Soleil Moon Frye

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Soleil Moon Frye
Frye at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show
Born(1976-08-06) August 6, 1976 (age 37)
Glendora, California, U.S.
EducationSan Fernando Valley Professional School
Alma materThe New School
OccupationActress, film director, screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Jason Goldberg (m. 1998)
ParentsVirgil Frye
Sondra Peluce
RelativesSean Frye (half-brother)
Meeno Peluce (half-brother)
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Soleil Moon Frye
Frye at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show
Born(1976-08-06) August 6, 1976 (age 37)
Glendora, California, U.S.
EducationSan Fernando Valley Professional School
Alma materThe New School
OccupationActress, film director, screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Jason Goldberg (m. 1998)
ParentsVirgil Frye
Sondra Peluce
RelativesSean Frye (half-brother)
Meeno Peluce (half-brother)

Soleil Moon Frye (/sˈl/; born August 6, 1976)[1] is an American actress, director and screenwriter. She began her career as a child actor at the age of 2. When she was 7 years old, Frye won the role of Penelope "Punky" Brewster in the sitcom Punky Brewster. The series, which debuted on NBC in September 1984, earned consistently low ratings but the Punky character was a hit with young children. After NBC canceled the series, it was picked up for the syndication market where it aired for an additional two seasons ending in 1988.

After the series ended, Frye continued her career in guest spots on television and supporting roles in films. She attended The New School during the late 1990s, and directed her first film, Wild Horses, in 1998. In 2000, she joined the cast of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Roxie King, Sabrina Spellman's (Melissa Joan Hart) roommate and close friend. Frye remained with the series until its end in April 2003. She has since continued her acting career working mainly as a voice actor. Frye also voiced Aseefa in the animated series Planet Sheen.

In 1998, Frye married producer Jason Goldberg, with whom she has three children. She has since opened an organic specialty clothing shop for children, The Little Seed, in Los Angeles. She also hosts a blog and web series which focus on child rearing and women's issues. In 2011, Frye released her first book Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between.

Early life

Frye was born in Glendora, California. Her father is actor Virgil Frye, and her mother is talent agent and caterer Sondra Peluce (née Londy). She has two half-brothers, Sean Frye and Meeno Peluce, both former child actors. Frye's parents divorced when she was two.[2]

Frye was educated at a private school in Los Feliz and attended San Fernando Valley Professional School in Burbank.[2]



Frye made her acting debut in the 1982 television movie Missing Children: A Mother's Story. In 1983, she had a supporting role in Who Will Love My Children?, another television movie starring Ann-Margret. The following year, she portrayed Elizabeth (Bette) Kovacs in the biographical television movie Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter, and appeared in another television movie, Invitation to Hell, directed by Wes Craven.

At the age of seven, Frye beat out over 3,000 girls to win the title role on the NBC sitcom Punky Brewster. The series, which conceived by NBC's then-head of programming Brandon Tartikoff, premiered on September 14, 1985. Scheduled opposite CBS's highly rated 60 Minutes, the series struggled in the ratings but the character of Punky was popular among children. Frye routinely appeared at parades, participated in an anti-drug walks with then-First Lady Nancy Reagan, and was the honorary chairperson for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Frye also voiced the lead role in the animated series It's Punky Brewster, which began airing during Punky Brewsters first season. Despite the series' low ratings, Brandon Tartikoff decided to renew the show for a second season because it was the highest rated show watched by children 2 to 11-years old.[3][4] Punky Brewster's second season, which dealt with more serious subject matters such as CPR and first-aid training, drug use and the Just Say No campaign, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, did not improve ratings and NBC canceled the series in April 1986.[5] The series was quickly picked up by Columbia Pictures Television and began airing in first-run syndication. Punky Brewster aired for an additional two seasons, ending in May 1988.

Immediately upon Punky Brewster's end, Frye landed the lead role in the ABC sitcom pilot Cadets, which aired as a summer special on September 25, 1988. The pilot, however, was not picked up.[6] In 1989, Frye hosted the syndicated weekly talk/variety show Girl Talk. Based on the board game of the same name, Frye shared hosting duties with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rod Brogan.[7][8] The series was canceled after one season.

During the 1990s, she guest starred on several television series including The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, and Friends, and voiced characters for the animated series Tiny Toon Adventures and The Cartoon Cartoon Show. In addition to her television work, Frye has appeared in the films The Liars' Club (1993) and Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1995) and in stage productions of Orestes, I Murdered My Mother and The Housekeeper.

From 2000 to 2003, Frye portrayed the character of Roxie King in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, with her longtime friend and series producer Melissa Joan Hart.[9] During the run of Sabrina, she voiced the character of Zoey in the Disney Channel series The Proud Family and the series' 2005 television movie.

In 2004, she voiced Jade, a Bratz character in the direct-to-video release Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin'. She also voiced the character for the television series, and the video games Bratz Rock Angelz (2005) and Bratz: Forever Diamondz (2006). From 2010 to February 2013, Frye voiced Aseefa in the animated series Planet Sheen.


In 1996, Frye moved to New York to attend The New School and later directed her first film, Wild Horses (1998).[10]

Frye directed her second film, Sonny Boy, in 2004. The documentary chronicles a two week trip Frye took with her father, Virgil, who had Alzheimer's disease. Sonny Boy was an official selection at the 27th Starz Denver International Film Festival[11] and won Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival.

Other ventures

In 2007, Frye, along with two friends, opened The Little Seed, an environmentally-conscious children's specialty boutique in Los Angeles.[12]

In March 2010, Frye and her friend and former Sabrina castmate Melissa Joan Hart launched the "Better Together" campaign for Gain.[13]

In September 2011, Frye released her first book, Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between.[14] She also hosts a web series, Her Say, and hosts a blog on her official website both of which deal with women's issues and parenting.[15]

Personal life

As a teen, Frye suffered from gigantomastia. She underwent a breast reduction three months before her 16th birthday.[2]

Marriage and children

On October 25, 1998, Frye married television producer Jason Goldberg in a Jewish ceremony (Frye's mother is Jewish, as is Goldberg).[16] Frye and Goldberg have three children: daughters Poet Sienna Rose (born August 2005)[17] and Jagger Joseph Blue (born March 2008),[18] and son Lyric Sonny Roads (born February 2014).[19]



1987You Ruined My LifeMinerva
1993The Liars' ClubGigi
1994The St. Tammany MiracleJuliaAlternative title: Heavenly Hoops
1994Pumpkinhead II: Blood WingsMarcie
1995Twisted LoveSharon Stewart
1996Mind GamesBecky Hanson
1998Wild Horses
Writer, director
1999Motel BlueAgent Kyle Rivers
2000The Girls' RoomCaseyAlternative title: Best of Enemies
2001Alex in WonderAlissaAlternative title: Sex and a Girl
2004Sonny Boy
2004Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin'Jade (voice)Direct-to-DVD release
2006Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion - DiamondzJade (voice)Direct-to-DVD release


1982Missing Children: A Mother's StoryMary ElizabethMovie
1983Who Will Love My Children?Linda FrayMovie
1983Little ShotsSamanthaMovie
1984Ernie Kovacs: Between the LaughterElizabeth Kovacs #2Movie
1984Invitation to HellChrissy WinslowMovie
1985Diff'rent StrokesTerry HarrisEpisode: "Sam's New Pal"
1985MacGruder and LoudKathyEpisode: "The Very Scary Man"
1984–1988Punky BrewsterPenelope "Punky" Brewster88 episodes
1985Back to Next SaturdayPunky BrewsterSpecial
1985–86It's Punky BrewsterPenelope "Punky" Brewster (Voice)26 episodes
1986Alvin Goes Back to SchoolPunky BrewsterSpecial
1987The Law & Harry McGrawCharleneEpisode: "She's Not Wild About Harry"
1988CadetsTyler McKayUnsold pilot
1990Where's Rodney?SonyaMovie
1990The Wonder YearsMimi DetweilerEpisode: "Growing Up"
1992Saved by the BellRobinEpisode: "Screech's Spaghetti Sauce"
1992Tiny Toon AdventuresAmanda Duff (Voice)2 episodes
1992ABC Weekend SpecialTinaEpisode: "Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King"
1993The Ren & Stimpy ShowVoice roleEpisode: "Stimpy's Fan Club"
1994Summertime SwitchPeggy, the head cheerleaderMovie
1994Heaven Help UsEpisode: "First Comes Love"
1996The Cartoon Cartoon ShowMary (Voice)Episode: "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"
1997The SecretEmily DeCapprioMovie
1998I've Been Waiting for YouKyra ThompsonMovie
1999WorkingJen MillerEpisode: "The Prodigy"
1999FriendsKatieEpisode: "The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey"
1999Grown UpsRobinEpisode: Pilot
2000–03Sabrina, the Teenage WitchRoxie King66 episodes
2001–05The Proud FamilyZoey (Voice)47 episodes
2005The Proud Family MovieZoey (Voice)Movie
2005The X'sAnnasthesia (Voice)Episode: "License to Slumber/Three Days of the Coin Op"
2009Robot ChickenVoice roles2 episodes
2010–13Planet SheenAseefa (voice)13 episodes

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1985Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress in a Television Comedy SeriesPunky BrewsterNominated
1986Best Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesPunky BrewsterWon
1988Best Young Female Superstar in TelevisionPunky BrewsterNominated
1988Best Animation Voice Over GroupIt's Punky Brewster (Shared with Casey Ellison, Ami Foster, Teddy Field III, and Cherie Johnson)Nominated
1989Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama or SpecialMickey's 60th BirthdayNominated
1989Best Young Actress - Voice Over RoleIt's Punky BrewsterWon
2004San Diego Film FestivalBest DocumentarySonny BoyWon


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