Lea Thompson
American actress of film and theatre, and director of several television series and made-for-TV movies.
Lea Thompson
Lea Kathleen Thompson is an American actress, television director and television producer. She is known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films she is known for include All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, and Some Kind of Wonderful.
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Lea Thompson shares stories from 'Back to the Future'
Fox News - over 1 year
Lea Thompson talks 'Back to the Future'
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"I Saw it at Sundance": 14 Films People Might be Talking About This Year
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This year's Sundance Film Festival featured the standard themes that indie films are known for: coming-of-age summers, middle-class folk complaining about their lives, and of course, Brit Marling. But it also had our favorite comedians out of their comfort zones (Kristen Wiig as a twin who cheats death, Aubrey Plaza as a zombie), suicidal vampires, two hours of Tom Hardy talking on the phone, and a whole lotta Anna Kendrick. We checked out this year's slate, but before we can smugly tell our friends, "Yeah, I saw that before anyone else -- at Sundance," we broke them down into categories and predicted the "buzzworthiness" that each would have this year. How likely is it for you to say that you saw these at Sundance? We've got you covered. But please bring your own snow boots, swag and hors'deourves. -- Sheila Dichoso Best SNL Post-Grad Work: The Skeleton Twins I've had a difficult time categorizing this film because the specter of suicide looms over it, but other parts are so ver ...
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The Surprising History Of The 'Back To The Future' Clock Tower
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On this date in "Back to the Future" history, Nov. 12, 1955, lightning struck the clock tower in Hill Valley, Calif. providing enough power (1.21 gigawatts, in case you forgot) to send Marty McFly and the DeLorean back to the future to 1985. While "Back to the Future" has remained a classic since its release 28 years ago, and actors like Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson will be forever linked with their characters, one important figure in the series has never really been celebrated: the clock tower itself. Here's a look at one of the most famous backgrounds in Hollywood history, one that has been featured with everyone from Gregory Peck to Buffy Summers, and is still an iconic setting 65 years after it was built (and 58 years after it was struck by lightning). The clock tower presently sits in Courthouse Square on the Universal Studios backlot because it was originally built to be used as a courthouse in the 1948 film, "An Act of Murder." The film, starring F ...
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The Best Movies About Time Travel, and Why <i>About Time</i> Isn't One of Them
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I just popped in to an advance screening of Richard Curtis's upcoming time-travel rom-com, About Time and left over two hours later wishing I could go back in time to pick another film. For some reason, thinking about Mr. Curtis's work, including this latest effort, a whole bunch of words beginning with "c" come to mind: cute, corny, commercial, cliché, calculated, sometimes clever... but not often enough. Clearly About Time is calculated to appeal to young women in their 20s. I could tell because my screening was filled with such "tastemakers," who will be expected to venture forth and encourage their friends to see this tedious, saccharine outing. I even overheard one such lady pronounce the film "cute" as I was bolting for the exit and a well-earned martini. Bingo, I thought. The plot concerns Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), a pale, gangly, ginger-haired youth who, on turning 21, is informed by his dad (Bill Nighy) that all males in the family have the power to go back in time, as ...
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11 Words That Will Make You Sound Super Smart
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When someone constantly uses the filler word "like," you probably think they don't sound so smart. But have you ever met someone who's babbling "like" after "like," and then suddenly inserts a zinger of a vocabulary word such as "sycophant," which means a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage (or "obsequiously," which means full of or exhibiting servile compliance)? All of a sudden, you're looking at this person in a whole new light. Maybe they're smarter than you thought they were. Just for fun, we asked our Facebook fans to name the words they think make someone sound, well, sagacious (uh, smart). Have any words to add? Let us know in comments. We included the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition below each suggestion. 1) "Paradoxically," said Lee Enry Erickson. Def: Of the nature of a paradox; not being the normal or usual kind -- a paradoxical pulse -- paradoxical drug reactions. — par·a·dox·i·cal·i·ty noun — par·a·dox·i·cal·ly ...
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Keck's Exclusives First Look: CSI Goes Back to the Future
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Though they costarred in 1989's Back to the Future Part II and 1990's Part III, Elisabeth Shue (who played Marty McFly's girlfriend, Jennifer) and Lea Thompson (who played Marty's mom, Lorraine) appeared together in only one scene. [...] it came as a rare treat for them to reunite for a November episode of Shue's CSI, in which Thompson guest stars as an investigator who is looking into a misconduct claim against Greg (Eric Szmanda). In the season's 10th episode, Shue's Finlay will be at the center of another wild adventure when she, Sara (Jorja Fox) and Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) head out for what executive producer Carol Mendelsohn calls "a fun spa weekend that turns tense, scary and violent."
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American TV Stars Cheer Up Israeli Terror Victims
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The first visit of C.S. Lee -- popularly known as Vince Masuka from the American TV show Dexter -- to Israel, was an inspiring one for the Korean-American actor. In an exclusive interview, Lee told Tazpit News Agency that there were many moving points during the trip to the Holy Land. "The visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial was particularly special," recalled Lee during his last evening in the country. Lee was part of a contingent of acclaimed prime-time TV and movie stars led by award-winning actress Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched Birth), her husband Howard Deutch, music director and producer, their two actress daughters, Zoey (Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters) and Madelyn Deutch. Vivian Bang (Sullivan &amp; Son), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) and Malik Yoba (Revolution) were also part of the trip, which had been organized by America's Voices in Israel (AVI), directed by Irwin Katsof. "There was something very different about visiting the Holocaust museum here in Israe ...
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CSI Brings In Switched At Birth’s Lea Thompson
Boom Tron - over 3 years
November sweeps is a big time in television; it’s a time when big names and big plots often collide in big ways. CSI is going to follow the pattern and bring in a terrific actress whom you might know from Back to the Future, or perhaps more recently on Switched at Birth. I am, of course, referring to Lea Thompson. She’s a joy to have, even if only for a single episode. I’m surprised they didn’t cast her for the 300th episode, but I suppose that one was already bursting with guest stars and anymore would’ve capsized it. And by capsize I mean ruined it by having way too many characters running around. Thompson will be playing a smart, no-nonsense woman ­– name currently unknown – with a rich history. According to THR, she knows her way around a CSI lab and has worked many crime scenes in Detroit. These days she’s a defense criminalist and will be working closely alongside Finlay (Elisabeth Shue). How close? That’s a good question and it’s one I don’t have the answer to. The informati ...
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Jeryl Brunner: A Peek Inside This Year's Race to Erase MS Gala
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
When she was 33, Nancy Davis was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was 1991, Davis had three young sons. There was no cure and no available drugs on the market. She went to a doctor and the only advice he could offer was to "go home, go to bed and expect to stop walking," says Davis who has black belt in karate, is a serious skier and plays tennis. Her doctors told her that she would be lucky just to operate the TV remote control. Unwilling to accept her doctors' grim prognosis, by 1993, Davis founded Race to Erase MS. The organization's key mission is to raise funds for aggressive, cutting-edge and promising research in an effort to find a cure. Davis also saw the need for the top MS research institutes to join forces and communicate. So Race to Erase funds The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program which  brings together top MS researchers from Johns Hopkins, Yale, UC San Francisco, USC, Oregon Health Sciences University and Harvard. In order to have their stud ...
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'Switched At Birth' Makes TV History
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Switched At Birth" will air an episode told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL) on Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family. In the episode, the students at Carlton School for the Deaf protest to keep their school open. Daphne (Katie Leclerc) leads the student protest and arranges a demonstration to take place the night before their production of "Romeo and Juliet," in which she stars. Meanwhile, Bay (Vanessa Marano), one of the few hearing students in the school, is challenged when she tries to join the cause. This is the first time a scripted series on mainstream television has done this, according to the network. The episode was inspired by the real-life protests at Gallaudet University that took place 25 years ago. Students, staff, faculty and alumni demanded a deaf president bet elected after another hearing president of the university was selected in 1988. Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy and Gilles Marini also star in ...
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Jonathan Kim: ReThink Review: Red Dawn - Somehow, the North Koreans Are Coming!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Once or twice a year, North Korea tests a missile (often ineffectively) or says something inflammatory, causing America and the media to experience a brief spasm of worry over the intentions of the mysterious, hermitic country. I'm half Korean, and while that definitely doesn't make me an expert on North Korea, these concerns about North Korea and whether they'll attack the U.S. or South Korea always strike me as being pretty ridiculous. After all, North Korea is an incredibly poor country whose citizens are often subjected to horrible famines and are making do with technology left over from the Cold War and little electricity. When I think of North Korea, I'm more likely to think of images like these than a scary military threat. All that footage you see of marching North Korean soldiers with their hardware and missiles is all for show to maintain national pride. A few weeks ago, I told a friend that I'd bet most North Korean soldiers would probably surrender for a few Big Ma ...
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Why Holiday TV Movies Rule Cable
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- If the holidays still seem a long way off, you clearly haven't done much television channel surfing lately. The Hallmark channel has already begun two months of wall-to-wall holiday programming. Lifetime has ramped up its seasonal selections with 10 new made-for-TV movies, the first one airing last weekend. ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming isn't enough, so they do a "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas," starting Sunday. This is in addition to all the old favorites, from Charlie Brown to Frosty the Snowman, that will fill broadcast network schedules during the next month. An already popular television genre is growing in power, judging by the 22 new movies Hallmark and Lifetime are rolling out between them, and a new Disney holiday musical. "This is a strategy that developed naturally from demand," said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at the Lifetime networks. "It's really giving people what they want." A ...
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'Howard the Duck' Star Lea Thompson - Yeah, That Movie SUCKED (TMZ.com)
Wesmirch.com - over 4 years
TMZ.com: ‘Howard the Duck’ Star Lea Thompson — Yeah, That Movie SUCKED  —  Yeah, That Movie SUCKED  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  It's widely regarded as the WORST MOVIE OF ALL TIME — and even Lea Thompson, star of the 1986 catastrophe, agrees ... “Howard the Duck” was a steaming pile of animatronic crap.
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'Red Dawn' Trailer: Thor, Peeta & Tyra Go To War With Tom Cruise's Son
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Red Dawn" will arrive in theaters on Nov. 21 with a thick coat of dust and a bunch of before-they-were-famous performances from its star actors. The remake first went into production in 2008 and started filming in 2009, long before Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson helped lead "Thor," "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Hunger Games" to box-office glory. Like the original film, the "Red Dawn" trailer focuses on the Wolverines, a ragtag group of teens and 20-somethings who wind up being America's last hope when North Korea decides to take over half the country. (Just go with this: In the original film it was the Soviet Union; in the first "Red Dawn" cut, it was China.) Guns, explosions, heroics and campfires follow, with Hemsworth's Jed Eckert leading the way and taking care of his little brother, played by Josh Peck. (Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Hutcherson and Tom Cruise's son, Connor, all come along for the ride as well.) It should be noted that the original "Red Dawn" -- which ...
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WATCH: Thor, Peeta & Tom Cruise's Son In 'Red Dawn'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Red Dawn" will arrive in theaters on Nov. 21 with a thick coat of dust and a bunch of before-they-were-famous performances from its star actors. The remake first went into production in 2008 and started filming in 2009, long before Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson helped lead "Thor," "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Hunger Games" to box-office glory. Like the original film, the "Red Dawn" trailer focuses on the Wolverines, a ragtag group of teens and 20-somethings who wind up being America's last hope when North Korea decides to take over half the country. (Just go with this: In the original film it was the Soviet Union; in the first "Red Dawn" cut, it was China.) Guns, explosions, heroics and campfires follow, with Hemsworth's Jed Eckert leading the way and taking care of his little brother, played by Josh Peck. (Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Hutcherson and Tom Cruise's son, Connor, all come along for the ride as well.) It should be noted that the original "Red D ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lea Thompson
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 52
    In 2014, Thompson was a competitor on Dancing with the Stars: season 19.
    More Details Hide Details She was paired with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. The couple was eliminated in the quarterfinals, finishing sixth place. She also played Irene Steele in Left Behind. Thompson has been married to film director Howard Deutch since 1989. They first met on the set of Some Kind of Wonderful. Thompson and Deutch have two daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, with whom she sang on stage in the Bye Bye Birdie production for the 16th annual Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's" in March 2008. Both daughters are actresses.
  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 46
    She appeared in the TV film Final Approach, which debuted in the U.S. on May 24, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Her film credits include Exit Speed, Spy School, Splinterheads, and Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer. She starred in the television movie The Christmas Clause, which received good reviews and ratings. Thompson stars in Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake, an adventure game released in November 2012 by Big Fish Games. Thompson's daughter Madeline Deutch plays as a paranormal television-series host in it. Since 2011 Thompson has starred in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, about a family realizing their 16-year-old daughter is not biologically theirs and was switched with another baby at the hospital.
    Thompson guest-starred on the show Head Case in January 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 45
    In April 2007 she starred in another TV film, A Life Interrupted, which premiered on Lifetime television.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    Thompson was a featured singer on Celebrity Duets and the second contestant eliminated in 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 43
    In 2005, Thompson began a series of made-for-TV films for the Hallmark Channel, in which she plays Jane Doe, an ex-secret agent turned housewife, who helps the government solve mysteries.
    More Details Hide Details Thompson directed two films from the Jane Doe series – Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    Thompson also appeared in several episodes of the dramedy series Ed and in a guest role for one episode in 2004 on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; she played a woman whose embryos were stolen.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 36
    Thompson also starred in a A Will of their Own, a 1998 American television mini-series directed by Karen Arthur. The film follows six generations of females within one family, and their struggle for power and independence in America. The film debuted on October 18, 1998 on the NBC network to strong critical reviews.
    More Details Hide Details After a break from acting, Thompson went on to star in several Broadway plays. She later appeared in a TV series called For the People, which only lasted one season. She then starred in a TV film, Stealing Christmas (2003), starring Tony Danza and Betty White.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    In 1996, Thompson received a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series, while her show won for Favorite New TV Comedy Series.
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  • 1995
    Age 33
    Thompson found moderate critical and popular success as the star of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City from 1995 to 1999.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 27
    She also had a prominent role in the 1989 TV film Nightbreaker, for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Thompson starred as the mother of the eponymous character in Dennis the Menace (1993), the villainess in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), and a snooty ballet instructor in The Little Rascals (1994). She also appeared in several TV films throughout the 1990s, including The Substitute Wife (1994) and The Right To Remain Silent (1996).
  • 1986
    Age 24
    In 1986, Thompson starred in SpaceCamp and Howard the Duck.
    More Details Hide Details For the latter film, she sang several songs on the soundtrack in character, as musician Beverly Switzler, who was the lead vocalist for a band called Cherry Bomb. The recordings appeared on the soundtrack album and on singles. Rounding out film appearances in the late 1980s, Thompson starred in Some Kind of Wonderful, Casual Sex?, and The Wizard of Loneliness.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    Thompson's most famous role is that of Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy, with the first film released in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Thompson's character is the mother of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, whom Marty meets when she is a 1950s adolescent age after he travels back in time: he has to avoid having Lorraine fall in love with him instead of with his future father, George (Crispin Glover), which leads to awkward scenes where Lorraine is attracted to him.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    Thompson made her home-media screen debut in 1982 as Cecily "Sissy" Loper in the interactive live-action video game "MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?" and her movie significant debut in 1983, with Jaws 3-D.
    More Details Hide Details She recalled the film as "the very first movie I ever got, but I lied and said I had done a couple of other movies, so when I showed up, I really knew absolutely nothing. Also, I had said that I knew how to water-ski. And I did not. So I had, like, five days to learn really, really complicated water-skiing things, because I had to fit into the Sea World water-skiing show. I don’t even know how to swim!" She followed this with All the Right Moves (1983), Red Dawn (1984), and The Wild Life (1984).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on May 31, 1961.
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