Lea Thompson

 

Date Of Birth

May 31, 1961
 

Date Of Birth

May 31, 1961
 

Biography

Born on May 31, 1961 in Rochester, Minnesota, Lea Thompson is an American actress and director. As a girl, she studied dance, and became professional at the age of 14. She won several scholarships to numerous ballet schools. Some of these are the American Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Lea Thompson has also danced with the Ballet Repertory and the Minnesota Dance Theatre. When she was 19, she auditioned for Mikhail Baryshnikov, who told her that she was “too stocky.” Her dreams as a ballerina crushed, Thompson turned to acting.

Working as a waitress, Lea Thompson appeared in several Burger King and Twix commercials. In 1982, she provided the voice for the character Cecily Loper in the computer crime mystery MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone? Her first major role was in 1983’s Jaws 3-D, which was followed by her portrayal of Lisa in All the Right Moves. In 1984, she filmed Red Dawn, and was in The Wild Life as Anita.

Lea Thompson’s biggest role came in 1985, when she played Lorraine Baines McFly in the famous Back to the Future, where she reprised her role for the trilogy. The next year, she was cast in SpaceCamp, and sang and acted in Howard the Duck. Critics found the film forgettable despite its being produced by George Lucas. She was offered a part in 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful and won the Young Artist Award for Best Actress.

Thompson went on to film The Wizard of Loneliness in 1988, and had the part of Sylvia Vaine in one episode of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. In 1989, she had a prominent role in the TV movie Nightbreaker, which earned her a nomination for a CableACE award. She also starred in Dennis the Menace in 1993 and The Little Rascals in 1994.

From 1995-1999, she became the star of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. She received a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series” for her performance.

She then took a break from acting to star in several Broadway productions, and then appeared in a TV series known as For the People. Following this was a TV movie starring Tony Danza and Betty White, called Stealing Christmas. Lea Thompson has also been appearing in the series Ed and had a guest role in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2004. She played Jane Doe in a series of made-for-television movies for Hallmark, and directed two of the films Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder. In April 2007, she starred in another TV movie A Life Interrupted, and guest-starred on the show Head Case. In 2010, she was cast on the ABC Family Drama Switched at Birth.
 

Biography

Born on May 31, 1961 in Rochester, Minnesota, Lea Thompson is an American actress and director. As a girl, she studied dance, and became professional at the age of 14. She won several scholarships to numerous ballet schools. Some of these are the American Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Lea Thompson has also danced with the Ballet Repertory and the Minnesota Dance Theatre. When she was 19, she auditioned for Mikhail Baryshnikov, who told her that she was “too stocky.” Her dreams as a ballerina crushed, Thompson turned to acting.

Working as a waitress, Lea Thompson appeared in several Burger King and Twix commercials. In 1982, she provided the voice for the character Cecily Loper in the computer crime mystery MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone? Her first major role was in 1983’s Jaws 3-D, which was followed by her portrayal of Lisa in All the Right Moves. In 1984, she filmed Red Dawn, and was in The Wild Life as Anita.

Lea Thompson’s biggest role came in 1985, when she played Lorraine Baines McFly in the famous Back to the Future, where she reprised her role for the trilogy. The next year, she was cast in SpaceCamp, and sang and acted in Howard the Duck. Critics found the film forgettable despite its being produced by George Lucas. She was offered a part in 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful and won the Young Artist Award for Best Actress.

Thompson went on to film The Wizard of Loneliness in 1988, and had the part of Sylvia Vaine in one episode of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. In 1989, she had a prominent role in the TV movie Nightbreaker, which earned her a nomination for a CableACE award. She also starred in Dennis the Menace in 1993 and The Little Rascals in 1994.

From 1995-1999, she became the star of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. She received a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series” for her performance.

She then took a break from acting to star in several Broadway productions, and then appeared in a TV series known as For the People. Following this was a TV movie starring Tony Danza and Betty White, called Stealing Christmas. Lea Thompson has also been appearing in the series Ed and had a guest role in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2004. She played Jane Doe in a series of made-for-television movies for Hallmark, and directed two of the films Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder. In April 2007, she starred in another TV movie A Life Interrupted, and guest-starred on the show Head Case. In 2010, she was cast on the ABC Family Drama Switched at Birth.
 

Place of Birth

Rochester Minnesota,
 

Birth Name

Lea Katherine Thompson
 

Birth Name

Lea Katherine Thompson
 

Gender

Female
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- Her husband is Howard Deutch. They have two daughters together.


- Her siblings' names are Coleen Goodrich, Andrew Thompson and Shannon Thompson Katona.


- She was educated at Marshall-University High School, but won scholarships at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.
 

Fun Facts

- Her husband is Howard Deutch. They have two daughters together.

- Her siblings' names are Coleen Goodrich, Andrew Thompson and Shannon Thompson Katona.

- She was educated at Marshall-University High School, but won scholarships at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.
 

Awards

1996: People's Choice Awards - Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series
1990: Kids' Choice Awards - Blimp Award - Favorite Movie Actress for: Back to the Future Part II
1988: Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Some Kind of Wonderful
 

Awards

1996: People's Choice Awards - Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series
1990: Kids' Choice Awards - Blimp Award - Favorite Movie Actress for: Back to the Future Part II
1988: Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Some Kind of Wonderful
 

Filmography

2011: The Gatekeeper - Ellen
2011: Switched at Birth (TV series) - Kristen Kennish
2011: Mayor Cupcake - Mary Maroni
2011: The Trouble with the Truth - Emily
2011: Robot Chicken (TV series) - Lorraine Baines
2011: The Convincer - Jo Ann Prohaska
2010: Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer - Laura
2010: Greek (TV series) - April
2010: Uncle Nigel (TV movie) - Abby Wells
2009: Splinterheads - Susan Frost
2009: Rock Slyde - Master Bartologist
2009: The Check (short) - Darla
2009: Fatal Secrets - Rebecca
2008: The Christmas Clause (TV movie) - Sophie
2008: Exit Speed - Maudie McMinn
2008: CR: Back to the Future (Video Game) - Lorraine Baines
2008: Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder (TV movie) - Cathy Davis/Jane Doe
2008: Spy School - Claire Miller
2008: Senior Skip Day (video) - Cathleen Harris
2007: Final Approach (TV movie) - Alicia Bender
2007: Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss (video) - Cathy Davis
2007: A Life Interrupted (TV movie) - Debbie Smith
2007: Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV movie) - Cathy Davis/Jane Doe
2007: California Dreaming - Ginger Gainor
2006: 10 Tricks - Grace
2006: Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2006: Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Jane Doe: The Wrong Face (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Come Away Home - Carol
2005: Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Jane Doe: Vanishing Act (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2004: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Michelle Osborne
2004: Ed (TV series) - Liz Stevens
2003: Stealing Christmas (TV movie) - Sarah Gibson
2003: Haunted Lighthouse (short) - Peg Van Legge
2002-2003: For the People (TV series) - Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Camille Paris
2002: Fish Don't Blink - Clara
1995-2000: Caroline in the City (TV series) - Caroline Duffy
1998: The Unknown Cyclist - Melissa Cavatelli
1996: The Right to Remain Silent (TV movie) - Christine Paley
1995: Friends (TV series) - Caroline Duffy
1995: The Unspoken Truth (TV movie) - Brianne Hawkins
1994: The Little Rascals - Ms. Roberts
1994: The Substitute Wife (TV movie) - Amy Hightower
1993: The Beverly Hillbillies - Laura Jackson
1993: Dennis the Menace - Mrs. Alice Mitchell
1993: Stolen Babies (TV movie) - Annie Beales
1992: Article 99 - Dr. Robin Van Dorn
1990: Back to the Future Part III - Maggie McFly/Lorraine McFly
1990: Montana (TV movie) - Peg Guthrie
1989: Back to the Future Part II - Lorraine
1989: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Cynthia Vane
1989: Nightbreaker (TV movie) - Sally Matthews
1988: The Wizard of Loneliness - Sybil
1988: Going Undercover - Marigold de la Hunt
1988: Casual Sex? - Stacy
1987: Some Kind of Wonderful - Amanda Jones
1986: Howard the Duck - Beverly Switzler
1986: SpaceCamp - Kathryn Fairly
1985: Back to the Future - Lorraine Baines
1984: The Wild Life - Anita
1984: Red Dawn - Erica
1983: All the Right Moves - Lisa
1983: Jaws 3-D - Kelly Ann Bukowski
1982: MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone? (video) - Cecily 'Sissy' Loper
 

Filmography

2011: The Gatekeeper - Ellen
2011: Switched at Birth (TV series) - Kristen Kennish
2011: Mayor Cupcake - Mary Maroni
2011: The Trouble with the Truth - Emily
2011: Robot Chicken (TV series) - Lorraine Baines
2011: The Convincer - Jo Ann Prohaska
2010: Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer - Laura
2010: Greek (TV series) - April
2010: Uncle Nigel (TV movie) - Abby Wells
2009: Splinterheads - Susan Frost
2009: Rock Slyde - Master Bartologist
2009: The Check (short) - Darla
2009: Fatal Secrets - Rebecca
2008: The Christmas Clause (TV movie) - Sophie
2008: Exit Speed - Maudie McMinn
2008: CR: Back to the Future (Video Game) - Lorraine Baines
2008: Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder (TV movie) - Cathy Davis/Jane Doe
2008: Spy School - Claire Miller
2008: Senior Skip Day (video) - Cathleen Harris
2007: Final Approach (TV movie) - Alicia Bender
2007: Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss (video) - Cathy Davis
2007: A Life Interrupted (TV movie) - Debbie Smith
2007: Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV movie) - Cathy Davis/Jane Doe
2007: California Dreaming - Ginger Gainor
2006: 10 Tricks - Grace
2006: Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2006: Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Jane Doe: The Wrong Face (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Come Away Home - Carol
2005: Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2005: Jane Doe: Vanishing Act (TV movie) - Cathy Davis
2004: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Michelle Osborne
2004: Ed (TV series) - Liz Stevens
2003: Stealing Christmas (TV movie) - Sarah Gibson
2003: Haunted Lighthouse (short) - Peg Van Legge
2002-2003: For the People (TV series) - Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Camille Paris
2002: Fish Don't Blink - Clara
1995-2000: Caroline in the City (TV series) - Caroline Duffy
1998: The Unknown Cyclist - Melissa Cavatelli
1996: The Right to Remain Silent (TV movie) - Christine Paley
1995: Friends (TV series) - Caroline Duffy
1995: The Unspoken Truth (TV movie) - Brianne Hawkins
1994: The Little Rascals - Ms. Roberts
1994: The Substitute Wife (TV movie) - Amy Hightower
1993: The Beverly Hillbillies - Laura Jackson
1993: Dennis the Menace - Mrs. Alice Mitchell
1993: Stolen Babies (TV movie) - Annie Beales
1992: Article 99 - Dr. Robin Van Dorn
1990: Back to the Future Part III - Maggie McFly/Lorraine McFly
1990: Montana (TV movie) - Peg Guthrie
1989: Back to the Future Part II - Lorraine
1989: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Cynthia Vane
1989: Nightbreaker (TV movie) - Sally Matthews
1988: The Wizard of Loneliness - Sybil
1988: Going Undercover - Marigold de la Hunt
1988: Casual Sex? - Stacy
1987: Some Kind of Wonderful - Amanda Jones
1986: Howard the Duck - Beverly Switzler
1986: SpaceCamp - Kathryn Fairly
1985: Back to the Future - Lorraine Baines
1984: The Wild Life - Anita
1984: Red Dawn - Erica
1983: All the Right Moves - Lisa
1983: Jaws 3-D - Kelly Ann Bukowski
1982: MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone? (video) - Cecily 'Sissy' Loper
 

Nickname

Lea
 

Nickname

Lea
 

Height

5' 4" (1.63 m)
 

Height

5' 4" (1.63 m)
 

Quotes

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Quotes

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