Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

Age
53
Birthday
May. 31st, 1961
Born in
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Height
5' 4

Lea Thompson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dancing With the Stars TV Show
Dancing With the Stars
Switched at Birth TV Show
Switched at Birth
Caroline in the City TV Show
Caroline in the City
For the People TV Show
For the People
Celebrity Duets TV Show
Celebrity Duets
 

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Left Behind
2014 - Bound by Flesh
2009 - Splinterheads
2009 - Rock Slyde
2008 - Exit Speed
2008 - Spy School
1994 - The Little Rascals
1993 - Dennis the Menace
1993 - The Beverly Hillbillies
1992 - Article 99
1990 - Back to the Future Part III
1989 - Back to the Future Part II
1987 - Some Kind of Wonderful
1986 - Space Camp
1986 - Howard the Duck
1985 - Back to the Future
1984 - Red Dawn
1984 - The Wild Life
1983 - Jaws 3-D
1983 - All the Right Moves

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Liz Stevens
3
Herself - Interviewee
1
Sylvia Vane
1
Herself
1
Lorraine Baines (Voiced)
1
Jennifer Rhodes
1
Lorraine McFly (Voiced)
1
April
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Lea Katherine Thompson (born May 31, 1961), in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the youngest of five children. Her parents are Barbara and Cliff Thompson. Since all her siblings were much older than she, Lea says it seemed like she had more than two parents. The family lived in the Starlight motel, all the kids sharing a room. Things began to look up for the family when Lea's father got a job in Minneapolis, where the family moved.

Lea's parents divorced when she was six, and her mother decided to maintain the family. This wasn't the easiest job considering her mother was alcohol-addicted at the time. When she found the strength to quit drinking, she took a job playing the piano and singing in a bar to support Lea and her siblings. When Lea was seven, her mother remarried.

Ever since Lea was little, she loved to dance Ballet to be exact. She would practice three to four hours every day. Her first role was a mouse in The Nutcracker. After Lea turned fourteen, she had performed in more than 45 ballets on stages such as The Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet Company, and The Ballet Repertory. She won scholarships to The American Ballet Theatre and The San Francisco Ballet. At age nineteen, she auditioned for 'Mikhail Baryshnikov', who later told her that she was "a beautiful dancer... but too stocky". Lea knew her dreams had been crushed. At that point, she decided to turn to acting.

Her first role was in the movie Jaws 3-D (1983) as a water ski bunny, although she couldn't swim or ski, which she still can't! There she met 'Dennis Quaid', who became her fiance and acting coach. Her next role was in All the Right Moves (1983) where she acted opposite 'Tom Cruise'. Director 'Michael Chapman' was so disappointed with her performance, that he almost fired her. Between 1983 and 1984, Lea appeared in other "teen" movies such as Red Dawn (1984), The Wild Life (1984), and Going Undercover aka Yellow Pages (1988).

Lea's biggest known accomplishment, and her big break, came from the first Back to the Future (1985). It was the biggest hit of 1985, and Lea was suddenly the most wanted actress. She could have her pick of any role she wanted to take on. She did and made the worst choice of her life, Howard the Duck (1986). Although it was a 'George Lucas' production, the critics turned the movie, and Lea, down. Afterwards, director 'Howard Deutch' offered Lea a part in his movie, Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), but she refused. After he urged her to do it, she reconsidered. She won the Young Artist Award for best young actress. During filming, Howard and Lea fell in love, and she called it off with Dennis. She then went on to film The Wizard of Loneliness (1988), which was her first movie as a woman, rather than a youngster. Lea went on to film Back to the Future Part ll (1989) and an episode of "Tales from the Crypt" (1989). She then married 'Howard Deutch'. She continued filming Back to the Future Part III (1990), Montana (1990), and Article 99 (1992). Lea then took a break to stay home with her first born, Madeline.

She jumped back into acting in Dennis the Menace (1993). Then it was on to The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Stolen Babies (1993), The Little Rascals (1994), and The Substitute Wife (1994) . In 1994, she had her second child, Zoey. Lea then went into filming The Unspoken Truth (1995). It was then that she was first given the script of a new NBC sitcom, Caroline in the City (1995). It was probably the best decision Lea ever made. She won a People's Choice Award for best actress in a new sitcom. Unfortunately, with all of NBC's problems, "Caroline in the City" (1995) kept being moved to a worse and worse time slot, giving it horrible ratings. The show ended after only four seasons.

She was also in two movies, Stealing Christmas (2003) and Haunted Lighthouse (2003).

In 2005, Thompson began a series of made-for-TV films for the Hallmark Channel, in which she plays Jane Doe, an ex-secret agent turned housewife, who helps the government solve mysteries. Thompson directed two films from the Jane Doe series – Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder.

She starred in the television movie The Christmas Clause (2008).

Since 2011, Thompson has starred in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, about a family realizing their 16-year-old daughter is not biologically theirs and was switched with another baby at the hospital.


TRIVIA:
  • Her character's name in _Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv) underwent numerous changes when the script was being written. In an early draft, her character was called Mary Ellen, and in later drafts, she was called Eileen before it finally became Lorraine.
  • Was engaged to 'Dennis Quaid' (qv) for about 3 years before marrying 'Howard Deutch' (qv). She met Quaid on the set of her first movie _Jaws 3-D (1983)_ (qv).
  • Danced in more than 45 ballets with the ABT.
  • Has two daughters, Madelyn (born March 23, 1991) and Zoey (born December 1, 1994).
  • Has appeared in _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv) as her character from _"Caroline in the City" (1995)_ (qv). "Friends" star 'Matthew Perry (I)' (qv) has appeared in "Caroline in the City" as his character Chandler Bing.
  • It took approximately four hours to apply the makeup that would make her and co-stars 'Crispin Glover' (qv) and 'Thomas F. Wilson' (qv) appear to be middle-aged adults in _Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv).
  • Met husband 'Howard Deutch' (qv) when he directed her in _Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)_ (qv).
  • Her brother, Andrew Thompson, was also a modern ballet dancer with the Colorado Ballet. They both took ballet classes throughout their youth, and he helped her pay for her classes later on in life.


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