Molly Ringwald Biography

Molly Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer, and writer. This biography provides detailed information on her childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: February 18, 1968

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 52 Years, 52 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Molly Kathleen Ringwald

Born in: Roseville, California, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Panio Gianopoulos (m.2007), Valery Lameignère (m.1999-2002)

father: Robert Scott

mother: Adele Edith (née Frembd)

siblings: Elizabeth, Kelly

children: Adele Georgiana, Mathilda Ereni, Roman Stylianos

U.S. State: California

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Molly Kathleen Ringwald is an American actress, singer, dancer and author. She was the reigning ‘teen queen’ of mainstream films of the ‘80s—thanks to the luck she had in becoming the muse of the legendary coming-of-age movies’ director John Hughes. Ringwald started her entertainment career at a very young age -- she first appeared in a local theatrical production of ‘Alice in the Wonderland’ at the age of 5. Her mother’s encouragement to follow her artistic endeavors and father’s background in jazz music, she came out with her first jazz album at the mere age of 6. But it was not until she was cast in ‘Tempest’ that the film industry took notice of her. It was Hughes who paved the way for her success by casting her in his legendary teen movies of the ‘80s such as: ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, etc. After tasting the success in the ‘80s, Ringwald made a career change in the ‘90s and moved to France to work in French language movies and theatre productions. After doing that for a while, she returned back to American cinema and television and continues to entertain her audience by appearing in projects like, ‘Not Another Teen Movie’, ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’, etc.

Childhood & Early Life
  • By the time Ringwald was ready to enter her teens, her television and film career shaped up and in 1979 she appeared on the television series like: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff'rent Strokes’.
  • In 1980, Ringwald explored her vocal talent with Disney—she appeared as the lead vocalist on two of their albums, ‘Yankee Doodle Mickey’ and Disney’s Christmas album. She sang songs like, ‘This is My Country’, ‘God Bless America’, etc.
  • She made her first big appearance with the film version of one of Shakespeare’s plays, ‘The Tempest’ in 1982 and earned her first Golden Globe nomination. The film helped her to get the attention of major directors and producers.
  • Ringwald’s lucky streak began when the legendary director John Hughes selected her as his muse and cast her in his coming-of-age comedy film, ‘Sixteen Candles’ in 1984, which proved to be her breakout role.
  • Other movies that Ringwald did with John Hughes and some other directors, during the ‘1980s were ‘The Breakfast Club (1985)’, ‘Pretty in Pink (1986)’, ‘The Pick-up Artist (1987)’ and ‘Fresh Horses (1988)’.
  • In 1987, the actress allegedly turned down John Hughes’ offer to play the lead role in his movie ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ and rejected some epic movies of the ‘90s—‘Pretty Woman (1990)’ and ‘Ghost (1990)’.
  • Her bold decision to reject highly lucrative projects landed her into a string of unsuccessful roles - disappointed with her career, she moved to France—she is fluent in French.
  • During this experimental time of her life, Ringwald acted in several French movies and theatre productions but ultimately decided to come back to the United States. She appeared in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's ‘The Stand’ in 1994.
  • She managed a lead role in ‘Malicious’ in 1996, where she portrayed the role of a disturbed woman in love and in the same year she made an appearance on the ABC sitcom ‘Townies’.
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  • 1998 saw her in the made-for-TV movie ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’, starring along with Teri Hatcher, David Schwimmer—who also directed the movie, etc. In the following year, she appeared in John Vogel's play ‘How I Learned to Drive’.
  • In 2001, she did a cameo in ‘Not Another Teen Movie’--parody of teen movies which had popularly amassed in Hollywood over the last few decades and her brief role fetched her an MTV Movie Award nomination for ‘Best Cameo’.
  • Her latest work includes the portrayal of ‘Anne Juergens’ on the American teen drama directed by Brenda Hampton, titled ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ which aired on ABC Family from 2008-2013.
Major Works
  • Her roles in coming-of-age movies directed by John Hughes like: ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Pretty in Pink’, etc are considered her most crucial and important ones —being Hughes’ muse helped her establish in the industry.
Awards & Achievements
  • At the beginning on her film career, Ringwald was nominated for a Golden Globe and Young Artist Award for her breakthrough role in ‘Tempest’. She also won a Young Artist Award for ‘Sixteen Candles’ in 1984.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Ringwald was married to Val�ry Lameign�re, a French writer, in Bordeaux, France, in 1999, while she was acting in French language films and theatre productions in France. The marriage ended in divorce within three years.
  • She got married for the second time to a Greek-American writer and book editor, Panio Gianopoulos, in 2007. The couple has three children together: Mathilda Ereni, Adele Georgiana and Roman Stylianos.
  • David Lynch, famous director and musician, sent Ringwald the screenplay of his movie ‘Blue Velvet’ in 1986. Her mother read the script first and she got so disturbed after reading it that she never showed it for consideration to her.
  • She often recalls ‘Pretty in Pink’ as her favorite film, and says her kiss with Andrew McCarthy at the very end is her favorite onscreen kiss.
  • She gave birth to her first child at age 35.
  • She is the author of two books: ‘Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick (2010)’ and ‘When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories (2012)’.

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