Molly Kathleen Ringwald
Roseville, California, United States
Molly Ringwald went to the Los Angeles based international bilingual school, Lycée Français de Los Angeles.
Actress, singer, dancer, writer
- Father – Robert Scott “Bob” Ringwald (Blind Jazz Pianist)
- Mother – Adele Edith Ringwald (Chef and housewife)
- Siblings – Beth Ringwald (Older Sister) (Actress), Kelly Ringwald (Older Brother). Another older brother died before she was even born.
- Others – Ferman Verneal Ringwald (Paternal Grandfather), Aloha Deon Jenson (Paternal Grandmother), George Herbert Frembd (Maternal Grandfather), Edith Adele Ryer (Maternal Grandmother)
Molly Ringwald is represented by Beverly Hills based Untitled Entertainment.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
62 kg or 137 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Molly Ringwald has dated –
- Anthony Michael Hall (1984-1985) – Molly first met actor Anthony Michael Hall on the sets of the movie, Sixteen Candles, in which Anthony’s character had a huge crush on her. By the time, they started shooting for their next movie The Breakfast Club, they were very much in love. However, their relationship survived only for a year.
- Dweezil Zappa (1985-1986) – Molly started going out with rock musician and occasional actor, Dweezil Zappa in April 1985. She even got him in a cameo role in her movie, Pretty in Pink. She even opened up about their relationship in a 1986 interview with People, calling him really gorgeous. However, not gorgeous enough to remain around for long as they broke up in 1986 itself.
- John Kennedy Jr. (1988) – According to reports, Molly had a short-lived affair with lawyer and journalist John Kennedy Jr. in the summer of 1988.
- Adam Horovitz – Towards the end of the 80s, Molly was reported to be going out with musician Adam Horovitz, who was a member of the music band The Beastie Boys. Their first public appearance came on the red carpet of the 59th Annual Academy Awards.
- Valery Lameignère (1999-2002) – Ringwald got married to French novelist Valery Lameignère in a romantic ceremony held at his family cabin in the seaside Bordeaux village of Arcachon. They got married on a local boat, which was loaded with flowers and lighted with paper lanterns. They had been reportedly together for 8 years before getting married. However, their fairytale romance came to an end in 2002 as she filed for divorce citing inhuman and cruel treatment. She was in such a hurry to get divorced that she didn’t seek alimony nor possession of the house they shared in Bordeaux.
- Panio Gianopoulos (2002-Present) – Molly started going out with American-Greek writer Panio Gianopoulos in 2002. In 2003, she gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Mathilda Ereni Gianopoulos. They eventually got married in 2007. In July 2009, she gave birth to twins, a son Roman Stylianos Gianopoulos and a daughter Adele Georgiana Gianopoulos. Her pregnancy was written into the storyline of her TV series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Race / Ethnicity
She has German and English ancestry with traces of Dutch and Swedish roots.
- Red Hair
- Elongated Chin
36-28-37 in or 91.5-71-94 cm
10 (US) or 42 (EU) or 14 (UK)
8.5 (US) or 39 (EU)
In 1982, Molly appeared in a TV commercial for Raisins from California.
She has also lent her voice to the TV commercial for Brawny paper towels.
Her religious views aren’t known.
Best Known For
- Having appeared in a series of commercially successful John Hughes films such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.
- Being cast in the role of Anne Juergens in the ABC drama series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
- Having played the role of Frannie Goldsmith in the ABC horror drama miniseries, The Stand, which was based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.
In 2013, Molly released her solo debut studio album, Except Sometimes, which was well received by the critics.
In 1982, Molly made her theatrical film debut in a supporting role in the comedy-drama movie, Tempest, which was loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play with a similar title.
First TV Show
In 1979, Molly made her first TV show appearance in the role of Molly Parker in the NBC sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes.
Molly Ringwald relies on running to keep herself fit. She is also a big fan of Yoga and likes it slightly more than running as she finds yoga to be slightly more athletic. She prefers Ashtanga yoga over Iyengar yoga.
Regarding diet, she hasn’t followed many of her Hollywood compatriots in following dieting plans. She considers herself a foodie and acknowledges that she would never be able to cut carbs completely from her diet. Although she agrees that it would bring her weight down. She knows the benefits of regimented diet but insists that if she follows one, she won’t have the life she clearly loves dearly.
Molly Ringwald Favorite Things
- Skincare Products – Kim Sevy Products
- Makeup Products – YSL Touche Eclat, Laura Mercier Reflecting Powder, Tinted Sunscreen by Eve Lom, Naked Palette by Urban Decay, Jean Seberg Breathless black wing-tip liner, Ardell fake eyelashes, Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Powder, La Prairie cream blush, Make Up for Ever in No. 42 lipstick, Josie Maran’s lip stain
- Fragrance – Carthusia Corallium
- Hair Products – Oribe Shampoo, Oribe Royal Blowout Spray, Signature Moisture Masque, The Olaplex
- Family Recipe – Lentil Bean Soup for New Year’s Day
- Junk Food – Salt and Vinegar Chips
- Place to Live – New York City
- Dinner Guest – Philip Roth
- Film she acted in – Pretty in Pink
Molly Ringwald Facts
- She was offered the female lead role in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman. However, she didn’t go for it and her decision turned to be great for Julia Roberts, who got to launch her Hollywood career with the iconic role.
- Her longtime collaborator John Hughes offered her the role of Amanda Jones in the romantic drama, Some Kind of Wonderful. However, she turned it down, which left Hughes seething with anger.
- She went on to audition for the female lead in fantasy and romantic drama, Ghost. However, the role eventually went to Demi Moore.
- David Lynch had sent a script of his new movie, Blue Velvet to Ringwald in a bid to secure her services for the movie. However, her mother read the script before Molly and she was so disturbed by the script that she never passed it to her daughter.
- The VH1 channel placed her on the very top of the list featuring “100 Greatest Teen Stars”. They had her on the #17 spot on the list of “100 Greatest Child Stars”.
- In her childhood, she often used to perform in her father’s music bands in Sacramento. At the age of 6, she even lent her vocals for a music album, I Wanna Be Loved by You, which was recorded by her father’s group, Fulton Street Jazz Band.
- She started her acting career at the age of 5 after she was cast in the role of Dormouse in the stage production of Alice Through the Looking Glass.
- In the mid-90s, she moved to Paris to work in the French film industry. As she had studied in a bilingual school, which used French along with English as a medium of communication, she was pretty fluent in French.
- In October 2017, she spoke at length about the s*xual harassment she had to endure in Hollywood, including an incident during which a married film director French kissed her. She was mere 14 years old at the time of the incident.
- In 1986, she was featured on the cover of the prestigious Time magazine.
- She got her first big breakthrough after she was cast in the role of Samantha Baker in the comedy movie, Sixteen Candles, which was released in May 1984.
- Visit her official website @ iammollyringwald.com.
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Featured Image by Panio Gianopoulos / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0