Wells in 2015
|Born||Claudia Grace Wells
July 5, 1966
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Years active||1979–1987, 1996–present|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg)|
Claudia Grace Wells (born July 5, 1966) is an American actress.
Life and career
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Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she spent her early childhood years growing up in Punto Fijo, Cariubana, Falcón in Venezuela, later graduating from high school in San Francisco, California, where she was also raised. After appearances in TV shows, Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly's girlfriend, in the 1985 film Back to the Future. She almost did not end up in the first film of the successful franchise. According to Wells, in an interview with Yahoo.com online entertainment series "The Yo Show", she had been cast, but a pilot she had done for ABC had been picked up, and she was contractually forced to drop out of BTTF. During that time, Eric Stoltz had been shooting for five weeks with Melora Hardin in the role of Jennifer, but the producers halted filming and replaced Stoltz with Michael J. Fox. By then, Wells' pilot had been finished and she was recast as Jennifer, now shooting alongside Fox, never having filmed a frame with Stoltz.
After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Wells said family took precedence and told the studio she would not be available to reprise the role for the two sequels; actress Elisabeth Shue replaced her. That same year (1985), Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes. The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies, and the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Wells played Linda Barrett, portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film). Following Fast Times, she did not again appear on-screen until the 1996 independent film Still Waters Burn (released on DVD February 12, 2008).
Return to acting
After a lengthy absence, Wells returned to acting in 2011 with a small role in the independent science-fiction film Alien Armageddon.
The same year Wells had the opportunity to reprise her role from Back to the Future, 26 years after her last appearance in the series. She provided the voice of Jennifer Parker for Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games. Wells announced that her next project would be a horror film titled Room & Board.
In addition to pursuing acting roles again, Wells runs her high-end men's resale shop Armani Wells (established in 1991 in Studio City, California), and supports charities such as Kids in the Spotlight, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. Wells maintains a website, updated weekly, where fans can order T-shirts featuring the clock tower from Back to the Future, as well as personalized and autographed Back To The Future photographs.
- Clint, Caffeinated. "Claudia Wells in Alien Armageddon". Moviehole. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- "Back To The Future Episode 1: It's About Time Video Game, Exclusive Behind The Scenes Part IV: How We Got Jennifer HD". GameTrailers.com. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
- Wells, Claudia. "Announcing My Next Project...". Twitter. Retrieved February 23, 2012.