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Molly Ringwald Biography

Birth Name:
Molly Kathleen Ringwald
Birth Place:
Roseville, California, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Performed with her father Robert Ringwald's band when she was 4, and released an album, I Wanna Be Loved by You—Molly Sings, at the age of 6
  • Made her professional stage debut at the age of 5 in a production of The Grass Harp
  • First TV role was on The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1977
  • Star-making turn came in 1984, when she played awkward high-schooler Samantha Baker in John Hughes' coming-of-age hit Sixteen Candles
  • Reteamed with Hughes for the '80s classics The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986)
  • Landed on the cover of the May 26, 1986, issue of Time magazine, with the headline "Ain't She Sweet
  • " Turned down starring roles in 1990 blockbusters Pretty Woman and Ghost; the parts went to Julia Roberts and Demi Moore, respectively
  • Generated some controversy when she appeared nude in the 1995 thriller Malicious
  • Made her Broadway debut in 1999, starring as Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret
  • Has written book reviews for Connecticut's Hartford Courant and entertainment profiles for New York's Journal News


  • 1983Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated