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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Phoebe Cates

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Famous For:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins
Networth:
$5 Million
Currently Known For:
Retired Actress
Famous Years:
1982 - 1994
Birthdate:
July 16, 1963
Phoebe Cates


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  Famous For:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins

  Networth:
$5 Million

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Certain movies tend to make their mark with a certain group of people for generations, especially particular scenes in these movies. If you were growing up in the 1980s, there’s a good chance that you saw “Gremlins” or remember that one scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. These are still films that are popular to this day, thanks in large part to actress Phoebe Cates. She was a huge star in the 1980s, and was able to willingly walk away from the business, which not many can say. Now in her mid 50s, Cates doesn’t pop up much, but is still a well known name thanks to her early roles.Advertisements:


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Cates seemed like she was destined to get into acting, as both of her parents had worked on Broadway while she was growing up, mainly in the production business. They also dabbled in television, so Cates already had a foot in the door when she was born in New York City on July 16, 1963. There were a lot of avenues that Cates could’ve taken to fame, as she excelled in many ways at a young age.

As a child, Cates had started modeling for magazines, finding her way to several national publications. Not only that, but Cates was an excellent dancer that has aspirations of making a career out dancing. However, Cates had suffered an injury as a teenager, and went back to modeling on a full-time basis. The true passion for Cates, though, was in acting and her modeling career didn’t last into adulthood.

Cates studied at the prestigious Juilliard School where many A-list actors get their starts. Cates was then ready for the big time in 1982 when she starred in her debut film “Paradise”. The film didn’t perform all that well at the box office, pulling in just over $5 million. Some point to Cates being outspoken about her first film, calling it a “rip-off” of the Brooke Shields film “Blue Lagoon. “The backers of ‘Paradise’ knew exactly what they wanted: to make money,” she said. “I’m surprised (Columbia Pictures) didn’t try to stop production then.”

That same year, Cates starred as Linda Barrett in the coming of age film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” which is said to have one of the most paused moments in film history. We’ll leave it at that, as you probably know which one we’re talking about. Success continued for Cates the next year when she appeared in a television movie, as well as the big screen movie “Private School”.

Needless to say, the subject matter for Cates’s early films were rather mature, especially when considering the audiences. “When you start out, you have to make compromises,” Cates said. “Which includes doing films of lower quality.” After another risque performing in the miniseries “Lace” in 1984, Cates took a more family-friendly turn when she starred with Zach Galligan in “Gremlins”. In terms of financial and critical performance, “Gremlins” was the biggest hit for Cates as it made over $150 million at the box office.

“There was a certain amount of hysteria around her after that very charged (“Fast Times”) scene and it made a lasting impression; people still talk about it 30 years later,” Galligan said. “Guys would sort of react to her with awe, and they were completely intimidated, which was so funny because she is one of the nicest, most approachable, down to Earth, cool (people). She’s a beautiful woman who doesn’t have that sense of, ‘I’m amazing and maybe one day you’ll be able to talk to me.’ She doesn’t have any of that...So it was great working with her.”

Cates would then return for the “Gremlins” sequel called “The New Batch” in 1990, with many other movies in between. Some of those films include “Bright Lights, Big City”, “Heart of Dixie” and “I Love You to Death”. Throughout the height of her career, Cates had also gotten into a relationship with actor Kevin Kline, who you likely remember for his roles in “Wild Wild West”, “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Dave”. After several years together, the two would get married in 1989.

Two years later, Cates welcomed her first child after the release of “Drop Dead Fred”. Cates added roles in “Bodies, Rest & Motion” in 1993 and “Princess Caraboo” the next year, while also having her second child. Wanting to focus on her children rather than continuing her movie career, Cates decided to walk away from acting. It also didn’t help that Cates was also getting burnt out from acting. “Just the same thing over and over again,” she said her roles. Since 1994, Cates has had just one film role in the 2001 comedy-drama “The Anniversary Party” that also starred her husband, whom she is still married to these days.

“When I first met Phoebe, I remember thinking, ‘She’s too happy to be with me.’” Kline said. “She’s too enthusiastic about life...What’ll we talk about?” He also touched on her retirement, saying that the role offers kept coming for years after she left the scene. “Whenever it’s been her slot to work, Phoebe has chosen to stay with the children,” he said. Kline added that “We’re both sensible, and we don’t separate for long periods of time. We take care of the marriage.”

Cates has added another voice role, playing her character Kate from “Gremlins” in the 2015 video game “Lego Dimensions”, and it’s rumored that the 55 year old actress might make her return to the big screen in “The Homecoming: A Musical”, but nothing has been confirmed. For now, many fans are hoping that the rumors are true, as it’s been too long since Cates has been in movies and with her children now all grown up, her focus could return to acting.

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