Phoebe Cates

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Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Cates at 81st Academy Awards.jpg
Phoebe Cates at 81st Annual Academy Awards, February 22, 2009
BornPhoebe Belle Cates
(1963-07-16) July 16, 1963 (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationModel (1977–1981)
Actress (1982–1994, 2001)
Entrepreneur (2005–present)
Spouse(s)Kevin Kline (m. 1989)
Children2
 
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Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Cates at 81st Academy Awards.jpg
Phoebe Cates at 81st Annual Academy Awards, February 22, 2009
BornPhoebe Belle Cates
(1963-07-16) July 16, 1963 (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationModel (1977–1981)
Actress (1982–1994, 2001)
Entrepreneur (2005–present)
Spouse(s)Kevin Kline (m. 1989)
Children2

Phoebe Cates Kline (born Phoebe Belle Cates; July 16, 1963), better known as Phoebe Cates, is an American film actress, model, and entrepreneur. She is known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins.

Early life[edit]

Cates was born Phoebe Belle Cates in New York City to a family of television and Broadway production insiders. Her parents are Lily and Joseph Cates (originally "Joseph Katz"[1]), who was a major Broadway producer and a pioneering figure in television, who helped create The $64,000 Question.[2][3] Her late uncle, Gilbert Cates, produced numerous television specials, often in partnership with Cates' father, and several annual Academy Awards shows. Her paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother were Russian Jews, and her maternal grandfather was Chinese Filipino.[4][5][6]

Cates attended the Professional Children's School and the Juilliard School.[7] When she was ten, she wanted to become a dancer. She eventually got a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, but after suffering a serious knee injury at age 15, she gave up her dancing career.[8] She next began a career as a professional model, which was short-lived, although successful.[8] Cates, however, did not like the industry: "It was just the same thing, over and over. After a while I did it solely for the money."[9]

Acting career[edit]

After ending her modeling career, Cates decided to begin acting.[8] Although her father was an actor as well, he was not enthusiastic about his daughter's new acting career.[8] Cates's acting debut was in Paradise (filmed 22 March 1981 - 6 May 1981 and released May 1982[10]), a role she won after replying to a casting call in New York.[11] At age 17 she played the role of Sarah and did several full nude scenes in the movie, which had a plot very similar to The Blue Lagoon. In a 1982 interview, she recalled having trouble with the change of career, because as a model she had to be conscious of the camera, whereas in front of the movie camera, she could not.[9] Cates later regretted being in the movie and said: "What I learned was never to do a movie like that again."[8] According to her co-star Willie Aames, "she will have nothing to do with the film. She's really upset about it. She won't do any promotion with me."[12]

Later in 1982, Cates starred in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which features "the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history".[13] She was quoted as saying that she had the most fun in filming that movie.[8] The following year, she was in the sex comedy Private School (which co-starred Matthew Modine and Betsy Russell), for which she sang on two songs of the film's soundtrack.

Her later film roles were more modest and largely oriented toward younger audiences, such as the two Gremlins films and the 1991 film Drop Dead Fred. Her face graced the covers of teen magazines such as Seventeen, Tiger Beat, Teen Beat, and others. In 1984, she starred in the TV mini-series Lace. She played the role of Lili "to get away from a sameness in her movie portrayals".[14] During her audition, she so impressed the writer, that he wanted to hire her there and then.[14] Cates struggled with the portrayal of a bitter movie star because, despite her character's vicious persona, she intended for the audience to sympathize with her.[15] She did not read the novel on which the movie was based because she did not want to have a "fixed image".[15]

In 1985, Cates appeared Off-Broadway in Rich Relations, written by David Henry Hwang of the Second Stage Theatre.[16] In 1994, she starred in the romantic comedy Princess Caraboo.

Cates retired from acting in 1994 in order to raise her children. She returned to acting in 2001 for one film, The Anniversary Party, as a favor to the director, her best friend, Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Music career[edit]

Cates sang the title song (of the same name) for the film Paradise.[17] She also sang the songs "Just One Touch" and "How Do I Let You Know" for the Private School soundtrack.

Personal life[edit]

In the early 1980s, Cates shared an apartment in Greenwich Village with her then boyfriend Stavros Merjos. She met him in 1979, when she went out to her first night in Studio 54 with family friend Andy Warhol.[9]

In 1983 during her audition In for Meg Tilly in The Big Chill, Cates met actor Kevin Kline, and became romantically involved. In 1989 they were married, and she changed her name to Phoebe Cates Kline.[18] The Klines live in New York City with their two children, son Owen Joseph Kline, born in 1991, and daughter Greta Simone Kline, born in 1994. Both Owen and Greta appeared along with their parents in the 2001 movie, The Anniversary Party. Owen also appeared in the 2005 film, The Squid and the Whale.

In 2005, Cates opened her own boutique called Blue Tree on New York's Madison Avenue.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Cates and Kevin Kline at an after party for the 1989 Academy Awards
YearFilmRoleNotes
1982ParadiseSarah
1982Fast Times at Ridgemont HighLinda Barrett
1983Private SchoolChristine Ramsey
1983Baby SisterAnnie BurroughsTV movie
1984GremlinsKate Beringer
1984LaceElizabeth 'Lili' LaceMiniseries
1985Lace IIElizabeth 'Lili' LaceMiniseries
1987Date with an AngelPatricia "Patty" Winston
1988Bright Lights, Big CityAmanda Conway
1989ShagCarson McBride
1989Heart of DixieAiken Reed
1990I Love You to DeathJoey's Girl at DiscoUncredited
1990Gremlins 2: The New BatchKate Beringer
1991Drop Dead FredElizabeth 'Lizzie' Cronin
1993Bodies, Rest & MotionCarol
1994Princess CarabooPrincess Caraboo/Mary Baker
2001The Anniversary PartySophia Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Jr., Robert McGill (1998-10-12). "Joseph Cates, 74, a Producer Of Innovative Specials for TV". Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (2005-06-03). "NY Times article". NY Times article. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ "American Greed: Fraudster of the Opera | Frozen Assets: The Ice Capers". Cnbc.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  4. ^ Villasanta, Boy (23 June 2010). "Pinoys who made it in Hollywood". ABS-CBN. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. "Before Lea Salonga and Charice won the hearts of many people around the globe, there were Phoebe Cates, although mix Filipina and American blood, whose descent is Chinese-Filipino on her maternal grandfather, and Tia Carrere, also Fil-Am." 
  5. ^ Slater, Judith J. (2004). Teen life in Asia. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-313-31532-9. Retrieved 28 May 2011. "Some Filipino and Filipino American stars have had much commercial success in the United States and may be familiar to American audiences. Included in this group are Phoebe Cates, who starred in the films Anniversary Party, Princess Caraboo, and Gremlins, and Lou Diamond Phillips, who starred in films such as La Bamba and Dark Wind and also on Broadway's The King and I." 
  6. ^ Cohen, Matthew Isaac (2009). "British performances of Java, 1811–1822". South East Asia Research (IP Publishing Ltd) 17 (1): 87–109. doi:10.5367/000000009787586389. Retrieved 28 May 2011. "Few people in those pre-Internet days, however, knew that Cates's estranged mother was of Chinese Filipino descent." 
  7. ^ "Yahoo movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Cohen, D. & S. Young and Famous: Hollywood's Newest Superstars, 1987. p.75. ISBN 0-671-63493-3
  9. ^ a b c Hammer, Josh (1982-06-14). "Paradise Star Phoebe Cates Hangs Her Own Film with a One-Word Review—'rip-Off'". People.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "Hollywood: Nude scenes too much for Aames" by Marilyn Beck, The Orange County Register, March 17, 1982. p. C3
  13. ^ Rolling Stone staff (November 21, 2006). "Escape Your Family: Sneak Upstairs!". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 15, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "'Lace' miniseries is soap-opera tangle" by Associated Press, Star-News, February 24, 1984. p. 5C
  15. ^ a b "Angela Lansbury leads 'Lace' cast" by Julianne Hastings, Stars and Stripes, March 7, 1984. p. 12.
  16. ^ Rich, Frank (1986-04-22). "New York Times-Stage: 'Rich Relations'". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  17. ^ Paradise (1982) ending credits
  18. ^ About Blue Tree
  19. ^ "ABC News (June 1, 2006): Perfect Gifts, According to Phoebe Cates: Former Teen Starlet Owns Upper East Side Gift Store". Abcnews.go.com. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 

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