Lea Thompson

Biography

Date of Birth 31 May 1961, Rochester, Minnesota, USA Birth Name Lea Katherine Thompson Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Mini Biography Lea Katherine Thompson was 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. She began working as a waitress, also making 22 Burger King commercials and a few Twix commercials. She was perfect for these parts simply because she was the average girl-down-the-street, from the Midwest. Everyone who knows her can't believe she was and still is so completely different...trying to be independent and fight against the system. In 1982, Lea made some type of a computer game or interactive movie known as Murder, Anyone. 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 fiancée 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)), and believes it was lucky that in these movies they were able to use anyone who could walk and talk! 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 II (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) (TV), 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), where she says she just played herself. Then it was on to The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Stolen Babies (1993) (TV), The Little Rascals (1994), and The Substitute Wife (1994) (TV). In 1994, she had her second child, Zoey. Lea then went into filming The Unspoken Truth (1995) (TV). 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. Bad ideas from the creators (Julia, etc.) didn't help either. Lea quickly went onto The Right to Remain Silent (1996) (TV), The Unknown Cyclist (1998), and "A Will of Their Own" (1998). She also guest-starred in "Friends" (1994) in The One with the Baby on the Bus as Caroline Duffy, and on "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992). Lea also did some stage work, including starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The show toured and also appeared on Broadway. She then did The Vagina Monologues in L.A. She had a stint in a dramatic role as a Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney, Camille Paris, on "For the People" (2002). It lasted less than a year. She will soon be seen in two new movies, Stealing Christmas (2003) (TV)and Haunted Lighthouse (2003). Spouse Howard Deutch (1989 - present) 2 children Trivia Was engaged to Dennis Quaid for about 3 years before marrying Howard Deutch. She met Quaid on the set of her first movie Jaws 3-D (1983). Has two daughters, Madelyn Deutch (born March 23, 1991) and Zoey Deutch (born December 1, 1994) with her husband Howard Deutch. Attended Marshall-University High School (Minneapolis). Met husband Howard Deutch when he directed her in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987). Has appeared in "Friends" (1994) as her character from "Caroline in the City" (1995). "Friends" star Matthew Perry has appeared in "Caroline in the City" as his character Chandler Bing. Claims she was one of the few ballerinas at the American Ballet Theatre that didn't have an eating disorder. Wanted nothing more when she was at the American Ballet Theatre than to dance with the star dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was heartbroken when he remarked that she was "a beautiful dancer, but too stocky." Shortly after, she left the company. Won scholarships to the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Danced in more than 45 ballets with the ABT. 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. It took approximately four hours to apply the makeup that would make her and co-stars Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson appear to be middle-aged adults in Back to the Future (1985). Her character's name in Back to the Future (1985) 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. Younger sister of Coleen Goodrich, Andrew Thompson and Shannon Thompson Katona. Sister-in-law of Phillip Goodrich. Aunt of Elizabeth Goodrich. Her husband's uncle is actor Robert Walden. Daughter-in-law of Murray Deutch.

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Birth Name

Lea Kathleen Thompson

Birth Place

Rochester, Minnesota, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

5/31/1961
Known For
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Back to the Future

Lorraine Baines

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Back to the Future Part II

Lorraine

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Some Kind Of Wonderful

Amanda Jones

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All the Right Moves

Lisa

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SpaceCamp

Kathryn Fairly

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Casual Sex?

Stacy

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Exit Speed

Maudie McMinn

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Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer

Laura

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Luis and the Aliens

Ms. Diekendaker (voice)

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Back In Time

Herself

Starring In
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Retour vers le Futur: Voyage dans le temps, American Dream & Rock'n'Rroll

Self

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Unplugging

Perkins

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A Holiday in Harlem

Evelyn Reynolds

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Mark, Mary & Some Other People

Aunty Carol

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Next Stop, Christmas

Evelyn Reynolds

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Dinner in America

Betty

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Little Women (Remake)

Marmee

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Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

Jules

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Luis and the Aliens

Ms. Diekendaker (voice)

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Who We Are Now

Alana

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The Dog Lover

Liz Holloway

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Back In Time

Herself

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Left Behind

Irene Steele

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Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

Julia

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Milius

Herself

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Love At The Christmas Table

Elissa Beth Dixon

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J. Edgar

Lela Rogers

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Thin Ice

Jo Ann Prohaska

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Mayor Cupcake

Mary Maroni

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The Cabin

Lily MacDougal

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Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer

Laura

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Splinterheads

Susan Frost

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Fatal Secrets

Rebecca

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Exit Speed

Maudie McMinn

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The Christmas Clause

Sophie

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Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder

Cathy Davis / Jane Doe

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Final Approach

Alicia Bender

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Spy School

Claire Miller

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Senior Skip Day

Cathleen

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Jane Doe: The Wrong Face

Cathy Davis

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Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part

Cathy Davis

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Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't

Cathy Davis

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Come Away Home

Carol

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Stealing Christmas

Sarah Gibson

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Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

Lisa Litski (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Unknown Cyclist

Melissa Cavatelli

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Caroline in the City - The First Season

Caroline Duffy (97 episodes, 1995-2000)

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The Little Rascals

Ms. Roberts

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The Substitute Wife

Amy Hightower

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The Beverly Hillbillies

Laura Jackson

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Dennis the Menace

Mrs. Alice Mitchell

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Article 99

Dr. Robin Van Dorn

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Back to the Future Part III

Maggie McFly / Lorraine McFly

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Montana

Peg Guthrie

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Back to the Future Part II

Lorraine

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Nightbreaker

Sally Matthews

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Casual Sex?

Stacy

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The Wizard of Loneliness

Sybil

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Some Kind Of Wonderful

Amanda Jones

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Howard the Duck

Beverly Switzler

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SpaceCamp

Kathryn Fairly

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Back to the Future

Lorraine Baines

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Red Dawn

Erica

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The Wild Life

Anita

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All the Right Moves

Lisa

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Jaws 3

Kelly Ann Bukowski

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