If you grew up in the ’70s and ’80s then Molly Ringwald was a household name. She was one of the infamous ‘Brat Pack’ whose star shot straight to the top of teen idols in Hollywood.
Her signature red hair and sassy, no-holds-barred attitude was what every teenage girl aspired to. There was something about the way she portrayed our angst on the big screen that had us all nodding our heads in agreement.
Now that she’s grown up and out of the teenage angst, just what has she been up to since?
Find out how much you really know about the Pretty In Pink actress:
1. She hated THE. DRESS.
Molly tells Teen Vogue that at the time, she hated it. “If I’d had it my way, I would have burned the dress on the Paramount back lot as soon as they yelled the last “Cut! Print!”
2. She made a Jazz album.
Her father was a jazz musician, so it seems only natural to her that she would turn to the same kind of music she grew up listening to as a child. She released the record in early 2013 to generally positive reviews, but critics suggested that she had some growing to do as a musician.
3. She turned down two major roles
Allegedly, she was first choice for two of the biggest movies of the ’90s: “Pretty Woman” and “Ghost,” but she turned them down and the roles went to Julia Roberts and Demi Moore respectively.
4. She’s a stage mom
Now that her 13-year-old daughter, Mathilda, is getting into the modelling business, Molly proudly shares her daughter’s hard work with these snaps:
5. She speaks French fluently
She attended school at a French academy as a child. In the 90s, she moved to France where she starred in several films.
6. She still has a substantial net worth
You might be surprised to know that Molly’s still worth quite a bit of money. Even though she hasn’t enjoyed the same surge of fame as she did in her teens, she’s still worth about $11 million USD.
She’s not know for being extravagant, but lives comfortably with her husband and three children.
7. She had a role in The Facts of Life
The first season, which ran from 1979-1980, Ringwald was cast as one of the students on the show. Sadly, the second season brought cast cuts in an effort to boost ratings and she was among those let go from the show.
8. She dated Frank Zappa’s son
Molly and Dweezil Zappa dated while she was filming “Pretty In Pink” and he even made a cameo during a scene at Andie’s favorite hangout, Cats.
9. She hated her freckles
Molly told Us Magazine that she hated her freckles so much, she tried to scrape them off with sandpaper when she was 12 years old. Ouch!
10. She’s Archie’s Mom
Well, not really. But she will appear on The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ as Archie’s mother, Mary Andrews. She will appear in episodes 10 and 11 of the show that takes a surprisingly subversive spin on the traditional Archie comics.
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