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Phoebe Cates
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The Anniversary Party (2001)
[ Gwyneth Paltrow ][ Parker Posey ][ Jennifer Jason-Leigh ][ Jennifer Beals ][ Sadie Frost ]
Princess Caraboo (1994)
[ Anna Chancellor ][ Kimberly J. Brown ][ Kate Ashfield ][ Wendy Hughes ][ Jacqueline Pearce ]
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
[ Bridget Fonda ][ Alicia Witt ]
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
[ Carrie Fisher ][ Bridget Fonda ][ Ashley Peldon ]
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
[ Julia Sweeney ][ Belinda Balaski ][ Stephanie Menuez ]
I Love You to Death (1990)
[ Heather Graham ][ Shiri Appleby ][ Sheryl Lee ][ Tracey Ullman ][ Joan Plowright ]
Largo Desolato (1990)
[ Sally Kirkland ]
Heart of Dixie (1989)
[ Virginia Madsen ][ Ally Sheedy ][ Lisa Zane ][ Barbara Babcock ]
Shag (1989)
[ Bridget Fonda ][ Annabeth Gish ][ Leilani Sarelle ]
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
[ Kelly Lynch ][ Dianne Wiest ][ Tracy Pollan ][ Swoosie Kurtz ][ Annabelle Gurwitch ]
Date with an Angel (1987)
[ Emmanuelle Beart ][ Bibi Besch ]
Lace II (1985)
[ Brooke Adams ][ Arielle Dombasle ]
Gremlins (1984)
[ Polly Holliday ][ Belinda Balaski ]
Lace (1984)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Brooke Adams ][ Honor Blackman ][ Arielle Dombasle ][ Dominique Blanc ]
Baby Sister (1983)
[ Pamela Bellwood ]
Private School (1983)
[ Paula Abdul ][ Sylvia Kristel ][ Betsy Russell ][ Brinke Stevens ][ Linda Weismeier ]
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
[ Jennifer Jason-Leigh ][ Amanda Wyss ][ Hallie Todd ][ Lana Clarkson ][ Kelli Maroney ]
Paradise (1982) 100 Hot DVDs

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After shooting to stardom during the '80s in a string of youth-orientated movies, former model Phoebe Cates hit her stride in the '90s as a featured player in ensemble films. Born Phoebe Belle Katz on July 16, 1963 in New York City, Cates is the daughter of television producer Joseph Cates (The ,000 Question) and the niece of film director Gilbert Cates (1970's I Never Sang for My Father). Joan Crawford was her godmother. While growing up in Manhattan, Cates attended New York's prestigious Professional Children's School. An exceptional dancer, she studied with the School of American Ballet until a knee injury forced her to quit in 1977. At the suggestion of the family for which she babysat, she began modeling in teen magazines and commercials. A few years later, director Stuart Gillard saw Cates dancing with friends at New York's Studio 54 and offered her the lead role in his Blue Lagoon (1980) knock-off, Paradise (1982). She then gave a standout performance as Jennifer Jason Leigh's sexually mature best friend in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), before starring in Private School (1983). Besides appearing in the film's infamous "mooning" scene (during which the cast flashes the audience), Cates recorded two songs for Private School's soundtrack, "Just One Touch" and "How Do I Let You Know."In 1984, with her star on the rise, Cates portrayed a young actress bent on destroying her deadbeat mother in the notoriously tasteless television film Lace (1984). That same year, she signed on to play the love interest in Joe Dante's horror-comedy Gremlins. Written by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, the bizarre, special effects-laden film about a group of strange and violent creatures was a colossal success — despite premiering only two weeks after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and on the same day as Ghostbusters (1984). After returning for Lace 2 (1985), Cates appeared as Michael J. Fox's model wife in Bright Lights, Big City (1988) and as a young bride-to-be in the coming-of-age film Shag (1989).Cates began the '90s at a personal low, starring in the sequel to Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1991), and in Ate de Jong's disastrous Drop Dead Fred (1991). She quickly revived her career opposite Bridget Fonda, Eric Stoltz, and Tim Roth in the Generation X comedy Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993), before earning rave reviews for her performance as the mysterious title character in Princess Caraboo (1994). The film also starred Cates' husband, actor Kevin Kline. The actress appeared as herself in Scratch the Surface (1997), a documentary about teen fashion models in the '80s, and then opted to take a short break from show business in order to care for her children. After a four-year hiatus, Cates returned to the screen in The Anniversary Party (2001), an ensemble film co-written and co-directed by her friend and Fast Times at Ridgemont High co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh and actor Alan Cumming. Acting opposite Kline (who portrayed her fictional husband in the film), Cates played none other than an actress who has left show business to raise a family.In addition to her screen work, Cates has also appeared frequently on the stage. Her numerous theater credits include The Tenth Man at Lincoln Center, Much Ado About Nothing at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Seagull and The Three Sisters at the La Jolla Playhouse, and Romeo and Juliet at the Goodman Theater.

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