Ally Sheedy
American actress
Ally Sheedy
Alexandra Elizabeth "Ally" Sheedy is an American film and stage actress, as well as the author of two books. Following her film debut in 1983's Bad Boys she became known as one of the Brat Pack group of actors in the films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. She is also known for her roles in WarGames, Short Circuit and High Art, for which she received critical acclaim.
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How I Feel When Men Tell Me to Smile
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Smile -- it can't be that bad. I think you dropped your smile somewhere back there! You're not smiling; how can I change that? Sound familiar? If you're a woman, you've probably heard men make comments like these. And if you're a man, you might have said them. I've personally heard all of the above. But the most frightening time a man ever commented on my smile was at a college party. He walked across the room and yelled so severely in my face for not smiling that I feared he'd hit me. He told me to leave if I didn't want to have fun. A few months ago, there was another woman in the news who didn't smile enough. A male reporter asked Serena Williams why she wasn't smiling since she'd won that day. Williams replied she was tired and didn't find the press conference "super enjoyable." But even if she were enjoying herself, should she be expected to physically show it? She wasn't hosting an event. She was fulfilling a requirement, same as male tennis players like Roger Federer. It pr ...
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The Most Important Message of the <i>The Breakfast Club</i> Is a Lie
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"When you grow up, your heart dies." Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) in The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club captured the teen angst of a generation, delving into themes such as stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying. At the core of this movie was this central thesis: "When you grow up, your heart dies." This sentiment has been echoed for generations, from The Who's "Hope I die before I get old," to Pearl Jam's "All that's sacred comes from youth." But as we approach the 30 year anniversary of the movie, we notice that a funny thing happened after we all graduated -- we actually learned the lessons of The Breakfast Club and made sure our hearts didn't die. And we did so by taking the rebellion of youth and trying to tackle the social problems addressed in the movie. The characters in The Breakfast Club were originally presented as caricatures: a "brain," (Brian Johnson played by Anthony Michael Hall), an "athlete" (Andrew Clark played by Emilio Estevez), a " ...
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11 Things Everyone Should Know About Virginity Culture
Huffington Post - about 3 years
How do you define losing your virginity? What is it that makes our v-cards so valuable? And why do we "lose" such a thing in the first place? Virginity is a subject fraught with issues of "morality," tradition, and gender and sexual politics. Because of how complicated conversations about the subject are, often we opt out of them altogether. Filmmaker Therese Shecter dives right into the ambiguities that surround the idea of virginity and virginity culture in her new documentary, “How To Lose Your Virginity.” Shecter's personal experiences drove her to explore virginity culture. “[Virginity] is one of those things that almost everyone deals with or at least thinks about," Shecter told The Huffington Post last year. "It’s a pretty universal topic. I was 23 when I lost my virginity, by which I mean had intercourse. And it was really a result of years of confusion and fear and worrying.” So why are we so infatuated with virgins and virginity? To start unpacking these questions, we ...
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'The Book Of Jezebel' Gives You All The Info You Need, From A-Z
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anyone who's spent time with women's media is well acquainted with Jezebel, the fun, smart and appropriately snarky website started by Anna Holmes in 2007. The goal, according to Holmes, was to appeal to female readers without talking down to them. It quickly became clear that there was a strong desire for this type of content, and she and her staff ended up dominating the lady blogosphere. After years of editing the site, Holmes was burnt out and decided that it was time for a new project. Enter The Book of Jezebel, available Oct. 22, which was written by a range of contributors and edited by Holmes. "I like sitting and reading the dictionary so I got the idea to do a reference book, a sort of encyclopedia of the world according to the sensibilities of the site," Holmes told The Huffington Post earlier this month. The book, which includes entries that range from "indulge" to "Elizabeth Warren" to the "Hyde Amendment," serves as a sort of witty encyclopedia of all things lady-related. ...
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Computer from ‘WarGames’ going up for sale
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Good news for anyone looking to buy a computer capable of starting World War III. One of the computers used in the 1983 film "WarGames" is going up for sale, IT World reports. "WarGames," the classic hacker flick starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, told the story of a high school student and computer genius [...]
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Anouska Stahlmann: The 10 Best Movie Scenes Of All Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hello all! I'm now 15-years-old and I've realized I spend all my time watching films. I watch a lot of films and I suppose you could say I am quite good at movie trivia. What I find shocking is how many films aren't well-known when they're beyond amazing. There are some scenes that break your heart. There are some scenes that grip you and have you on the edge of your seat. There are those scenes that make your heart melt. There are those scenes that make you feel, cry, laugh and "aww." I've collected a list of 10 scenes. I've narrowed down all the scenes that have evoked so much emotion that I didn't know how to feel after watching the scene. This is my list of 10 scenes that are extra special and have that wow factor. These scenes are the ones that stared me down when I was scouring the earth for the scenes and screamed "I AM FABULOUS" or "I am the walrus" in number 8's case... 10. Schindler's List is directed by Steven Spielberg and is a film to inform audiences of the tr ...
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LOOK: Dustin Lance Black, Adam Lambert And Others Get Creative For Homeless LGBT Youth
Huffington Post - over 3 years
New York's Ali Forney Center (AFC), who provides housing for homeless and runaway lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth has recently collaborated with Nasty Pig, a menswear line and an array of celebrities and activists to create, "Shred Of Hope". "Shred of Hope" is an exclusive batch of shredded t-shirts that are designed by celebrities, to be auctioned off with proceeds going to the AFC. Noteworthy supporters of the LGBT community participated in the project, such as fashion designer and model Isis King, Adam Lambert, author and journalist Keith Boykin, award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Ally Sheedy, actor Alan Cumming, Bravo TV's Andy Cohen, celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz and more. The auction takes place June 20-27 online. Nasty Pig and AFC will also host a launch party for "Shred of Hope" on June 20 at New York's Rootstein Gallery. "Shred of Hope" participants said they were glad to be a part of the project. “When I learned t ...
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Kate Walsh Returning To TV
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The cast of DirecTV's "Full Circle" is full of TV veterans. Kate Walsh, David Boreanaz, Minka Kelly and Julian McMahon are just a few of the small screen favorites who will star in the new 10-episode drama. This is Walsh's first TV project since "Private Practice" ended in early 2013 and "Bones" fans shouldn't worry: Boreanaz will return for the Fox procedural's Season 9. The series from Neil LaBute aims to examine "the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between 11 people," whose lives are intertwined, unbeknownst to them. Each episode takes place in a restaurant and is a conversation between two characters. One of the character's storylines then will carry over into the next episode through a conversation with a new character. The "Full Circle" cast also includes "Harry Potter's" Tom Felton, Keke Palmer, Devon Gerhart, Billy Campbell, Noah Silver, Ally Sheedy, Cheyenne Jackson, and Robin Weigert. Check out DirecTV's in-depth descr ...
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Mike Ryan: Why There Will Never Be Another
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I don't like this. I don't like writing reflection pieces after someone passes away. Especially someone whose death -- even though I didn't know him or her personally -- makes me incredibly sad, the way this one does. When it comes to writing a reflection piece on Roger Ebert, I'd like the luxury of a few weeks to reflect, to tell the truth. Though, without that luxury, the first thing that comes to mind is his review of the movie Short Circuit 2, of all goddamned things. I never wanted to write about film for a living. I'm not one of those many, many, many people who will write -- truthfully -- that Roger Ebert inspired them to follow their dreams of writing about film. (To be fair, growing up in Missouri, I never knew that "writing about film for a living" was an actual option.) What Roger Ebert did do for me was make me want to watch the television show he co-hosted with Gene Siskel every week. Every week. For better or worse, Missouri doesn't always instill what you ...
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Nico Lang: 10 Love Lessons You Can Learn From the '80s
Huffington Post - about 4 years
1. Dancing is the key to winning someone's heart. (Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Fame, Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo) For anyone who has seen Dirty Dancing and the wonder of Patrick Swayze's torso (#neverforget), you know that nobody can resist dancing. What's sexier than someone who is in touch with their body and knows how to move it? It doesn't even matter what they're dancing to or whether it's a tune as admittedly dopey as "I've Had the Time of My Life." When you see those hips moving to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' words, nothing else matters; not maudlin theme songs, botched backstreet abortions, the high expectations of your parents (Emily Gilmore and pre-L&amp;O Jerry Orbach) or that you think you can't do that lift. You can do that lift. You just have to learn to believe in yourself. His sweet moves will show you the way. Also, you know you kind of still love that song anyway. 2. Any problems you have with your romantic partner can b ...
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'Psych' scoop: Ally Sheedy reprising Yang in musical special
Zap 2 it - over 4 years
"Breakfast Club" actress is bringing the crazy back to "Psych" as Shawn (James Roday) and Gus' (Dule Hill) former nemesis appears in the much-anticipated two-hour musical episode.
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Two New Ladies Join 'Glee'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Two new students have been cast on "Glee." Melissa Benoist and Becca Tobin will play new McKinley High students on Season 4 of the Fox series, according to TVLine. Benoist, who's had guest spots on "Homeland" and "The Good Wife" will join "Glee" Season 4 as Marley, while the relatively unknown Tobin will play Kitty, TVLine reports. Both characters are recurring. But Benoist and Tobin aren't the only fresh faces at McKinley: Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist are also joining "Glee" in Season 4. Artist will play Puck's younger half-brother Jake Puckerman and Geyer plays Brody Weston, a potential love interest for Rachel at NYADA. In other casting news ... "Blue Bloods" finds Erin's (Bridget Moynahan) ex. Peter Hermann has been cast as Erin's ex-husband Jack Boyle, who she'll go head-to-head with in court this season on the CBS drama. Jack's return stirs up issues for Erin, their daughter Nicky and the rest of the Reagan family. [EW] "Psych" snags John Hughes actor. The ...
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Marion Johnson: How to Remake Jumanji
Huffington Post - over 4 years
For whatever reason, the 1995 smash Jumanji is getting the reboot treatment in the near future. Actually, I think the word they're using is "re-imagining," which is just a pompous way of saying "remake." I think "reboot" only applies to franchises. But let me move away from this interesting semantic monologue. I'm far from morally opposed to remakes -- some of my favourite movies are remakes -- and it's not like the movie-going public gives film studios much of an option. Bloggers and snobs will complain about the dearth of originality in Hollywood, while they and everyone else lines up to spend up to $15.00 on adapted or repackaged material. Remakes simply make the most financial sense. I'm mostly surprised that they landed on Jumanji, a movie I thought most of us had only dim memories of. But Jumanji it is! And I really hope they do this properly. There are probably two ways to go with this one. (Well, maybe more, but not many more good ones.) You can either stay true ...
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Ally Sheedy Talks WARGAMES and Seth Gordon’s Remake at the Tribeca Film Festival
Collider - almost 5 years
In 1983, Ally Sheedy catapulted to stardom as Jennifer, the beautiful girl next door, in WarGames, about a computer hacker (played by Matthew Broderick) whose innocent prying turns into a game gone very wrong, with potentially global consequences.  Instant stardom and a successful film career followed.  29 years later, the award-winning actress revisited her role, as part of a Tribeca Film Festival panel on the film and the ethical questions it continues to raise. Hit the jump for our interview with Sheedy and her thoughts on seeing the film for the first time since its release, its relevance, Seth Gordon's upcoming remake (including casting options) and more. Ally Sheedy was a mostly unknown 20-year old when she was cast in WarGames.  Coming off steady work in television and a pivotal, but relatively small role opposite Sean Penn in 1983's Bad Boys, Sheedy was cast opposite Matthew Broderick, in just his second film (following Max Dugan Returns). The film follows a high ...
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'WarGames' At Tribeca: 9 Things I Learned At The Festival Screening And Panel Discussion
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
Earlier today, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted a screening of the 1983 Matthew Broderick classic (and a personal favorite), "WarGames." In front of a, sadly, less than packed house (or, happily, a more than empty house) the film was screened in its entirety, followed by a slightly disappointing panel discussion (I'll get to that) that included director John Badham and co-star Ally Sheedy. While in attendance, I learned a few things about "WarGames." Here are those 9 things that I learned. 1. The first scene is still frightening I haven't seen "WarGames" from start to finish in quite some time. So long, in fact, that I forgot about the somewhat frightening opening scene featuring John Spencer as an Air Force officer who can't turn the key that will result in the launch of a nuclear warhead. The scene was a test (he didn't know that), but his failure to launch inspires the government to put the launch decision in the hands of a computer. (His failure to launch did not result in the i ...
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'Revenge' Recap: Victoria's the Ultimate Twisted Helicopter Parent
The Stir - almost 5 years
Post by Adriana Velez Oh Revenge I missed you so much! I almost forgot all the characters' names -- Victoriwhat? Jackwho? Never go away again. After weeks on hiatus, Revenge is back and wicked as ever. Can't remember where they left off? Check out Nolan's Revenge recap before watching last night's episode. (Nolan -- tall, blond, techy-preppy guy, remember?) Anyway, in case you were worried that things are spinning out of control for our brave revenge-seeker Emily, fear not. She's got it all well in hand. In a devious way. But that's nothing compared to the shocking lengths Victoria will go to in order to protect her son, Daniel -- if that actually is her motive. Tonight started with two doses of deja vu: Emily reads a letter from Daniel saying he's not guilty and hopes someday she'll understand. And then she finds out that Victoria's big hope for saving Daniel is to frame another innocent man for murder. This time it's Jack. When Declan and Charlotte fail to give a sketch artist ...
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Cutting Child Star, Brat Pack Booty Call and a REVEAL! – Blind Items
Hollywood Dame - almost 5 years
“This starlet is starting her descent to rehab. Aside from the partying and her weed habit, she has started cutting again. Her boyfriend is the only one expressing real concern, but he is still bitter about the time she slept with his brother and only halfheartedly trying to help her.” [Hollywood Dame] REVEALED!: “Like many television shows, this one has seen cast members come and go over the years. As one female cast member transitions out, though, there is some very interesting maneuvering going on behind the scenes. The male lead wants to pick the replacement. And his top choice is… the woman who nearly destroyed his marriage! They had an affair a couple of years ago, and when his wife found out, she filed for divorce. Husband and wife eventually got back together, but his active lobbying for the other woman as his future costar certainly came as a surprise to us. His wife would probably be surprised as well. His paramour is not the top choice of the producers, thoug ...
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‘Short Circuit’ director: War makes this remake relevant
LATimes - almost 5 years
From “American Reunion” to “Fright Night,” remakes of 1980s and 1990s films have taken their lumps on the big screen lately. But the director behind the new iteration of “Short Circuit” is taking a rigorous approach that he hopes will help his movie avoid the reboot trap. Tim Hill,  the “Hop” helmer who has been hired to direct the film, says that his take on Johnny No. 5 -- of course, the weapon-turned-cuddly-companion from the 1986 hit -- will resonate in this era of drone warfare. “The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war,” Hill, also a longtime writer on the television series "SpongeBob SquarePants,” told 24 Frames. “We have drones that do our fighting for us, do all these jobs men and women don’t want to do. And that’s what makes this so interesting -- things like this moment in the story when Johnny realizes he’s going to be disassembled and contemplates death, and whether it’s right to terminate someone else ...
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FBI fights back against cybercrime - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in the film War Games. An attractive brunette in a business suit is making her online pitch. &quot;Are you tired of searching for legit CVV shops?&quot; her animated form asks from the corner of the website
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'Life During Wartime' An Unfamiliar Twist on a Seemingly Familiar Tale - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
The action moves to California when Joy visits her sister Helen (Ally Sheedy) for a couple of scenes, and it becomes even more obvious that the whole idea of the film is to subvert our notion of who these people really are. The scenes in California are
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ally Sheedy
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 46
    In 2009, she played the role of Mr. Yang on the USA Network television show Psych (in the third season finale), a role that she reprised in the fourth season, fifth season, and seventh season finales.
    More Details Hide Details Sheedy dated Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for less than a year in the 1980s. She stated in The Los Angeles Times that the relationship led her to abuse drugs, a claim Sambora denied. In 1985, Sheedy was admitted to Hazelden Foundation and in the 1990s was treated for a sleeping pill addiction, an experience which she drew on for her role as a drug-addicted photographer in High Art.
  • 2008
    Age 45
    In May 2008, Sheedy announced that she and Lansbury had filed for divorce.
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    Sheedy has also appeared in the episode "Leapin' Lizards" of C.S.I. in which she played a woman who murdered her boyfriend's wife while mixed up in a cult. On March 3, 2008, Sheedy was introduced as the character Sarah, in the ABC Family show Kyle XY.
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  • 2003
    Age 40
    She was reunited with Breakfast Club co-star Anthony Michael Hall when she became a special guest star on his television show The Dead Zone, in the second-season episode "Playing God," from 2003.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 36
    In 1999, Sheedy took over the lead role in the off Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first female to play the part of the German transsexual "Hedwig," but her run ended early amid bad reviews. That same year, she was cast as a lead actress in Sugar Town, an independent film, which featured an ensemble cast of actors and musicians.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    Her most notable film performance during the 1990s was in High Art, an independent film released in 1998 about a romance between two women and the power of art.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance in High Art was recognized with awards from the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 29
    On April 12, 1992, Sheedy married actor David Lansbury, the nephew of actress Angela Lansbury and son of Edgar Lansbury, the original producer of Godspell.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Rebecca was born in 1994.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Following her film debut in 1983's Bad Boys, she became known as one of the Brat Pack group of actors in the films The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985).
    More Details Hide Details She is also known for her roles in WarGames (1983), Short Circuit (1986) and High Art (1998). Sheedy was born in New York City and has two siblings, brother Patrick and sister Meghan. Her mother, Charlotte (née Baum), is a writer and press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements, and her father, John J. Sheedy, Jr., is a Manhattan advertising executive. Her mother is Jewish and her father is of Irish Catholic background. Her maternal grandmother was from Odessa, Ukraine.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 18
    Sheedy started acting in local stage productions as a teenager. After appearing in several made-for-television films in 1981, as well as three episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues, she made her feature film debut in Bad Boys (1983), starring Sean Penn, where she played Penn's humiliated girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details The 1980s were her most active period, with roles in popular films such as WarGames, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, and Maid to Order.
  • 1975
    Age 12
    On June 19, 1975, she appeared on the game show To Tell the Truth in her role as a young writer.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 8
    Her parents divorced in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Sheedy attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City, graduating in 1980. She started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at age six and was planning to make it a full-time career. However, she gave up dance in favor of acting full-time. At age 12 she wrote a book, She Was Nice to Mice; the book was published by McGraw-Hill and became a best-seller.
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on June 13, 1962.
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