Sean Young

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Sean Young
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Young at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Special Awards Presentation
Mary Sean Young
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Robert Lujan (1990-2002) (divorced) 2 children

Sean Young (born November 20, 1959) is an American actress, best known for her performance in films in the 1980s such as Blade Runner, Dune and No Way Out.

Early life

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.[1] She attended Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.[2] She has also attended the School of American Ballet in New York.[3] Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and dancer.[3]

Film career


Young began her film career in 1980 in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan, followed by a small role in the 1981 film Stripes, and played female lead opposite Harrison Ford in the futuristic classic Blade Runner (1982).[4] She had a small role in the film Wall Street as the wife of Michael Douglas' character. Her role was originally intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone.[5][6]

One of her most prominent roles was as the mistress of a ruthless Washington politician in 1987's No Way Out, playing opposite Kevin Costner. Other notable credits include Dune, Fatal Instinct, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.[4]

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.[5]

She was cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's 1989 successful film Batman. During rehearsals, however, 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 ultimately went to Michelle Pfeiffer) in the sequel Batman Returns, Young constructed a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to confront Burton and actor Michael Keaton during production.[5]


Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy, but she was fired for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later claimed she was fired because she rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a claim Beatty denies.[5] During most of the 1990s she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled.[5] Sean 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.


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![4] In 2005, she spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Esenin, in which she played dancer Isadora Duncan.[7] She also had a small role on the CW hitshow One Tree Hill in 2007.

In late 2007, Young finished work on two films, The Man Who Came Back and Haunted Echoes. She is part of the cast of CMT's Gone Country 2, and appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain alongside good friend Eric Braeden.[8][9] She will return to the show on July 14 and stay through August.[10]

Personal life

In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, with whom she has two children, Rio Kelly and Quinn Lee.[1] The couple divorced in 2002.[5]

In January 2008, Young checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse the day after an outburst at the Directors Guild of America awards in Los Angeles. Young was removed from the awards ceremony after repeatedly heckling director Julian Schnabel, who was on stage giving his remarks regarding his Best Director nomination for his work on the film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.[11][12][13]

On May 10, 2008, Young competed with Mikalah Gordon, Irene Cara, Sebastian Bach, Jermaine Jackson, Lorenzo Lamas, and Chris Kirkpatrick in a celebrity demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee for an upcoming second season episode of Gone Country on Country Music Television. 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.[14]


Year Film Role
1980 Jane Austen in Manhattan Ariadne Charlton
1981 Stripes Louise Cooper
1982 Blade Runner Rachael
Young Doctors in Love Dr. Stephanie Brody
1984 Dune Chani
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
1989 Cousins Tish Kozinski
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
1993 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Twinkle
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Marie Barth
Fatal Instinct Lola Cain
1994 Bolt Patty Deerheart
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Lt. Lois Einhorn / Ray Finkle
Witness to the Execution Jessica Traynor
Model by Day Mercedes
1995 Mirage Jennifer Gale
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
Men Stella James
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
2002 Aftermath Rachel Anderson
The House Next Door Monica
Threat of Exposure Dr. Daryl Sheleigh
2003 Kingpin Lorelei Klein
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
Headspace Mother
Third Man Out Ann Rutka
2006 The Drop Ivy
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
Parasomnia Madeline Volpe
Haunted Echoes Laura
Harvest Moon Meg


  1. ^ a b Sean Young Biography (1959-)
  2. ^ Interlochen Arts Academy - Famous Alumni
  3. ^ a b Sean Young biography
  4. ^ a b c Sean Young on IMDb
  5. ^ a b c d e f Valby, Karen (2007-09-21). "Sean Young: 'I'm a Comeback Waiting To Happen'". Retrieved 2008-01-30. Cite error: The named reference "comeback" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ Austin American Statesman Jan 24, 1989 Page C6 Nasty reputation Vulnerable woman from Boost juggles real-life trouble
  7. ^ Esenin on IMDb
  8. ^ Sean Young Speaks Out! (Interview)
  9. ^ Sean Young on her upcoming stint as “Sultry” Maggie on Y&R!
  10. ^ "Sean Young Returning for More You and the Restless".
  11. ^ Tracking the awards: A list of movie awards leading up to the Oscars
  12. ^ Sean Young to Rehab After DGA Outburst. January 30, 2008.
  13. ^ DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film For 2007. January 8, 2008.
  14. ^ Demolition Derby Attracts Music, TV Stars, Big Crowd. May 10, 2008.

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