Molly Ringwald

Television Actress / Film Actress / Novelist / Writer / Stage Actress | * 02/18/1968 (52) | Roseville, California, USA
Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and author. She was cast in her first major role as Molly in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–80) after a casting director saw her playing an orphan in a stage production of the musical Annie. She and several other members of the original Facts of Life cast were let go when the show was reworked by the network. She subsequently made her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest (1982), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. Ringwald is known for her collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes, having appeared in three of his films. After appearing in the successful Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald became a teen icon. She later starred in ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Molly Ringwald

Theatre World Award Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress

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Movies with Molly Ringwald as Actress(46)

as Carla Sheffield2019 All These Small Moments
as Gabby2018 Siberia
as Mrs. Flynn2018 The Kissing Booth
as herself2018 Always at The Carlyle
as Linda Sanders2017 SPF-18
as Amy2016 King Cobra
as The Collector2015 Bad Night
as Aunt Bailey2015 Jem and the Holograms
as Madame Frechette2014 Wishin' and Hopin'
as Charlotte Saint John2006 The Wives He Forgot
as Marion Powers2002 The Big Time
as Connie2002 Cowboy Up
as Flight Attendant2001 Not Another Teen Movie
as Vanessa Turnbill / Chloe2000 Cut
as Chloe2000 In the Weeds
as Nancy2000 Kimberly
as Miss Banks1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle
as Anne Winslow1999 Requiem for Murder
as Claire the Fan1998 Since You've Been Gone
as Kim Poole1997 Office Killer
as Susan1996 Enfants de salaud
as Melissa Nelson1995 Malicious
as Janet Gifford1995 Seven Sundays
as Bebe Stone1995 Baja
as Lisa Hunter1993 Face The Music
as Cary1990 Strike It Rich
as Betsy Hopper1990 Betsy's Wedding
as Jewel1988 Fresh Horses
as Darcy Elliot Bobrucz1988 For Keeps
as Cordelia (uncredited)1987 King Lear
as P.K. Bayette1987 P.K. and the Kid
as Randy Jensen1987 The Pick-up Artist
as Andie Walsh1986 Pretty in Pink
as Lonnie1985 Surviving
as Claire Standish1985 The Breakfast Club
as Samantha 'Sam' Baker1984 Sixteen Candles
as Melissa Webber1983 Packin' It In
as Miranda Dimitrius1982 Tempest

TV Shows/Series with Molly Ringwald as Actress(17)

as Claire's mother2019 Tales of the City
as Mary Andrews2017 Riverdale
as McElroy2006 Psych
2005 Medium
as Devyn Alden2000 The $treet
as Carrie Donovan1996 Townies
as Molly Parker1978 Diff'rent Strokes

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Molly Ringwald
Born: Sunday, 02/18 1968 (February) in Roseville (current age: 52 years + 6 days)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Educated at: Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Spouses (current/former): Panio Gianopoulos
Other names for Molly Ringwald (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Molly Kathleen Ringwald"
"몰리 링월드"
Molly Ringwald frequently works together with these people:
John Hughes (8x, Crew)
Jason Priestley (5x, Actor)
Howie Mandel (5x, Actor)
Patricia Arquette (4x, Actress)
Mayim Bialik (4x, Actress)
Steven Weber (4x, Actor)
Joanna Kerns (4x, Actress)
James Roday (4x, Actor)
Marcia Cross (4x, Actress)
Mark Hartley (4x, Crew)
Donnelly Rhodes (4x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3522, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 02/15/2020