Ally Sheedy

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Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy.jpg
Sheedy at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City, May 14, 2011
BornAlexandra Elizabeth Sheedy
(1962-06-13) June 13, 1962 (age 52)[1]
New York City, U.S.
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)David Lansbury (1992–2008)
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Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy.jpg
Sheedy at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City, May 14, 2011
BornAlexandra Elizabeth Sheedy
(1962-06-13) June 13, 1962 (age 52)[1]
New York City, U.S.
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)David Lansbury (1992–2008)

Alexandra Elizabeth "Ally" Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American film and stage actress, as well as the author of two books. Following her film debut in 1983's Bad Boys, she became known as one of the Brat Pack group of actors in the films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. She is also known for her roles in WarGames, Short Circuit and High Art, for which she received critical acclaim.

Early life[edit]

Sheedy was born in New York City[2] and has two siblings, brother Patrick and sister Meghan. Her mother, Charlotte (née Baum), is a writer and press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements,[3] and her father, John J. Sheedy, Jr., is a Manhattan advertising executive.[4][5] Her mother is Jewish and her father is of Irish Catholic background.[6] Her maternal grandmother was from Odessa, Ukraine.[7] Her parents divorced in 1971.[8]

Sheedy attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City, graduating in 1980. She started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at age six[9] and was planning to make it a full-time career. However, she gave up dance in favor of acting full-time. At age 12 she wrote a children's book, She Was Nice to Mice; the book was published by McGraw-Hill and became a best-seller.[9] On June 19, 1975, she appeared on the game show To Tell the Truth[10] in her role as a young writer.[11]


Sheedy started acting in local stage productions as a teenager. After appearing in several made-for-television films in 1981, as well as three episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues, she made her feature film debut in Bad Boys (1983), starring Sean Penn, where she played Penn's humiliated girlfriend. The 1980s were her most active period, with roles in popular films such as WarGames, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, and Maid to Order.

Throughout most of the 1990s, Sheedy appeared in a number of television films. Her most notable film performance during this time was in High Art, a well-reviewed independent film released in 1998 about a romance between two women and the power of art. She identified with the character of photographer "Lucy Berliner" so much that she flew, at her own expense, to participate in an audition and has said that this character is the closest one to herself she has played.[12] Her performance in High Art was recognized with awards from the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics.[13]

In 1999, Sheedy took over the lead role in the off Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She was the first female to play the part of the German transsexual "Hedwig," but her run ended early amid bad reviews.[14] That same year, she was cast as a lead actress in Sugar Town, an independent film, which featured an ensemble cast of actors and musicians.

She was reunited with Breakfast Club co-star Anthony Michael Hall when she became a special guest star on his television show The Dead Zone, in the second-season episode "Playing God," from 2003.[15]

Sheedy has also appeared in the episode "Leapin' Lizards" of C.S.I. in which she played a woman who murdered her boyfriend's wife while mixed up in a cult. On March 3, 2008, Sheedy was introduced as the character Sarah, in the ABC Family show Kyle XY. In 2009, she played the role of Mr. Yang on the USA Network television show Psych (in the third season finale), a role that she reprised in the fourth season, fifth season, and seventh season finales.

Personal life[edit]

Sheedy dated Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for less than a year in the 1980s. She stated in The Los Angeles Times that the relationship led her to abuse drugs, a claim Sambora denied.[16] In 1985, Sheedy was admitted to Hazelden Foundation and in the 1990s was treated for a sleeping pill addiction,[17] an experience which she drew on for her role as a drug-addicted photographer in High Art.[18]

On April 12, 1992, Sheedy married actor David Lansbury, the nephew of actress Angela Lansbury and son of Edgar Lansbury, the original producer of Godspell. In May 2008, Sheedy announced that she and Lansbury had filed for divorce.[2][19]


1983Bad BoysJ.C. Walenski
1983WarGamesJennifer MackNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actress in a Feature Film
1984Oxford BluesRona
1985The Breakfast ClubAllison Reynolds
1985St. Elmo's FireLeslie Hunter
1985Twice in a LifetimeHelen
1986Blue CityAnnie RayfordNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1986Short CircuitStephanie Speck
1987Maid to OrderJessie Montgomery
1988Short Circuit 2StephanieVoice cameo (uncredited)
1989Heart of DixieMaggie DeLoachNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1990Betsy's WeddingConnie HopperNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1990FearCayce BridgesNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1991Only the LonelyTheresa Luna
1992Home Alone 2: Lost in New YorkNY Ticket AgentCameo
1993The PickleMolly-Girl/Herself
1993Man's Best FriendLori TannerNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1994Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto EroticaKarenVideo
Segment "The Fling"
1995One Night StandMickey Sanderson
1997Macon County JailSusan Reed
1997The Definite MaybeJoanne
1997AmnesiaMartha Keller
1998Myth America
1998High ArtLucy BerlinerIndependent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (tied with Fernanda Montenegro for Central Station)
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1999Advice from a CaterpillarJan
1999Sugar TownLiz
1999The Autumn HeartDeborah
1999I'll Take You ThereBernice
2002Just a DreamMaureen Sturbuck
2002Happy Here and NowLois
2003A Good Night to DieMarie
2003Shelter IslandLouise 'Lou' Delamere
2004NoiseCharlotte Bancroft
2005Shooting LivienBrea Epling
2007Day ZeroDr. Reynolds
2007The Junior DefendersJill FieldsVideo
2008HaroldMaureen Reynolds
2009Life During WartimeHelen JordanNominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2010Welcome to the RileysHarriet
2010Ten Stories TallJackie
2014Sins of Our YouthVicki
1981CBS Afternoon PlayhouseCathyEpisode: "I Think I'm Having a Baby"
1981The Best Little Girl in the World1st GirlTV movie
1981The Violation of Sarah McDavidTracy BarnesTV movie
1981HomeroomKaren ChaseTV short
1981The Day the Loving StoppedDebbie DannerTV movie
1981Splendor in the GrassHazelTV movie
1982Chicago StoryEpisode: "Bright Lights, Big City"
1982St. ElsewhereDianeEpisode: "Samuels and the Kid"
1983Hill Street BluesKristen3 episodes
1983Deadly LessonsMarita ArmstrongTV movie
1987We Are the ChildrenTV movie
1990The Lost CaponeKathleen HartTV movie
1992Red Shoe DiariesKarenEpisode: "Accidents Happen"
1992Tattle TaleLaura PerotTV movie
1993Lethal ExposureChris CassidyTV movie
1993The Hidden RoomJuliaEpisode: "Hungry Girls"
1993Chantilly LaceElizabethTV movie
1994Ultimate BetrayalAdult Mary RodgersTV movie
1994Parallel LivesLouiseTV movie
1994The Haunting of Seacliff InnSusan EnrightTV movie
1995The Tin SoldierBilly's MomTV movie
1996The Outer LimitsCarter JonesEpisode: "I Hear You Calling"
1996Hijacked: Flight 285Deni PattonTV movie
1997Country JusticeAngie BakerTV movie
1997Buried Alive IILaura RiskinTV movie
1998The Fury WithinJoanna HanlonTV movie
1999Our Guys: Outrage at Glen RidgeDet. Kelly BrooksTV movie
2001OzLisa LoganEpisode: "Medium Rare"
2001The WardenHelen HewittTV movie
2001Strange FrequencyLee BonnerEpisode: "Daydream Believer"
2002Once and AgainMiriam Rose MillerEpisode: "Aaron's List of Dreams"
2002The Interrogation of Michael CroweCheryl CroweTV movie
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2003Life on the LineTV movie
2003The Dead ZoneKate MooreEpisode: "Playing God"
2006The VeteranSara ReidTV movie
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationShannon TurnerEpisode: "Leapin' Lizards"
2008–2009Kyle XYSarah4 episodes
2009Citizen JaneJane AlexanderTV movie
2009–2011, 2013PsychMs. Yang4 episodes
2014Client SeductionMelissa EcoTV movie




  1. ^ "Today in history". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Brat Packer Packs Up". New York Magazine. September 13, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ Leibovich, Lori (May 25, 1989). "Heroin Chic". Salon Magazine. 
  4. ^ "WEDDINGS; Marilyn Webb, John Sheedy Jr". The New York Times. March 21, 1993. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ally Sheedy Biography (1962–)". 
  6. ^ Collins, Glenn (May 27, 1991). "Celebrating a Place Where for So Many The Good Life Began". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Amy Sohn (2011). "Musicians, Mensches, and Muff-Diving: Ally Sheedy by Amy Sohn". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Margy Rochlin (June 14, 1998). "Ally Sheedy Makes a Bid To Be Taken Seriously". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Gary Dretzka (June 28, 1998). "Back from the edge, Ally Sheedy may be on the verge of another breakthrough". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ To Tell the Truth
  11. ^ Ally Sheedy appearance on To Tell the Truth, June 19, 1975. Rebroadcast on Game Show Network and viewed July 2, 2007.
  12. ^ Ally Sheedy – Biography (IMDb, April 15, 2010)
  13. ^ Ally Sheedy – Awards (IMDb, April 15, 2010)
  14. ^ Ally Sheedy Inches Away from "Hedwig" (E! Online, December 17, 1999)
  15. ^ "Season 2 Overview". The Dead Zone Official Website. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ Richard Natale (June 10, 1998). "On the Upswing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ Rochlin, Margy (June 14, 1998). "FILM; Ally Sheedy Makes a Bid To Be Taken Seriously". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  18. ^ Truth's Ally (interview with actress Ally Sheedy, by Elizabeth Weitzman, August 1998)[dead link]
  19. ^ Sheedy Divorces Husband Contact Music. May 28, 2008.

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