. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Top TV Teens". Toledo Blade. 1988-04-06. p. 20. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ (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)
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