Molly Ringwald

Biography

As a child, Ringwald appeared in many local TV commercials and stage plays in the Sacramento area. In 1978, at the age of 10, she was chosen to play Kate in the West Coast production of Annie, performing in Los Angeles. In 1979, Ringwald appeared in the TV series Diff'rent Strokes and was selected to become a cast member of the spin-off Facts of Life. She played "Molly Parker," a perky, fun-loving student at Eastland Girls School. Although she had essentially a supporting role, one entire episode, "Molly's Holiday" revolved around her character dealing with the effects of her parents' divorce. After the first thirteen episodes, the producers restructured the show to be more like the popular film Little Darlings,[citation needed] so Ringwald and three other girls were written out of the series in 1980. However, she made a final guest appearance at the start of the second season.

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. Turning toward motion pictures, she found her breakout role in Sixteen Candles (1984). Molly Ringwald was a member of the so-called Brat Pack of 1980s teen actors. Though she played a high school "princess" in her biggest hit, 1985's The Breakfast Club, Ringwald specialized in portrayals of moody, awkward, brainy, angst-filled characters. Among Ringwald's movies are Fresh Horses, The Pick-up Artist and Pretty in Pink. During the mid- to late-1980s, when Ringwald was among Hollywood's top female teens, she appeared on many covers of such publications as Tiger Beat, Teen, Time and Life.

In the early 1990s, Ringwald's high profile movie career went into rapid decline. Ringwald reportedly turned down the female lead roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost. During the 1990s, Ringwald lived in France for four years and appeared in French language films. She performed in Horton Foote's Lily Dale Off-Broadway and performed in When Harry Met Sally on the West End in London. In 1994 she starred in the tv adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. In 1995 she played a leading role in the movie Malicious as Melissa Nelson, a disturbed woman who has an affair with a college star baseball player . 1996 saw her return to television, starring on the ABC sitcom Townies. While critically praised, low viewer ratings resulted in the show's cancellation after nine episodes. She also made one appearance as a blind woman on the critically acclaimed cable series Remember WENN. She also starred with Lara Flynn Boyle and Teri Hatcher in the 1998 made for TV movie Since You've Been Gone. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Showtime's The Outer Limits.

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. In 2006 she starred in the TV movie The Wives He Forgot. Ringwald recently appeared in an episode of the TV series Medium. Ringwald has appeared in Cabaret, tick, tick... BOOM!, 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.

Ringwald is currently starring in the ABC Family network's series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which debuted on July 1, 2008,playing the title teenager's mother.

As a child, Ringwald appeared in many local TV commercials and stage plays in the Sacramento area. In 1978, at the age of 10, she was chosen to play Kate in the West Coast production of Annie, performing in Los Angeles. In 1979, Ringwald appeared in the TV series Diff'rent Strokes and was selected to become a cast member of the spin-off Facts of Life. She played "Molly Parker," a perky, fun-loving student at Eastland Girls School. Although she had essentially a supporting role, one entire episode, "Molly's Holiday" revolved around her character dealing with the effects of her parents' divorce. After the first thirteen episodes, the producers restructured the show to be more like the popular film Little Darlings,[citation needed] so Ringwald and three other girls were written out of the series in 1980. However, she made a final guest appearance at the start of the second season.

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. Turning toward motion pictures, she found her breakout role in Sixteen Candles (1984). Molly Ringwald was a member of the so-called Brat Pack of 1980s teen actors. Though she played a high school "princess" in her biggest hit, 1985's The Breakfast Club, Ringwald specialized in portrayals of moody, awkward, brainy, angst-filled characters. Among Ringwald's movies are Fresh Horses, The Pick-up Artist and Pretty in Pink. During the mid- to late-1980s, when Ringwald was among Hollywood's top female teens, she appeared on many covers of such publications as Tiger Beat, Teen, Time and Life.

In the early 1990s, Ringwald's high profile movie career went into rapid decline. Ringwald reportedly turned down the female lead roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost. During the 1990s, Ringwald lived in France for four years and appeared in French language films. She performed in Horton Foote's Lily Dale Off-Broadway and performed in When Harry Met Sally on the West End in London. In 1994 she starred in the tv adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. In 1995 she played a leading role in the movie Malicious as Melissa Nelson, a disturbed woman who has an affair with a college star baseball player . 1996 saw her return to television, starring on the ABC sitcom Townies. While critically praised, low viewer ratings resulted in the show's cancellation after nine episodes. She also made one appearance as a blind woman on the critically acclaimed cable series Remember WENN. She also starred with Lara Flynn Boyle and Teri Hatcher in the 1998 made for TV movie Since You've Been Gone. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Showtime's The Outer Limits.

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. In 2006 she starred in the TV movie The Wives He Forgot. Ringwald recently appeared in an episode of the TV series Medium. Ringwald has appeared in Cabaret, tick, tick... BOOM!, 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.

Ringwald is currently starring in the ABC Family network's series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which debuted on July 1, 2008,playing the title teenager's mother.

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Personal Info

Gender -

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1968-02-18

Place of Birth Roseville, California, USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Molly Kathleen Ringwald

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 King Cobra as Amy
2015 Jem and the Holograms as Aunt Bailey
2015 Bad Night as The Collector
2014 Wishin' and Hopin' as Madame Frechette
2014 Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films as Herself
2011 More Business of Being Born as Herself
2008 The Secret Life of the American Teenager(6 episodes)
2008 The Secret Life of the American Teenager(49 episodes) as Anne Juergens
2006 Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front as Mrs. Helen McIntire
2006 The Megan Mullally Show(1 episode)
2006 The Wives He Forgot as Charlotte Saint John
2006 Psych(1 episode) as Infirmière McElroy
2005 Medium(1 episode)
2004 The Tony Danza Show(1 episode)
2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story as Actress
2002 Cowboy Up as Connie
2001 Not Another Teen Movie as Flight Attendant
2000 The $treet(1 episode)
2000 In the Weeds as Chloe
2000 Cut as Vanessa Turnbill / Chloe
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle as Miss Banks
1999 Requiem for Murder as Anne Winslow
1997 Office Killer as Kim Poole
1996 Townies(15 episodes) as Carrie Donovan
1996 Enfants de salaud as Susan
1995 Malicious as Melissa Nelson
1995 The Outer Limits(1 episode)
1995 Baja as Bebe Stone
1994 The Stand(5 episodes) as Frannie Goldsmith
1994 Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade as Teresa Tatum
1994 The Stand as Frannie Goldsmith
1993 Face The Music as Lisa Hunter
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story as Alison Gertz
1990 Betsy's Wedding as Betsy Hopper
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction as Kit
1990 Strike It Rich as Cary
1988 Fresh Horses as Jewel
1988 For Keeps as Darcy Elliot Bobrucz
1987 The Pick-up Artist as Randy Jensen
1987 King Lear as Cordelia (uncredited)
1987 P.K. and the Kid as P.K. Bayette
1986 Pretty in Pink as Andie Walsh
1985 The Breakfast Club as Claire Standish
1985 Surviving: A Family in Crisis as Lonnie
1984 Sixteen Candles as Samantha Baker
1983 Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone as Nikki
1983 Packin' It In as Melissa Webber
1982 Tempest as Miranda Dimitrius
1979 The Facts of Life(1 episode)
1978 Diff'rent Strokes(2 episodes) as Molly Parker

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