Molly Ringwald
Actress
Molly Ringwald
Molly Kathleen Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Having appeared in the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald is part of the 80's "Brat Pack" and is frequently named the greatest teen star of all time. She currently plays Anne Juergens in the ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
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What It's Like to Be Lena Dunham, SNL Host, Podcast Host and Feminist Icon
Huffington Post - 5 days
These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.. Answers by Lena Dunham, creator and star of Girls, co-founder of Lenny Letter, on Quora. Q: What was it like to be a fixture in the Women's March? A: It was invigorating and inspiring and exactly what we needed after the inauguration. Riding down on a party bus full of snacks with my Lenny girls was the feminist frosting on the pussy-hat shaped cake of my soul. I remember stopping at a rest stop in New Jersey, stepping into the food court, and seeing a sea of pink hats on women of every possible descriptor. Even on little tiny babies! That's what the future looks like to me, not a dark place governed by hate, racism, fear, and bigotry. It's a rest stop in New Jersey filled with the happiest women you've ever met in pink hats, gearing up for the fight/party of their lives. ... Q: What's it like hosting Saturday Nigh ...
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This Isn't Your Parent's Riverdale
Huffington Post - 26 days
Adaptations are tricky. They can either go horribly, HORRIBLY wrong or they can be a surprise hit. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. This is especially true if the property being adapted is something that has been beloved for generations. The key to any good adaptation is to be different, to give it something the audience hasn't seen before, to be unique. But at the same time, it must stay true to the heart of the original property. When I first heard that The CW was going to be airing a television series based on the Archie Comic books called Riverdale my first thought was "Why?" The comics are bright, cartoony, and all about clean good-natured fun. They're about as Americana as you can get and I wasn't quite sure how it would translate into a live-action medium. The answer is... perfectly. Produced by Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow eat), Riverdale is a dark and dramatic take on the wholesomeness that the "town with pep" is known for and it's icon ...
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Modern Love: The Modern Love Podcast: Molly Ringwald Reads ‘From Divorce, a Fractured Beauty’
NYTimes - 3 months
On this week’s Modern Love Podcast, the actress reads the story of one couple’s surprising postdivorce discovery: a happy family vacation.
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First Nighter: "Terms of Endearment" Not Endearing on Stage, Gideon Irving Happily Declares "My Name is Gideon," GQ and JQ (W)rap "Othello" in "Othello the Remix"
Huffington Post - 3 months
It's been a losing week in theaters for arguing the preeminence of movies over theater. An anemic stage adaptation by Tom Schulman of his Dead Poets Society screenplay has just opened at the Classic Stage Company, and a by-the-numbers adaptation by Dan Gordon of James L. Brooks's Terms of Endearment screenplay (from the Larry McMurtry novel) has bowed at 59E59 Theaters. It's not that either is outright bad (a full Dead Poets Society review can be found elsewhere on The Huffington Post), but other than riding in on the coattails of favorite movies of the not too distant past--Terms of Endearment released in 1983, Dead Poets Society in 1989--the reasons for either existing aren't immediately apparent or convincing. Since comparisons are generally considered odious, none will appear here involving the film's stars. (Shirley MacLaine won an Oscar for ToE, a did Robert DeNiro.) Suffice it to say that Molly Ringwald as the mother Aurora Greenway to Hannah Dunne's daughter Emma Greenw ...
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Review: Molly Ringwald Now Plays a Granny in ‘Terms of Endearment’
NYTimes - 3 months
At 59E59 Theaters, a stage version of the novel and its Oscar-winning 1980s movie version includes most of the film’s memorable moments and more sexual frankness.
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The World Mourns Leonard Cohen -- A Loss It Didn't Need Right Now
Huffington Post - 3 months
Prince, David Bowie, Gene Wilder ― 2016 has been full of tough losses.  And Thursday’s announcement of singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen’s death came as yet another crushing blow, particularly for those still reeling from Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Following the news, beautiful tributes to Cohen began pouring in. Many, from Patton Oswalt to Johnny Knoxville, wondered when 2016 would give the world a break.   Leonard Cohen dying is so goddamned symbolic right now. You just don't let up, do you 2016? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 11, 2016 RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It's making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 11, 2016 R.I.P. the great Leonard Cohen.❤️❤️#canwebedonewith2016 pic.twitter.com/ALxIVcfP7n — Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) November 11, 2016 As of the week could get ...
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Snapshot: Molly Ringwald Has Advice to Give and a Role to Match
New York Times - 4 months
The actress talks about preparing for the stage version of “Terms of Endearment” and about her penchant for giving advice.
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Ally Sheedy’s Reaction To Her ‘Breakfast Club’ Makeover Shows How Times Have Changed
Huffington Post - 4 months
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A Big-Hearted Sci-Fi Treasure Hunt and a Rollicking Love Letter to the '80s
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Meredith Vilarello | Off the Shelf When I was a kid, on Friday afternoons my dad would always take me to our local Blockbuster video store (remember those?), where I was allowed to rent one movie and one video game for the weekend. Although picking just one game was serious business to my ten-year-old self, by Saturday midday I would usually lose interest and abandon my Nintendo console to curl up with a book or bake cookies with my mom. So when my book club chose Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which my friend described as "a really awesome novel that's sort of about video games," I wasn't excited. But when I finally picked it up, I discovered that Ready Player One isn't just a book about video games--it's a hilarious, rollicking joyride through '80s pop culture featuring a big-hearted protagonist that you can't help but root for and his epic quest for fame, wealth, and love. In the dystopian near-future, our hero, eighteen-year-old loner Wade Watts, must overcome seem ...
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'Pretty in Pink' to return to theaters for 30th anniversary
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Break out the shoulder pads. "Pretty in Pink" is slated to return to some theaters next month to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary. John Hughes' romantic comedy, starring Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy as Chicago suburban teenagers figuring out the rules of love, is slated to be screened...
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Alanis Morissette's Advice Column Is All We Really Want
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Don’t let this be the good advice that you just didn’t take. Starting Jan. 16, Alanis Morissette will be helping readers deal with their angst via an advice column for The Guardian's Weekend magazine. The Canadian singer-songwriter will be filling the slot left open by actress Molly Ringwald, who wrote her final column for The Guardian in September. Contributing to The Guardian seems like a natural step for Morissette. Since October, she's been releasing a series of podcasts on her own website that touch on "everything from psychology to art to spirituality to design to health and well-being, to relationships," according to their official description. Morissette told The Guardian that she’s acted as a “therapist” for her family for nearly her whole life. “Parents, brothers, even extended family members, that was the role I took on, because I suppose I had this combination of intuition and empathy,” she said. Plus, let's be honest -- we’ve been using Alanis’ music as th ...
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Alanis Morissette's Advice Column Is All We Really Want
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Don’t let this be the good advice that you just didn’t take. Starting Jan. 16, Alanis Morissette will be helping readers deal with their angst via an advice column for The Guardian's Weekend magazine. The Canadian singer-songwriter will be filling the slot left open by actress Molly Ringwald, who wrote her final column for The Guardian in September. Contributing to The Guardian seems like a natural step for Morissette. Since October, she's been releasing a series of podcasts on her own website that touch on "everything from psychology to art to spirituality to design to health and well-being, to relationships," according to their official description. Morissette told The Guardian that she’s acted as a “therapist” for her family for nearly her whole life. “Parents, brothers, even extended family members, that was the role I took on, because I suppose I had this combination of intuition and empathy,” she said. Plus, let's be honest -- we’ve been using Alanis’ music as th ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Molly Ringwald
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 46
    In September 2014, Ringwald began writing an advice column for The Guardian, answering questions about "love, family, or life in general".
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    Ringwald played Madame Frechette in the 2014 Lifetime Christmas film Wishin' and Hopin'.
    More Details Hide Details Ringwald plays Aunt Bailey in Jem and the Holograms, raising Jerrica, her sister Kimber, and adopted daughters.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    In early 2013, Ringwald released Except Sometimes, a jazz record.
    More Details Hide Details It follows a tradition in jazz for the Ringwald family set by her father. “I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician. Beginning at around age three I started singing with his band and jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It's always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded,” Ringwald said in a statement.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    Ringwald read the audiobook edition of the 2012 novel The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 40
    Ringwald starred 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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  • 2007
    Age 39
    She married Panio Gianopoulos, a Greek-American writer and book editor, in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details They have a daughter, Mathilda (born 2003), and twins, Adele and Roman (born 2009). Her pregnancy was written into the storyline of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Ringwald has stated that she was very aware of her public image during her teen years and that she tried to be a good role model for her fans. When asked about For Keeps (1988), Ringwald said, "I didn't want to give the wrong message to teenagers. I sort of felt a certain responsibility – I mean, I was a very, very famous teenager and I thought a lot of teenagers were looking up to me and emulating me, and I really didn't want to make a movie that said in any way that having a baby at that age was going to be easy." She was parodied on an episode of Family Guy as Peter Griffin's wife in an alternate timeline.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In 2006 she starred in the television film The Wives He Forgot, and that fall and winter starred as Charity Hope Valentine in the national tour of the Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity.
    More Details Hide Details She also played a supporting role as Molly McIntire's mother Helen in Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    In late 2004 she starred in the play Modern Orthodox on Broadway, opposite Jason Biggs and Craig Bierko.
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  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003 Ringwald appeared in Enchanted April on Broadway beginning April 8, but left after the June 15 performance due to pregnancy.
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    In 2000 Ringwald appeared in the ensemble restaurant-themed film In the Weeds, and in 2001 she had a cameo in the commercially successful Not Another Teen Movie that earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details In theater, she wore a "Green, Green Dress" in Jonathan Larson's Off-Broadway musical tick, tick... BOOM!, and headlined as Sally Bowles in Broadway's long-running revival of Cabaret from December 18, 2001 until April 28, 2002.
    In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Showtime's The Outer Limits, "Judgment Day."
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    Ringwald was married to Valéry Lameignère, a French writer, in Bordeaux, France, on July 28, 1999; they divorced in 2002.
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    In 1999, she played the starring role of "Li'l Bit" in Paula Vogel's play How I Learned to Drive at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 30
    She starred with Lara Flynn Boyle and Teri Hatcher in the 1998 made-for-television film Since You've Been Gone.
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  • 1994
    Age 26
    In 1994, she was cast as Frannie Goldsmith, in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.
    More Details Hide Details Ringwald's performance was generally well received. She next played the leading role in the film Malicious (1995) as Melissa Nelson, a disturbed woman who has an affair with a college star baseball player. She later starred in the ABC sitcom Townies. She also made one appearance as a blind woman on the critically acclaimed cable series Remember WENN.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    In 1990, Ringwald appeared in the James Scott-directed Strike It Rich alongside Robert Lindsay and John Gielgud.
    More Details Hide Details That same year she starred in Betsy's Wedding as Betsy Hopper. This film gained generally mixed reviews despite being a commercial success. Ringwald later starred in Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 19
    In 1987, she was cast as Randy Jensen in The Pick-up Artist, opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in one of his first lead roles.
    More Details Hide Details The film was met with mixed reviews while being a moderate commercial success. The Pick-up Artist focused on a womanizer who meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the Mafia. The following year she starred in For Keeps, a commercial success that received mixed reviews by critics but was well received by audiences. It is considered Ringwald's final teen movie. Ringwald portrayed Darcy Elliot, the editor at her high school paper, who gets pregnant by her long term boyfriend Stan, portrayed by Randall Batinkoff. Her performance received positive reviews. The film was praised by some critics for showing the struggles of teen pregnancy. She was later cast in Fresh Horses. The film was met with generally negative reviews and under-performed at the box office. The film also starred Andrew McCarthy, who previously worked with Ringwald in Pretty in Pink.
  • 1986
    Age 18
    Ringwald was later featured on the cover of Time on May 26, 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Ringwald was set to star in another Hughes film called Oil and Vinegar; the film was scrapped when John refused to rewrite the script. The film would have been about a soon-to-be-married man and a hitchhiking girl talking about their lives during the length of the car ride.
  • 1982
    Age 14
    Turning toward motion pictures, she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role in the 1982 film Tempest.
    More Details Hide Details Ringwald rose to prominence with her breakout role in Sixteen Candles (1984). She was cast as Samantha Baker, a girl whose sixteenth birthday is forgotten. Ringwald's performance gained critical acclaim; many called her acting engaging. Ringwald would later say, "It is not a good idea to do remakes of great classic films" when asked if there would be a remake to Sixteen Candles. Ringwald was regarded as a member of the so-called Brat Pack of 1980s teen actors but has said she was not really part of that group. Ringwald gained more success when she was cast in another John Hughes film called The Breakfast Club (1985) which was a commercial and critical success. Ringwald was cast as Claire Standish, a spoiled rich, so-called sophisticate who is in detention for skipping class. Ringwald's performance gained strong reviews. The following year, she was cast as Andie Walsh in another successful Hughes film called Pretty In Pink (1986). Ringwald's role as Andie went on to become one of her most recognizable performances. When first asked to be in Pretty in Pink, Ringwald was reluctant, but after seeing how hard it was for the producers to find a replacement for her, she decided she would portray Andie in the film. Ringwald was offered a role in another John Hughes film called Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) but she turned down the role as she felt it was too similar to her other films she worked on with Hughes.
  • 1980
    Age 12
    In 1980, Ringwald performed as a lead vocalist on two Disney albums.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 11
    In 1979, Ringwald appeared on the TV series Diff'rent Strokes and was selected to become part of a very large cast of that show's spin-off The Facts of Life.
    More Details Hide Details She played Molly Parker, a perky, feminist student at Eastland Girls School. At the beginning of the second season, the show underwent a major revamp and most of the cast, including Ringwald, were cut from the show. Ringwald later said that Nancy McKeon replaced her to play a new character named Jo.
  • 1978
    Age 10
    In 1978, at the age of 10, Ringwald was chosen to play Kate in the West Coast production of Annie, performing in Los Angeles.
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  • 1968
    Age 0
    Born on February 18, 1968.
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