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Ally Sheedy

  • Birthday:June 13, 1962
  • Birth Place: New York, New York
  • Birth Name: Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy
  • Biography: Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the "Brat Pack" films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. Sheedy was born in New York City to John Sheedy, a Manhattan-based advertising executive, and Charlotte Baum, a notable press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements. Sheedy's father was Catholic and her mother was Jewish; she was raised mostly Catholic, although she has since also identified as both Buddhist and Jewish. Her parents divorced in 1971 and Sheedy's mother came out as a lesbian in 1980. She has two siblings, Patrick and Meghan. Sheedy started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at the age of six, and at twelve years old wrote a children's book, She Was Nice to Mice; the book was published by McGraw-Hill and became a best-seller. Sheedy started acting in local stage productions while in her teenage years. After appearing in several made-for-television films in 1981, as well as three episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues, she made her feature film debut in Bad Boys (1983), starring Sean Penn. The 1980s were her most active period, with roles in popular teen films like WarGames, The Breakfast Club and Short Circuit. Throughout most of the 1990s, Sheedy appeared in many television films. 1998's High Art, a well-reviewed independent film about a romance between two women, was an important film in her career. She identified with the character of photographer "Lucy Berliner" so much that she took a plane at her own expense to participate in an audition and has said that this character is the closest one she has played to herself. In 1999, Sheedy took over the lead role in the Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She was the first female to play the part of the German transsexual, "Hedwig". Her run was terminated early amid bad reviews. She was reunited with co-star Anthony Michael Hall, of The Breakfast Club, when she became a special guest star on his television show The Dead Zone. She played in the episode titled Playing God of that show's second season (2003). In the 1990s, Sheedy was treated for sleeping pill addiction, an experience from which she drew on for her role as a drug-addicted photographer in "High Art". She has also battled with Bulimia nervosa, which started after a visit to the Ford modeling agency at the dawn of her acting career, after owner Eileen Ford told her to lose 15 pounds if she wanted to be represented by the agency. Sheedy is married to actor David Lansbury, nephew of actress Angela Lansbury and son of Edgar Lansbury, the producer of the original production of Godspell; the couple have a daughter, Rebecca, born in 1994. Sheedy had previously dated actor Eric Stoltz and musician Richie Sambora.
    Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the "Brat Pack" films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire.

    Sheedy was born in New York City to John Sheedy, a Manhattan-based advertising executive, and Charlotte Baum, a notable press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements. Sheedy's father was Catholic and her mother was Jewish; she was raised mostly Catholic, although she has since also identified as both Buddhist and Jewish. Her parents divorced in 1971 and Sheedy's mother came out as a lesbian in 1980. She has two siblings, Patrick and Meghan.

    Sheedy started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at the age of six, and at twelve years old wrote a children's book, She Was Nice to Mice; the book was published by McGraw-Hill and became a best-seller.

    Sheedy started acting in local stage productions while in her teenage years. After appearing in several made-for-television films in 1981, as well as three episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues, she made her feature film debut in Bad Boys (1983), starring Sean Penn. The 1980s were her most active period, with roles in popular teen films like WarGames, The Breakfast Club and Short Circuit.

    Throughout most of the 1990s, Sheedy appeared in many television films. 1998's High Art, a well-reviewed independent film about a romance between two women, was an important film in her career. She identified with the character of photographer "Lucy Berliner" so much that she took a plane at her own expense to participate in an audition and has said that this character is the closest one she has played to herself.

    In 1999, Sheedy took over the lead role in the Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She was the first female to play the part of the German transsexual, "Hedwig". Her run was terminated early amid bad reviews.

    She was reunited with co-star Anthony Michael Hall, of The Breakfast Club, when she became a special guest star on his television show The Dead Zone. She played in the episode titled Playing God of that show's second season (2003).

    In the 1990s, Sheedy was treated for sleeping pill addiction, an experience from which she drew on for her role as a drug-addicted photographer in "High Art". She has also battled with Bulimia nervosa, which started after a visit to the Ford modeling agency at the dawn of her acting career, after owner Eileen Ford told her to lose 15 pounds if she wanted to be represented by the agency.

    Sheedy is married to actor David Lansbury, nephew of actress Angela Lansbury and son of Edgar Lansbury, the producer of the original production of Godspell; the couple have a daughter, Rebecca, born in 1994.

    Sheedy had previously dated actor Eric Stoltz and musician Richie Sambora.

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Shelter Island (2003) 1 clips of total 5 clips Top Less 2007-06-04
High Art (1998) 3 clips of total 4 clips Sexy 2006-06-01
Macon County Jail (1997) 1 clips of total 2 clips Top Less 2009-06-03
Blue City (1986) 1 clips of total 1 clips Top Less 2008-09-13
Bad Boys (1983) 1 clips of total 1 clips Top Less 2011-06-07