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In the 1980s, Molly Ringwald helped to define what it was to be a teenager, in a profound and lasting way. Thirty years after The Breakfast Club’s day in detention, her character Claire, the “princess" as well as her very different roles in Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink only strengthened the idea that Molly Ringwald was the actress that every teenager could relate to.
But the John Hughes years aren’t all there is to Molly Ringwald. After the 1980s she went on to live in Paris, continue acting, and maybe more importantly, start writing and singing. And becoming an author (of both fiction and non-fiction) and performer has continued to define her life. Growing up with a jazzman dad, Ringwald has taken the stage since a really young age. Now, her album Except Sometimes brings all of the elements of her career together: her childhood in the limelight, her love of music, and a special homage to the director that helped make her the teenager we’ll always remember.