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Molly Ringwald is an American actress known for the series of teen films she did with directer John Hughes in the 1980s, including Sixteen Candles.
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In Hughes' original script, Ringwald's character ends up with her best friend, Duckie (played by Jon Cryer), but producers worried that the ending might come across as elitist. Ringwald also objected to scripted ending, stating that she felt no chemistry with Cryer. The actress won out in the end, but some sources note that Ringwald's outspoken criticism of the script marked a decline in Ringwald's film career.
The actress turned down Hughes' offer of a leading role in his 1987 film, Some Kind of Wonderful, as well as leading roles in the blockbuster hits, Pretty Woman (1990) and Ghost (1990). In 1992, after a series of unsuccessful movies and television roles sans Hughes, Ringwald decided to leave the United States for Paris, France.
For several years Ringwald worked on French language films and theatre productions. During this time, Ringwald met French writer Valery Lameignvère. The couple married on July 28, 1999. Their relationship was short-lived, however, and they divorced in 2002 after only three years of marriage.
Since returning to America, Ringwald has performed in several Broadway shows such as "Cabaret," "Enchanted April," and "Lilly Dale", as well as making numerous guest appearances in television shows and movies including a brief role in the spoof, Not Another Teen Movie (2002). The role earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Cameo. Currently, Ringwald stars in the ABC television drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, where she plays the mother of a pregnant teen.
Ringwald is now married to writer Panio Gianopoulos. They have one daughter, Mathilda Ereni, and twins, Adele Georgiana and Roman Stylianos.
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