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Thompson, Lea 1961–

THOMPSON, Lea 1961–


Full name, Lea Katherine Thompson; born May 31, 1961, in Rochester, MN; daughter of Cliff and Barbara (a singer and musician) Thompson; sister of Andrew Thompson (a dancer) and Colleen Thompson (an actress); married Howard Deutch (a director and producer), 1989; children: Madelyn, Zoey. Avocational Interests: Swimming, baseball.

Addresses: Agent—Ben Press, Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actress, singer, producer, and composer. Dancer with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet, between 1979 and 1982; appeared in television commercials. Performer of American national anthem at various events. Worked as a waitress.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award, Young Artist Foundation, best young actress in a motion picture drama, 1988, for Some Kind of Wonderful; People's Choice Award, best actress in a new situation comedy series, 1996, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, International Press Academy, best actress in a musical or comedy television series, 1997, both for Caroline in the City; scholarships for Pennsylvania Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet.


Film Appearances:

Cecily "Sissy" Loper, MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?, 1982.

Kelly Ann Bukowski, Jaws 3–D (also known as Jaws 3), Universal, 1983.

Lisa Litski, All the Right Moves (also known as All Right), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1983.

Anita, The Wild Life, Universal, 1984.

Erica, Red Dawn, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1984.

Marigold De La Hunt, Going Undercover (also known as Yellow Pages), Miramax, 1984.

Lorraine Baines/Lorraine McFly, Back to the Future, Universal, 1985.

Beverly Switzler and song performer, Howard the Duck (also known as Howard: A New Breed of Hero), Universal, 1986.

Kathryn Fairly, SpaceCamp, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1986.

Amanda Jones, Some Kind of Wonderful, Paramount, 1987.

Stacy, Casual Sex?, Universal, 1988.

Sybil, The Wizard of Loneliness, Skouras, 1988.

Lorraine McFly, Back to the Future II, Universal, 1989.

Lorraine McFly/Lorraine Baines/Lorraine Tannen, Back to the Future III, Universal, 1990.

Dr. Robin Van Dorn, Article 99, Orion, 1992.

Alice Mitchell, Dennis the Menace (also known as Dennis), Family Entertainment, 1993.

Laura Jackson/Laurette Voleur, The Beverly Hillbillies, Fox, 1993.

Ms. Roberts, The Little Rascals, Universal, 1994.

Melissa Cavatelli, The Unknown Cyclist, Trident Releasing, 1997.

Clara, Fish Don't Blink, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer Home Entertainment, 2002.

Geri Meyers, Electric, Firestone Entertainment Group/HRD Productions, 2002.

Peg Van Legge, Haunted Lighthouse (also known as R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse), Busch Entertainment/Lookout Entertainment, 2003.

Carol, Come Away Home, American Family Movies, 2004.

Film Producer:

Electric, Firestone Entertainment Group/HRD Productions, 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Caroline Duffy, Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1995–1999.

Chief deputy district attorney Camille Paris, For the People (also known as Para la gente), Lifetime, 2002–2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Amanda Steward, A Will of Their Own, NBC, 1998.

Herself, I Love the '80s, VH1, 2002.

Herself, I Love the '80s Strikes Back, VH1, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sally Matthews, Nightbreaker (also known as Advance to Ground Break Zero), TNT, 1989.

Peg Guthrie, Montana, TNT, 1990.

Annie Beales, Stolen Babies, Lifetime, 1993.

Amy Hightower, The Substitute Wife (also known as The Substitute), NBC, 1994.

Brianne Hawkins, The Unspoken Truth (also known as Breaking the Silence and Living the Lie), NBC, 1995.

Christine Paley, The Right to Remain Silent, Showtime, 1996.

Sarah Gibson, Stealing Christmas, USA Network, 2003.

Cathy Davis, "Jane Doe," Mystery Movie, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Robert Wuhl's World Tour," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1990.

The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy, syndicated, 1990.

A Menace Called Dennis, CBS, 1993.

All–New All–Star TV Censored Blooper–Palooza, NBC, 1996.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1996.

Host, TV Guide Looks at Christmas, USA Network, 1997.

Host, Celebrity Weddings InStyle, Lifetime, 1998.

Host, TV Guide Looks at Christmas, USA Network, 1998.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 11th Annual ACE Awards, multiple networks, 1990.

Presenter, The 18th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1996.

Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996.

Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, ABC, 1996.

Presenter, The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1996.

Presenter, The Fourth Annual VH1 Honors, VH1, 1997.

Presenter, The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1997.

Presenter, The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1986.

Sylvia Vane, "Only Sin Deep," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1989.

Correspondent, Dateline NBC, NBC, 1992.

(Uncredited) Caroline Duffy, "The One with Baby on the Bus," Friends, NBC, 1995.

Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1996.

Union Square, NBC, 1997.

Herself, "As My Career Lay Dying," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Lea Thompson, Lifetime, 1998.

Cohost, Live with Regis and…, syndicated, 2000.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

Liz Stevens, "Back in the Saddle," Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2004.

Liz Stevens, "Hidden Agendas," Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2004.

Liz Stevens, "Pressure Points," Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2004.

Michele Osborne, "Birthright," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

"People's Choice Awards," VH1 Goes Inside, VH1, 2004.

Television Producer; Series:

Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1998–1999.

Stage Appearances:

Bus Stop, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, c. 1990.

Sally Bowles, Cabaret (musical), Roundabout Theatre Company, Studio 54 Theatre, New York City, 2000.

The Vagina Monologues, Canon Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2001.

"They're Playing Our Song" (musical; staged reading), L.A. Reprise!, Los Angeles, 2002.

Appeared in Charlie Bacon's Family, John Drew Theater, East Hampton, NY; The Illusion, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles; Long Time Coming, Powerhouse Theatre; and The Trip Back Down, Actors Repertory Theatre.

Major Tours:

Sally Bowles, Cabaret (musical), U.S. cities, 2000.



Herself, Sex at 24 Frames per Second, Playboy Entertainment Group, 2003.


Film Music; Additional Songs:

Howard the Duck (also known as Howard: A New Breed of Hero), Universal, 1986.



Cable TV, January, 1998, pp. 16–17.

Entertainment Weekly, November 10, 1995, pp. 26–29; February 19, 1999, p. 147.

InStyle, May 1, 1999, p. 310.

Parade, July 21, 2002, p. 22.

People Weekly, November 10, 1997, p. 166; October 26, 1998, p. 162.

Playboy, September, 1999, p. 24.

Redbook, April, 1999, p. 106.

TV Guide, November 11, 1995, pp. 20–23.

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