Amanda Peterson

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Amanda Peterson
Born(1971-07-08) July 8, 1971 (age 43)
Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
Other namesMandy Peterson
Years active1982–1995
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Amanda Peterson
Born(1971-07-08) July 8, 1971 (age 43)
Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
Other namesMandy Peterson
Years active1982–1995

Amanda Peterson (born July 8, 1971) is a former American actress. Peterson gained fame for her role as Cindy Mancini, in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love.

Early life and career[edit]

A native of Greeley, Colorado, Peterson is the youngest of three children. While living in Colorado, she made her stage debut in a production of The Sound of Music. At the age of 9, she won a role in the musical film Annie, where she appeared as a dancing extra. Peterson went on to land guest spots on Father Murphy and Silver Spoons. In the 1983–1984 television season, she co-starred as Squirt Sawyer on NBC's Boone. Boone was canceled after one season.[1][2]

In 1985, she won her first starring role in the feature film Explorers. The following year, she co-starred in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries A Year in the Life. It was third-highest rated miniseries of the 1986–87 US television season with a 16.9/27 rating/share.[3] and was later adapted into a television series of the same name. The series aired from 1987 to 1988 on NBC.[1][2]

In 1987, Peterson co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in the teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love. The film earned mixed reviews but became the sleeper hit of the summer.[2] As a result, Peterson and Dempsey obtained teen idol status after the release and subsequently appeared on covers of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, Teen Beat and many others for a considerable amount of time. Peterson went on to appear in other films including Listen to Me (1989), and made guest appearance on Doogie Howser, M.D. in 1990. Peterson's last onscreen role was in the 1994 film, WindRunner, starring Jason Wiles.


1982AnnieDancerCredited as Mandy Peterson
1982Father MurphyElizabethEpisode: "Matthew and Elizabeth"
1982Silver SpoonsSally FrumbelEpisode: "Takin' a Chance on Love"
1983BooneSquirt SawyerEpisode: "Words and Music"
1984Best Kept SecretsGretchenTelevision movie
1985ExplorersLori Swenson
1985And the Children Shall LeadJennyTelevision movie
Alternative title: Wonderworks: And the Children Shall Lead
1986Year in the Life, AA Year in the LifeSunny SiskMiniseries
1986Carly MillsTrisha MillsTelevision movie
Year in the Life, AA Year in the LifeSunny Sisk22 episodes
1987Can't Buy Me LoveCindy ManciniAlternative title: Boy Rents Girl
1988Lawless Land, TheThe Lawless LandDiana
1989Listen to MeDonna Lumis
1989Love and BetrayalStephanieTelevision movie
Alternative title: Throw Away Wives
1990Doogie Howser, M.D.Bernadette CallenEpisode: "Vinnie's Blind Date"
1990Fatal CharmValerieTelevision movie
1991Hell Hath No FuryMichelle FergusonTelevision movie
1991Posing: Inspired by Three Real StoriesAbigail BaywoodTelevision movie
Alternative title: I Posed for Playboy
1994WindRunnerJulie MooreAlternative title: WindRunner: A Spirited Journey

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1984Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress in a New Television SeriesBooneNominated
1985Young Artist AwardBest Young Supporting Actress in a Daytime or Nighttime DramaBooneNominated
1986Young Artist AwardBest Starring Performance by a Young Actress – Motion PictureExplorersNominated
1988Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress in a Motion Picture – ComedyCan't Buy Me LoveNominated
1988Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama SeriesYear in the Life, AA Year in the LifeWon


  1. ^ a b Blank, Ed (1987-08-19). "Amanda Peterson celebrity at age 16". The Pittsburgh Press. p. B4. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Top TV Teens". Toledo Blade. 1988-04-06. p. 20. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ (Three or more parts.) TV Guide magazine, June 27–July 3, 1987, issue #1787. All figures are based on the Nielsen ratings. The rating represents the percentage of the 87.4 million TV households tuned to a station (sets watching this show). The share represents the percentage of TV sets tuned to a television station at the time of the broadcast (sets in use)

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