Molly Ringwald is an American actress, singer, and dancer best recognized for her appearance in the NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life.” In this show, she played the hit role of Molly and earned a lot of fame.
Ringwald was the definition of a beloved child star and dominated the film screens throughout much of the 1980s. At that time, she was well known as a teen icon, mainly for appearing in successful John Hughes classic movies like ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ and ‘Pretty in Pink.’
In 1982, Ringwald made her motion picture debut in the film “Tempest.” Her role as Miranda in the movie led her to receive a Golden Globe nomination. These days, you may have seen her in the hit Netflix series “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” where she plays Dahmer’s stepmother, Shari.
|Net Worth||$11 Million|
|Profession||American Actress, Writer and Translator|
|Date of Birth||18 February 1968|
|Age||55 years old|
|Height||173 cm (5 Feet 8 Inches)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lbs)|
|Birth place||Roseville, California, United States|
Molly Kathleen Ringwald was (born on February 18, 1968), in Roseville, California, to mother Adele Edith and Robert Scott “Bob” Ringwald. Her mother was a chef, and her father was a blind jazz pianist of German descent.
Molly has two siblings, Beth and Kelly, and an older brother, but he passed away before Molly was born. Molly started her professional acting career at the young age of five. That time, she appeared as Dormouse in an onstage production of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
The following year, she recorded a music album with her father and his group, the Fulton Street Jazz Band, titled “You Wanna love me.” In terms of school, she graduated from Lycée Français de Los Angeles, which is a bilingual school.
Despite her quick start in showbiz, Molly didn’t particularly come from a popular family. However, she was thrust into the glamour of Hollywood almost instantly. She began working regularly in film and TV before she was a teenager.
At age ten, Molly was selected to play Kete in the Los Angeles production of Annie. A year later, she got a chance to appear in the television show Diff’rent Strokes. She was further chosen to be a part of the big cast of the series spin-off, “The Facts of Life.”
Soon, Molly started getting bigger roles and many coming-of-age stories for which she became well known. In 1980, Ringwald first performed as a lead vocalist on two Disney albums, patriotic and Christmas.
In 1982, Ringwald turned towards working in films, landing a supporting role in the movie “Tempest.” For this role, Molly was nominated for a Golden Globe award. It was the 1984 comedy film “Sixteen Candles,” that skyrocketed Molly to fame. In this film, she played the role of Samantha “Sam” Baker, “a girl whose family forgets about her 16th birthday.”
Molly filmed “Sixteen Candles” in the summer after she finished 9th grade; it was only the beginning for this teen icon. Her performance in the film was well-received, and many said her acting was especially engaging.
After this, Molly was cast in the 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.” This movie was a big success in which she played Claire Standish, a rich queen. Again, she received good reviews for her outstanding performance.
She revealed that before they even started to film ‘The Breakfast Club,’ John Hugues wrote another film specifically for her, titled “Pretty in Pink.” She starred in this movie while she was still in high school, and it came out in 1986.
All these three films (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink) launched Molly into mega-stardom. In 1987, she was cast as Randy in the movie “The Pick-up Artist,” alongside Robert Downey, Jr. Next year, she began starring in the coming-of-age drama film, “For Keeps.”
Ringwald worked continuously on big and small screen projects, including the 1990 film “Betsy’s Wedding.” After filming the movie “Fresh Horses,” Molly turned down female lead roles in the films “Pretty Woman and Ghost.”
In the early 1990s, Molly moved to Paris, where she starred in a handful of French movies. Soon, she returned to the United States to work on American movies and TV projects. She appeared in a lead role in Stephen King’s film “The Stang.”
In 2002, Ringwald got involved in Broadway, playing Sally Bowles in the revival production of “Cabaret.” In 2006, she appeared in Charity Hope Valentine’s national tour of the Broadway “Sweet Charity.” Two years later, Molly played the mother title character in the ABC series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” which ran for five seasons.
Later, she started playing a mom again on CW’s “Riverdale,” a recurring role of the main character Archie Andrews’ mother, Mary. Over the last few years, Molly has appeared in other films and returned to her love of singing Jazz music.
In 2022, we saw her in the hit Netflix series “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” In this popular series, Molly portrays the main character of Shari Dahmer. Furthermore, Dahmer seems to be the beginning of Molly’s collaboration with the series creator, Ryan Murphy.
Molly Ringwald started dating French novelist Valery Lameignère in the early 1990s. In July 1999, the couple married at the Arcachon’s seaside Bordeaux village. But their relationship didn’t last long, and in 2002, Molly filed for divorce.
Following her divorce from Valery, Ringwald and Greek-American writer Panio Gianopoulos began their relationship. The two welcomed their first daughter’ Mathilda Ereni Gianopoulos’ in 2003. After living together for a bunch of years, they married in 2007. Ringwald gave birth to twins, a son and a daughter, in July 2009.
- Sixteen Candles (Film, 1984)
- The Breakfast Club (Film, 1985)
- Pretty in Pink (Film, 1986)
- The Stand (Miniseries, 1994)
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager (TV series, 2008–2013)
- Riverdale (TV series, 2017)
- Young Artist Award _ Best Young Actress_ 1984 _ Won
Molly Ringwald Net Worth
Molly Ringwald is a multi-talented American actress, singer, and dancer with a net worth of $11 million. She has worked with well-known brands such as “Raisins from California” and “Brawny paper towels” as an endorser. Molly is most famously known for her role in the NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life,” where she played the character of Molly and gained immense popularity.
What does Molly Ringwald do now?
Ringwald currently has a recurring role as the main character Archie Andrews’ mother, Mary Andrews, on The CW television series Riverdale.
Did Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall date?
Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald initially disliked each other, so John Hughes took them to a record store, and they bonded after they found out they like the same music. One of the groups they liked was The Rave-Ups, which Molly scribbled on Samantha’s notebook.
How tall is Molly Ringwald?
Molly Ringwald is an American Actress, Writer, and Translator who stands 173 cm (5 Feet 8 Inches) tall.
Was Molly Ringwald a Mouseketeer?
She was a Mouseketeer on The New Mickey Mouse Club, and in 1984, director John Hughes cast her in Sixteen Candles. The film was a huge success, and Hughes followed up with two more teen films featuring her.