June 12, 2021

What happened to Molly Ringwald, actress of ‘The Girl in Pink’ and ‘The Five Club’?

Molly Ringwald became a very popular face in the eighties. Her red hair did not go unnoticed in the youth films she starred in and her image of a shy girl was all the rage among teenagers of that time. The actress began to make her first steps in show business at the age of five in a play about Alice in Wonderland At the age of six she made her debut as a singer with an album titled I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings.

It was clear that his was the show business. His father was Robert Ringwald, a blind jazz musician and his mother, Adele Edith, worked as a chef. His self-confidence and naturalness helped him to appear early in television series and in 1982 he made his film debut in a small role in the dramatic comedy The Tempest, free adaptation of Shakespeare’s play with Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes and Susan Sarandon.

But it was John Hughes who discovered her and turned her into a teenage icon on Sixteen candles (1984) in which she played a fifteen-year-old named Samantha who fell in love with the most popular boy in high school who, obviously, had never noticed her. A funny, charming comedy, with which Molly displayed an exquisite naturalness in the skin of an insecure girl who goes unnoticed, a prototype with which most of the young women of that time felt identified, as the journalist and writer Hadley Freeman in her book The time of my life.


Together with the director and producer, he appeared in two other famous titles of his filmography, becoming his undisputed muse: the classic The club of five (1985) and The girl in pink (1986). In the first, she played a posh who had nothing to do with the most modest image she had offered up to then. The plot revolved around five young people (two girls and three boys), who were punished one Saturday in the library of their institute for different reasons. Soon the disagreements between them appear, especially when the director who watches over them is absent from the classroom, although in the end they end up breaking the ice by engaging in conversations about sex.

The film, co-starring Emilio Estévez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall, was a box office success and became a youth classic that inspired thousands of viewers who already have gray hair. In addition, it reflected the feeling of a whole generation of young people who did not find their place in the world.

Ringwald’s face thus grew in popularity and the actress became the standard bearer of teen comedy and even made the cover of the magazine. Time. His fame, however, peaked with The girl in pink, written by Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, in which she recovered the role of a shy, confused, but brave and low-class girl who fell in love with a young man from a good family (Andrew McCarthy).

Ringwald was on the cover of Time magazine on May 26, 1986

Time

These three films launched her to stardom but, far from continuing on this path of adolescent romantic comedy, Ringwald set out to change the register and get out of the comfort that Hughes gave her. The professional relationship cooled and the distance took its toll when the actress rejected some proposals to work with him again. Since then, the comic spark of the Californian was extinguished in films of a more adult tone that condemned her to commercial failure as The girl hunter (1987), con Robert Downey Jr; o Fiery youth (1988).

The entry into the 90s did not improve his position in the industry at all and he devoted himself to appearing basically in TV movies or television series. He turned down roles that could have changed his luck as Ghost O Pretty woman and for a few years he moved to Paris to change of scene: “I was in my twenties and I thought that if there was a time to travel, that was it,” he declared in an interview. The passage of time has only moved her away from that initial desire to find a niche in the industry in which to explore new records and during all these years she has remained in a discreet background.


Although he always said that he fondly remembered the films he made in the eighties, last year he published in The New Yorker an article that had the title What about The Breakfast club? (And what about ‘The Club of Five’?) in which he offered juicy statements against the film, stating that, after having seen the film with his ten-year-old daughter, he had noticed a series of sexist behaviors precisely at the height of the #MeToo movement. The actress especially pointed to a scene in which John’s character looks under her skirt without her consent, a situation that the red-haired interpreter considered “completely inappropriate and shocking.”

Additionally, Ringwald was one of the interpreters who came out to speak at length about her experiences of sexual harassment when the Weinstein case was uncovered. In an article titled ‘All the other Harvey Weinsteins’, the actress gave off recounting the experiences she had to face during her professional career.


In recent years he has accompanied Chevy Chase in the Christmas comedy Wish and hope (2014); along with Alicia Silverstone and James Franco participated in King cobra, (2016) about the business of the American gay porn industry, and we’ve recently seen her alongside Keanu Reeves in a small role in the thriller Siberia.

On All these small moments, who participated in the Tribeca festival, said she was excited to play a mother trapped in an unhappy marriage and the drama is pending its premiere Kingfish, directed by Sean Nalaboff.

Regarding her love life, Molly has been married twice. With the French Valery Lameignère (1999-2002) and since 2007 with the actor Panio Gianopoulos, with whom she has three children: Mathilda Ereni, Roman and Adele Georgiana.

The actress is very active on social media and on her Instagram account she loves to post photos of her family, nature or the trips she takes around the world.

Molly was one of the interpreters who came out to speak at length about her experiences of sexual harassment when the Weinstein case was uncovered.