Molly Ringwald

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Molly Ringwald

She's not just Pretty in Pink

Director John Hughes made a star out of Molly Ringwald in the '80s with cult-teen movies the Breakfast ClubSixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. Not only was she a style icon for a generation, Ringwald gave hope to gingers worldwide, confirming that being 'ranga was cool.

Ringwald's continued acting in the intervening years (she's actually now lead in a sitcom with Jason Priestley called Raising Expectation about a family of over achievers and one slacker son), she's become an author (her books include Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick (2010) – a tome about her take on motherhood, aging and finding the perfect red lippy) and played agony aunt in the Guardian's popular Ask Molly column.

Also, she's a shit hot singer, which is perhaps not that surprising when you find out that her old man was acclaimed jazz pianist, Robert Scott "Bob" Ringwald. Ringwald was raised in a household full of music and was singing for Disney way before she hit the silver screen. Her 2013 debut album Except Sometimes returns to her musical heartland with jazz, which she describes as the musical equivalent of "comfort food". The closing track on the album is a jazz rendition of 'Don't You Forget About Me' – the Simple Minds tune that took out the Breakfast Club, which kinda brings it all full circle.    

 

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