Alexa Kenin

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Alexa Kenin
BornAlexa Jordan Kenin
(1962-02-16)February 16, 1962
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 10, 1985(1985-09-10) (aged 23)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Resting placeNew Montefiore Cemetery
NationalityAmerican
EducationBeverly Hills High School
OccupationActress
Years active1972–1985
 
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Alexa Kenin
BornAlexa Jordan Kenin
(1962-02-16)February 16, 1962
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 10, 1985(1985-09-10) (aged 23)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Resting placeNew Montefiore Cemetery
NationalityAmerican
EducationBeverly Hills High School
OccupationActress
Years active1972–1985

Alexa Jordan Kenin (February 16, 1962 – September 10, 1985) was an American actress known for her supporting roles in several films released during the 1980s, including Little Darlings (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), and Pretty in Pink (1986) which was released after her death.

Career[edit]

Kenin was born in New York City. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother, actress Maya Kenn, married character actor John Ryan. Kenin began acting as a child and won her first professional role opposite Jason Robards in the 1972 television movie House Without a Christmas Tree. At the age of ten, she was offered the role of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist. Kenin turned the role down and Linda Blair was eventually cast.[1]

In 1977, Kenin appeared in John Guare's Landscape of the Body at The Public Theater and in the off-Broadway production of Elusive Angel. In December 1980, she portrayed the role of "Libby" in the touring production of Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures, starring Bill Macy and Patricia Harty.[2] She also guest starred in several episodes of ABC Afterschool Special, and in the 1982 TV film A Piano for Mrs. Cimino opposite Bette Davis.[3]

At the age of 17, Kenin and her mother moved to Los Angeles after her mother divorced John Ryan. Kenin attended Beverly Hills High School while also maintaining her acting career.[1] In 1979, she was cast in the CBS sitcom Co-Ed Fever. The series was canceled after one episode.[4] The following year, she co-starred in the teen comedy Little Darlings, starring Kristy MacNichol and Tatum O'Neal.

In 1982, Kenin guest starred on episodes of The Facts of Life and Gimme a Break!. In the same year she played, in Honkytonk Man, the part of an aspiring young singer alongside Clint Eastwood as he makes his way to Nashville. One of Kenin's final roles was in the John Hughes film Pretty in Pink.

Death[edit]

On September 10, 1985, Kenin was found dead in her Manhattan apartment soon after the filming of Pretty in Pink.[3] The film was released after her death and dedicated to her memory.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972The House Without a Christmas TreeCarla MaeTelevision movie
1976–1982ABC Afterschool SpecialVarious rles5 episodes
1977Off CampusAlexisTelevision film
1978The WordJudy RandallMiniseries
1979Co-Ed FeverMouse6 episodes
1980Little DarlingsDana
1980A Perfect MatchAngelTelevision movie
1981Word of HonorBeverlyTelevision movie
1981Too Close for ComfortEthel KadinskyEpisode: "Who's Sara Now?"
1982A Piano for Mrs. CiminoKaren CiminoTelevision film
1982The Facts of LifeJesseEpisode: "New York, New York"
1982Gimme a Break!C.C.Episode: "Hot Muffins"
1982Honkytonk ManMarlene
1983The MississippiFrancieEpisode: "Edge of the River"
1983Princess DaisyKiki KavanaughTelevision film
1986Pretty in PinkJena HoemanReleased posthumously
1989Animal BehaviorSheila SanduskyReleased posthumously

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kleiner, Dick (May 2, 1980). "Alexa Kenin Talented Girl". Waycross Journal-Herald. pp. P–17. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ von Maurer, Bill (December 19, 1980). "Stars make 'Pictures' good theater". The Miami News. p. 12D. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Alexa Kenin". The New York Times. September 12, 1985. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 24, 2005). "One-Show Wonders". ew.com. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 

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