Molly Ringwald

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Molly Ringwald in August 2010

Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968 in Roseville , California ) is an American actress and singer . She became known in the 1980s with her roles in This is only allowed as an adult , The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink , especially with a young audience.


Music career

The daughter of the blind jazz pianist Robert Scott Ringwald and his wife have two siblings. Her acting career began at the age of five with the lead role in the play Alice in Wonderland . At the age of six she and her father had already recorded a Dixieland jazz album, which is now very popular with collectors. At the age of eight, she was cast for a role on the television series The Facts of Life . She sang a song for the 1980 Disney Christmas album. In 2013, Concord released her debut album Except… Sometimes .

Acting career

Ringwald in April 2013

In 1979 she appeared in several episodes of the television series Still Questions Arnold? on. That year she was cast for the spin-off The Facts of Life ; but her character was written out of the series again after the first season. She had her breakthrough in cinema with the film That is only allowed as an adult (1984). Ringwald was part of the so-called " Brat Pack " of young actors in the 1980s.

After playing a high school princess in her biggest hit, The Breakfast Club , Ringwald specialized in portraying insecure, grumpy, and fearful characters. Her appearances influenced teenage television as well as the movies of the 1990s.

Ringwald turned down both Julia Roberts ' part in the box office hit Pretty Woman and Demi Moore's lead role in the film Ghost - Message from Sam . In the 1990s, things became quiet around them. They occurred mainly still in television films and in Direct-to-Video - horror movies on. In 1995, her nude scene in Affair had consequences - when an affair turns into a nightmare for media attention.

This role did not match her previous work at all. Her television role in the ABC - sitcom Townies in 1996 was highly praised by the critics, but reached rather disappointing ratings, so that the series after only nine episodes set.

In the 1990s, Ringwald lived in France for four years, where he also appeared in French-language films. She made a guest appearance in Bob Dylan's video for Unbelievable from the album Under a Red Sky in 1990 . During this time she also took part in plays in London. She also performed on Broadway before turning to England. The Detroit rock band Sponge had a hit in 1995 called Molly (Sixteen Candles) , in which there are clear references to Ringwald and her film career, even if the title is not mentioned in the text and the band has always denied that the song was about Molly Ringwald relates.

In 2001, Ringwald appeared in Not Another Teen Movie! , at the same time a parody of and homage to many teen films, including some in which Ringwald himself participated. In late 2004 she starred on Broadway in the play Modern Orthodox , with Jason Biggs and Craig Bierko , among others . In the fall and winter of 2006, Ringwald, who had also been seen on stage in Cabaret and Enchanted April, took on the lead role in the Broadway remake of the musical Sweet Charity during the US tour.


Ringwald married her long-term fiancé Valery Lameignère on July 28, 1999, and the couple divorced in 2002. She has three children with her second husband Panio Gianopoulos .


  • 1979–1980: The Facts of Life (TV series)
  • 1980: Any questions Arnold? ( Diff'rent Strokes , TV series)
  • 1982: The Tempest
  • 1983: Up and Away ( Packin 'It In , TV movie)
  • 1983: Spacehunter : Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  • 1984: You can only do that as an adult (Sixteen Candles)
  • 1985: The Breakfast Club
  • 1985: ... and found no way out ( Surviving: A Family in Crisis , TV movie)
  • 1986: Pretty in Pink
  • 1986: Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends (TV series)
  • 1987: Kid Kane (PK and the Kid)
  • 1987: King Lear
  • 1987: Jack the Ripper (The Pick-up Artist)
  • 1987: Maybe Baby - In the beginning there was the rattle stork (For Keeps?)
  • 1988: Tender Love (Fresh Horses)
  • 1990: Seductive Stories ( Women and Men: Stories of Seduction , TV movie)
  • 1990: Love Roulette S (trike It Rich)
  • 1990: Family honor (Betsy's Wedding)
  • 1992: Fatal Love ( Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story , TV movie)
  • 1993: Love song for two (Face the Music)
  • 1994: Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (short film)
  • 1994: Stephen King's The Stand - The Stand (The Stand)
  • 1995: Affair with Consequences - When an Affair Turns into a Nightmare (Malicious)
  • 1995: Bad Guys (Baja)
  • 1995: Tous les jours dimanche
  • 1996: Children of a monster / Children of a monster (Enfants de salaud)
  • 1996: Remember WENN (TV series, episode 1x05)
  • 1996: Townies (TV series, 15 episodes)
  • 1997: Office Killer
  • 1998: Titey (animated short film, voice)
  • 1998: Saturday Night Live (TV series)
  • 1998: Since You've Been Gone , Movie Made for TV
  • 1998: When Wishes Come True ( Twice Upon a Time , Movie made for TV)
  • 1999: Symphony of Death (Requiem for Murder)
  • 1999: Kill Mrs. Tingle! (Teaching Mrs. Tingle)
  • 1999: Kimberly / Daddy Who?
  • 2000: Outer Limits - The Unknown Dimension ( The Outer Limits , TV series, episode 6x01)
  • 2000: Cut
  • 2000: Emily's Legacy (The Giving Tree)
  • 2000: In the Weeds
  • 2000: The $ treet - who offers more? ( The $ treet , TV series, episode 1x02)
  • 2000: The Translator (short film)
  • 2001: Ring of Fire (Cowboy Up)
  • 2001: Not Another Teenage Movie! (Not Another Teen Movie)
  • 2002: The Big Time (TV short film)
  • 2003: The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story
  • 2006: Medium - Nothing remains hidden ( Medium , TV series, episode 2x20)
  • 2006: The Wives He Forgot (TV movie)
  • 2006: Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (TV movie)
  • 2008-2013: The Secret Life of the American Teenager (TV series, 96 episodes)
  • 2011: Psych (TV series, episode 6x06)
  • 2014: Rainbow Brite
  • 2014: Wishin 'an Hopin'
  • 2015: Bad Night
  • 2015: Jem and the Holograms
  • 2016: King Cobra
  • 2016: Odd Mom Out (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2016: Raising Expectations (TV series, 26 episodes)
  • 2017: SPF-18
  • since 2017: Riverdale (TV series)
  • 2018: The Kissing Booth
  • 2018: All These Small Moments
  • 2018: Siberia - Deadly Proximity (Siberia)
  • 2019: Stadtgeschichten ( Tales of the City , TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2020: The Kissing Booth 2

Web links

Commons : Molly Ringwald  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jeff Tamarkin: Actress Molly Ringwald to Release Jazz Vocal Recording Album. In: JazzTimes . December 19, 2012
  2. Paige Davis to replace Ringwald in Sweet Charity Tour
  3. Entry at
  4. ^ Molly Ringwald
  5. Double happiness
  6. ^ Molly Ringwald Expecting Twins. In: People Magazine. January 23, 2009