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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 June 1962New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameAlexandra Elizabeth Sheedy
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ally Sheedy was born in New York City, to Charlotte (Baum), a press agent and writer, and John J. Sheedy, Jr., an advertising executive. She is of Russian Jewish (mother) and Irish (father) descent.

While at New York's Bank Street School, 12-year-old Ally Sheedy wrote about a mythical encounter between Queen Elizabeth I and an inquisitive mouse. The result, "She Was Nice to Mice", was published by McGraw-Hill and became an instant best seller. Although it proved a springboard to an acting career, Sheedy's strongest memories of childhood remain those of "dancing and doing plays". From six until fourteen, she danced with the American Ballet Theatre and, during summers at Fire Island, she'd "get a bunch of kids together and stage shows on back lawns and porches". When she discovered that to stay with dancing meant staying with starvation diets, she shifted her focus to acting for good. Meanwhile, her book brought her requests from several publications. The Village Voice asked her to review movies and the New York Times wanted her to review children's books. The assignment she accepted was from Ms. Magazine, which requested an article about her mother and herself. It was an appearance on "The Mike Douglas Show (1961) to promote her book, however, that brought Sheedy work as a performer. Signed by an agent who caught the show, she was sent out on television commercials, immediately. Only 15 at the time, she also performed off-Broadway and on a series of after-school specials. The day she turned 18, Sheedy packed her bags and headed for Los Angeles, where she enrolled in the drama department at USC, and soon landed roles in the television drama The Best Little Girl in the World (1981), The Day the Loving Stopped (1981), Splendor in the Grass (1981) and Homeroom (1981) and played a recurring character on Hill Street Blues (1981). The strength of her performances led directly to her film debut as Sean Penn's naive-but-knowing girlfriend, "J.C.", in Bad Boys (1983). That same year (1983), she starred as Matthew Broderick's zany partner in WarGames (1983). After starring as Rob Lowe's would-be romantic interest in Oxford Blues (1984), the withdrawn adolescent of The Breakfast Club (1985) and Gene Hackman's adoring daughter in Twice in a Lifetime (1985), Sheedy played her first fully-adult role in St. Elmo's Fire (1985), the 1985 hit about college friends.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

David Lansbury (10 October 1992 - 9 June 2009) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (26)

Auditioned for the movie A League of Their Own (1992) but didn't get the role because she couldn't play baseball well enough.
Is the eldest of three children born to an advertising executive dad and a literary agent mom.
Treated for addiction to prescription medication.
Her mother is Charlotte Sheedy, a prominent New York literary agent.
Turned down the lead role in Wild Orchid (1989).
Auditioned for the Molly Ringwald role in Sixteen Candles (1984).
Turned down the Kelly McGillis role in Top Gun (1986).
The addiction treatment Sheedy received was for sleeping pills. This helped her choose to participate in the film High Art (1998), in which she played a once- famous photographer who had also descended into drug addiction.
Was the first cisgender female to play the transgender rock star Hedwig in the stage musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch".
Went to Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City with Lauren-Marie Taylor, who starred in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981). They are still friends today.
Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s "brat pack", along with Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Andrew McCarthy.
Danced with the American Ballet Theatre from about the time she was six and was rapidly pursuing a career, but when puberty caused her breasts to fill out and all the starvation diets caused her an eating disorder, she gave up dance and pursued acting full-time.
Wrote a best selling novel at the the tender age of 12.
Became pregnant while filming Talia Shire's One Night Stand (1995).
3/15/94: Daughter Rebecca Elizabeth born.
Was a bridesmaid at Demi Moore's and Bruce Willis' wedding.
Ex-daughter-in-law of Edgar Lansbury.
Studied drama at the University of Southern California, where one of her classmates was Michele Greene.
1975: Appeared on TV game show To Tell the Truth (1969) as author of "She Was Nice To Mice" (as Alexandra Sheedy) at age 13.
She has played rape victims twice, first in her film debut Bad Boys (1983) and again in Macon County Jail (1997). Later, she played a detective investigating a rape in Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge (1999).
Was considered for the role of "Sarah Connor" in The Terminator (1984). The part eventually went to Linda Hamilton.
Sister of Patrick Sheedy and Meghan Sheedy.
Is a vegetarian.
Niece-in-law of Angela Lansbury and Bruce Lansbury.
Owns a rescued, bluish-gray male greyhound, appropriately named "Sky".
She is of Irish descent on her father's side, and of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on her mother's side.

Personal Quotes (8)

It's so unfair. The term "Brat Pack" is so condescending.
I started writing because I used to tell stories to the children who lived nearby and when I was six I started writing them down. I write poetry and plays, too, and writing is important to me. It is important for me to express my feelings and thoughts. If I'm feeling angry or wonderful or upset or happy I just write it out and reread the feelings over and over again. When I'm depressed I read something I wrote when I was happy and I can feel a great lift in my spirits. I love writing!
I am really close to my parents. My mother and my father do not live together. We children spend half of the week at one house and half of the week at the other house. We have been living as we do for six years. I get along well with my brother Patrick Sheedy, who is ten, and my sister Meghan Sheedy, who is thirteen. We have an iguana and rabbit as pets.
All I care about for Christmas and 2003 is health and happiness for my daughter.
[inteview with Alissa Quart, 1998] I had to leave [Hollywood]. The roles I wanted weren't there.
When something major happens to you, you have to adapt yourself to it, but I've always been the same inside. When I was a little girl, I was the way I am now and in the future I'll still be the same. Outside circumstances change and you have to develop different skills, but it's all fun in its own way. I don't keep money in the center of focus. I know that I have enough to support myself for a little while, so I can wait and do things I want to do.
I don't get hassled on the street. People do come up to me and say they enjoy my movies and it's a really good feeling. One day I was in the supermarket and this little girl came up and said, "Are you Ally? Oh God, I love The Breakfast Club (1985) so much.' It made me feel so good."
(On Blue City (1986)) Michelle Manning and I had been close friends. And she was so excited about the chance to direct that my feeling was it would be really great to work with someone I really liked and help contribute to their first big project. I was very naive, I guess, because I kept hoping it would turn out OK, that somehow all the stuff that was missing would miraculously appear when they edited it all together. I guess that's not the way it works, so I was disappointed.

Salary (1)

Maid to Order (1987) $500,000

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