Molly Ringwald was born in Roseville, California in 1968 to Adele Ringwald, a caterer, and Robert Ringwald, a blind jazz pianist. Beth and Kelly are her two siblings, and she had an older brother who died before she was born. Ringwald began her acting career as the Dormouse in a theatre rendition of “Alice in Wonderland” when she was five years old. She went on to the Lycée Français de Los Angeles after that.
Ringwald was cast in a Los Angeles version of “Annie” when he was eight years old in 1978. She appeared in an episode of the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” the following year, and was later cast in the spinoff “The Facts of Life.” Molly Parker, a vivacious feminist student at Eastland Girls School, was her character on both shows. Ringwald sang lead on two Disney albums in 1980, “Yankee Doodle Mickey” and “Disney’s Merry Christmas Carols.”
Ringwald earned her breakthrough performance in the 1984 John Hughes coming-of-age comedy “Sixteen Candles,” after making her debut on the big screen in “Tempest” and “Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone.” Ringwald won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Samantha Baker, a teenager whose family forgets her 16th birthday.
Following her breakthrough, she was dubbed “The Brat Pack,” a group of 1980s young performers that featured Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy. Ringwald’s next great hit was John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club,” which she had with the Brat Pack. Claire Standish, a snobby rich girl who ends up in detention for skipping class to go shopping, was played by the actress in the 1985 film. The next year, Ringwald starred in “Pretty in Pink,” directed by Howard Deutch and written by John Hughes.
Ringwald starred in three films in 1987, including “P.K. and the Kid,” the Jean-Luc Godard Shakespeare adaptation “King Lear,” and the romantic dramedy “The Pick-up Artist,” which also starred Robert Downey Jr. The next year, she appeared in “For Keeps,” her penultimate teen film, as well as “Fresh Horses,” in which she co-starred with fellow “Pretty in Pink” star Andrew McCarthy.
Molly Ringwald’s Net Worth
Molly Ringwald is an actress with a net worth of $11 million dollars. Molly Ringwald is best remembered for her roles in the teen classics “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink” from the 1980s. She was previously known for her performance on the NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life.” The films “The Pick-up Artist,” “For Keeps,” and “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” as well as the television series “Riverdale,” are among Ringwald’s other credits.
Continuing Your Film Career:
Ringwald reportedly rejected down female lead parts in both “Pretty Woman” and “Ghost” in the early 1990s. She acted alongside Robert Lindsay and John Gielgud in the romcom “Strike it Rich” in 1990, as well as Alan Alda, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, and Joe Pesci in “Betsy’s Wedding.” Ringwald, who is fluent in French, went to Paris in the mid-1990s and appeared in a number of French films. Other films from the decade include the sensual thriller “Malicious,” the horror comedy “Office Killer,” and the dark comedy “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” in which Katie Holmes and Helen Mirren costarred.
Ringwald appeared in the ensemble restaurant film “In the Weeds” and the Australian slasher thriller “Cut” in the early 2000s. She made a brief role in the satirical film “Not Another Teen Movie” and starred in the Western “Cowboy Up” in 2001. She later appeared in films like “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bad Night,” “King Cobra,” “SPF-18,” “All These Small Moments,” and “The Kissing Booth,” a teen romcom in which she played the main character’s mother. She later reprised her part in the sequels to the film.
Career in Television:
Ringwald appeared in several television films after her time on “The Facts of Life.” “Packin’ it In,” “Surviving: A Family in Crisis,” “Women & Men: Seduction Stories,” and “Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story” were among them. In 1994, Ringwald played Frannie Goldsmith in the miniseries “The Stand,” which was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. She had another lead role on the ABC sitcom “Townies” the following year. The AMC series “Remember WENN,” the television film “Twice Upon a Time,” and episodes of “The $treet,” “The Outer Limits,” and “Medium” were among his other credits.
Ringwald joined the main cast of the ABC Family network’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” in 2008 after acting in the television films “The Wives He Forgot” and “Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front.” She went on to play the lead in the Canadian series “Raising Expectations.” On The CW’s “Riverdale,” Ringwald began playing the mother of protagonist Archie Andrews in 2017. Other television credits include Netflix’s “Tales of the City” and Shudder’s “Creepshow,” a horror anthology.
Performing Arts Career
Ringwald’s theatre credits include the comedy “How I Learned to Drive,” the off-Broadway musical “tick, tick… BOOM!” and the long-running Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” where she played Sally Bowles. Ringwald began acting in the play “Enchanted April” in 2003, but had to leave owing to her pregnancy. The following year, she featured alongside Craig Bierko and Jason Biggs in the Broadway drama “Modern Orthodox.”
Ringwald married Valéry Lameignère, a French writer, in Bordeaux, France in 1999. In 2002, the couple divorced. Ringwald married Panio Gianopoulos, a Greek-American writer and editor, in 2007. They have a daughter and fraternal boy-girl twins.