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When "Can't Buy Me Love" came out, star Amanda Peterson and her family were already hiding a heartbreaking secret: She had been raped. The actress suffered the traumatic event when she was just 15, the same year she was cast in her most famous role, Cindy Mancini, opposite a young Patrick Dempsey. "At the height of Mandy's career, she suffered a very serious trauma. She had been raped," Peterson's mother Sylvia revealed Monday on a new episode of "The Doctors." She added that she didn't know about the horrific incident until two years later, adding that the man was 27, almost twice her daughter's age at the time. "We were living together in L.A. and there was definitely a difference [after the rape occurred], I think it affected her forever," she continued. "She just felt so ashamed. She didn't want people to know," her mother added. Peterson's father, James, said he was ready to lawyer »
- tooFab Staff
A McDream job! Patrick Dempsey is taking his talents back to the big screen for his first post-Grey's Anatomy gig. According to reports from Deadline and Variety, the hunky actor, 49, is close to finalizing a deal to appear in the upcoming movie Bridget Jones's Baby with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth. No details are known about Dempsey's role in the sequel, but Deadline speculated that the Can't Buy Me Love alum might be a rival for Bridget's affection in the absence of Hugh Grant's charming but [...] »
Amanda Peterson, the star of '80s classic "Can't Buy Me Love" who passed away suddenly this summer at the age of 43, died of an accidental drug overdose, according to newly-released autopsy and toxicology reports filed by local authorities.
Peterson's cause of death was revealed this week by the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, which according to Variety stated that the actress's overdose was the result of "a deadly combination of multiple drugs, including morphine," which caused a "morphine effect" that led to respiratory failure and ultimately her death.
The report also said that Peterson "had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including anti-anxiety medication, anti-psychotic medication, opiates and marijuana," Variety said. "One of the pain meds in her body was at six times the appropriate level."
Peterson reportedly had a long history of substance abuse issues, including multiple arrests on drug charges in her hometown of Greeley, »
- Katie Roberts
Amanda Peterson -- who starred in "Can't Buy Me Love" died from an accidental overdose of a deadly combination of drugs. The 43-year-old disappeared just before the 4th of July and her body was found on July 5th. According to the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, Peterson had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including benzodizepines (anti-anxiety meds), opiates and phenothiazines (an anti-psychotic medication). She also had marijuana in her system. One of »
- TMZ Staff
Amanda Peterson's cause of death has been revealed. According to TMZ, which cited the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, the Can't Buy Me Love actress died of respiratory failure brought on by a "morphine effect" from an accidental drug overdose. Peterson, who was found dead at age 43 on July 5 at her home in Greeley, Colo., reportedly had several different prescription drugs in her system when she passed away. TMZ listed benzodizepines, opiates, phenothiazines, and marijuana. The site zeroed in on the presence of one particular drug, [...] »
Trouble after love. The late Amanda Peterson had a less than glamorous Hollywood life following her starring role as popular high school student Cindy Mancini in the 1987 classic Can't Buy Me Love. On Thursday, July 9, the Weld County Sheriff's Office in Greeley, Colo, confirmed to Us Weekly that Peterson was arrested in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2010, and 2012. A source tells Us that Peterson's most recent 2012 arrest was for DUI and possession of narcotics on May 3, 2012. She also spent three months behind bars [...] »
Irwin Keyes, a horror character actor best known for his roles in “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Warriors” and “Intolerable Cruelty,” died on Wednesday. He was 63. He also had a recurring role as Hugo, a burly, but dimwitted bodyguard on the ’70s-’80s CBS sitcom “The Jeffersons.” Keyes passed away in Playa del Rey, California, of complications from acromegaly, a rare disorder caused when the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone. Also Read: Amanda Peterson, Patrick Dempsey's Co-Star in '80s Classic 'Can't Buy Me Love,' Dead at 43 “It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. »
- Debbie Emery
Patrick Dempsey is speaking out about the loss of his former costar Amanda Peterson. The actor starred opposite of Peterson in the cult classic, "Can't Buy Me Love" in 1987. Unfortunately, the 43-year-old ‘80s bombshell died unexpectedly over the weekend at her home in Greely, Colorado, where she had resided since saying goodbye to Hollywood in back in 1994. The loss of the actress has left behind a trail of devastated family, friends and coworkers, including Dempsey.The former "Grey's Anatomy" star took to Twitter to express his sadness about the death of his former costar and friend. "In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young," he tweeted yesterday. "Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda’s family."Peterson’s father tells TMZ that he and the rest of her family began to worry about Amanda when they hadn’t heard from her since the Friday before she was found dead. »
- tooFab Staff
Patrick Dempsey is paying tribute to his late Can't Buy Me Love co-star, Amanda Peterson. "In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young," the former Grey's Anatomy actor wrote on Twitter. "Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda's family." E! News confirmed yesterday that Peterson passed away at the age of 43 and was found dead at her Colorado home by the local police department. Officers were sent to her home after family members became concerned after not hearing from her for several days. Peterson's cause of death is still under investigation. Peterson's father, however, told TMZ that "she had some illness and a sleep apnea problem »
Patrick Dempsey has paid tribute to his late co-star Amanda Peterson. The 49-year-old actor, who starred opposite the actress in the 1987 romantic comedy 'Can't Buy Me Love,' will always remember her as ''vibrant and young.'' In a touching post on Twitter, the former 'Grey's Anatomy' star wrote: ''In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda's family.'' The 43-year-old actress was found dead at her Colorado home by the local police department on Sunday (05.07.15) after family members expressed concern for her welfare. A cause of death has yet to be determined, but Amanda's father previously admitted ''she had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.'' He added that she had other illnesses ''including pneumonia and sinusitis [a common condition in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed]''. Amanda quit acting after starring in the fantasy family film ' »
Mourning the loss of a friend. Patrick Dempsey took to Twitter on Tuesday, July 7, to remember his late costar Amanda Peterson. The Grey's Anatomy alum, 49, became a household name when he starred opposite Peterson in the 1987 teen classic Can't Buy Me Love. Dempsey played the nerdy Ronald, who slyly becomes involved with stunning cheerleader Cindy (Peterson). The two hit it off on the big screen, bringing in $31.6 million at the domestic box office. As previously reported, Peterson passed away this past weekend at the [...] »
Two days ago, it was revealed that actress Amanda Peterson had been found dead in her apartment in Colorado. She would've turned 44 today, July 8. It's still not known what happened, but ABC News was told the cause will be revealed pending an autopsy. In every story, it was mentioned that Amanda is best known for the 1987 movie "Can't Buy Me Love" with Patrick Dempsey.
The "Grey's Anatomy" star took to Twitter late on July 7 to remember his former leading lady and react to her untimely death:
In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda's family.
- Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) July 7, 2015
She's definitely gone too soon. Amanda's mother spoke briefly to ABC News about her daughter's "unexpected" passing, saying simply, "It was just a very big blow." We can only imagine the family's devastation. Hopefully the ensuing answers provide »
- Gina Carbone
Amanda Peterson's friends and family are reeling in the wake of her sudden death at age 43. Among those grieving her passing is her mom, Sylvia, who paid tribute to the late Can't Buy Me Love actress on Tuesday, July 7. "I just think she was a precious person and it's a big loss," Sylvia told Us Weekly. "That's all I can say." Sylvia also spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her daughter, recalling their last day together on July 1. According to Sylvia, the two had been gardening on [...] »
Stars including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Scott Foley, and Lance Bass have taken to social media to react to the shocking news that Can't Buy Me Love actress Amanda Peterson has passed away at 43 — and everyone's heartbroken. Peterson, who shot to fame as cheerleader Cindy Mancini in Steve Rash's 1987 film, was found dead at her home in Greeley, Colorado on Sunday, July 5. Police do not suspect foul play and the actress' father told TMZ that she had been suffering from a number of respiratory [...] »
The actress's family has confirmed that she passed away from unknown causes in Colorado earlier this week, reports TMZ.
Her father told the website: "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed [to her death]."
The actress also starred in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries A Year in the Life, and also briefly appeared in Doogie Howser, MD.
Peterson left Hollywood in 1994 to return to her home state of Colorado. »
Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the romantic comedy “Can't Buy Me Love” opposite Patrick Dempsey in 1987, died Sunday in Greeley, Colo. She was 43. According to the Associated Press, she was found alone at an apartment complex.
In the film, Peterson played cheerleader Cindy Mancini, whom Dempsey’s character pays to pose as his girlfriend so he can make social inroads at their Arizona high school. The movie, directed by Steve Rash and with a title taken from the Beatles song, is among a set of teen angst classics of the period along with the John Hughes oeuvre.
Peterson also had TV credits, including the 1986 NBC miniseries “A Year in the Life,” which paved the way for a series of »
- Variety Staff
Actress Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy Can't Buy Me Love with Patrick Dempsey, has died at the age of 43, E! News confirms. The Greeley Police Department tells us the celeb was discovered dead at her Colorado residence last night. Officers were sent to her home after family members became concerned from not hearing from her. Peterson's cause of death is still under investigation. However, Peterson's father told TMZ that "she had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed." Peterson had also been dealing with several medical issues over the past two years, including pneumonia and sinusitis, according to the report. Her father »
Amanda Peterson -- star of the flick "Can't Buy Me Love" -- has died at her home in Greeley, Colorado ... TMZ has learned. We spoke with Peterson's father who tells us ... the family hadn't heard from 43-year-old Amanda since July 3rd and became concerned. Her body was finally discovered in her home on July 5. As for cause of death, Peterson's father tells us they don't know the official cause of death -- but notes, "She »
- TMZ Staff
Amanda Peterson, who starred opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1980s rom-com Can't Buy Me Love, has died at age 43, TMZ reports, citing her father. According to the site, Peterson was discovered at home in Greeley, Colo., on Sunday, July 5, after her family grew concerned that they hadn't heard from her in a couple of days. An official cause of death has not yet been determined. "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed," her father told TMZ on Monday, July 6. Peterson [...] »
TMZ confirmed the news of her death, reporting that she passed away at her home in Greeley, Co.
After hitting teen idol status with her co-star Patrick Dempsey, Peterson left the entertainment industry in 1994 and moved back to reside in her hometown.
- Rachel Horner
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