Molly Ringwald

image for Molly Ringwald
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Born Sacramento, California
Starring in three 1980s coming-of-age movies produced by John Hughes, actress Molly Ringwald is the personification of the 1980s. Ringwald first performed on stage at age three, singing at the California State Fair with her father's band backing her. By age six she had recorded an album, Molly Sings. A role in Paul Mazursky's 1982 film The Tempest garnered Ringwald a Golden Globe nomination and the attention of John Hughes, who was interested in making a movie highlighting teen angst. Hughes wrote Sixteen Candles (1984) for Ringwald and actor Michael Hall, and Ringwald worked on two additional Hughes films: The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986). Hughes's films and Ringwald's characters defined the culture and attitudes of teens in that decade.
Photographer Theo Westenberger captured this photo of Ringwald and her signature red hair for a 1986 Time magazine cover with the headline "Ain't She Sweet."
Theo Westenberger, 1952 - 28 Feb 2008
Molly Ringwald, born 1968
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Theo Westenberger
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c. 1986
Object number
Molly Ringwald: Female
Molly Ringwald: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Color photograph on paper
Image: 34.2 x 23.5cm (13 7/16 x 9 1/4")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
National Portrait Gallery