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Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates Kline (born Phoebe Belle Cates; July 16, 1963) is an American film actress, model, and entrepreneur known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins. Cates Kline was born Phoebe Belle Cates in New York City to a family of TV and Broadway production insiders. Her parents are Lily and Joseph Cates, who was a major Broadway producer and a pioneering figure in television, who helped create The $64,000 Question. Her late uncle, Gilbert Cates, produced numerous TV specials, often in partnership with Cates Kline's father, and several annual Academy Awards shows. Her paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother were Russian Jews, and her maternal grandfather was Chinese Filipino. After ending her modeling career, Cates Kline decided upon acting. Although her father was an actor as well, he was not enthusiastic about his daughter's prospective new career. Cates Kline's movie debut was in Paradise (released 1982). At the age of 17, she played a starring role and did several fully nude scenes in the movie, which had a plot very similar to The Blue Lagoon. Cates Kline later regretted being in the movie and said: "What I learned was never to do a movie like that again." 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." Later in 1982, Cates Kline starred in Fast Times at Ridgemont High which features "the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history." She was quoted as saying that she had the most fun in filming that movie. 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. In 1985, Cates Kline appeared Off-Broadway in Rich Relations, written by David Henry Hwang of the Second Stage Theatre. In 1994, she starred in the romantic comedy Princess Caraboo. Cates Kline retired from acting in the mid-90s in order to raise her children. She did return in 2001, however, with her family, for one film The Anniversary Party, as a favor to the director, her best friend, Jennifer Jason Leigh. In 1989, Cates and actor Kevin Kline were married having first met in 1983 during her audition for the movie role that Meg Tilly ultimately won in The Big Chill. The Klines currently live in New York City with their two children, Owen Joseph Kline born in 1991 and 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 Kline opened her own boutique called Blue Tree on New York's Madison Avenue.
Phoebe Cates Kline (born Phoebe Belle Cates; July 16, 1963) is an American film actress, model, and entrepreneur known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins. Cates Kline was born Phoebe Bell...
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