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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 November 1959Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Birth NameMary Sean Young
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mary Sean Young was born on November 20, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Lee Guthrie (née Mary Lee Kane), an Emmy-nominated producer, screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, Jr., an Emmy award winning television news producer and journalist. She has Irish, English, and Swiss-German ancestry. She grew up with an older brother Donald Young III and a sister Cathleen Young in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Cleveland Heights High School, and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. A trained dancer, she studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City, and did some modeling. Sean Young began a promising film career by acting in a Merchant-Ivory film Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) for Academy Award nominated director James Ivory, She followed that up in the comedy hit film Stripes (1981) for Academy Award nominated producer-director Ivan Reitman. Soon, important directors were casting her in their films, such as Garry Marshall in Young Doctors in Love (1982), Academy Award nominee David Lynch in Dune (1984), and Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott in Blade Runner (1982) in what is her most respected film. 1987 was a big year for her, since she appeared in two big movies. Academy Award winner Oliver Stone cast her in the hit film Wall Street (1987) but she clashed openly with him and with co-star Charlie Sheen and her role was drastically cut. However, her other hit film No Way Out (1987), which involved a famous steamy scene in the backseat of a limousine with Kevin Costner, gave her star status. She was at the height of her fame, which led to her being cast as Vicky Vale in Batman (1989). She had an accident while she was training for the film. As a result, she lost the role to Kim Basinger for what turned out to be the biggest hit of 1989. Young's loss didn't stop there. In 1988, she made a flop film with James Woods titled The Boost (1988). Woods accused her of exotic harassment, including leaving a disfigured doll outside his home and leaving scary phone calls to his then-fiancée. Young denied an affair with him or of harassing him, since she was in a long relationship with actor/singer Robert Lujan, whom she had met on a TV mini-series in 1985. They settled out of court, but the bad publicity hurt her career very deeply while Woods remained unscathed. Hollywood producers now saw her as unstable and a loose cannon and stopped considering her for big movies. She was dropped from Dick Tracy (1990) in favor of Glenne Headly. The "Batman" franchise decided to make a sequel to the 1989 blockbuster with Batman Returns (1992), but the producers wouldn't see Young for the role of Catwoman, She was outraged and went on national television, dressed up as Catwoman, and complained about how the producers should have had the courtesy to see her especially since she had been part of the original cast of the first Batman movie before her accident had her being replaced. This stunt, too, turned into a public relations mess, and the role of Catwoman went to Michelle Pfeiffer. Young put on a brave face and gamely moved on to do comedies Fatal Instinct (1993) for director Carl Reiner, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), the latter's box office success made Jim Carrey a star, who immediately landed the role of the Riddler in the Batman sequel. The film also raised Courteney Cox's profile, since she soon landed the hit TV show "Friends" which made her a household name. Sean thought the film's success would benefit her as well, especially since Academy Award-nominated directors such as Gus Van Sant and Ismail Merchant cast her in their films. However, these films weren't hits, and Hollywood kept giving her lackluster roles in mediocre films. Heartbroken, she married Lujan and moved to Arizona, where she had two sons, but they divorced in 2002. She suffered other losses as well, bearing the painful deaths of her father (in 1995) and her mother (in 2012). There were some bizarre incidents along the way: her heckling a winner at the Director's Guild of America Award show in 2008, her arrest at the 2012 Academy Award after-party when she slapped a security guard. She went to rehab for her alcohol problem and also appeared on the reality show "Celebrity Rehab". Since then, she has mellowed, because she had reconciled with her ex-husband and her children are now grown. She branched out to do stage work, including the Los Angeles production of "Stardust" and the Northport production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" for which she received a good review from the "New York Times." In her 50s, she is keeping busy, by acting in several projects and trying to start a directing career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tak

Spouse (2)

Robert Lujan (2011 - present)
Robert Lujan (24 November 1990 - 29 April 2002) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep husky voice
Brown hair

Trivia (19)

Was cast as Vicky Vale in Tim Burton's version of Batman (1989) but was replaced with Kim Basinger after an injury sustained riding a horse.
Has played a female alter ego of a man (Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995)) and a man surgically altered into a woman (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)).
Graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Auditioned for the role of Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which went to Karen Allen.
Unsuccessfully pursued the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), which went to Michelle Pfeiffer.
Model Eugenia Silva appeared in her role in a Blade Runner (1982)-themed photo shoot in the March 1998 issue of Vogue Italia, photographed by Steven Meisel.
Dressed up as Catwoman and attempted to confront Tim Burton and Michael Keaton on the Warner Bros. property, in Batman Returns (1992), to get that role.
Was originally cast as Blythe Hunter in Wicked Wicked Games (2006), but due to apparent clashes with producers, was replaced by Tatum O'Neal.
Her sister is Cathleen Young.
Voluntarily checked herself into a rehabilitation center on January 28, 2008 to deal with her longtime alcoholism.
Was originally cast as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy (1990), but was replaced after several days filming by Glenne Headly.
Allegedly accused of harassing and stalking James Woods after their relationship ended.
Born at 10:46 AM (CST).
Filmed scenes for two Woody Allen films: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), in which she would have paired up with Woody's character at the end of the film) and Alice (1990), playing one of Mia Farrow's wealthy friends), but was cut from both.
The Boost (1988) co-star James Woods and his then fiancée filed a $2 million suit for harassment in 1988 against Young, alleging that, for instance, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep and trampled the couple's expensive flower bed. The case was settled out of court in 1989.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son Rio Kelly Lujan (aka Rio Lujan). Child's father is her husband (now 2nd husband), Robert Lujan.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a son Quinn Lee Lujan (aka Quinn Lujan) on January 26, 1998. Child's father is her husband (now 2nd husband), Robert Lujan.
She met her husband Robert Lujan in 1985 on the TV miniseries "Blood and Orchids". Their five year relationship culminated in their 1990 wedding. They had two sons before divorcing in 2002. They reconciled a year later and, after a few years, remarried in 2011.
She has Irish, English, and Swiss-German ancestry.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on the Bible] It's a great little book.
[on wearing a blond wig in Fatal Instinct (1993)] Being a blond makes you very ruthless, insane and self-centered.
All right, I'm young, I'm beautiful - but you don't have to hate me.
[Talking about Harrison Ford during the filming of Blade Runner (1982)] Harry [Ford], he was never happy on that film. The only time he was happy was when they told him it was over.

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