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Lea Thompson net worth:
$14 Million

Lea Thompson information

Lea Thompson information

Birth date: May 31, 1961
Death date: August 19, 2013, Los Angeles, California, United States
Birth place: Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Height:1.63 m
Profession:Television producer, Film producer, Ballet Dancer, Film director, Actor, Television Director
Nationality:American
Spouse:Howard Deutch
Children:Zoey Deutch, Madelyn Deutch
Parents:Barbara Thompson, Cliff Thompson
Siblings:Coleen Goodrich, Barry Thompson, Shannon Thompson Katona
Awards:People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress
Nominations:Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Movies:Back to the Future, Howard the Duck, Some Kind of Wonderful, All the Right Moves, Back to the Future Part II, Red Dawn, Back to the Future Part III, Jaws 3-D, Dennis the Menace, Left Behind, SpaceCamp, The Little Rascals, The Wild Life, Exit Speed, The Substitute Wife, Ping Pong Summer, The Trouble with the Truth, The Wizard of Loneliness, Article 99, J. Edgar, The Beverly Hillbillies, Stealing Christmas, Splinterheads, Love at the Christmas Table, Mayor Cupcake, Nightbreaker, The Unspoken Truth, A Life Interrupted, Thin Ice, Casual Sex?, The Right to Remain Silent, The Dog Lover, Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer, Come Away Home, Spy School, The Unknown Cyclist, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, The Cabin, California Dreaming, Fatal Secrets, Rock Slyde, Senior Skip Day, Fish Don't Blink, Haunted Lighthouse, The Gatekeeper, Jane Doe 9: Eye Of The Beholder
TV shows:Ringer, Jane Doe, Celebrity Duets, For the People, Caroline in the City, Switched at Birth, Dancing with the Stars, A Town Called Malice

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Lea Thompson is an American celebrity with a net worth is $14 million dollars. Produced in Rochester, Minnesota, Lea Thompson began studying ballet as a child and won multiple scholarships to study with American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among other ballet schools. She went to dance with ABT, Pennsylvania Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, and Ballet Repertory, before turning her attention to acting in her early 20s. She began her professional acting career appearing in multiple Burger King ads and then began working in movie in the early 80s.

Lea Thompson Net Worth $14 Million Dollars

Her credits in the 80s include “Jaws 3-D”, “All the Right Moves”, “Red Dawn”, “Some sort of Wonderful”, and “The Wizard of Loneliness”. She is most commonly recognized as the mom of Marty McFly in the “Back to the Future” trilogy. Ever since then, she’s starred in a show of Hallmark Channel movies called the “Jane Doe” show, and has appeared in multiple productions on Broadway. In 2014, then appeared on the hit ABC television series “Dancing With the Stars.” In the show, then tapped into her youth work in ballet as she competed together with her fellow cast mates for the mirror ball prize.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock Slyde2009Master Bartologist
The Check2009ShortDarla
Fatal Secrets2009Rebecca
The Christmas Clause2008TV MovieSophie
Exit Speed2008Maudie McMinn
Senior Skip Day2008VideoCathleen Harris
Spy School2008Claire Miller
Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder2008TV MovieCathy Davis / Jane Doe
Final Approach2007TV MovieAlicia Bender
Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss2007VideoCathy Davis
A Life Interrupted2007TV MovieDebbie Smith
Jane Doe: Ties That Bind2007TV MovieCathy Davis / Jane Doe
California Dreaming2007Ginger Gainor
10 Tricks2006Grace
Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall2006TV MovieCathy Davis
Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well2006TV MovieCathy Davis
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face2005TV MovieCathy Davis
Come Away Home2005Carol Lamm
Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part2005TV MovieCathy Davis
Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't2005TV MovieCathy Davis
Jane Doe: Vanishing Act2005TV MovieCathy Davis
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesMichelle Osborne
Ed2004TV SeriesLiz Stevens
Stealing Christmas2003TV MovieSarah Gibson
Haunted Lighthouse2003ShortPeg Van Legge
For the People2002-2003TV SeriesChief Dep. Dist. Atty. Camille Paris
Back to the Future: Hilarious Outtakes2002Video shortLorraine Baines (uncredited)
Fish Don't Blink2002Clara
Caroline in the City1995-2000TV SeriesCaroline Duffy
A Will of Their Own1998TV Mini-SeriesAmanda Steward
The Unknown Cyclist1998Melissa Cavatelli
The Right to Remain Silent1996TV MovieChristine Paley
Friends1995TV SeriesCaroline Duffy
The Unspoken Truth1995TV MovieBrianne Hawkins
The Little Rascals1994Ms. Roberts
The Substitute Wife1994TV MovieAmy Hightower
The Beverly Hillbillies1993Laura Jackson
Dennis the Menace1993Mrs. Alice Mitchell
Stolen Babies1993TV MovieAnnie Beales
Article 991992Dr. Robin Van Dorn
Back to the Future Part III1990Maggie McFly Lorraine McFly
Montana1990TV MoviePeg Guthrie
Back to the Future Part II1989Lorraine
Tales from the Crypt1989TV SeriesSylvia Vane
Nightbreaker1989TV MovieSally Matthews
The Wizard of Loneliness1988Sybil
Casual Sex?1988Stacy
Some Kind of Wonderful1987Amanda Jones
Howard the Duck1986Beverly Switzler
SpaceCamp1986Kathryn Fairly
Back to the Future1985Lorraine Baines
Going Undercover1985Marigold de la Hunt
The Wild Life1984Anita
Red Dawn1984Erica
All the Right Moves1983Lisa
Jaws 3-D1983Kelly Ann Bukowski
MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?1982Video GameCecily 'Sissy' Loper
Literally Right Before Aaron2017post-productionDeb
The Year of Spectacular Men2017post-production
Switched at Birth2011-2017TV SeriesKathryn Kennish
Scorpion2016-2017TV SeriesVeronica Dineen
American Dad!2016TV SeriesCaroline Duffy
The Dog Lover2016Liz Holloway
Stars Are Already Dead2016/IAunt Sophia
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero2014-2015TV SeriesVonnie Zero
The Muppets.2015TV SeriesLea Thompson
Family Guy2013-2015TV SeriesTeenaged Girl in Diner / Lorraine McFly
A to Z2014TV SeriesLea Thompson
Left Behind2014/IIrene Steele
My Mother's Future Husband2014TV MovieRené Henderson
Ping Pong Summer2014Crandall Miracle
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2013TV SeriesJennifer Rhodes
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film2013TV MovieJulia
Love at the Christmas Table2012TV MovieElissa Beth Dixon
Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake2012Video GameCassandra Williams
Game of Your Life2011TV MovieAbbie
J. Edgar2011Lela Rogers
The Trouble with the Truth2011Emily
The Cabin2011TV MovieLily MacDougal
Mayor Cupcake2011Mary Maroni
Robot Chicken2011TV SeriesLorraine Baines
Thin Ice2011Jo Ann Prohaska
Uncle Nigel2010TV MovieAbby Wells
Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer2010Laura
Greek2010TV SeriesApril
Splinterheads2009Susan Frost

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Trouble with the Truth2011producer
Mayor Cupcake2011executive producer
Pork Chop Night2010Short associate producer
Fatal Secrets2009associate producer
Caroline in the City1998-2000TV Series producer - 22 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mayor Cupcake2011performer: "Red Roses", "Muffin Man"
Caroline in the City1995-1999TV Series performer - 6 episodes
The Unknown Cyclist1998performer: "I'll Remember You"
Howard the Duck1986performer: "Hunger City", "Don't Turn Away Reprise", "It Don't Come Cheap", "Howard the Duck"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Year of Spectacular Men2017post-production
Switched at Birth2013-2017TV Series 4 episodes
The Goldbergs2016TV Series 1 episode
Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder2008TV Movie
Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall2006TV Movie

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Head Case2008TV Series additional material - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looking Back to the Future2009Video documentary special thanks
My Best Friend's Girl2008special thanks
Lovely, Still2008thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whose Line Is It Anyway?2016TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest
Cupcake Wars2016TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Hollywood Game Night2016TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Player
2015 Hero Dog Awards2015TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Today2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Pop Goes the Culture TV2015TV SeriesHerself
Back in Time2015DocumentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Dancing with the Stars
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2015TV SeriesHerself
Dancing with the Stars2014TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The View2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Teens Wanna Know2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself
HuffPost Live Conversations2014TV SeriesHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesHerself (segment "Watter's World")
Life After2013TV SeriesHerself
Milius2013DocumentaryHerself
Bound by Flesh2012Documentary voice
The Chew2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Shirley MacLaine2012TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Saturday Night2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2011TV MovieHerself
The Talk2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families2011TV MovieHerself - Spokesperson
Ace of Cakes2011TV SeriesHerself
Tales from the Future2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
A Look Back at Howard the Duck2009Video documentary shortHerself
Releasing the Duck2009Video documentary shortHerself
Looking Back to the Future2009Video documentaryHerself
Head Case2008TV SeriesHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Celebrity Duets2006TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Looking Back at the Future2006DocumentaryHerself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hollywood's Master Storytellers: Back to the Future 20th Anniversary2005TV MovieHerself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Squares1999-2003TV SeriesHerself
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Broadway on Broadway2000TV MovieHerself - Performer ("Cabaret")
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favorite New Television Comedy Series
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Introducing Ted Danson
TV Guide Looks at Christmas1998TV MovieHerself - Host
The Larry Sanders Show1998TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
TV Guide Looks at Christmas1997TV MovieHerself - Host
The Daily Show1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series
Crook & Chase1997TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHerself
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series and Winner: Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
Showbiz Today1995TV SeriesHerself
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHerself
A Menace Named Dennis1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Making of 'Back to the Future II'1989Video shortHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1986TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Making of 'Back to the Future'1985TV Short documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Jaws 3-D': Sharks Don't Die1983TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Welcome to the Basement2015-2016TV SeriesIrene Steele / Lorraine Baines McFly
CR: Back to the Future2008Video GameLorraine Baines
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
Back to the Future Video Slots2004Video GameLorraine Baines
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryLisa Litski (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014MarqueeAmerican Movie AwardsBest ActressThe Trouble with the Truth (2011)
2007LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalHumanitarian Award
1996People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Female Performer in a New TV Series
1990Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie ActressBack to the Future Part II (1989)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaSome Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a New Television SeriesPenn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014)· Thomas Middleditch
· Adam Devine
· Tania Gunadi
· Alfred Molina
· Larry Wilmore
· Gary Cole
· Lenny Venito
· Rosie Perez
· Adam West
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCaroline in the City (1995)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalCaroline in the City (1995)
1990CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesNightbreaker (1989)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressBack to the Future (1985)


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#Fact
1Has been best friends with Christopher Lloyd since they co-starred in Back to the Future. They have also done three movies together outside the trilogy.
2She is of Irish, English, Scots-Irish, German, and distant Dutch, ancestry.
3She directs and appears in the film _The Year of Spectacular Men (2016)_ with her daughters, Madelyn Deutch and Zoey Deutch'. The film's screenplay was authored by her daughter, Madelyn.
4She is the mother of actress-writer Madelyn Deutch and actress Zoey Deutch.
5She played Salle Bowles in the musical Cabaret for 8 months.
6She has sung duets with both her daughters at a number of the What A Pair benefit concerts supporting breast cancer research.
7She was Cecily "Sissy" Loper in the live action video game, MysteryDisc : Murder Anyone? in 1982.
8Her first role was as water skiing water show performer, she did not know how to water ski or even swim prior to being cast.
9She met former fiancée, Dennis Quaid on the set of Jaws 3-D (1983).
10In Back to the Future Part II (1989) a clip for Jaw 19 is mentioned in the movie, Lea was in a supporting role in the movie Jaws 3-D (1983).
11She sung with both her daughters in the 2008 A Night at Sardi's Bye Bye Birdie production to benefit Alzheimer's research.
12She appeared with both her daughters in _Mayor Cupcake (2011)_. The mother, daughter, sister relationships of their roles are the same ones they have in real life.
13She was in series of Burger King commercials in the early 1980's, the series also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Elisabeth Shue.
14Did her own singing in Howard the Duck (1986).
15Has a brother named Barry Eldon Thompson.
16Daughter-in-law of Murray Deutch.
17Her husband's uncle is actor Robert Walden.
18Aunt of Elizabeth Goodrich.
19Sister-in-law of Phillip Goodrich.
20Younger sister of Coleen Goodrich, Andrew Thompson and Shannon Thompson Katona.
21Her character's name in Back to the Future (1985) underwent numerous changes when the script was being written. In an early draft, her character was called Mary Ellen, and in later drafts, she was called Eileen before it finally became Lorraine.
22It took approximately four hours to apply the makeup that would make her and co-stars Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson appear to be middle-aged adults in Back to the Future (1985).
23Her brother, Andrew Thompson, was also a modern ballet dancer with the Colorado Ballet. They both took ballet classes throughout their youth, and he helped her pay for her classes later on in life.
24Danced in more than 45 ballets with the ABT.
25Won scholarships to the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.
26Wanted nothing more when she was at the American Ballet Theatre than to dance with the star dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was heartbroken when he remarked that she was "a beautiful dancer, but too stocky." Shortly after, she left the company.
27Claims she was one of the few ballerinas at the American Ballet Theatre that didn't have an eating disorder.
28Has appeared in Friends (1994) as her character from Caroline in the City (1995). "Friends" star Matthew Perry has appeared in "Caroline in the City" as his character Chandler Bing.
29Met husband Howard Deutch when he directed her in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987).
30Attended Marshall-University High School (Minneapolis).
31Has two daughters, Madelyn Deutch (born March 23, 1991) and Zoey Deutch (born December 1, 1994) with her husband Howard Deutch.
32Was engaged to Dennis Quaid for about 3 years before marrying Howard Deutch. She met Quaid on the set of her first movie Jaws 3-D (1983).

#Quote
1[2012, on Article 99 (1992)] Wow, that's a crazy movie. That movie was interesting because I was eight months pregnant when I did it. My husband directed it, and there was another actress in that part, but the studio didn't like her, so they said, "You picked the wrong person, so get your wife to do it for very little money, 'cause she's already there on location in Kansas, anyway". So, yeah, I stepped in for some poor actress who was fired, and it was a really great cast. Luckily, I was wearing a lab coat, so I could hide my big baby bulge, but I remember I did a lot of frantic scenes with Forest Whitaker, and, y'know, he's a big guy, so I was always afraid I was going to get smashed by him. But I was really proud of that movie. I really loved it. It was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. Now we're going to be having more and more issues with all of the veterans coming home, how we're going to treat them, and the state of health care in this country. I liked what that movie said, and I was really proud of Howard for making it. And sad that it didn't do better... It had an amazing score. Danny Elfman did the score, I remember that. And, you know, both my dad and my husband's dad were veterans, so it felt really powerful to do something for them, something about veterans. I was really proud of that. And, again, I was very pregnant. Poor Kiefer Sutherland had to kiss me. Or maybe just flirt with me. I don't remember if he actually kissed me, but either way, he's got to do this when I'm eight months pregnant... and in front of my husband, no less!
2[2012] SpaceCamp (1986) was an interesting movie because, after the first day of filming, we were already 10 days behind schedule. And it kind of kept on that way. It was supposed to be a three-month shoot, and it ended up taking six. We had T-shirts printed up that said, "SpaceCamp: It's Not Just A Movie, It's A Career". Oh, actually, instead of SpaceCamp, it actually said SpaceCramp. That movie was really fun because of the camaraderie we had. It was Kelly Preston, Tate Donovan, Kate Capshaw, and Leaf Phoenix, who later became Joaquin Phoenix. He was only 10 and just a wonderful kid. We all spent so much time together on that weird mock-up of the space shuttle. And then it was, like, the biggest disaster for a movie, because before the movie came out, between the time we wrapped it and the time it came out, the space shuttle blew up. Which was a horrible, horrible tragedy, so, of course, nobody wanted to see a film about a bunch of wacky kids accidentally blasting off in the space shuttle. It was just a horrible situation. Since then, though, I've had a lot of people come up to me and say that they became physicists or inventors, how much they loved that movie and how much it inspired them. That was really sweet and something I never really expected...It was a crazy movie. Very, very difficult and tortured film to make. But we had a great time, we laughed a lot, and we knew each other very well by the end of it.
3[2012] Casual Sex? (1988) Well, that was based on a "Groundlings" sketch, and it was a really interesting movie because we basically shot the movie, then they tested it and pretty much reshot half of it. It was really weird. Andrew Dice Clay was designed to be the complete buffoon, then, for some reason, they made me marry him in the reshoots. I've never seen anything like it. This happens a lot, though. Recently, I watched the trailer for it, and they have all these scenes from when he was a buffoon that they'd cut out of the movie but still put in the trailer. So that was bizarre. They actually shot me marrying three different guys in that movie. The whole thing was really weird.
4[2012] Red Dawn (1984) was really the most fun I ever had making a movie, because I love Westerns, and I love the idea of being a tomboy, and riding horses and shooting guns. I remember Jennifer Grey and I being, like, tormented but amazed by the politics of "Red Dawn", but the truth is that the story is a fascinating one. The idea was so interesting. The movie is like a really, really low budget of its day. You don't see anything. They talk about how Chicago just fell to the Russians, but you don't see it. We only talk about it. I think it's kind of powerful on that level, that it's more like a play or a book, where the war that you actually do see feels more real as a result. I dunno, I just had a lot of fun being out on the tundra with John Milius and all the craziness that went along with that. And the guys were all so awesome, and we had such camaraderie. Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, who was a madman even then. He was awesomely unpredictable even then, but he was adorable. I just had a really interesting time in the '80s. I tore it up in the '80s!
5{2012, on the "Back to the Future" trilogy] Well, I mean, seriously, how lucky am I? That part was such a gift, you know? They just don't come along that great. I've had a few great parts, and that's definitely at the top of the list. For some reason, I just really got her. I got the depressed, beaten-down, drunken Lorraine, and I got the young, silly, oversexed, repressed Lorraine from 1955. Some parts just click in your head, and you just go for it. I remember the audition or screen test - whatever it was - at Amblin, where Steven Spielberg was working the camera. It was just so much fun, playing dress-up and inventing these characters, and then the idea that they let me play four or five more aspects of the same person in "Back to the Future II and III"... It really was such a gift. It's really interesting to me, and to Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and all of us, how resonant the movie still is to people. I think the themes were even bigger than they thought when they made the movie. The key theme that I think about is the idea that one moment could change your life forever, that one moment of standing up for yourself or having courage against a bully could change your life forever, like when George punches Biff and saves Lorraine. And the idea that, y'know, your parents were young once. They had the same dreams that you have as a teenager and the same passions and know how important that part of your life is. Those are really important themes that continue to resonate, and I think that's why parents keep wanting to show their kids these movies. And grandparents. I feel really, really lucky to be mostly known for that movie and that part. It was a great part.
6[2012, on Jaws 3-D (1983)] Well, that was my very first part, 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! So that was an interesting event. I wiped out a lot. But I pulled it off, I think, because I was a ballet dancer. The acting... was not so good. But I looked pretty good in my bikini, so I think that made up for it.
7[2012) Caroline in the City (1995)] was such an interesting thing, because I'd never been on the set of a sitcom or even auditioned for a sitcom when they gave me that part. And I'd just had my second daughter. In fact, she was actually breast-feeding during network notes, which in a lot of eras probably would've been a cause for firing. But anyway, it really was a terrifying experience. I remember I went to see another show taping, because I was like, "I have to at least see what it's like before I have to do it", but after I did that, I said, "I can't do this! This is too scary!" The whole experience of doing a sitcom is... Telling jokes with such precision is really exciting, but it's also terrifying. It was a great job, though. I wish it would have gone on for a few more years. The character of Caroline... I kept saying to the writers, "She's got everything. She's young, she's got a great job, she's got this giant apartment in New York. How are you supposed to care about her?" So it made it interesting to try and make people want to be involved in her life. And to like her, because she kind of had everything except for a man, and I was like, "C'mon, guys, can't you come up with something else besides that?" But it still had a lot of fans, we got good ratings, and I'm really proud of it when I watch it now. I'm always amazed at how funny it was. And I'm still really good friends with all of the actors, which is not all that usual. Usually, you don't really end up lifelong buddies with your co-stars.
8[2012] 'Howard the Duck' (1986)_! That's a really interesting movie. I appreciate my career, because I've had a lot of very interesting ups and downs, and most people... That movie is such a famous flop. In a land of a lot of flops, it's kind of awesome to be in a really famous flop. I mean, it's kind of a poster child for flops. A lot of iconoclasts really love that movie. They love to love something that everyone hates. And those are my kind of folks. I'm happy to be part of that club of people who don't want to be told what's horrible and just want to enjoy it anyway. "Howard the Duck" has a lot of fans, and usually when they come up to me, I just think they're the coolest. Because it takes a lot of strength, a lot of perseverance to love "Howard the Duck". That was a really long shoot - it took six months to shoot - and it was a really, really hard part to get. It was a gigantic movie. George Lucas was producing, it had a very big budget, and everybody wanted that part. And everybody wanted the part of the duck! Everybody wanted to voice the duck. The people that they had coming were like, Robin Williams, Jay Leno... all these people wanted to be the voice of the duck, and they were turned down. So it was a really big deal. And it was really fun for me, because, y'know, I got to be a rock star. Everybody wants to be a rock star, right? So, I got to sing and wear really crazy hair. It's unfortunate that it was such a bomb. But, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
9[2012, on Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)] I never would've done it if it hadn't been for Howard the Duck (1986). I'd actually turned it down. And, then, when "Howard The Duck" was such a bomb that weekend, Eric Stoltz came and said, "Howard Deutch wants to offer you this movie again". I'd already turned it down, and I was like, "I'd better take it". I just kept hearing this voice going, "Get back on the horse!" I was so devastated. So I said, "Yes", and, of course, that affected my life a lot, because I met my husband, who I'm still married to, and we have two incredible daughters. People love love love that movie. I think probably once or twice a day someone comes up to me... You know, if I'm not just sitting in my house. If I'm actually out among other people, someone comes up to me and tells me how much that movie affected them, how much they loved that movie, or that it's their favorite movie, which is really quite extraordinary, because the movie was not a hit. But it's had this incredible life. The opening of "Some Kind of Wonderful" is just so exquisite. The way my husband put together that whole montage that sets up the whole story, it's just so beautifully done. The music, the costumes, the story, they're all still really powerful, which is odd for a movie that's 25 years old. They don't make those movies anymore. I'm amazed at how many people love it. I'm also amazed at how many men really like it.
10[2012, on J. Edgar (2011)] That was just really great. Y'know, when Clint Eastwood asks you to come and play, even if it's one scene, you go. He says, "Jump", you say, "How high?" And I was so curious to see how he works. I thought she was a really interesting character. After kind of researching her, I really wanted to see a whole movie on her. She was a real strange cat. She was a witness for the House Un-American Activities Committee, and she decided what line in what movie was a communist plot. I mean, imagine! Kind of kooky. So she and her politics were, like, really whacked. She was one of J. Edgar's beards. She kind of ended up being his girlfriend. It's not really in the movie, but she and another actress were kind of his girlfriends. So, she was also an actress, a stage mom, a writer... I really wanted to know more about her after doing my research. But it was super fun to work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, really fun to do a scene with them, and working in that environment with Clint Eastwood. He runs a set like nobody else I've ever been around. It's very quiet, it's very respectful, but it's very tense in a way, because you only get one take or maybe two. It's very church-like, which puts more pressure on the actors, because it's so quiet and focused. As a director and as an actor, I just really appreciated having that experience in my career, where I got to see how he works. I thought the perspective of the movie was so interesting, and it was brave of Clint Eastwood to make that movie, so I was happy to be part of it.


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